First cocktail party hosted by Patchogue Theatre
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts development director Susan Daconto is hoping for a welcoming crowd at PTPA’s first annual Cocktail Party at Bellport’s Temperance Hall.

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First cocktail party hosted by Patchogue Theatre

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
9/3/2019


Judy Carmichael, that stride piano whiz, will make your shoulders and feet emphasize the beat as she plunks those notes, keys and chords. Listen to Lana Gordon, who’s played Velma in “Chicago” and has appeared in “The Lion King” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” all on Broadway. An art auction, hors d’oeuvres by Lovin’ Oven and a full bar are also in the offerings on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., when Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts holds its first annual Cocktail Party to benefit this nonprofit organization at Temperance Hall in Bellport. Tickets are $75.

PTPA director of development Susan Daconto said it’s the first of many planned to inform local communities of its nonprofit status, and also that it’s a local entertainment venue. “We want to attract new supporters for the theatre,” she explained. “In Patchogue they know us, and we wanted to entice the seasonal people in Bellport.

“Also, no one knows we’re a nonprofit. I want people to understand that only 60 percent of our revenue comes from ticket sales; 40 percent comes from donations and sponsorships.”

PTPA has bumped up their performances since its spectacular renovation, with several shows a week including comedians, the cabaret-style Loading Dock, where Carmichael has played (tickets are $20 and food and drink are available), famous celebrities like Tony Danza and varied concerts. Gordon appeared last year in PTPA’s “From Broadway with Love,” produced by Stephen DeAngelis.

“We’ll have a tent,” Daconto said. “People can walk around the pool area and we’ll have an art auction.

“It’s a nice Sunday event,” she added, with her usual enthusiasm, “with cocktails, a full bar, hors d’oeuvres and music from two famous performers.”

Tickets for Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts first annual Cocktail Party at Temperance Hall on Sept. 8 can be purchased at www.patchoguetheatre.orgor at its Main Street box office. Temperance Hall is located at 164 South Country Road, Bellport.