Lisa S. Katz
I am pleased to report a lot of exciting Arts and Culture happenings in New Castle. Last night the Town Board voted to change the name of the Wallace Auditorium to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. This will help bring us one step closer to our goal of making this venue the premier destination for arts and culture in northern Westchester.
I’m also thrilled to report that the Board also approved the appointment of John Fanelli of Lighthouse Youth Theater as our new theater manager. We interviewed many excellent candidates for this position and are thrilled that we were able to bring such a respected and successful artist like John to our community. John will be responsible for booking acts at the Performing Arts Center, as well as for managing the theater. John fully intends work with the some phenomenal promoters to bring high end art, theater, dance, comedy and other events to ChappPAC.
ChappPAC is already being put to great use. Through our recreation department, DramaBee is coming to town and bringing Broadway musicals to pre-school aged children. Our DramaBee performers will spend 9 weeks having fun learning a classic Broadway musical. At the end of the 9 weeks there is a show performed on “stage” in costume for family and friends! DramaBee provides the scripts and music for the show to all the children’s parents. Check out the schedule here.
John will also be running a theater summer camp for older kids and teens this summer. Stay tuned for information on this amazing opportunity.
I want to thank the Arts & Culture Committee for their hard work and dedication. I look forward to reporting on future events at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center soon. In the meantime, join the Arts & Culture Facebook page for information on events at this fabulous amenity in our community!