Oldest amateur performing arts organization revived for 2013


The Port Washington Children’s Show performs Alice in Wonderland in 1973. This year, the play troupe will produce Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. This will be the first performance from this play troupe since 1994.

Ana Espinoza, Assistant News Editor

This year, the Port Washington Children’s Show will return to the stage for the first time since 1994 with a production of Alice in Wonderland, a stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The play troupe will hold auditions from Jan. 7-10, from 6 – 9 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and final performances will take place on March 21, 22, and 23. Community members of all ages, including Schreiber students, are welcome to participate.

The show will be directed by Ms. Diana Von Roeschlaub, who grew up performing in the Children’s Shows and the Port Summer show. The story was originally adapted by Play Troupe President Ms. Pamela Meadows for a 1973 Children’s Show production in order to accommodate more young performers. Ms. Sandra Ehrlich will act as Executive Producer.

Ms. VonRoeschlaub has worked with children at the Parent Resource Center, Port Washington and Herricks elementary schools, and Hofstra University’s Saturday Series programs.

“I can’t wait to the put the Children’s Show back on the map in Port Washington,” said Ms. Von Roeschlaub. “This is a remarkable activity that brings families and neighbors together, not only in the audience, but as part of the production itself. It’s all about collaborating across generations, telling a wonderful story, and having fun. I can’t wait to get started.”

The show traditionally stages adaptations of children’s literary classics and original scripts. The production is also inter-generational—teens, parents, and grandparents alike are invited to become involved.

There are roles available for those with special dance or music experience, as well as for newcomers who would enjoy being part of a group. There are also opportunities to design or operate puppets for the show. Due to production expenses, there will be a moderate participation fee, but sponsorships are available for families in need.

The group’s last production was The Emperor’s Tales, adapted by Play Troupe Vice President and current Port Washington Public Library Media Librarian Tony Traguardo. It went on to tour the UK in 1995.

The Port Washington Children’s Show is a tradition that dates back to 1947, when Main Street School Principal Charlotte Merriman, and Elmer Tangerman, supported by wife Molly and daughter Judith, partnered to create it. The Greater Play Troupe itself was founded in 1927, and it is recognized as the oldest chartered amateur performing arts organization in New York State.