P.O. Box 452; Bellport, NY 11713-0452
Rodgers & HartReign!
Playcrafters’ spring production of the musical revue Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration was a huge artistic success. Director Ted Fleissgarten, musical director Peter Morrison and choreographer Julie Raroha along with producers John Hannon and Des Burke molded the cast into giving performances that garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Here’s the bad news. We listened to you, the membership. You said, "Bring back all the old songs we love." We gave you 61 classics in this show.
You said, "Give us a matinee. We’ll come." We did! You didn’t. This phenomenal show never played to more than half a house. The Board is really at a loss as to why so few members have come out to see our shows in recent years. And yet the casts and crews continue to work so hard to bring you the very best in community theatre.
Nevertheless kudos to cast members Sue Jarema, Kaitlyn Lewis, Jonathan Matthews, Jennifer Merritt, Hwasoon Mullaney, Bill Rudock, Nick Sanna and Gregg Sixt. Thanks to an excellent crew. The production values were up to Playcrafters’ highest standards.
George Loizides has kindly agreed to direct another installment of our Readers Theater. All members interested in participating should give George a call at 286-1903. He is interested in doing a comedy this time around and is open to suggestions. As usual the performance will be sometime in September as a perk for our members.
The Farce Cheaters this Fall
The Board is pleased to announce that Playcrafters has chosen Michael Jacobs’ irreverent farce Cheaters to be performed in November. Jacobs’ play takes a wacky look at what happens when marital infidelity crosses unexpected boundaries. One interesting aspect of this show is that only the audience knows the hell that will break loose after the cliff hanger intermission. Director Jim Parise and producers Kathy Loizides and Des Burke will be holding auditions on August 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm at the Bellport Middle School. The play has parts for 3 men and 3 women (ages 20-50’s). Back stage and production staff help is also needed. Call 286-1903 for further information.
New Committee Formed
At its May meeting the Board created a new committee to work on and expand Playcrafters’ new website. At present this committee is headed by Des Burke with members Michele DePalo, Ted Fleissgarten, Brian and John Hannon also on board.The site is www.bellport-playcrafters.com (with the hyphen) and we urge our members to check it out regularly as it grows.
Right now it is in it’s infancy but over time, we hope to load it up with great update information as well as an electronic museum of great Playcrafters stories and highlights from the archives. Any members savvy in website construction are urged to contact the committee. Call 631-748-7863 if you’d like to give us a hand.
On June 2 Playcrafters Board Member John Hannon presented its annual scholarships to three outstanding seniors from Bellport High School who plan to continue their education incorporating the performing arts in their studies. Scholarships were presented to Lindsay Bennett, Karina Budiarjo, and Jonathan Leone. We wish them success in all future endeavors and hope their college experience is a rewarding one. Congratulations to the recipients!
Playcrafters has given over $45,000 in scholarships to deserving students to help further their education. Monies for the scholarship fund come from our raffles and concession sales as well as individual donations. To those who have contributed in any way, we thank you for your continued support.
Fun for the Membership
Part of our organization’s objective is to promote the performing arts. How better to accomplish this than to follow the advice of Deb Starker in her weekly newsletter, Deb’s Web ("If you’re not in a show, please see one and support Long Island theater."). As members of a theatrical organization, we should be interested in what is being performed all around us here on Long Island. As you all know, there is a wide variety of venues to choose from. In an attempt to encourage your attendance at Long Island theatrical productions, we plan to arrange periodic theater nights for Playcrafters members to attend – each time at a different theater.
For our first outing, we have chosen Creative Ministries’ production of Oliver. The night will be Wednesday evening, July 23 at 7:30 PM. They are located at 927 Montauk Highway in Oakdale. The show happens to star Playcrafters Peter Morrison (Fagin) and Debbie Starker (Widow Carney).
Simply call the theater (218-2810) to reserve your seats. Tickets are $18.00. After the show, those interested may gather together for drinks or coffee and chat about the production. It doesn’t matter if five or twenty-five people attend. Those who do will have seen a show they may not ordinarily have attended.
For future theater nights, please check out our new website, www.bellport–playcrafters.com or phone 631-748-7863. We will send e-mails to those of you whose addresses we have. (If you’ve never received an e-mail from us and would like to, please call the above phone number and leave it on the voice mail.)Beach Party
As we had attempted to do last summer, a gathering has been planned on the property of the Bellport Beach Property Owners Association, Bay Road (at the end of Woodacres Road) in East Patchogue to take place on Wednesday evening, August 20th starting at 6:00 PM. (Rain date will be the following night, Thursday August 21st 6:00 PM). You are encouraged to bring a picnic supper. There will be grills available for cooking, but you must supply your own charcoal. If you wish to bring food to share, you may do so. It might be a good idea to bring some bug spray too.
The property contains a gazebo under which are several large picnic tables, but you may bring your own chairs or blankets if you wish. Electricity and water are available, as is a port-a-lav. We will supply the music. All are welcome to come for all or part of the evening. This event is free! No RSVP is necessary, but if you have any questions, call Michele DePalo (286-1134).