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


Oopah!!! Playcrafters is pleased to announce our upcoming production of "Zorba, The Musical". Directed by Debbie Starker, Produced by John Hannon, Musical Direction by Frank Nelson, Set Design by Lester Sprague, Choreography by Denise Baio and starring Peter Morrison as "Zorba", Gary Ducoing as "Nikos", Amelia Chiaramonte as "Madam Hortense", Phyllis March as the "Leader" and Barbara Stankelis as the "Widow". Our talented ensemble includes Ralph D'Ambrose, John Tighe, John Simpson, Stephen Kalogeras, Lester Sprague, Marquez Stewart, Kristen Keller, Lara Bowen, Linda Hillman, Julianne Viola, Christopher Fretto, Fred Richards and Richard Kleppan.

This wonderful story is set in Crete in 1924, and tells of a young student, Nikos who inherits a mine, his plans to resurrect it to a working state, and his collaboration with Zorba in achieving that goal. During this journey, Nikos meets a number of interesting and colorful townspeople and discovers what "Life Is" from his friend, Zorba.

Dates of the production are Friday and Saturday, May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm at our theatre space at the Bellport Middle School, located on the corner of Station Road and Kreamer Street. Ticket prices are $18. for adults; $15. for students and seniors. Call (631) 748-7863 to reserve your tickets. Bring your Bousouki and come celebrate life with Zorba!!!! STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH ZORBA

We are in need of volunteers to assist in the following: Set Construction, Set Painting, Stage Crew, Hair, Makeup and House (ushers). If you would like to help, please contact John Hannon at (631) 286-1730.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER "I've Heard that Song Before"

"I've Heard That Song Before", an afternoon of songs that pay tribute to Jule Styne, was held on February 8th at the Christ Episcopal Church in Bellport. The concert, conceived and directed by Peter Morrison, was performed by the Standards, whose singers include Shirley Mole, Gregg Sixt , Kathleen Gubitosi (pictured above) and Peter Morrison, with Peter on piano and Joe Landolfi on percussion (not pictured). We were treated to a brief musical history of Jule Styne, along with such songs as "People" and "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" to name just a couple. We raised $500 which will benefit Bellport High School seniors in the performing arts, including band, chorus, orchestra and theatre arts. Bravo to Peter, the Standards, and all those who attended for making this such a success.


John Hannon, President Kathy Loizides, Vice President Annette Maillard, Treasurer Bree Nurnberger, Secretary At-Large: Chrisa Burke, Vicki Fleming, Frank Nelson, John Simpson, Ted Fleissgarten


We are planning our summer social, so if you have any ideas, contact one of the board members. Also, we are looking for a comedy for the Fall. Got any ideas? Contact us with your suggestions.


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Speaking of scholarships. . .We received an email from a former Playcrafter and 1996 scholarship winner, Tina Fuentes. Here is an excerpt:

"I am writing to give an update on what this great scholarship has done for me, even 12 years after I received it. I attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and received a BFA in Theatre. Since then I have performed in various regional productions of West Side Story, A Grand Night for Singing, Guys and Dolls Oklahoma and Sweeney Todd and so many others around the country as well as toured nationally and internationally with several shows. I am also a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.

Currently, I am sharing my love of the musical theatre art form with students in Seoul, South Korea. It is a job that I adore, and again was made possible by this scholarship . . .I'll explain. . .you see, the Dean of the school where I'm teaching (Institute of Creative Arts-ICA) was my private voice teacher while I was still in college (thanks scholarship!) We've known each other for 10 years and when she got the call to return to South Korea to teach (she and her husband came and taught in Seoul 20 years ago!) she called me and asked if I would be interested in being a dance instructor here. Of course I accepted and am now the main dance instructor as well as the choreographer for the musical we are doing with the students. I've had the great opportunity to teach master classes for professional adults as well and am loving this life-changing experience."