By Sally Fitz, ACT Treasurer and Grants Coordinator, ACT
Oct. 25, 2023: The long-running Actors Conservatory Theatre (ACT) which takes up residence at Taylor Hall at Christ Church this fall is proud to call Bronxville their new home.
Well-known in the arts community and a four-time Best of Westchester recipient, ACT is a non-profit organization and one of the longest running community theatres in Westchester. ACT’s mission is to provide quality theater to Westchester audiences at a reasonable cost, to assist young actors and technicians in the world of theater, and to encourage volunteerism within the community.
This November, ACT will make its Bronxville debut with the Broadway hit Sister Act under the direction of Armand Paganelli, and the musical direction of Stephen Ferri, Executive Producer & Musical Director of White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Founded in 1975 by Arlene Wendt, ACT is today led by her daughter, Janice Paganelli, who is also the Resident Choreographer, House Manger and Co-Producer of ACT’s Junior Troupe.
ACT has staged over 130 main-stage productions in its 49-year history, including comedies, dramas, musicals and original works. They have conducted numerous acting workshops for children, beginner actors and scene study workshops for experienced performers. Many, in part thanks to ACT, have gone on to successful careers in TV, film and theater.
Since 2003, ACT’s Junior Troupe has produced an annual musical with young performers, grades 5 through 12, led by Janice Paganelli and George Croom and the same professional-level production team as their main stage projects. Each year Junior Troupe performers experience the fun and hard work of participating in a high-quality theatrical production – tuition free!
“In 2022, we lost our theater space of 23 years, which prompted a year-long search for a new theater home,” Ms. Paganelli reports. “We are so happy to have found such a beautiful performance space at Taylor Hall and such a welcoming community.”
ACT has an extensive and growing volunteer base who assist with ushering, concessions, set construction, lighting and backstage duties. And as an affiliate of Arts Westchester, ACT is participating in its Art$W Challenge Grant program where donations to ACT before December 31 may be matched dollar-for-dollar. If interested in volunteering or making a gift, please visit ACT’s website: www.actshows.org
ACT’s next production at Taylor Hall is Sister Act, which opens on November 10 and runs for two weekends. Tickets are available via ACT’s website: www.actshows.org
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.
Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
171 White Plains Rd
99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708