Welcome to our 2013/14 Season!
To create an exceptional whole theatre experience for young actors and artists who
wish to develop and to enhance skills needed to excel in the craft of performing arts.
The many benefits of theatre arts for children
~ develop self-confidence
~ build social skills
~ learn to collaborate and support peers
~ increase knowledge of music, choreography, and stage direction
~ develop responsibility and work ethic
~ improve language, planning, and memory skills
~ learn self-expression in mind, heart, and movement
~ find joy!
Spring Musical: Once On This Island
Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The show also includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story; as well as the fairytale of "The Little Mermaid". The story concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.
Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and the West End production opened in 1994, where it won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Performing Arts Program:
October 6th. 2013 to April 6th, 2014
Weekly classes will emphasize technique in acting, voice, improvisation, and musical theatre style dance as they prepare for an end of semester production for the St. George Theatre stage.
Friday, December 6th, 8:00pm ~ Students will perform a Holiday Concert. They will entertain you with holiday favorites and a few songs from Once On This Island
as a sneak preview for their Spring Musical!
April 4 6 ~ Students will perform in the musical Once On This Island.
We ask students to wear comfortable clothing as well as sneakers or jazz shoes for their weekly classes.
Some costumes will be provided by the theatre, and some will be the responsibility of the student. Please note we plan on making it easy and at minimal expense to the parents by re-purposing and using items from your closet and the theater's costume closet. Details to follow.
$850 or (choose 4 payment plan $250 1st payment , $200 payments due Nov 15, Jan 15 & March 1st) for the performing arts program.
Class Schedule: Every Monday 4:00pm to 6:30pm
October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2 (show on December 6)
January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (tech week & show week April 1 6)
Click Here For An Application
Set Design & Stage Craft Program:
January 27th, 2014 to April 6th, 2014
Weekly classes offered in set design and stage craft focus on designing scenery from the early stages and bringing them to fruition for a production. Students will learn about back stage logistics as they develop the scenery and props for performances. Design, plan, paint, develop and creating will be part of the execution of this program.
We ask students to wear comfortable OLD clothing for their weekly classes. Be prepared to get messy. All art supplies and materials are included. Showtime:
Backstage crew is required to wear all black comfortable clothing during the performances. Details to follow.
$300 for the set design & stage craft program.
Classes every Monday 4:00pm 6:00pm
January 27, February 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 1, 2
April 4 6th, 2014
10% discount for each child. Registration Fee: $15 per student.
For more information regarding our performing arts academy, contact Stephanie Bianco at SGT.PAA@sgtr.org or call us at 718-442-2900 (M-F 9:30 am- 2 pm)
About Our Professional Team! All classes taught by experienced theatre professionals: Staff bios are below.
/ phone: 718-442-2900
OPEN HOUSE / REGISTRATION:
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
Learn about the program!
See the historic St. George Theatre the student's classroom!
Participate in a stage craft project!
Meet the staff!
Register for the program at the open house & receive a discount!
Early Registration on or before September 21st:
10% discount with payment in full.
Scenes from "The Wiz"
~ Performing Arts Program STAFF Biographies ~
John Stewart (AEA) is an award winning international director, choreographer, actor and writer. Since 1991, every summer John travels north to perform the role of Artistic Director of the acclaimed Weathervane Repertory Theatre -an Equity summer theater in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the winter John travels south where he performs again as Artistic Director of ArtBridge, a NYC theater company performing bilingual theater in Central AmericaThe fall & spring find John here in Staten Island where he teaches for SI Family Music. Together, with Mary, and musical director, Bobby Hirschhorn, they produce & direct cabaret and children's theater. His most recent smash hit, "Peter Pan" performed at The St George Theater by his most favorite young actors from Our Lady Of Good Counsel School! All year John is the Director Island rock stars! As well as being the director of SKYBO Productions & Casting (NYC). Some of John's performing credits include: Chuck Baxter/Promises, Promises (McCarter Theater), Harold Hill /Music Man (Surflight Theater, Jay Binder, director), Sir Anthony/The Rivals (Indiana Rep, Tom Haas, director), John Proctor/The Crucible (Palace Theater), John/When the Cookie Crumbles
(Promenade Theatre NYC) Directing credits include: Ogunquit Playhouse (ME), Surflight Theater (NJ), McCarter Theater (NJ), Princeton University Triangle Show (NJ), Seacoast Repertory Theater (NH) The Weathervane Theater (NH) Favorite roles: Lt. Cioffi/Curtains, Henry Higgins/My Fair Lady, Alfie Byrne/Man Of No Importance, Harold/Full Monty, Albert Peterson/Bye Bye Birdie. John is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to bring his lifetime of experience in the theater to the talented young actors of Staten Island at the incredible St. George Theatre!
Mary Lee Marson-Aloia
Mary Aloia (Mary Lee Marson - AEA) is a professional actress and singer who trained under some of the greats: Craig Carnelia, Margo Moser, Sarah Louise Lazarus, Larry Hill, Jay Harnick & Sir Milton Lyon. She has performed Off Broadway at The York Theater and at The Criterion Center. Regionally at McCarter Theater , The Indiana Repertory Theater, The Weathervane Theater & Surflight Theater, to name a few. Some of her favorite musical theater roles include: Eva Peron in EVITA, Peter in PETER PAN, Liesl, Maria & Mother Abbess in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Anna in THE KING & I, Sandy in GREASE, Irene Molloy in HELLO DOLLY, Fran Kubelik in PROMISES, PROMISES & Peggy in GODSPELL. Mary is bringing her experience as an Equity actress, her many years teaching Music Together to Staten Island's youngest musicians, her directing children's choirs & children's theater to Staten Island's wonderful young performers (with John Stewart) - she is bringing these fantastic experiences and her LOVE of children & the theater to SGT Performing Arts Academy!
Vicki Fiorentino is a Pratt Institute graduate and the proprietor of Vicki's Art & Design Studio, creating murals and faux finishes in private homes & businesses. Vicki has a passion for theater set design and has been the creative design force responsible for many local stage art/sets including her most recent designs for OLGC school performances of Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell and Peter Pan.
Wayne Miller, a Staten Island resident, began his career as an actor, appearing in more than 40 productions in regional and off-Broadway theatre, film, and television and spent twelve years as the host of Time Warner Cable's academic game show, Cranial Crunch. He has been a designer and producer of live theatrical events for more than two decades. As a lighting designer, his credits include the American Premiere of the stage version of Stephen King's Misery, the New York premieres of The Blue Angel and Yankee Tavern, designs for artists as varied as Alan King, Judy Collins and Chazz Palminteri, and more than 20 productions for SI Shakespearean Theatre, where he is currently the Producing Artistic Director. He is a former adjunct faculty member in the Performing and Creative Arts Department at the College of Staten Island. and the current production manager at the St. George Theatre.
Stephanie Bianco (PAA Office Manager)
Stephanie Bianco is a NYS certified teacher with years of experience working with children and families. Stephanie will be the office manager for our Performing Arts Academy. Please speak with Stephanie with any questions related to this program, including scheduling and paying tuition. You can contact Stephanie via email at SGT.PAA@sgtr.org 24/7 or call her at the theatre on Mondays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at 718-442-2900.
Doreen Cugno (SGT Executive Director/Co-Founder)
Doreen Cugno graduated from Point Park University, (Pittsburgh) in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree In Dance & Minor in Music. Before taking on the role as executive director at the theatre, Doreen taught dance and managed the dance studios with her family as well as teaching art at St. Margaret Mary's School. Doreen Cugno worked side by side with her mom, Mrs. Rosemary, and sister Luanne to rescue the St. George Theatre from being torn down in 2004. As executive director, Doreen is responsible for developing the programming -- outreach programs, educational programs, concerts, family shows, and rentals. She is also the artistic director of the Christmas Show. Doreen also handles the advertising and marketing, fundraising, and restoration projects. Doreen is a judge for The Omega Dance Challenge, a leading dance competition touring the US. Doreen is a member of the League of Historic American Theaters, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the executive board with the Friends of Thirteen.