Frank Gulluscio, a former Language Arts teacher at St. Mary Gate of Heaven and director of the show, said the school, located at 103-12 101st Street, has hosted shows for many years now and every performance always has a full house.
“We started as a little town show, now we have a couple-thousand people who come to see it every year,” said Gulluscio, who also serves as district manager for Community Board 6.
He added that the performers will comprise of students from the first through eighth grade. The performances will take place over Mother's Day weekend.
Many of the people who help out with the lighting and sound are alumni, and some are professional Broadway actors.
Even though the performances are becoming increasingly popular and successful, they could not be done without the support of parents and volunteers.
“Funding is difficult, people pitch in from here and there,” said Gulluscio. “We have an enormous support team of parents and alumni.”
For instance, he mentioned that the person responsible for the stage light donates both his time and equipment, and all of the costumes used in the play are made by moms.
As the performances evolved from a small town show to a big community event, Gulluscio couldn’t help but thank the community for all of its efforts at the last CB6 meeting. On many levels, the performances are becoming a magnet that units the community together.
Last year, the school did High School Musical, and attracted thousands. “The tickets were all sold out,” Gulluscio noted.