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Divas come in all shapes and sizes - and yes - species Two divas of the canine persuassion, Chico the Chihuahua and Nellie the bulldog, will take the stage this weekend as cast members in Play Group Theatre's performances of the musical “Legally Blonde”.
The Inquirer met the canine co-stars and their trainer Pat Peavy in their special doggie dressing room at PGT headquarters at 1 N. Broadway in White Plains during a tech week rehearsal.
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have teachers who continue to motivate and inspire me, always demanding my best work. Upon reflection, I realize that it was the passion and commitment of teachers throughout grade and high school who helped me to discover my own passion for the theatre. Teachers are so important to the survival and community of the theatre, and I have a great deal of admiration for the work they do.
Steve and Jill Abusch have created a place where magic happens every day. It is The Play Group Theatre, a White Plains based theater school, housed at 1 North Broadway.
Serving students from ages 4 to 17, Jill Abusch said: “We had the idea about 17 years ago to provide a place for children to study acting that was sophisticated and challenging, yet warm and nurturing. We wanted to create a place with balance for kids.”
It’s a challenge for any theater company to mount one Broadway-style show complete with sets, costumes, musical numbers and a cast of dozens. The Play Group Theatre of White Plains is producing three shows this spring—two musicals and a Shakespearean play. Ambitious? Yes, especially when you consider that all the performers are between 8 and 18 years old.
The Play Group is a theater program that draws young performers from all over Westchester and surrounding areas...
They’re cutting “Footloose” at Play Group Theater this month, singing and dancing on stage in the pop rock musical. To go along with the idea of dancing their legs off and “kicking off their Sunday shoes,” as the song goes, the cast is sponsoring a shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls, an international organization that distributes used pairs of shoes to the those in extreme poverty...
Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee appeared at The Play Group Theatre’s 6th Annual Holiday Benefit, honoring Broadway Producer and Chair Emeritus, Barbara Whitman, on Monday December 19th at The Play Group Theatre, One North Broadway, White Plains, NY.
From North Broadway to Broadway: Celebrating Barbara Whitman, also featured special performances by PGT Alumni, Daniel & Will Carlyon, and the PGT Senior Class of 2012. All proceeds from the evening went to support the newly created Barbara Whitman Scholarship Fund.
It was applause all around as The Play Group Theatre’s MainStage presented the premiere of the musical comedy, “Zombie Prom” on Wednesday night.
Opening night attracted a large audience, among who were members of White Plains civic organizations, The Thomas H. Slater Center and El Centro Hispano. Both reach out with helpful resources to members of the community who may be underserved. Slater Center Executive Director Heather Miller of Mount Vernon was among those singing the show’s praises.
The not-for-profit theater training company for children and teens founded in 1995 by Steven and Jill Abusch celebrated its 15th anniversary Jan. 2 with a gala performance at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party down the block at its permanent new home with the artsy moniker, “NoBro.”