If you have the chance to attend a play presented by the Theater Collaborative of South Jersey/Gateway Playhouse, don’t miss this opportunity.

The Gateway Playhouse at Somers Point is simply stunning. We wrote a full review on The Gateway Playhouse last week. Here is a link:

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Margie and I, along with many other family members and friends, went to “Chicago High School Edition” last weekend.

All four performances sold out. With so many negative things going on in American society today, this is an example of all that is good and right about our humanity as a civilization.

The camaraderie of the cast was wonderful to watch. They were so supportive of each other. The atmosphere and energy level in the theater was electric.

I was long overdue for the Friday show at 1:00 p.m. I liked it so much that I came back the following evening for the Saturday show at 6:00 p.m.

Going into the weekend, I had no intention of attending a second show.

The main roles were played by different young actors for the Friday and Saturday shows; each getting two performances.

It spread the wealth and if you saw a show on both days you got to see a slightly different take as portrayed by the different main cast.

I was so happy to see the last performance of “Chicago” last Saturday night. At the end of the show, it was beautiful to see how happy the young actors were.

They celebrated and hugged each other. It was the culmination of a Gateway to the Arts summer camp, which took place at the Gateway Playhouse Theatre.

Over 100 children from Atlantic and Cape May
Counties participated in the six-week intensive camp to
get ready for this command performance.

Now the young actors (ages 9-13) will take to the stage when they perform Bye Bye Birdie on
Saturdays and Sundays August 13 and 14, 2022. Performance times are 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

All 4 shows are sold out.

I had the opportunity to know Phil Pallitto and Katie Calvi, who are the president and vice president of the Theater Collaborative of South Jersey/Gateway Playhouse.

They work very hard and everything seems so rewarding.

Here are the adults who worked in key roles with the student actors this summer as follows:

  • Phil Pallitto – Director for Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Karen Cleighton-choreographer
  • Claire Collins – vocal coach.
  • Kevin McCafferty – technical director.
  • Kathy Ford – musical director of Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Debbie Rolland – Chicago Music Director.

Pallitto told us in response to our personal delight about the Gateway Playhouse:

“I’m so glad you got to experience the magic of our theater,” Pallitto said.

“Our goal of Gateway to the Arts is for students to recognize how the role of art, theater and other related activities can help them become better citizens in the ever-changing world around them”, said Pallitto.

“I grew up on the catwalk scene, so it’s a real honor to share ‘my home away from home’ with so many people,” Pallitto said.

“We can all agree that our community is a better place because of unique programs like this,” Pallitto said.

THE SOURCE: Phil Pallitto, President and Katie Calvi, Vice President, Theater Collaborative of South Jersey/Gateway Playhouse.

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