Bay Street Theater hosted its 24th annual summer gala on Saturday, July 11, on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor to benefit Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs. The evening began with the premiere concert reading of the first act of The Prince of Egypt, and then continued with dinner prepared by Sterling Affair and a party and auctions with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind.
The Prince of Egypt features book by Philip LaZebnik (writer of Mulan, Pocahontas) and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked, Pippin, Godspell); both creators attended the gala.
The gala honored former Congressman Tim Bishop and photographer/playwright Joe Pintauro. Ana Daniel, Bay Street Theater’s founding chair, presented Bishop’s award. Pintauro’s award was given by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street’s artistic director.
The concert reading featured a long list of Broadway and film stars along with local talents. The star-studded cast included Matthew James Thomas, Aaron Lazar, Patina Miller, Norm Lewis, Stephen Bogardus, Julia Murney, Kyle Barisich, John Treacy Egan, Ryan Knowles, Joanna Howard, Julia Motyka and Anna Schiavoni.
In addition to the talented main cast there was a large chorus of local performers led by Choir Master Greg Wilson. The chorus included Gary Ducoing, Vivienne Grizzle-Jaber, Pattie Hulmes, Courtney Kossick, Matt Luca, Austyn Myers, Elizabeth Oldak, Ariana Pazz, Katelyn Piotrowicz, Zack Reily, Sarah Soltysik, Marquez Catherine Stewart, Matt Tursi, Jennifer Roller, Carlton Welsh, Christian Wern, Michelle Wern, and Greg Wilson.
Other notables in attendance were Bill Damasche and Dori Berinstein from DreamWorks Theatricals.