Summer 2004

P.O. Box 452; Bellport, NY 11713-0452
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 631-748-7863

Summer Picnic

Save the date –Thursday evening, July 15th  

Playcrafters Annual Picnic for all members will be held on Thursday evening, July15th, starting at 6 pm and lasting until whenever the fun, dancing, and music stops. This is your chance to network with friends and members. 

WHERE – Bellport Beach Estates,  Woodacres Road, East Patchogue – at the end turn right and the gate is on the left at the end of Bay Road.  Bring a picnic dinner and your own refreshments – we will supply paper goods and utensils for all. Bring BUG SPRAY, too! Come RAIN OR SHINE as we are under a gazebo, but wear your raincoat anyway.   Call Dorry (286-0126) or Kathy G. (286-2511) if you need more details. ______________________________________________________________________________ 


Sylvia won the hearts of all those attending the May Playcrafters performances of A. R. Gurney’s comedy of the same name. Rousing rounds of applause greeted Sylvia and her found human family throughout each evening’s presentation and confirmed that Playcrafters had another theatrical success. Our thanks to the talented cast: Kim Esp, Marilyn Goodman, Charlie Hunter, Ron Kagel, Jane Maushay, and Linda McKnight. Kudos to our Director, Robert Kaplan, for bringing Sylvia to life. Barbara Allen and John Hannon co-produced and offer special thanks to the members of Playcrafters who took on various behind the scenes roles to ensure that the production worked like a finely tuned engine. Their continued dedication, determination and enthusiasm made this and every production a positive theatrical experience. The show was presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.


Cancer Claims our Cathy Whidden Stanions 

On May 9th our Cathy Whidden Stanions lost her long fought battle with cancer. Most long-standing Playcrafters probably knew her better as Cathy Schiera. Cathy’s ties with Playcrafters go back to 1970 when she was one of Playcrafters’ earlier scholarship recipients. For many years thereafter she served on  Playcrafters’ Board of Directors, produced and directed several Playcrafters shows, and graced its stage with her lovely soprano voice. For many Playcrafters she will be remembered as Cinderella’s stepmother in Into the Woods, Laurie in Oklahoma, April (the not too bright stewardess) in Company, and the “glowing” stripper  in Side by Side by Sondheim.  Letters of condolence may be sent to her husband, Paul Stanions, at their home: 250 Connetquot Road, Bayport, NY 11705.                                _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Theater Outings 

There are no theater outings scheduled at this time, but we recommend that you keep in touch with our website for future selections and dates. ______________________________________________________________________________________________

JP Morgan Chase Grant

Playcrafters has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. These grants are available to Suffolk County community-based arts organizations that meet certain requirements. The funds are requested for specific projects or equipment and Playcrafters will use its award for the purchase of new sound equipment


Scholarship Recipients 

Margaret W. Smith scholarships were awarded by Playcrafters to the following three (3) Bellport High School graduates: Douglas Terry, Stephanie Vertichio and Danielle Ford. We all extend our congratulations and best wishes to these 2004 winners.


Leader of the Pack chosen as Playcrafters fall fare

After considering several good scripts the Board of Directors has chosen Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical as our fall production. The show chronicles the life of singer/songwriter Ellie Greenwich who was one of the major influences of 1960’s rock music. Many of her songs have gone gold and platinum. This musical is chock full of the songs you loved . . . songs like Chapel of Love, Be My Baby, Hanky Panky, And Then He Kissed Me, Da Doo Ron Ron, Do Wah Diddy,  and, of course, the title song. In 1985, Leader of the Pack was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical and a Granny Award for Best Broadway Cast Album. The co-producers, Dorry Tooker, Geri D’Amico and Laurie Fosmire, will be scheduling auditions for late August and details will be announced in a separate mailing. 

The show will be directed by Robert DePersio who is a graduate of Sachem High School and who received his B.S. in music education from Hofstra and his Masters from SUNY Stony Brook. Bob is currently director of student productions at Paul Gelinas Middle School in the Three village School District. He has been performing in Long Island theater  for almost 20 years and has been directing for almost 10 of those years. Some of the favorites that he has directed include: Little Shop of Horrors, Addict and, of course, Leader of the Pack. ______________________________________________________________________________________________


The Board is in the process of updating our inventory. If anyone has any items in his/her possession belonging to Playcrafters, please let us know. We just need to keep track of where everything is located. These items would include: costumes, props, sound or lighting equipment, stationery supplies, building or paint supplies, photos, etc.


Missing Minutes

A looseleaf binder containing Board Minutes covering the years 1980 through 1986 is missing from the archives. Please advise President/Historian Michele DePalo (286-1134) if you know the whereabouts of this important bit of history.