84 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • JULY 2018
PRESS BUZZ: DESTINATIONS
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS
By MICHELLE GABRIELLE CENTAMORE
Since 1962, the North Fork Community
Theatre has performed more
than 200 high-quality shows in a
quaint, circa-1830 space rented from
the Mattituck Presbyterian Church.
“The joy of working really hard on a
project with like-minded people...it is
good for everyone”
- Mary Motto Kalich, board president of NFCT
Determined to make the beloved
space their permanent home, the
NFCT launched a fundraising
campaign, “Building on Tradition,”
aiming to raise $1,000,000 to purchase
and renovate the structure.
The community wholeheartedly
embraced the endeavor and NFCT
bought the building in 2012 for half
their fundraising goal. It is now
partially renovated, with major
renovations to commence following
NFCT’s Youth on Stage production of
Seussical, running July 19 to Aug. 5.
“North Fork Community Theatre
is an integral part of the community,”
says Mary Motto Kalich, board
president of NFCT. “The joy of working
really hard on a project with
like-minded people...it is good for
everyone, especially kids.”
The all-volunteer organization
presents a fall and spring musical,
The North Fork Community Theatre is gearing up for major renovations.
two winter plays and a Youth on Stage
performance in summer, providing
an opportunity for individuals to use
their talents, learn and have fun.
Seussical will showcase an “outrageous
level of energy and talent in the
kids ranging in age from 14 to 22,”
Following Seussical, the NFCT
will extend the stage by three feet on
either side, build an orchestra pit and
rehearsal room below the stage, and
add new lighting.
“The main goal is to keep the local
charm and feel of the theatre but
also enhance outdated technology so
our patrons can better see, hear and
experience live theatre,” says Kalich.
North Fork Community Theatre is
located at 12700 Old Sound Ave. in
They can be reached at 631-298-
6328, 631-298-4500, or nfct.com
Tickets cost $25.
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