Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project Program to Launch Monday, October 23
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands –On Monday, October 23rd, the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project” will launch split session therapeutic and arts day camp classes. Applications are being accepted for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Located in Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, the theater day camp will include a 3 or 4 hour morning - orafternoon- session, Monday through Friday, with a healthy snack and several classes in the performing arts. There will be a nominal fee per child, with the hope that funding and donations raised will offset participation fees and expenses of instructors, supplies, facility use, generator fuel, and all other associated costs. The total fundraising goal is $36,000.00. The Camp's mission is to help children express and channel their traumatic life experience and feelings by therapy through the arts. Classes in music, singing, acting, dancing, writing, poetry, puppetry, sand art and yoga will be offered.
Pistarckle has partnered with Virgin Islands holistic health consultant Joan Bennett-Williams, R.N. to premiere and integrate 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 will be 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.”
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 email@example.com, 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 (203) 530-0103.
Save The Date for our popular Annual Fundraiser - Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 6 p.m., honoring local islanders. This year's event will be held at the picturesque Paradise Point. Event attendees will enjoy an evening rounded out by a champagne reception, delicious hors d' ouerves, both a Silent and Live Auction, live performing entertainment, and music. Donations are now being accepted for Silent and Live Auction items. Please contact us at (340) 775-7877 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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Schools around the territory are already getting ready for this year's Shakespeare festival! This year the performances will be at the Montessori School Theater! For a full lineup of details check out the OFFICIAL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL PAGE. For now check out some of the pictures from last year!
Get ready for our next musical! Blues in the Night is a show that you do NOT want to miss. Enjoy the beautiful voices of some of your favorite stars of Pistarckle such as Jada, Christina, and Mimi, as well as our newest addition from The Heidi Chronicles, Charles!
Thursday, February 4 is Pay as you CAN! Take advantage of this great opportunity to come to the theater on a budget!
Purchase your tickets now to ensure that you get the best seats!
Join us at Pistarckle Theater on September 12 from 6-9PM to celebrate another year of wines hand chosen by Frank Machover. Enjoy the wine, eat the hors d'oeuvres, and laugh about life for a while.
Doors will open at 6PM giving you plenty of time to socialize and get your tasting glass ready for the 25th season announcement! This year we have an amazing selection of wines to celebrate, but we are also celebrating the humor of life and our constant companion, a good glass of wine.
Tickets $35 or $60 per couple. Available online here or call 775-7877 and tell Kitty you'd like to drink some wine please!