Deborah has been involved in theatre for over 45 years. She has designed, painted and built sets, run lighting & sound boards, managed props, stage managed, written for theatre, produced, directed, acted and has costumed at most theatres on Long Island. She has performed regionally and Off-Broadway and has starred in the world premieres of many shows as well as the Long Island premieres of such shows as "Breaking Legs" (Angie), "Spiked Heels" (Georgie), "Catholic School Girls" (Maria Theresa), "The Convertible Girl" (Christine), "Four Dogs and a Bone" (Brenda), "Love, Loss & What I Wore". "Wicked Sisters" (Meridee) and "Sylvia" in the title role to name a few. Favorite roles include "It Had to Be You" (Theda), "I Ought To Be in Pictures" (Steffie) and "The Pavilion" (Keri) (l with her husband, Ted), Born Yesterday (Billie) and "Steel Magnolias" (M'Lynn) ... She has also worked in TV, commercial print ads and narrated the Channel 21 Emmy award winning documentary "Let's Talk About Sex" hosted Gabrielle Cartaris. Besides teaching classes here at SSTE, she has worked as drama advisor/ director/ costumer in many area schools and was the Drama Advisor for West Babylon Junior High School and East Islip Middle School. She also started and ran a 5th grade theatre program within the school district that raised money for Senior Scholarships for over 8 years. Deborah also volunteered for many years with the Scholarship Committee for a local community theatre group and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as a counselor/ mentor. Deborah has studied acting with HB Studios, Stella Adler and Suffolk Community College. She also studied at The School of Visual Arts, NYC; Phil Black Dance, NYC; and Eglevsky Ballet. Deborah resides in West Babylon with her husband and has three grown children. On a personal note, over the years she and her husband have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting, learning and experiencing theatre from some of the best actors in NYC and on Long Island...In their 'Pay it Forward' attitude, they hope to provide low cost benefit performances and theatre experiences for children and adults...It is this passion that they hope to take into every show they do. Exciting the children into performing their best or doing a show for adults and bringing them into another world for just a little while. This is what gives them their greatest joy.... and they hope to share that with you....
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Ted has been involved in magic and theatre for over 40 years. He, also, has stage managed, designed sets, has written and produced for Long Island Theatre. He has starred in the Long Island premieres of "Greetings" (Mickey) and "Ragtime" (Willy Conklin) as well as world premiere plays such as Cruise to Switzerland. His "Storytime Magic" and "The Magic of Thaddeus" has been featured in Fios 1 , LI Parenting and Good Times magazines and he builds many of the illusions you see in his shows. He has performed to sell out crowds for years at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center with his family oriented original magic shows. He was a founding member of The Parlor of Mystery, Long Island's ONLY ongoing magic show for adults that new shows every month and performed with them regularly. He recently finished a very successful run of his new parlour show, Life's Little Mysteries. With Deborah, they operated "Partners in Crime", their own murder mystery company for private events and restaurants in the tri-state area and still offer this service to fundraising for local organizations. Email us for info on all magic parties or murder mysteries.
For the past 25 years, Leslie has been teaching private vocal and piano lessons to children and adults of all ages. Her style is a laid back one focusing on the needs and personal style of the student. Leslie has prepared many of her students for all levels of NYSSMA, auditions that they may have, helps them prepare for their parts in any performances that they may be in, and accompanies them for open mic performances if that's what they like to do. She was the children's musical director for the past 7 years and is musical director for our adult productions.
Thaddeus C. Plezia has been studying Shakespeare for the last 6 years. Credits: Jacques (As You Like It), Brutus (The Tragedy of Julius Caesar), Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Chiron (Titus Andronicus), and Sganarelle (The Forced Marriage by Molière). Directorial credits: The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Follow him on Twitch: ChiefThad, and Socials: Twitter (@ChiefThad) Instagram (chief_thad)
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