Pistarckle Theater Named Finalist for National Award

For more info on NAHPA, click on logo

For more info on NAHPA, click on logo

May 2017.  St. Thomas, VI – The Pistarckle Theater Performing Arts Youth Program was recently named as one of 50 finalists in the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP). Final honorees will receive an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies - the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on the NAHYP, click here 

Youth education programs at Pistarckle include:  Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Summer Musical Theater Camp, which began on June 19th, the four-week Leadership/Playwrighting Camp, which begins on July 24th, and a six week after-school youth enrichment program, which begins in September.

According to John Abodeely, Deputy Director for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, “We are highly impressed with the successful work that your organization and the other Finalists have accomplished in youth after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning.”

Pistarckle Theater was among 342 applicants from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories. This finalist recognition distinguishes Pistarckle Theater as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country.

Pistarckle Theater is the island’s only live performing theater, and is a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization in excellent standing – recognized as a Virgin Islands public school initiative and EDC eligible. In existence since 1991, its mission is to provide quality professional theater, training, and educational programming that is designed to enlighten and entertain.  Since 2000, Pistarckle Theater has been in residence in a modern, fully licensed theater in the picturesque Tillett Gardens on the east side of the island. The 3,540 square feet air-conditioned facility includes a 120-seat theater, lobby, box office, dressing room, administrative offices, and storage area.  Year-after-year, the Summer Camps programs are voted as the "Best Of Summer Camps," by the Daily News readership. For more information, call (340) 775-7877.


 Over $5,000 raised - 100% of proceeds benefit Summer Camps Scholarship Program

 Over $5,000 raised - 100% of proceeds benefit Summer Camps Scholarship Program

Youth Performers featured at MusicFest 2017

Youth Performers featured at MusicFest 2017

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this event. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Pistarckle Theater's Summer Camp Scholarship Program.  Be sure to see this year's production of Disney's The Lion King JR, performances are July 25th to 30th. Click here for more details and ticket information.  The cast features children your support helped this year.

Extra special thanks to Event Chair Angelo Ortiz, Eric Tillet at Tillett Gardens for the complimentary exclusive use of the courtyard, all the many volunteers, G-Clef Music Academy, and especially the island's most popular musicians who volunteered their time to entertain throughout the day: D!angelo, Jake Bradley, Artie Cornett, Barefoot Davis, Robert Eberhart, Eddie Kusar, Adam Parr, Shelley May, Danny Silber, St. Groovus, Christopher Kollins (KRSCO), and Eric Malstrom

Additional thanks to our Sponsors: Artistic Jewelers, Cruise Ship Excursions, LD Laundry, Mickey Mania, Rotary II, and Up Island Ice Cream, and to those who donated items for our Raffle, including:  Barefoot Buddha Boutique, Bluebeard's Castle Resort, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Boss Underwater Adventure, Cardow Jewelers, Christy Mitchell Esthetician, Cruise Ship Excursions, D & M Jewelry Repair, First Bank VI, Fresh Bistro, La Luna Salon, Margaritaville, Off The Grid Restaurant, Parasail Virgin Islands, Paint Depot, Payless Shoes, Pistarckle Theater, ReUse Emporium, Rum Island Pub, Side Street Pub, St. Thomas Health Care Management, Inc., The Daily News, The Green Iguana, The VI Lottery, The Ritz-Carlton, VI Housing Finance Authority, Viya, and West Indies Company. 

See you all next year! 


Etienne A. Gibbs, BA, MSW Talk Show Host & Executive Producer VI Small Biz Showcase

Etienne A. Gibbs, BA, MSW
Talk Show Host & Executive Producer VI Small Biz Showcase

"The Pistarckle Moment" Radio Show

 Learn more about Pistarckle Theater by listening in any time, to any one or more of our on-demand radio programs that air on BlogTalkRadio's  Virgin Islands Small Biz Showcase with host Etienne A. Gibbs

Click on any of the below episodes to listen to a weekly program of your choice.  Run time =30 minutes each

2017 Episodes

Episode #1: May 12, 2017, featuring Nikki Emerich, Founder

Episode #2: May 19, 2017, featuring Angelo Ortiz, Volunteer Chair of the first annual MusicFest for KidZ

Episode #3: May 26, 2017 featuring Nikki Emerich, summer camp parent Amy Gibbs, and long-time summer camp and volunteer Karen Guariloff

Episode #4: June 2, featuring Priscilla Lynn, Marketing/Development Director, talking about volunteerism and those who help Pistarckle Theater

NPF Gloria Gumbs, with Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, whose play, Alternative Facts, will be featured in the 2017-18 Season line up of plays presented by Pistarckle Theater

NPF Gloria Gumbs, with Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, whose play, Alternative Facts, will be featured in the 2017-18 Season line up of plays presented by Pistarckle Theater

          New Playwrights Festival 2017
Three original plays were presented for the first time on the Pistarckle Theater stage at the 2017 New Playwrights Festival (NPF) on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Pistarckle, a professional community theater, located in Tillett Gardens, featured the readings of the first acts of "Bone is for Dog; Meat is for Man," by Stacey A. Bryan, "How to be an Immigrant" by Dr. Gillian
Royes, and "Alternative Facts" by Matthew

Many of the audience members commented that they were thrilled with the opportunity of getting a sneak peak of the presentation of these original plays.  2017 NPF Chair, Gloria Gumbs, said, "I was very pleased at the audience's receptive reactions. The plays garnered laugh-out-loud to shock responses as each story unfolded."  The development of the NPF was initiated by Gumbs in 2015, while she was the Board President.  Gumbs, who is currently one of the Pistarckle Board of Directors, opened the event.

Pistarckle's leadership, including Founder/Artistic Producer, Nicola Emerich; Resident Director, Frank Bartolucci; and the theater's current Board - led by President Bonnie Erb - supported Gumbs' vision of finding the new creative literary voices who are or have been a part of the Virgin Islands community.  A Selection Committee, comprised of community volunteers, reviewed the entries to the festival earlier this year.  These experts of the written word determined which plays would be featured at this year's festival. The call for entries was open for two categories, adults and children.  "Only adults submitted this year.  I hope to encourage children to enter for 2018," Gumbs said. 

Talented readers made these original works come to life on stage.  Since its launch, NPF has presented 15 new plays. Over the past two years, Pistarckle has taken two of the original works a step further and added them to it's theater season with a full production, including Stacey A. Bryan's "Sad Mangoes" in 2016 and Susan Hunter's "Catch and Keep" in 2017.  Both plays were directed by Frank Bartolucci.

Gumbs, closed the program with a Certificate of Recognition to honor each playwright featured at 2017 NPF.  "Anyone who loves plays or the creative written word, for that matter, should definitely put this May event on their annual calendar, because I now regard the New Playwrights Festival as a birthplace for theatrical performances," said Gloria Gumbs.