PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. For over 10 years, Little Village Playhouse has served Pleasantville and the Westchester area with a unique theatre school for children. Soon, the school will expand its horizons to the professional level.
The not-for-profit business located on Marble Avenue will not only be moving to a larger studio location, but will be joining forces with the Chappaqua Drama Group to form Arc Stages. The new theatre company will add professional theatre to its already existing youth program.
Adam Cohen, the founder and executive director of Little Village Playhouse, is excited to expand the company.
"Having our own professional works was always a vision," Cohen said. "I'm most excited about just having our own performance space."
Little Village Playhouse has produced 59 shows with its students over the years, all at third-party venues that were rented out by the company, causing a hassle for staff to assemble and create stages and scenes.
"I'm definitely not going to miss loading up trucks and moving pieces up and down stairs," said Stephanie Kovacs, artistic director at Little Village Playhouse. "It will be nice to just have everything there and have our own sense of community."
The original mission of Little Village Playhouse over the years has been to provide a safe and creative haven for students in kindergarten all the way through high school. The staff ensures this will still be mission in the youth educational groups in Arc Stages.
"There are so many places out there where you can be judged and mocked and we want this to be a safe place for our students to develop themselves on and off the stage," said Galit Sperling, director/teaching artist at Little Village Playhouse.
In addition to the youth and professional performances and classes, Cohen said Arc Stages plans to implement a community aspect to the company, where residents around the area can be involved with live performances behind the scenes.
Arc Stages is currently in a fundraising effort and will hold various events to raise money over the upcoming months. The group is currently in negotiation for a location on Tompkins Avenue in Pleasantville and hopes to move into the new location by the end of the fall.
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