West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) announces it is moving from its location at the former St. Stephen’s School on Midland Ave., Kearny, to First Lutheran Church, 64 Oakwood Ave., Kearny.
“While we are most grateful to St. Stephen’s parish and the Rev. Joseph Mancini for helping us establish West Hudson Arts and Theater Company in the community, the need arose for us to seek a new home,” said W.H.A.T. president Gerald Ficeto. “We are happy to have found that at First Lutheran — an amazing and welcoming new venue for W.H.A.T.”
“We are truly delighted to have W.H.A.T. in residence at our facility,” says Anne Dittman, First Lutheran Church Council president. Current plans are for the new facility to house not only the full season of W.H.A.T. productions, but also be home to the successful W.H.A.T. Ed Program which this past summer which allowed students ages 8 to 13 to participate in a full musical production of “Annie.” Registration for the fall semester will take place at the new location on Sept. 18 and 23, starting at 7 p.m. both days. Ficeto also noted that W.H.A.T. will now also be able to offer patrons on-site parking at their new location in the spacious parking lot in the rear of the church complex.
Ficeto noted that a new fundraising initiative on behalf of W.H.A.T. will also be announced soon.
The 2013–2014 season at W.H.A.T. will feature “A Tribute to Old Time Radio: A special Hometown Event” (October ’14); “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty” (November ’14); “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (December ’14); “24-Hour Musical Challenge: Legally Blonde” (January ’15); “Father of the Bride” (March ’15); “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” (April ’15); and “Grease” (June ’15).
Ficeto invites members of the community to consider auditioning to be a part of the shows. For audition information, tickets and more about W.H.A.T. visit the website at whatco.org, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.