Staten Island is home to many wonderful assets, but not many know how large the
theatre community is on the island. Of course we’re all aware of the infamous St. George
Theatre and the many events that they house per year, as well as the many performing arts
programs putting up wonderful shows at several different Staten Island high schools. But there
are also other theatrical events happening year round- right in our backyard!
This July, our borough is producing many different shows all around the island.
This past weekend weekend, as part of the Independence Day activities, Ghostlight
Productions presented Sherman Edwards’ and Peter Stone’s 1776. Ghostlight Productions is
one of Staten Island’s newest theatre companies, as they just finished debuting their inaugural
season in mid-May. The production was directed by Gary Bradley, with assistant direction by
John Herron, choreography by Anna Glenn Sparks, and musical direction by Andrew
Monteleone. The show is played Historic Richmond Town and closed on July 7th. However,
although the show has already closed, Ghostlight Productions is set to present Pride and
Prejudice this November!
Alongside, Sea View Playwright’s Theatre is presenting one of Tennessee William’s most
prominent works, The Glass Menagerie. Sea View Playwright’s Theatre is one of Staten Island
longest running theatre companies, having produced both classic and contemporary works
since 1979. Their mission is as follows: “To reach out to all members of the community and to
create an interest in live theatre both for performers and audience members with an ever
increasing desire to draw new participants into both realms”. The Glass Menagerie is semi-
autobiographical, as it’s characters resemble the playwright and his family. This show is a prime
example of a memory play, and it centers around themes such as the power of memory and the
unfeasibility of true escape. The Glass Menagerie opens on July 13th, and plays until July 21st
at Sea View Playwright’s Theatre (460 Brielle Avenue). Tickets can be purchased online, or at
the box office 20 minutes before curtain.
Rounding out July, The Little Victory Theatre will be presenting Singin’ in the Rain
nearing the end of the month. The Little Victory Theatre has been a thriving and emerging
company ever since they opened their doors in 2016. Since then, they have been dedicated to
bringing original and published plays to the Staten Island community. Singin’ in the Rain has
music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, and its book was written by Betty
Comden and Adolph Green. It’s story is very similar to it’s source material, a 1952 movie by the
same name. Singin’ in the Rain opens at The Little Victory Theatre on July 12th, and closes on
July 21st. Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected] , or calling the theatre
directly at (917)-524-8467. The Little Victory Theatre is located at 4089 Victory Boulevard.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for something to do with friends and you don’t feel like
going to the mall again, check out one of these productions! Each is different in entertaining in
its own way, and brings a different sense of escapism. And the best news is that if you can’t
make any of these, there is a whole new batch of shows debuting in August! Theatre is
consistently growing and evolving, and it is comforting to see the island come together for some