Manes Studio Theatre Long Island‘s 50th anniversary rings in a new era for the Lindenhurst institution. This week, the theatre announced a joint venture that includes a renovation of the building’s first floor. The joint venture also includes the addition of Christopher Rosselli, a Lindenhurst resident, as Executive Producer and Michael Blangiforti as Managing Director. They join David Dubin, who will remain Executive Artistic Director.
Plans for the renovations include a first floor office and lobby, executive offices, and two large rehearsal rooms. Additional renovations also include a new chair-lift system for handicapped patrons and a revamp of the second-floor lobby. Meanwhile, the theatre itself will feature new equipment and a full cleaning while preserving its historic look.
Additionally, Mr. Rosselli will bring over his existing educational theatre program of nearly 100 students, forming “The Academy at Studio Theatre Long Island.” Mr. Rosselli most recently wrote and directed “The Judy Garland Christmas Special,” which brought to life the infamous television special on the Studio Theatre stage. Over the years, he has performed in and directed hundreds of musicals and plays on Long Island.
Mr. Blangiforti, who retired from the NYPD in 2008, brings his lifelong passion for community theatre to the table. Over the years he acted in, directed, and produced multiple productions on Long Island.
The group said, “[We] are committed to making Studio Theatre a state-of-the-art performing arts center, invigorating the Village of Lindenhurst Business District.”
Notably, they stress to current subscribers that none of the changes will impact current or future shows.
“We are looking forward to what lies ahead, and watching such a
positive change happen to an historic theatre,” the team said.
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