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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Nicolas Tabio, 2017 Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship Recipient

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This year's recipient, of the Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship, is Nicolas Tabio, a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY.  It will be awarded to him on Stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, July 6, 2017. 

Nicolas just graduated as valedictorian of his class and He's a member of the National Honor Society. He studied at Oxford University last summer to take the Politics and Economics course of the Oxford Tradition.  His love for the dramatic arts led him to the stage and he starred in the Stepinac production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and had the lead role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the production of All The Way, and directed the production of Amadeus. He co-founded Crusader Productions, an independent student-run theatre company, which put on Death of a Salesman on last summer. He is now directing its second production, This Is Our Youth.  He a member of the baseball team and has been a member of the varsity hockey team for four years and was a captain this season. He will be attending Yale University next fall.

The Scholarship is given annually to a college-bound senior who has excelled in the theatre arts programs while attending Stepinac High School. The prestigious Arts Scholarship is named after Bob Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Stepinac High School, who died suddenly at the age of 37 in March of 1992. He was the Public Relations Director of the Westchester Broadway Theatre, as well as a gifted actor, producer, writer and a director of shows at WBT and at numerous theatres throughout the County.
The scholarship was established in his name by the owners of Westchester Broadway Theatre, Bill Stutler and Bob Funking, the entire employee staff of WBT, and the many friends and relatives of Bob Fitzsimmons. Under the auspices of WBT, Allan Gruet, (former WBT Public Relations Director, who replaced Bobby Fitzsimmons) and George Puello spearheaded two fundraisers. The first & most successful fundraiser was held at WBT, the second was held at Stepinac High School.  Mr. Puello was responsible for directing & producing the entertainment portion of the events, while Mr. Gruet handled the ticketing for the fundraisers & the continuing administration of the self-sustaining scholarship. Over the years, along with the assistance of producer Bob Funking, Allan has continued to manage the scholarship, making it possible to present the award consistently each year. In recent years, Frank Portanova, Vice Principal of Stepinac High School, has been extremely helpful and cooperative, making some financial donations to the fund to help ensure the life of the scholarship. He also is responsible for selecting the student winner for this highly competitive award. Since its inception, $25,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded. Unfortunately, due to the current financial climate, the Scholarship is no longer self-sustaining and monies need to be raised to ensure the continuation of this award. The annual scholarship in Bob's name is our collective way of keeping alive the memory of our dear friend, Bobby Fitzsimmons

Thursday, October 11, 2012


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Home For The Holidays

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Director of Home For The Holidays, David Edwards: 
"The wonderful holiday shows at WBT have become somewhat of a tradition for me.  I am proud to have been part of the cast of CHRISTMAS VOYAGER (twice!) and to have played Scrooge in three different versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  In addition, it has been a gift to me to be a part of so many other WBT productions over the years, both as a performer and director.    This year I hope to give a gift back to the audiences with HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a brand new holiday musical written just for the WBT.  Tony Javed and I have come up with a show that chronicles the life of a contemporary American family during the holiday season , weaving in a varied musical score that includes traditional favorites along with some lovely new surprises and contemporary holiday songs, and just a smattering of classic Broadway show tunes, a “musical menu” that we think audiences will find funny, touching, and joyous.  We’re having a great time putting it together and we think there’s going to be something for everyone in this show. We very much want it to be refreshing and new while very much in keeping with the traditional high standard of the holiday fare at Westchester Broadway Theatre. "
The cast rehearses.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Peek at Singin' In The Rain!

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