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Regional Theater of the Week: The Gateway Performing Arts Center in Bellport, NY, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is excited to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Theater of the Week! Each week, BWW will introduce its readers to a regional theater located in one of our (over 130!) coverage cities. By exploring these different venues, their history and showcasing the production seasons, BWW continues its commitment to expand our presence in communities and cities across the United States.

This Week's Featured Regional Theater: The Gateway Performing Arts Center in Bellport, NY

Born out of the small theatre movement, the Gateway Playhouse started in a barn on Long Island as an alternative to Broadway and operated under the same family management from 1941-2010. In 2011, they reinvented the family business, incorporating the Gateway and the Acting School into one, non-profit organization, the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County. PACSC continues the theatrical excellence pioneered by the Gateway while also developing new directions for the theatre and deeper connections with their audience.

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is committed to producing and presenting the highest caliber theater and performing arts events as well as engaging and training the next generation of artists. Theatre is the essential human art form through which PACSC enriches the cultural lives of Long Island communities, providing a vital, local alternative to Broadway.

PACSC represents a significant, inspiring new chapter in the history of theatrical excellence pioneered by Gateway Playhouse. The oldest professional theatre on Long Island, The Gateway was founded in 1950, beginning a legacy of professional theatre and actor training that launched the careers of many prominent theatre, television, and film professionals and became a crucial part of the local cultural landscape. In 2011, the formation of PACSC began the organization's transition into the non-profit sector, opening new avenues of engagement between the theatre and its audience.

PACSC actively continues to develop its artistic identity alongside the new, non-profit infrastructure. An increased responsibility to our audience, a deepened relationship with local community, and a renewed commitment to the next generation of theatre artists represent the first few shifts in priorities that, in turn, are influencing the evolution of PACSC's artistic outlook. This is an artistically invigorating time for the organization. We are creating new partnerships with local non-profits to reach out to more diverse audiences; we are expanding Acting School programs into underprivileged neighborhoods; we are deepening existing connections with our long-time patrons by programming opportunities for artists and audiences to come together.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is currently playing on the Mainstage through June 29. Check out a highlights of the show below:

The remainder of the Mainstage Season includes the following productions:

July 2 - July 20
in Bellport

July 24 - August 10
in Patchogue

August 28 - September 14
in Bellport


Choreographed by Louis Van Amstel
Starring Anna Trebunskya

August 13 - August 18
in Patchogue

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