After over a year of being nearly non-existent, theatre is finally making its way back to the stage from being on our screens since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While virtual theatre was certainly better than no theatre, it is exciting to be able to transition back to the live performances we all know and love. Although Broadway won’t be taking its first bow until September, Staten Island theatre has begun to make its way back on stage and is ready to entertain again.
Triple Threat Theatre is no stranger to the Staten Island theatre game, and they are back in mid June with a production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. This 1967 comedic musical is a timeless classic based off of The Peanuts Comics. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is the epitome of a family friendly, heartwarming piece of theatre, and a wonderful welcome back after a whole year of theatres being dark. Triple Threat Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be a one-night only in person theatrical event, happening on June 18th, 2021 at the All Saints Episcopal Church (2329 Victory Blvd.)
Alongside, Sundog Theatre has been an active member of the Staten Island theatre community for years. Sundog Theatre Inc. is a native Staten Island theatre company that also offers a touring company as well as arts-in-education programs that offer artistic alternatives to classroom curriculums. The welcome in-person theatre back into their audience’s lives, Sundog Theatre is to present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ABRIDGED.” The show is set to feature 3 actors, completing 37 of Shakespeare’s pieces in 97 minutes. This fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, contemporary take on classic pieces will be performed in 2 acts. The first weekend of shows is to take place on Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, and then will continue the next weekend on Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th. The schedule for each weekend is the same, with 2 shows on Saturdays at 1pm and 5pm and one show on Sundays at 1pm. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ABRIDGED” will be performed outside the Biddle House (70 Satterlee Street). Tickets can be reserved HERE. Masks and social distancing protocols required.
Later this summer, thisIZZit productions, a New York City based sketch comedy group, will be premiering “STATEN ISLAND: THE MUSICAL”. The comedy troupe was founded in 2012 by Matt Izzo and is still holding virtual auditions for this new, original, forgotten borough-based musical. Head to https://www.thisizzit.com/ for more information on how to submit.
Other theatre companies on the island seem to be doing theatre as well, however, they do not have any upcoming shows advertised for the near future. The Pressure Players, a performing arts collective that is dedicated to innovation, change, and transparency, have been doing virtual shows and radio plays for an entire season. While this production company is fairly new to the Staten Island community having been conceived in 2020, it is without a doubt making wonderful contributions towards the performances on the island. Similarly, The Little Victory Theatre, while it is relieving to know that things are beginning to clear up, it is imperative that we still maintain 6 feet of distance from each party as well as continue to wear masks when appropriate, even while vaccine eligibility continues to open up. Having theatrical experiences back in our lives is just one of the first steps of returning to a new and improved normal.