Westchester Broadway Theatre Gives Back To The Community






Each year for the past 40 years, Westchester Broadway Theatre has donated a matinee performance of one of its mainstage productions to children residing in Westchester County institutions. This year the children will be treated to the new musical production of Show Boat January 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. The invitees include clients of Andrus Children’s Center, The Children’s Village, Green Chimneys, Sunshine Children’s Home, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School, Pleasantville Cottage School, Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, Lincoln Hall, Putnam Associated Resource Center, Cardinal McClosky Home and Diagnostic Center in Pleasantville. There will be more than 400 children and chaperones in attendance. Approximately 16,500 children and chaperones have attended since the program began.

The children range in age from five to 18. Some residing in the institutions have physical or emotional disabilities; the organizations provide assessment of their emotional, behavioral, school and family difficulties and work to meet their needs. Others live in residential treatment centers which offer long-term care and schooling.

In addition to the invitation to Westchester Broadway Theatre, each of the organizations also is contacted by theatre staff to determine any material needs they may have. These then are met through gift donations which are presented at the end of the performance. Proceeds for the gifts come from our generous audiences during the holiday season. Gifts include: computers, color printers, digital cameras, video cameras, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, microwaves, stereo systems, video games, etc. In recent years, some unique requests also have been met including eight strollers for one organization and a pool table for another.

Westchester Broadway Theatre is proud to provide the children residing in these homes with an opportunity to see a fully-staged musical free of charge. During intermission, ice cream, cookies, and beverages are provided. Each year we are gratified in seeing how involved the children become with the experience of watching live theatre. The responses of the children and the appreciation of the staff are the reasons owners Bill Stutler and Bob Funking continue to donate these performances, as well as fulfill the gift requests year after year.

The owners of Westchester Broadway Theatre are very cognizant of the needs of the entire local community and have initiated numerous other opportunities for contributions. With the help of our generous patrons, this year‘s donations also included:

  • $16,000 raised for Hudson Valley Honor Flights.
  • Gift certificates totaling $30,000 donated in 2015 to local charities, schools, and other deserving organizations.
  • $7000 raised this year for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, AmeriCares, The Foster House, and The Thommie Walsh Education Fund.


Childrens matinee

Photo by Pia Haas.. l to r Jessica Tucci (Group Sales) Lisa Tiso (Producer) Ginny Baisi (Group Sales); The Coordinators of The Children’s Free Matinee at WBT, along with Heidi Giarlo, Group Sales Mgr. (not pictured).



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Stephanie & Wayne

About Stephanie & Wayne

Stephanie is a journalist, writer, editor, and has had several hundred articles published in various newspapers and magazines, many of which still are available online under “Stephanie Lyons Schultz”. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist. She currently is a professor of psychology at WCSU and NVCC in Connecticut. Wayne is an Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and director. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU. In addition, he is a professor of communications at WCSU. Together, this recently wed couple write, produce, and direct as many of their stage, screen, and TV projects as they can with a full house -- their combined brood of seven! Some of their work has been featured this summer and fall off off Broadway; other work currently is under option. They hope to continue to promote more of their projects in the coming months! Feel free to write whatever comments you like! We want your feedback!