Stories & Cast Interviews
Cab Calloway Awards
On Monday, May 19th, The Arts community of Westchester County came out to honor their own when the Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented At Westchester Broadway Theatre.
George Puello, John Treacy Egan, Daniel Carlino
The Master Of Ceremonies for The stellar evening was Broadway actor, John Treacy Egan. Mr. Egan has starred in The Producers and Jekyl And Hyde and can be seen currently as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid. George Puello, looking smart in his signature white tux and ruby red accessories, was the host and has organized this annual event since 2001. Cab Calloway was a resident of Elmsford for 34 years. His career spanned at least six decades and was highlighted by his work on stage, film, television and the recording industry. It is an honor to have the award bear his name. The recipients are recognized for their body of work, dedication and contribution to the performing arts in Westchester County. Invited performers for the evening included; John Coppola (Jersey Boys, Chicago company.) with twin, Tom Coppola, Scott Ramsey and Steve Loftus who all sang a ditty from Forever Plaid, The Lighthouse Youth Theatre, The Westchester Dreamcoats, Peter Iasillo, Alysa Haas, Shana Buxton, Danceworks (The Dance Company of WCC) and Karen Beals, singing George Puello's song, "In My Dream", as a moving tribute to the late Mort Clark. Mr. Egan sang excerpts from The Producers, as well as a selection from his newly-released CD "Count The Stars."
FOUNDER OF THE BRAMSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC. HIS WIFE BERENICE BRAMSON IS BEING HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
JOHN B. COPPOLA
FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NEW ROCHELLE COMMUNITY THEATER (ESTABLISHED IN 1968). HE HAS SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES FROM SET DESIGNER AND DIRECTOR TO PRODUCER.
SIR MORT CLARK (1928-2007)
HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY FOR HIS GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR THEATRE. HE WAS PROFESSOR OF SPEECH AND THEATER AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LIFELONG DEDICATION AS A MUSIC TEACHER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR OVER FORTY YEARS THROUGHOUT WESTCHESTER COUNTY. HIS WIFE,
JUDY GABERMAN, AN ACCOMPLISHED AUTHOR OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS, WIILL BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
SUSAN (RYAN) KATZ
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WESTCO PRODUCTIONS. HER FATHER SEYMOUR "SONNY" KATZ. A GREAT SUPPORTER OF THEATER WILL BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
FOUNDER AND PRODUCER OF YORKTOWN STAGE. A LONGTIME DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER AND ACTOR IN PROFESSIONAL AND
MUSIC TEACHER AND DRAMA DIRECTOR AT PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THIRTY FOUR YEARS. MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR MANY
COMMUNITY THEATER GROUPS IN WESTCHESTER.
DANCE PROFESSOR AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR THE PAST THIRTY-FOUR YEARS. AND CO-FOUNDER OF DANCEWORKS WITH MOLLYANN FRANZBLAU
Mrs Potts Spills all!
Stacia Fernandez is bubbling over with excitement as she appears nightly in Beauty & The Beast!
I was born in Columbia Missouri, lived in Monmouth, Illinois until I was 9 and then spent the rest of my growing up years in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm the 4th of 4 girls and we had a blast together!
I think my acting needs are genetic! My Dad is a great actor. He never did it for a career, but I saw him in plays from an early age. I think it's HIS fault!! :)
I'm just old enough to remember Sunday nights and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY. It was an important television time every week. Daniel Boone, Mary Poppins, The Sword in the Stone, The Nutty professor, Mickey and Minnie? All of them every Sunday night with a bowl of popcorn and my sisters.
I played Mrs. Potts on the National Tour AND on Broadway. I was lucky enough as an understudy to get the contract in both places for awhile! My preparation? Honesty and good spirit. That's where I try to put my head for the lovely Mrs. Potts.
The costume is a big physical obstacle to conveying emotion. I happen to be one of the folks that LOVES this show more when we are in rehearsal without all the big costumes. It's such a sweet story and I think it could be done without costumes completely! BUT that being said? The costumes we are wearing are very "user friendly"!
Children are enchanted by this story and show. I love to see the little girls in their gold dresses and the moms and their sons and daughters holding their hands in the air and singing BE OUR GUEST. And it happens a lot! (oh... and I think some parents are getting their introduction to live theatre THROUGH their children. That is a beautiful thing too!)
My partner and I are finishing renovation on our house! That takes a lot of time. But I also walk my dogs, garden, see movies, theatre when I can and see my friends and try to stay happy and busy. Cause that's what life's all about to me!! :)
A tantalizing taste!
Unlikely Lovers make magic!
Rena Strober (Belle ) & Joseph Mahowald (The Beast)