Note: This is a past article from July 07, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE
NEVADA OPERA THEATRE
Dr. Adele (Z.Z.) Zorn
What an incredible event was held by The Nevada Opera Theatre Guild at
their 2ndannual “Vintage Vegas” event. The luncheon, reception and program was held at The Italian American Club. Denny Weddle (President of (NOTA) NV Opera Theatre
Association) and Tony Sacca served as M.C.’s. Tony performed and showed some videos of his
interviews with many well-known Las Vegas performers (i.e.: David Brenner).
Founder of NOTA Eileen Hayes was the event Co-coordinator and Karen Scherer was
the Chairwoman of an exceptional Silent Auction.
Joe Darro and Friends and Bill Fayne provided great music and accompaniment for
President of Nevada Opera Theatre Association and Co-M.C. Denny Weddle
wearing his uniform and medals (including Bronze Star) as Airforce Lieutenant Colonel (retired) and Councilman
Stavros Anthony proclaiming the day as Nevada Opera Theatre Association
Nevada Opera Founder Eileen
Hayes and Chairwoman, Karen Scherer
Honoree of the 2014 “Vintage Vegas” was Cindy Doumani, Showgirl, Dancer, Cowgirl, Las Vegas Humanitarian
and Community Leader. Cindy told about her early days prior to becoming a
Showgirl. She grew up on a ranch as a cowgirl who rode horses and also took
dance classes. Cindy loved both, but being a dancer won out. However, she is now
still very much an animal rights advocate.
Cindy’s experience as a dancer included being
in Gypsy Rose Lee’s show and headlining as a Showgirl in Las Vegas at the
Thunderbird. She told some fascinating stories of her experiences with many
famous celebrities when she was a showgirl.
NOTA Honoree Cindy Doumani (center) with
Tony Sacca and Denny Weddle
Cindy Doumaini as a Showgirl
Other awardees were: Beverly and Mike Mykisen – devoted opera patrons of
NOTA since 1986
and Karen Fallon, Virginia Schlipp for 10 years of service to NOTA
Mike and Beverly Mykisen (center)
Karen Fallon and Virginia Schilpp (L) Denny Weddle (R) Tony Sacca
NOTA Soloists performed: Sheronda McKee,
Dr. Morton Hyson and Elaine Casale
Dr. Morton Hyson singing Aria of Drinking Song from Merry Wives of
Opera reaching a very low note as only he can.
The Hyson’s and The Werner’s (bearded is NV Opera singer Dr. Morton
Special guests who attended were: Adam West
(original Batman) and
Tempest Storm, Burlesque Queen, with Showgirl.
Other well-known performers attending were:
Clint Holmes (center) Karen and Tony Ruivivar (Society of Seven founder)
Las Vegas vintage singer Dondino and Z.Z.
Longtime LV Show Producer Dick Feeney on right.
Pete Barbutti on
Each table centerpiece had framed pictures of vintage
celebrities or vintage places.
An amazing amount of vintage and current Las Vegas Performers and
Showgirls were in attendance and were recognized.
Some even performed such
as: Pete Barbutti, Pia
Zadora, Magnificent Mafalda and
Carmine Mandi as well as tribute artists: Elvis (Brad Collins),
Dean Martin (Robert Ensler), Frank Sinatra (Doug
Starks), Louis Armstrong (Anthony Brady) and others.
Brad Collins (Elvis) and Pia Zadora at
silent auction table
Pia Zadora performing and Bill Fayne on keyboard
Magnificent Mafalda vintage Las Vegas
Pianist with her hairdresser on left
Robert Ensler as Dean Martin with Z.Z.
Many public figures such as Senators Mark Manendo, David Parks, Ruben Kihuen,
Ray Ralston and Nevada Arts Advocates Angie
Wallin and Randy Soard
Senators are in black suits
Senator Mark Manendo with Showgirl
Peggy King (the late Sonny
King’s wife) was Entertainment Director and responsible for many of the
Peggy donated and conducted a live auction of an
important limited edition Giclée artwork of a self portrait by Frank Sinatra.
Peggy King auctioning a limited edition Giclée
Frank Sinatra self-portrait
Two of Las Vegas earliest residents were
acknowledged. Don Hill, great saxophonist with
The Treniers, who is still playing at age 92. Don Hill moved
to LV in 1947 and
Bernie Sindler who moved to
LV in 1946.
Gloria and Don Hill (Treniers and longest Las Vegas resident) with entertainer Pete Barbutti.
Angelo Cassaro – President of the Italian
American Club spoke onstage. He and
wife Nancy were multiple winners of the many raffles that were drawn.
and Tarri Berber also won a Starbucks Coffee
Multiple raffle winners –Nancy and Angelo Cassero sipping his winning flask
Raffle winners – Will and Terri Berberich
The venue was packed to the hilt.
The Vegas Vintage program was quite long, but guests stayed on even
after the program ended.
Many had not seen each other for so long and were
delighted that they had this opportunity to mingle and take pictures.