Guys And Dolls At Landmark

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Robert Gallo, as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and cast sing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” (Photos by Brian E. Long)
Robert Gallo, as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and cast sing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” (Photos by Brian E. Long)

The Port Washington Play Troupe performed Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s classic musical comedy, this summer at Landmark on Main Street’s Jeanne Rimsky Theatre to sold-out crowds. Founded in 1927, the Port Washington Play Troupe is New York State’s oldest chartered amateur theater company.

The show was directed by Brian E. Long with musical direction by David Barnett. Pam Meadows was the executive producer, with help from her team, Tim Lavelle as technical producer, Robert Gold as company producer and Stacey Jawitz as business producer.

“Lucky Be a Lady” performed by Michael Santora, as Sky Masterson, and Kevin Knight and Jesse Perkins as crapshooters.
“Luck Be a Lady” performed by Michael Santora, as Sky Masterson, and Kevin Knight and Jesse Perkins as crapshooters.

The talent that the entire cast demonstrated was at a highly professional level without exception. Of particular note were the flawless performances by leads Karen Santaromita (Sarah Brown), Michael Santora (Sky Masterson), Carrie Heffernan (Miss Adelaide) and Vincent LoRusso (Nathan Detroit). Their voices, stage presence and dramatic and comedic timing were truly captivating.

This year’s summer show was dedicated to the memory of Ron Meadows. For decades, he was the driving force who kept Play Troupe growing stronger each year. His guidance, strength and caring support are the inspiration for the current revival of so many traditional Play Troupe activities.
Many organizations and individuals helped make the show such a huge success. Special thanks goes to the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation and grant administrator Jim Avena for underwriting a sizable portion of production costs.

Robert Gallo, as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and cast sing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” (Photos by Brian E. Long)
Robert Gallo, as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and cast sing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” (Photos by Brian E. Long)

The Port Washington Play Troupe presents multiple performances through the year. The fall season features the recreation of Orson Welles’ spine-chilling classic, War of the Worlds. This live performance is being presented on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Hillwood Recital Hall, Tilles Center at LIU Post. A simulcast will air on WCWP 88.1FM LIU radio. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/800495 for tickets.

Visit www.portwashingtonplaytroupe.com and www.facebook.com/portwashingtonplaytroupe to stay informed about upcoming performances or if you’re interested in becoming a member of the Play Troupe.

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