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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #2: Set Designer, Stephen Dobay

Well, here it is. My first blog post anywhere, ever… I’m thrilled to be returning to APAC to design for my first musical here. I’ve previously designed scenery for A Hard Wall at High Speed and The Pillowman. What I’ve loved most about my experience designing here is how each show always feels so completely different from the […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #1: Director, Tom Wojtunik

I’m tickled to be writing our first post for APAC’s Blood Brothers Blog! Over the next few months you’ll be hearing from various people connected to our production as we work towards our first performance on May 2nd. Blood Brothers is a show that I’ve loved since I was a kid. I bought the CD in middle school and couldn’t […]

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Thank You for Attending Our 2013 Gala

A very special thank you to everyone who attended our gala last Thursday to honor Donna Finn and Aravella Simotas.

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“Blood Brothers” Open Call Notice

BLOOD BROTHERS – Casting Breakdown Book, Lyrics & Music by Willy Russell Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) www.apacny.org   Director: Tom Wojtunik Musical Direction: Julianne B. Merrill Choreographer: Christine O’Grady Casting Director: wojcik|seay casting (Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay)   AEA Showcase (Approval Pending) – No pay/Travel stipend only. DO NOT SUBMIT DIRECTLY TO APAC […]

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An Inside Look at Writing “Gone Tomoro” with Timothy Murphy

1. Where did the inspiration or idea for the show come from? The inspiration for GONE TOMORO came from the situation facing the Kiribati Islands in the South Pacific. As a result of global warming the atolls which comprise the Kiribati’s are disappearing into the Pacific. Looking further into the situation by speaking with demographers, […]

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An Inside Look at Directing “Gone Tomoro” with Tom Wojtunik

1. What are the main differences between directing a reading/workshop and a fully staged production? APAC is probably best known for its full productions–we do two a year, generally a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. We rehearse our full productions for 5 weeks. They are fully staged and feature full […]

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A Note from APAC: Billy Witch opening 11/3

Dear Friends, After a crisis, there is always the drive to get back to normal, to get back to business. Well, we are in a very strange business. Getting back to normal at APAC means producing a bawdy dark comedy set at summer camp – Billy Witch. We canceled the first three performances, but worked […]

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Update from APAC – Billy Witch Schedule Changes in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

First, please know that everyone at APAC is concerned about our friends, especially those without power and those who lost property and are facing challenging recoveries from this unprecedented storm. This week, the Astoria community, including its elected officials and other community leaders, have gone above-and-beyond to minimize damage and communicate with the public in […]

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‘I am truly humbled by the experience’ (Scott Wojcik on Casting The Secret Garden)

Gayle Seay and Scott Wojcik of wojick|seay casting As APAC prepares to open The Secret Garden on May 3, it’s always interesting to look back and realize where this process started. In less than a week a cast of 26 takes the stage. It all started with 500 people auditioning to be part of this […]

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