The Broadway Training Center Gala will honor Schoenfelds and the Village of Hastings
The past two years have not been easy for performing arts schools and organizations like Westchester Broadway Training Center (BTC). But now that the pandemic is under control and audiences are returning to shows and other big in-person events, BTC’s artistic directors Jason Brantman and fiona santos aptly titled their May 23 gala “Together at Last.”
The event, to be held at the award-winning hotel Harvest on Hudson restaurant in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY beginning at 6:30 p.m., will celebrate not only the school’s 30th anniversary, but also “the courage, perseverance, and ingenuity that carried the BTC community through a year unlike any other.” the others,” Santos explained. Amidst the festivities – which will include cabaret-style performances by the school’s alumni and current students, exclusive private access to the restaurant and its gardens, spectacular views of the Hudson River at sunset, and prizes unique to auction and raffle – it will honor two parties who have contributed to the success of BTC.
The first recipients will be Manhattan couple Susan and Steve Schoenfeld, longtime board members and co-treasurers of the school, who have played crucial roles in supporting BTC for decades. The Schoenfelds first joined the BTC community over 20 years ago when their child Roxy was 11 and they lived in Scarsdale (Edgemont). A few years later, they helped Brantman and Santos become co-artistic directors. Over the years, they have given generously of their time and resources, and during the pandemic, they have helped BTC secure over $140,000 in government grants and credits.
“BTC simply wouldn’t be what it is today without the extraordinary dedication of Susan and Steve as partners, advocates and friends,” Brantman said.
The second winner will be the village of Hastings, whose mayor, Nicola (Niki) Armacost, will be present to accept on behalf of the village.
“The Village’s elected officials and staff have always been great partners with the local business community,” said Santos, who is also music director. “But over the past 26 months, as businesses across the region have struggled to cope with the impacts of the pandemic, the level of commitment and support from the Village has been truly remarkable.”
As an example, Santos cited when the village’s downtown attorney sent out special communications to make sure Hastings businesses were aware of every new grant and loan opportunity. Community events were held to keep residents engaged and connected to local businesses. Health guidelines and rules have been clearly communicated and supported by consultations with local health officials and doctors. “For us, we were very grateful for the Village’s timely communications on funding opportunities for PPE, which enabled us to welcome students to our space in person.”
A full evening of fun
After the performances, dinner, and dessert, the fundraiser will include a live auction, raffle prizes, and a silent auction that will be online and available even without a ticket purchase. Items will include tickets to Broadway shows, dance performances and concerts, as well as unique experiences such as wine tasting with Jeff Wooddy from Rochambeau Wines & Liqueurs at Dobbs Ferry, a cooking class/demonstration followed by a gourmet dinner at your home, and an evening kayaking on the Hudson at sunset.
Tickets are available online at https://one.bidpal.net/btcgala2022/welcome$190 for adults, $60 for seniors (K-12).
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Serving the community and the region for 30 years
Based in Hastings-on-Hudson, Broadway Training Center in Westchester is a leading performing arts school offering year-long training programs in theatre, voice, dance and performance ensembles for K-12 students and adults. With a faculty comprised of professionals who have performed on Broadway and other top venues, BTC is well known for its high-quality productions and high-impact youth education work. The program of shows, Wholeis BTC’s most intensive offering, requiring an entrance interview and placement audition.
The school and its students have won more than 90 National Youth Arts Awards, including Outstanding Ensemble for 14 consecutive years. Westchester Magazine has hailed BTC acting classes as “the best in South Westchester.” The Westchester family named it “Best Children’s Theater Company” and BroadwayWorld dubbed BTC”Best Dance Studio of the Decade” in Westchester and Rockland counties.
While BTC strives to provide the most professional training available in a highly stimulating environment, its main mission is to encourage responsibility, commitment, collaboration, imagination, generosity and honesty, by using theater as a vehicle for personal development. His mantra is “develop character on and off the stage”. Its students come from Westchester and Rockland counties, southern Connecticut and the Bronx.