08/11/13 2:20pm
08/11/2013 2:20 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Dan Yaiullo, center, leads a song and dance in a scene from Oklahoma!

A couple has given $100,000 to help fund renovations at the North Fork Community Theatre building in Mattituck.

On top of that, Emilie and Michael Corey have pledged to match all other donations to the theater, up to $300,000, through December 2015. That means as much as $700,000 could go toward rehabbing the facility.

The theater’s president, Mary Motto Kalich, called the donations “inspiring.”

“This really inspires all of us to work together and contribute,” Ms. Kalich said. “It makes it easier, if you will, for the community to say, ‘Hey, now my $100 is really $200.’ They are reaching out in a tremendous way to help us do these renovations to the theatre.”

The Coreys were not available for comment this week but, according to published reports, Ms. Corey is a retired social worker and Mr. Corey is a retired managing director of JP Morgan. The couple has a home Riverhead Town and ties to the East End and New York City.

The money will be used to purchase and install a new cesspool, curtains, as well as lights and rigging for the theater. The structure was built in the 19th century as a church and has been used for performances since 1957. The theater’s 166 chairs — hand-me-downs from the 1980s, Ms. Kalich said — will also be torn out and replaced for an estimated cost of $35,000. The theater’s exterior will be painted and re-shingled.

“The curtain has some sort of tape on top of it because there’s a big rip in it,” Ms. Kalich said. “You make do and you fix what you can.”

This isn’t the first major donation the theatre has received. Last year, with the help of donations from community supporters, the group was able to purchase the building itself from Mattituck Presbyterian Church for $465,000. The amateur theater group had been leasing the theater since 1961.

“We had never really done much fundraising before,” Ms. Kalich said. “Then we realized we needed to buy the building. About five years ago we started a campaign, reached out to the community and received wonderful support from a wide variety of people.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

07/23/13 5:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Sydney Campbell of Southold plays sorority sister Elle Woods in  North Fork Community Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde,” which opens Thursday.

“Legally Blonde,” the musical based on a novel by Amanda Brown and a 2001 movie, is this summer’s Youth on Stage presentation at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

 

The story takes sorority sister Elle Woods (Sydney Campbell of Southold) from UCLA to the halls of Harvard in pursuit of love and a law degree. The NFCT production is directed by Jessica Raven and produced by Susan Hedges, with musical direction by Jacob Boergesson and choreography by Meagan Schmid.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, July 25 to Aug. 11. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. A free reception will start at 7 on opening night, Thursday, July 25.

Saturday, Aug. 1, will be a special “Think Pink” night, with all refreshment stand proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tickets are $20. Go to nfct.com or call 631-298-NFCT (6328).

03/07/13 2:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Brett Chizever plays the title role in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ which debuts tonight at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

The North Fork Community Theatre will present ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice, tonight through Sunday from March 7 to 24 at its location on Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck. The family-friendly musical is based on the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. The show has little spoken dialogue; it is completely sung-through and features universal themes and catchy music.

A narrator guides the show, encouraging children to dream while she tells the story of Joseph, another dreamer, who exhibits a talent for interpreting dreams and telling the future. Joseph’s brothers are envious of his coat of many colors, a symbol of their father’s obvious preference for him.

Evening shows begin at 8 p.m., with a free pre-show reception on Thursdays, and Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Jessica Raven is director and choreographer, Jennifer Kennedy is musical director and Mary Motto Kalich is producer/assistant director. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nfct.com or by calling 298-6328.

01/09/13 8:00pm
01/09/2013 8:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Jacob Boergesson and Becca Mincielli sing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ from the musical ‘Reefer Madness’ during last weekend’s variety show at the North Fork Community Theatre.

Song, dance and comedy filled the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck last weekend. The 22 acts for the annual variety show, which featured three performances, helped benefit the NFCT’s scholarship fund.

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