We are pleased and proud to present our 2018-19 Season - October 2018 to May 2019. We delight audiences with entertaining, unique and original plays, from the Season opener 'Dream Girls,' through to the New Playwrights Festival One-Night-Only Presentation In June 2019. For a full list of the 2019-19 Play Season and details, click here
We are a federally approved 501c-3 non-profit in excellent standing. Donations are necessary to continue the work that we feel so strongly about. Everything from supporting the tuition for a child in one of our summer programs to ensuring we have paper and ink to continue daily operations, every dollar helps us to achieve our goals and continue growing stronger. Please consider selecting a recurring donation! Smaller frequent donations are easy on your checkbook and are a substantial help to the theater!
NOTE: Open seating for individual tickets. To secure a reserved table of 8, that purchase must be made as one solo transaction via online sales or call in to theater (340) 775-7877. The in-office Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minimum age 18+ years old.
Note: Open Seating for individual tickets. For those desiring a reserved table of 8, purchase must be done with one transaction for all 8 tickets (i.e., individual ticket sales will not be compiled into a reserved table of 8). The fourth installment of our popular Whodunnit Murder Mystery Theater events has been scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019. Seating is limited (60 total), and we usually sell out quickly. As with our past two events, our Whodunnit Author and Director is the talented island resident and actor Julie Baber. For the last two events, we also launched an encore performance the next day, a Sunday Matinee.
Theme: A tribute to G.L.O.W. - the Georgeous Ladies of Wresting. Fun To Do (but not mandatory) - Dress Up In 80’s garb.
Our Whodunnit events feature an originally written playlette, interactive audience participation to help ‘solve’ the murder mystery, a complimentary first drink, light snacks, and loads of fun! Tickets are $20 pp, will be available online soon (For those 18+ please, and cash bar will be available). Stayed tuned and visit our website - and Facebook Page - often for updates.
*St. Thomas Amazing Babes Beating Everyone Down
SOLD OUT! SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th
"The Body Politic"
Written and Directed by author and actor Julie Baber
Think politics is no laughing matter? You'll think again when you attend this fifth installment in Pistarckle Theater's 'Pistarckle After Dark' series, a satirical political debate! Yes, it's a Comedy!
The 60 tickets for this Sunday encore performance will again sell out quickly. Just $15.00 pp (18+ years old minimum age, please) includes first drink for free, light snacks, super fun and interactive entertainment, chance to win prizes/gift certificates. Tickets available online, or call (340) 775-7877. All 4 past Whodunnit events sold out well beforehand. Reserved seating for tables of 8.
The all-star cast, students of the Pistarckle Playwrighting Camp, will present their collaboratively-written play' "Driving Me Crazy," on Friday, August 17th, at 6 p.m. It's a comedy about first-time drivers, and promises to be seriously entertaining. Student directors are Kinnisha Coulanges and Jackson Auchunclass. Camp Instructor VI playwright Susan Hunter has been guiding the students for the four weeks summer camp session. This program is annually supported by the VI Department of Labor. Tickets are just $10 per person both both adults and children. Click here for online tickets, or call (340) 775-7877.
This year's Youth Summer Musical Theater 6 week camp is hosting 33 students. The featured play is Oliver!
Tickets for public performances July 27, 28, 29, online purchase click here
Tickets for performances for all other St. Thomas Camp students and chaperones, online purchase click here
The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens' novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and song ever to hit the stage.
This is Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.
The Curse of the Trompeuse Treasure, Whodunnit Murder Myster Night. Another Pistarckle-After-Dark event, Repeat Performance SUNDAY, JUNE 10th, 4 p.m.
'Small Meals To Go' are available through Rockstone Grille's "Play With Your Food" program. Two selections, $13.00 each, must be pre-ordered directly through the restaurant. Contact Don Dunlap, General Manager, at (340) 690-2279 or email email@example.com
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All aboard for an arousing adventure filled with
peculiar passengers and conspiring crew members.
Check your baggage and set sail for a sinuous night of
secrets, scandals and seafaring scoundrels.
The ever-popular Murder Mystery Night is back at Pistarckle Theater! Join us to solve the mystery on Saturday, March 10, 2018 - beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 pp, includes light snacks. Our fabulous Lobby Concession will also be open for purchase of beverages (CASH ONLY at Concession, please).
Our Cruise Ship Theme is "Mystery of the Seas: Whodunnit? @ Pistarckle Theater"
Description: After a luxurious week at sea, all those on-board the Mystery of the Seas are ready for a night of romance and intrigue at the Captain’s Cocktail Reception—an extravagant affair to top all others. Adrift on the ocean, there is no better place to escape your troubles…or for a murderer to strike.
Could the killer be the commanding captain who has found his personal life out of control? A seething spouse who has discovered the dastardly deception of their darling? Or possibly a conniving contestant who will do anything to be crowned ambassadress by the cruise line?
Trapped at sea, no one is safe and everyone is a suspect. As secrets are revealed, everyone’s innocence will come into question as the assassin tries to appear angelic. Sharpen your sleuthing skills, for that’s what you will have to rely on to call out the killer!
Various prizes at the end of the evening include tickets to our upcoming play, "The Color Purple, the musical," 2018-19 Subscriber Passes, and more...for sleuthing solutions, best dressed, most outrageous solution...and more.
Final three performances will take place on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, February 11, our 2 p.m. Mimosa Matinee. 'The Last Five Years,' a two-person musical about love and relationships. Click Here To Purchase Your Tickets Online Directly. Something new, too! "Play With Your Food." We've partnered with our newest neighbor, Rockstone Grille. Theater patrons are offered a 'small plates' buffet that is very budget-friends. Contact Rockstone Grille General Manager Don Dunlap directly for details and reservations. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Live. Theater. Lives. Pistarckle Theater at Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. 'The Last Five Years.' PLEASE NOTE CHANGE ON START TIME OF EVENING PERFORMANCES TO 8 P.M. - on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The last 5 Years is a simple and touching story of a five year relationship between two young adults told entirely through music. Catherine tells her part of the story from the end of the relationship backwards to the beginning and Jamie tells his from the beginning of the relationship to the end.
Jamie is an aspiring novelist who finds fame and success at the tender age of 23. Catherine is an aspiring actress struggling to make it. They truly and deeply love each other, but sometimes love isn’t enough and their relationship suffers from the strains put on it and eventually - maybe inevitably - ends.
They each tell their stories alone and apart from one another.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! is our Holiday Play for the 2017-18 Season. Casting for several parts: Adults male/female, and children male/female. Auditions are Saturday, October 28th, at 5 p.m. at Pistarckle Theater. For more information, email Resident Director Frank Bartolucci at email@example.com
Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project Program Final Week Ends November 17th
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands –On October 23rd, the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project” launched with split session therapeutic and arts day camp classes for 7 to 12 year old youth. Located in Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, the theater day camp included a 3 hour morning - or afternoon - session, Monday through Friday, with a healthy snack and several classes in the performing arts. There was a nominal fee per child, with some scholarships awarded. There were many donors who stepped forward to make those scholarships possible. The Camp's mission is to help children express and channel their traumatic life experience and feelings by therapy through the arts. Classes are being held in music, singing, acting, dancing, writing, poetry, puppetry, sand art and yoga.
Pistarckle has partnered with Virgin Islands holistic health consultant Joan Bennett-Williams, R.N. to premiere and weave her therapeutic play concept, the “iggi Project,” during camp. In addition, well-respected social worker and puppeteer Ann Nayer is involved. According to Pistarckle Theater Founder and Artistic Producer Nikki Emerich, “Children are participating in a safe, controlled environment, while also facilitating parents who may wish to return to work, or perhaps carve out some dedicated time to repair/rebuild their homes.”
Any additional Donations should be made payable to Pistarckle Theater, earmarked for the Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project, and mail or drop off to 4126 Anna’s Retreat (Tillett Gardens), St. Thomas, VI00802, ATTN; Priscilla Lynn/Marketing Director. Donations make also be made via the PayPal Account at firstname.lastname@example.org, noting that it is for the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project.” For more information, call or text the theater’s temporary contact number at (340) 227-8451.
It's Back! Save the Date for our popular annual St. Thomas/St. John Chamber Business After Hours. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. After carefully combing through many possible plays to once again delight our audiences, we'll be proudly announcing our upcoming 2017-18 Play Season. We've packed two of the best business social hours on the island into this event! Business social networking, scene from a Pistarckle Theater play, youth steel pan band, fabulous raffle prizes, a take-home goodie bag (for the first 25 people to arrive!)....and more surprises. If you are not a member of the Chamber, but are interested in attending, please contact Sonya at the St. John/St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce at (340) 776-0100.
The Best of the B's: Burgundy, Bordeaux and Bodacious! Save The Date for our annual French Wine Tasting event, featuring a fabulous sampling of hand-selected wines , presented by VI Wine Wholesale, a division of Frank Leonard Corp. Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m., at Pistarckle Theater. $75.00 per person, or $125.00 per couple; limited tickets available.
The night Includes a wide selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres, and socializing all night long. Raffle and drawings for special prizes. Auction for high-profile wines. Attractive pricing will also be available on featured wines.
Buy Tickets to August 17th, 7 p.m. performance, click here
The popular STARZ Leadership/Playwrighting Camp is sponsored by The Virgin Islands Department of Labor. This camp focuses on developing life and career skills through playwrighting and theater performance via a model of instruction known as active learning.
For more details click here
ALL 3 PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT!
Friday, July 28th, Saturday, July 29th,
and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Be sure to get your tickets for December's "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" early - as our holiday play is usually a sell-out, too!
The STARZ Musical Theater Summer Camp for youth is featuring for this year's play:
Disney's The Lion King JR.
Music & Lyrics by
Elton John & Tim Rice
Additional Music & Lyrics By
Lebo M. Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin & Hans Zimmer
Book By: Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway Production directed by Julie Taymor
This 6-week program focuses on teaching all aspects of musical theater, singing, dancing, and acting, as well as the technical theater, lighting and sound design. Class size limited. Two Full Scholarships still available.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE CLICK HERE
SAVE THE DATE! For the first-ever MusicFest for KidZ. Come enjoy a great selection of the island's most talented musicians as they take to the stage in picturesque Tillett Gardens to share their own compositions throughout the day on SUNDAY, JUNE 25th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - all to benefit Pistarckle Theater's Summer Youth Camp Programs: StarZ Camp #1 is The Musical Theater Camp, with this year's featured play - Disney's The Lion King JR. StarZ Camp #2 is the Leadership/Playwriting Camp. Special appearances by the island's youth musical students, fantastic raffle prizes, refreshments...and more. Raffle items gladly accepted in exchange for promotional considerations. Tickets $20 donation/adults; $10 donation/kids, include event entry and one drink of your choice.
Musicians being featured throughout the day, include: The Jake Bradley Band, Artie Cornett, Barefoot Davis, Rob Eberhart, Eddie Kusar, Adam Parr, Danny Silber, St. Groovus, Shelly May, Eric Malmstrom, Michelle Perry-May, Saint Groovus, and Christopher Kollins (KRSKO), and cameos by the youth musicians from G. Clef Music Academy
Cannot attend but want to make a donation to our Summer Youth Camps? Click Here
Adults $15; Students $10 Click here to buy tickets online
PISTARCKLE’S 2017 NEW PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS THREE NEW PLAYS ON MAY 20 THAT ARE FULL OF DRAMA AND HUMOR
St. Thomas, VI -- Virgin Islands playwrights are getting a chance to feature their original drama and comedy plays at theater's third annual festival. Pistarckle Theater will present the plays of three new playwrights at its 2017 New Playwrights Festival on Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm. Earlier this year, Pistarckle issued a call for new never-produced or staged plays resulting in 9 entries that were reviewed by the Festival committee. Three were selected amongst the entries.
Nicola Emerich, Founder/Artistic Producer, said “Pistarckle Theater’s goal for the New Playwrights Festival is to provide an opportunity for up and coming playwrights to present their original work on a professional community stage. We are thrilled that as a result of finding these great talents, over the years, two of the Festival's plays have been added to our regular theater season. Catch and Keep is an original play that was featured last year at our Festival and it will be opening this week at Pistarckle.” Two Catch & Keep performances remain: Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 – 8 p.m. The 2017 plays to be presented on May 20 are Matthew Hamilton-Kraft’s Alternative Facts, Stacey A. Bryan’s Bone is for Dog: Meat is for Man, and Dr. Gillian Royes’ How to be an Immigrant. Stacey A. Bryan was also featured in the 2015 Festival and her play, Sad Mangoes, was included in Pistarckle's 2016 theater season.
Frank Bartolucci is directing the plays and each playwright is getting involved with casting and technical support. To purchase the family-friendly-priced tickets ($15.00), call Pistarckle Theater at (340) 775-7877 or visit pistarckletheater.com
The Pistarckle Theater 2017 New Playwrights Festival is being sponsored by the Prior Family Fund, Vento Charitable Trust and Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and Discover Fund Management, LLLP. Thank you to this year's Sponsors: Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, Prior Family Foundation, Vento Charitable Trust, and Discover Fund Management, LLLP
Matthew Hamilton-Kraft (Alternative Facts) is an eight time produced playwright and life long writer. In 1999 Matt won an ACTF/Kennedy Center New Playwright Award for his debut play, "Just Getting Even", a drama about male and female relationships transitioning from high school to college. Matt won a Festival of The Lakes Playwright Award in 2001 for the romantic comedy, "Getting Out: Lost in Adirondackia". In 2004, he was awarded a Robert H. Jackson Fellow Award for the educational drama, "My Daddy Says", which highlighted racial tensions when minority children move into a rural white suburb. Other original plays that Matt has penned include: The romantic comedy, "The Giraffe Who Came To Dinner", (original production 2001), a satirical farce, "The Truth Isn't Out There (original production 2002), The Metaphysics of Poetry, a dramatization of the poems and fairy tales of Oscar Wilde, (original production 2003), Tax Cut, a political comedy (original production 2004) and in 2002, Matt collaborated with notable Western New York author Paul Leone to adapt the historical fiction book, "if nothing happens", into a stage play.
In addition to playwright credits, Matt has over 30 professional acting and directing credits. Favorite roles include Estragon in Waiting For Godot, John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Jerry in The Zoo Story and Charlie Baker in The Foreigner. Notable directing credits include, The Miracle Worker, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Dirty Old Man.
In 2006 Matt "retired" from theater to join responsible society and work in education and anti-poverty while being a dad to young boys and a husband to a dedicated teacher. Matt moved to St. Thomas in August of 2017 with his wife Katrina and boys Nolan and Lliam. Pistarckle and Nolan has slowly coaxed him back into theater.
Stacey A. Bryan (Bone is for Dog; Meat is for Man) is a multi-generational St. Thomian. She attended Peace Corps Elementary School and graduated from Sts Peter and Paul High School. Stacey also attended the InterAmerican University in San German, Puerto Rico. She wrote the play, Sad Mangoes that was produced at Pistarckle Theater in 2016. Stacey loves stories and tales from the Caribbean. Stacey sincerely thanks her beloved family and friends for their wonderful inspirations and she is so proud to be chosen as a participant of the Pistarckle Theater’s New Playwrights Festival. Stacey A. Bryan dedicates this play to the life of her Granny, Ann Josephine Ledee, the beautiful pink rose with thorns.
Gillian Royes, PhD (How to be an Immigrant) Born in Jamaica, Gillian Royes furthered her education in the United States, completing a doctorate in Communications at Emory University and ending her teaching career at the University of the Virgin Islands. The author of a cozy mystery series published by Simon and Schuster, Gillian has also written two plays, HOW TO BE AN IMMIGRANT and THE MAN WHO TURNED BOTH CHEEKS. She wrote the screen play for the film Preciosa, shot in St. Croix by director Peter Sagnia (2016), and is working on a pilot for a TV series based on her books.
Susan Hunter, playwright 'Catch & Keep'
ATTENTION ACTORS & THOSE INTERESTED IN ACTING! OPEN AUDITION CALL For
New Playwrights Festival:
COME TO PISTARCKLE THEATER ON SUNDAY, MAY 7th, 6 p.m
Please contact Resident Director Frank Bartolucci (340) 715-2101 or email email@example.com
Pistarckle Theater will hold AUDITIONS for The New Playwrights Festival on SUNDAY, MAY 7th, at 6:00 p.m. at Pistarckle Theater (in the back of Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna's Retreat, St. Thomas). Those chosen will participate in reading one act for one night only - Saturday, May 20th, from one of the chosen plays that were entries into this years New Playwrights Festival
We are looking for (4) West Indian and/or Jamaican male adults; (ages range from early-20’s to mid-30’s) and for (3) West Indian female adults; (ages range from late 20’s to late 30’s) and (1) Jamaican female senior (mid 50’s to mid 60’s) for two of the three plays selected.
The third play requires (2) adult males (mid-30’s to mid -50’s) and (2) adult females (mid-30’s to mid-50’s), and does not require a specific ethnicity. The performance will be a staged reading from the scripts of Act One of the three plays. There will be 2 rehearsals for each of the 3 plays selected the week of May 14 -19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the performance will be on Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.
If you are also interested in getting information on signing up for our "Actors Registry," please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who supported another successful year by donating items for the Silent and Live Auction, placing advertising in our Program Book, and attending the event. Special thanks to all at Oceana Restaurant for being a wonderful host for this event - food so yummy, service so superb.
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