Portland, May 11th, 2013. Over 200 people channeled their inner Venetian  to celebrate a quarter-century of magical theater at Portland Center Stage. Supporters like Marcy & Richard Schwartz also donated $503,550 at the gala to continue providing inspiring theater to Portland area fans. Masquerade Ball: Carnevale di Venezia! the Gerding Theater at the Armory included  jugglers, stilt walkers,  amusing acrobats, live music, libations and prizes. (photo credit, Joni Photo)

Barb West and John Taylor

Barb West and John Taylor

Performers from Do Jump Theater

Performers from Do Jump Theater

Some guests arrived dressed to the nines and donned some truly beautiful and playful masks.

Some guests arrived dressed to the nines and donned some truly beautiful and playful masks.

The decorating was done by West Coast Event Productions, Francoise Weeks and the PCS talented staff. Guests dined under an enormous chandelier which was hung just for the evening. In this elaborate atmosphere our guests enjoyed cuisine provided by the culinary experts of Art of Catering.

Inside the theater, Portland’s own Do Jump Theater fascinated the crowd with daring aerial acrobatics and some beautiful dance routines.

From PCS:

Portland Center Stage inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. Founded in 1988, PCS is the city’s leading professional theater and one of the 25 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area.

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