New Theater Company Helps Celebrate Ritz Centennial - Daily Hudson Valley News

New Theater Company Helps Celebrate Ritz Centennial

Feb 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Entertainment

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions, a new local nonprofit theater company, is proud to partner with the Ritz Theater-Newburgh, Inc and Safe Harbors of the Hudson in celebrating 100 years of performances at Newburgh’s historic Ritz Theater. Hatmaker’s Attic will partner with Safe Harbors on several projects during the Ritz Theater’s centennial year, beginning with a production of the beloved contemporary musical THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. Auditions will be held in The Ritz on February 9th, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson, which owns and operates The Ritz Theater, The Cornerstone Residence and the Ann Street Gallery, is a nonprofit committed to transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts. In 2008, the Ritz Theater-Newburgh, Inc was formed to focus solely on the restoration of the Ritz and has since opened The Ritz Theater Lobby as a performance venue for the award winning Tom Humphrey Guitar Series which has featured such performance greats as Bucky Pizzarelli, Pete Seeger and Odair Assad. The Ritz Theater’s mission is to create a vibrant professional performing arts venue in the city of Newburgh that revitalizes the local economy, enriches the education of youth, and enhances community pride.

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions is honored to be a part of Safe Harbors’ ongoing efforts to restore The Ritz. Founded last year by brothers Edward and William Gibbons-Brown, Hatmaker’s Attic is committed to creating positive environments where anybody can find a home in art. The company introduced itself to the community with a series of fundraising events in Poughkeepsie last year, and mounted a debut production in Brooklyn.

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE,  to be performed March 22nd – 24th, will be the third production for this fledgling company.

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions will hold auditions for THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in The Ritz Theater, at 107 Broadway in Newburgh, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturday, February 9th. Anyone interested in being a part of The Ritz Theater’s centennial year may email or visit for more information on the auditions and the production.


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