Family Friendly Performances
Seussical: The Family Musical
May 25, 2013, 3pm
May 26, 2013, 8pm
June 1, 2013, 8pm
June 9, 2013, 8pm
Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra
June 15, 2013, 8pm
June 22, 2013, 8pm
June 23, 2013, 8pm
June 30, 2013, 8pm
July 5, 2013, 8:30pm
July 6, 2013, 8:30pm
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
July 7, 2013, 8:30pm
Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group
July 14, 2013, 8:30pm
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
July 20, 2013, 8:30pm
July 21, 2013, 8pm
Family Friendly Performances
Zoppe Italian Family Circus
July 25, 2013, 7pm
July 26, 2013, 7pm
July 27, 2013, 2pm
July 27, 2013, 7pm
July 28, 2013, 2pm
July 27, 2013, 7:30pm & 10pm
July 28, 2013, 8:30pm
August 3, 2013, 8:30pm
August 4, 2013, 8:30pm
4th Annual Be Our Guest Gala
August 9, 2013, 6pm
An Evening Celebrating Cole Porter
August 10, 2013, 8:30pm
August 11, 2013, 8:30pm
John Hiatt & The Combo
August 17, 2013, 8:30pm
Huey Lewis & The News
August 18, 2013, 8:30pm
August 22, 2013, 8:30pm
August 24, 2013, 8:30pm
August 25, 2013, 8:30pm
August 30, 2013, 8:30pm
August 31, 2013, 8:30pm
Family Friendly Performances
Fancy Nancy: The Musical
September 1, 2013, 3pm & 6pm
September 27, 2013, 8pm
Bruce Hornsby RESCHEDULED
September 28, 2013, 8pm
October 5, 2013, 8pm
October 13, 2013, 8pm
October 26, 2013, 8pm
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
November 30, 2013, 8pm
December 7, 2013, 8pm
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a year-round, community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization, founded in 1997, that serves patrons on the East End and across the globe. The Center is a vibrant venue committed to providing a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts and meeting the cultural aspiration of the area by:
Our building has been part of Westhampton Beach for three generations. In June of 1932, then Governor Alfred E. Smith was on hand for the opening of Prudential's Westhampton Theatre as a movie theatre. The theatre was later purchased by United Artists, and was changed to a pure single-theatre movie house. However, by the mid-1990s, it was determined that the theatre was "not financially viable." The United Artist Theatre was set to be demolished.
In 1996, a group of concerned village residents and business owners, led by investor Len Conway and retailer Lon Sabella, stepped forward with the intention of buying the movie theatre from United Artists.
The movement to create a performing arts space out of a shuttered movie theatre has been a labor of love. Nearly 70 people came forward with tens of thousands of dollars to support the theatre purchase. The new group, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Inc, bought the rundown theatre for $300,000 in May 1997. In the course of only a year, volunteers raised 60 percent of the $2.8 million needed to transform the building into a state-of-the-art facility.
Among the major donations, the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation made a $250,000 gift. The Center's auditorium is named in honor of the internationally acclaimed fashion designer.
The early fundraising success facilitated the retention of nationally recognized theatre consultant Robert Lorelli, whose projects include New York's Carnegie Hall. He developed the design and engineering requirements for the theatre's sound, lighting and rigging systems and related equipment. Skilled architects and area residents Jay Sears and Robert Gruber donated their services and designed key aspects of the building and its finish.
Within hours of the closing, construction crews were already gutting the facility. The general contractor, Remsenburg resident Roger Stevens, part-owner of Island Companies, provided his services at cost. In just seven months, his company completed renovating the theatre. This included the installation of a new stage, orchestra pit and seating areas, as well as re-wiring the entire building. Numerous in-kind contributions of labor, services and materials saved the Center several hundred thousand dollars in costs.
The building plans delicately balanced the old with the new, maintaining the theatre's old world charm and installing new technically advanced systems, handicapped access and fire safety upgrades. When the renovation began in November 1997, architectural details were removed for safekeeping, and molds were cast for reproduction. Sconces and chandeliers from the auditorium and the lobby's wood details were saved and restored and the period marquee was completely refurbished.
Throughout the process, the community was the backbone of the fund-raising effort. More than half the cost of the entire renovation project came from residents and business owners. And on July 4, 1998, the new Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center reopened its doors to the public.
The Center also had help from many elected officials, both past and present. State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, former U.S. Congressman Michael Forbes, New York Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr., former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi, and present Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman. They help us keep the lights on and the curtains up.
Despite an aggressive and successful fund-raising campaign, the board was still forced to borrow nearly $1.6 million from North Fork Bank when the theatre reopened in 1998, raising the total amount of the two loans to about $1.8 million. The board started paying down the interest and principal after reopening in July 1997, and made its last payment in June 2005. But in order to stay in business, the Center must raise more than half its budget each year since ticket sales only cover half of the costs of running the theatre.
With each passing season, we've grown. Our year-round program includes shows from world-class performers, our "Finest in World Cinema" film series, and the region's finest year-round Arts Education Program.
As we've expanded our program, our reach has extended both eastward and
westward. From Montauk to Manhattan, our patrons agree that we have a jewel
of a theatre. Come and experience it for yourself!
On all of Long Island, no other community of this size boasts such a stellar multi-tiered, year-round, diverse, cultural program in a state-of-the-art, intimate venue…
Main Stage – world renowned artists come to us direct from some of the most prestigious halls in the world – Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Prince Albert Hall, the Broadway Stage – to share their gifts right here on the East End of Long Island throughout the year.
Finest in World Cinema – this year-round series features current release art house, foreign, independent and documentary films that run concurrently at the most prominent film houses in New York City.
Arts Education Program – international performers delight, engage and inspire audiences of all ages through this multi-tiered, year-round program. In addition to thriving School Day Bus-in and Family Friendly Performances, the WHBPAC provides a wide variety of year-round classes, workshops and camps.
Director of Arts Education /
Manager of PR & Artist Relations
Managing Director of Arts Education
Operations & Development Associate
Director of Sales and Volunteer Services
Box Office Sales
Director of Production & Facilities
June 17: Annual Golf Tournament and Cocktail Party
Audition for 15th Anniversary Fame Fest Talent Showcase
Executive Director Clare Bisceglia Retires
Local Artist Caleb Nelson Carter Featured in Gallery Lounge
Standing Ovation for Our Sponsor: The Zimmerman Family
Our Supporting Cast: Jay Decker, BMW of Southampton
The Stargazers Naming Committee Can Make You Famous
2013 Visionary Award Winners: Neal & Cynthia Hochman
Don & Rose Ciampa Save World Cinema Series
HELP WANTED: Part Time Box Office Sales
2013 Save The Dates
WHBPAC Receives 2013 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program Grant
Welcome New Board of Directors Members
Refurbishment Project Complete
Summer Arts Ed Camps 2013
New Classes for Teens This Spring!
Winner of 2 VIP Tickets to Every Performance in 2013!
Seniors Perform in Melodies & Memories: Life Is But A Dream
Melodies & Memories - Fall Session starts Sept 27
Announcing the 2012-13 School Day Performances at the WHBPAC!
Clare Bisceglia Marks 10th Anniversary By Launching Refurbishment Project
Arts Education Advocate Award - Carol D. Brown
Advisory Council Celebrates 10 Years with Woman of Distinction Award
WHBPAC Arts Ed Students Perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Golden Flashlight Award - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Donor Spotlight: Emma Galasso
No Generation Gap for Sponsor Julia Merrill
There was a Talented Young Dancer with a Dream...