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Letter: Bringing Community Theater Back to Port

Delighted! That’s how I feel about being back in Port Washington, my home for over 50 years, after a seven-year hiatus. It is wonderful to read in the Port Washington News about the myriad activities that make living here a pleasure.

The only thing that didn’t delight me, however, is the absence of any ongoing local theater group. After discussing it with a few like-minded residents, we decided to try to find out how many of our fellow-residents would also like to be involved in bringing community theater back to Port. Because I was a card-carrying, longtime member of both the Dramatists Guild of America and ASCAP, I was “volunteered” to write this letter. What is envisioned will not only include performing, but also meetings dedicated to learning more about the American theater and hearing directly from some of Broadway’s veterans.

To get started, some basic information from you is needed: name, address, phone and e-mail address. While everyone interested is invited to participate, it would be helpful to know if you have any amateur or professional theater experience and what kind it was. For example, other than acting, can you sing or dance? Are you interested in doing any of the other vital theatrical chores, e.g., producing, directing, designing and/or building sets, stage managing, costuming, and lighting.

If you’re not interested in any of the above, help will still be needed in other, but equally important, front-of-the-house areas such as the box office, house manager, publicity and photography.

The following e-mail address has been established for you to use when you send your information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . So, if you share our enthusiasm for both the theater and Port Washington, please let us hear from you as soon as possible at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On with the show!

Howard Blankman