P.O. Box 452; Bellport, NY 11713-0452
of the Iguana
will present Tennessee Williams’ classic The
Night of the Iguana at the Bellport Community Center on January 20, 21,
27, and 28 at 8:00 PM. This
powerful drama, ably directed by George Loizides and produced by Geri Skelly,
will star Phil Eberhardt, Bob Kaplan, Kathryn Lerner, George Loizides, Jane
Maushay, Claire Parrella-Curran, Brian Raber, Vincent Rasulo, and Mary-Alyce
Vienneau. Suggested donation for
tickets is $18, or $15 for seniors/students.
minister T. Lawrence Shannon now scrapes out a living as a tour guide in
1940’s Mexico. On the verge of a mental collapse, he abducts his tour group
to a crumbling Pacific seaside hotel on the edge of the jungle. As a fierce
tropical storm rolls in, Shannon must wrestle with the passions of the women
around him - the wrath of a Texas school teacher, the advances of a lustful
teenager and the jealousies of the widowed hotel owner, as he seeks solace
with a new arrival, a gentle spinster traveling with her grandfather, the
world’s oldest living poet.
2012 annual meeting of Playcrafters will be held on Sunday January 22 at the
Brown Building on Bell Street, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
Members planning to attend the meeting are asked to bring an appetizer
to share. Playcrafters will provide beverages (soda, wine, coffee) and
desserts. We are looking forward
to seeing all of Playcrafters’ friends there.
nominating committee consisting of board members Bree Nurnberger (chair)
and Jane Love, and members Michele DePalo, Judy Perfido and Bob Kinsey
selected the following nominees for new board positions: Des Burke,
Vicki Fleming and Kathy Loizides. These
are all veteran board members, and we know their contributions will be
most welcome. They will replace
outgoing board members Bree Nurnberger, John Simpson and Lester Sprague, whose
services have been much appreciated during their terms.
year the South Country School District retired the 270-seat auditorium at the
Bellport Middle School that Playcrafters had been using for the last 30 years
or so, and replaced it with a modern much larger 700+ seat auditorium.
Though it is beautiful and state-of-the-art, the new auditorium is far
too large for the size audiences that Playcrafters usually attracts.
Since then, Playcrafters has been using the Community Hall at Christ
Episcopal Church (An Evening
of Comedy), and the Bellport Community Center (Steel Magnolias, Once In a
Lifetime, The Night of the Iguana). While
the Community Center at least has a proper stage, it is sorely lacking in
other respects such as facilities for lighting, sound, rigging, electrical
circuits and dressing rooms, and is in considerable disrepair to the extent
that it is a major challenge for the village.
Playcrafters has recently
received a proposal from the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport. This
organization is currently constructing an expansive new building on Atlantic
Avenue, with a large, modern auditorium. The
Boys and Girls Club has offered to provide Playcrafters with privileged access
to this auditorium for our productions, in exchange for our technical
expertise and assistance in outfitting the auditorium with lighting, sound,
and other features appropriate for a performance venue, as well as agreeing to
present our productions there. The
Board of Directors is considering this proposal very seriously, since it
addresses some of our most urgent needs, as well as providing something we
have longed for during much of our 50+ year history, a proper home to call our
expect to discuss this proposal at our Annual Meeting, and welcome all members
to express their opinions.
In a Lifetime
Loizides directed a semi-staged concert reading of Kaufman and Hart’s
hilariously zany 1930 comedy Once In a
Lifetime, performed on September 16 and 17 at the Bellport Community
Center. This fast paced wild romp, a marvelous spoof of tinsel town, featured
more than 20 actors interpreting over 50 roles, as well as a multi-media
presentation of historical photographs, and entertained large audiences on
both nights. Congratulations to
all who contributed to this successful revival of an old classic.
Episcopal Church has long provided space in their attic for Playcrafters to
store costumes and properties, and recently provided some additional space in
their basement for storage of set components such as flats and platforms, once
it was no longer possible to continue storing these items in the Bellport
Middle School. Playcrafters is
deeply grateful for this hospitality from Christ Church.
A substantial committee of volunteers recently undertook a long overdue
cleanup of the items we had stored in the attic – sorting, discarding and
ordering as needed, and sprucing up the storage area. The organization
expresses its gratitude to all those members who helped in this cleanup.