A powerful nor’easter on Friday created some obstacles for the Wheatley Theatre Company’s production of “Into the Woods.” With approximately five minutes remaining in the first act, the power was lost at Wheatley. Although emergency generators kicked in, they were not enough to power the lights and sound system being used for the show. As a result, the second act of the show was canceled.
When Saturday rolled around, the extent of the damage to the community became clear. PSEG Long Island reported over 128,000 homes without service. With a luncheon and two shows planned for Saturday, dramatic measures were necessary to ensure that the show could go on! Thanks to the efforts of our Director of Facilities (Nick Fusco), as well as our building custodial staff (Scott Behnke, Juan Gonzalez and Mark Gaeta), we were able to make all necessary adjustments to ensure the luncheon and shows would continue. With the support of the East Williston Fire Department Chief Patrick Theodore and members Kevin O’Donnell and Bobby Schoen—all three Wheatley graduates—the events could continue in a safe manner for everyone!
You can view the program through this link: Into The Woods Program
Here are some photos and videos of Friday’s production (before the lights went out)!