Excelsior Theater, formally known as Suffolk Theater Arts & Recreation, will be putting on a production of Spring Awakening this June. The theater, run by cousins Michael Creta and Brian Viccaro, was founded in August of 2012. Brian and Michael, together with the help of their friends and family built the company from scratch, and put up several successful productions, from a broadway revenue entitled “A Night With The STAR’s”, a stage adaptation of hit movies like The Breakfast Club and Last Five Years, and a straight play entitled Dog Sees God, a dark adaptation of Charlie Brown. In 2015, Suffolk Theater Arts & Recreation changed their name to Excelsior Theater, with reverence to the New York State motto meaning “ever-upward”
Nik Sorocenski, secretary and co-founder of Excelsior theater
Spring Awakening, a dark, rock musical written by Duncan Sheik tells the story of teens in 19th century Germany who are discovering themselves and the struggles of teenage sexuality. “I think it’s the perfect show to do in a small, blackbox theater like this.”, said Nik Sorocenski, secretary of Excelsior theater. “This is my first time directing and I’m so excited that my first time is on such an incredible show like this.”
Auditions for Spring Awakening will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at Revelations Dance Center in Nesconset. For more information on auditions, shows, or to purchase tickets visit http://suffolktheatreartsrec.com/
This past weekend, the Cultural Arts Playhouse (CAP) closed it’s first main-stage production, “Hairspray”, at it’s new Syosset location. The company made it’s move in December, from a small 80-seat store front in Plainview to a brand new, 180 stadium style seat venue in Syosset. Hairspray, a 1960’s style dance show based in Baltimore, Maryland made for the perfect first show at the new space. The show’s main character is a teenage girl named Tracey Turnblad who’s dream is to be a dancer on a local TV show called The Corny Collins Show. Tracey auditions for the show and when she is cast, she uses her new celebrity status to help integrate the show.
Kaylyn Lewis, who made her debut as Tracey in the Cultural Arts Playhouse’s production of Hairspray, teared up after Saturday night’s final performance. “Coming into a new theater is never easy, but these guys made it so it was.”, said Kaylyn. “Being able to work on a show that I have wanted to work to for quite some time was a dream come true, and working on it with some of the most talented performers I have ever met made it all the more special.”
“Closing a show is always bittersweet. The bonds formed, the jokes made, the songs sung…all before you even hit the stage! Everyone has such great energy and it’s such a blast to be able to put up such an incredible production with my best friends.” said Jared Grossman, the son of CAP founder Bruce Grossman. Jared plays TV host Corny Collins in the show.
Next on the agenda for the Cultural Arts Playhouse is Guys & Dolls, which opens later this month.