Pistarckle Theater Named Finalist for National Award
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). One finalists 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
Upcoming youth education programs at Pistarckle includes Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Summer Musical Theater Camp, beginning on June 19 -- full scholarships are available, and registration ends June 5th, and the four-week Leadership/Playwrighting Camp, which begins on July 24th.
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. For more information, visit pistarckletheater.com or call (340) 775-7877.
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New Playwrights Festival 2017 Recap
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.