Monday, April 29, 2024

WHATCo Spring Newsletter


Spring Newsletter

Message from the President

Happy Spring friends! The second half of our season has flown by with a chilling production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in February and the original murder mystery, Deadly Dessert Championship, playing to sold out audiences.

WHATCo’s spring musical, Disaster!, is a fun romp through familiar plotlines of the popular 1970’s disaster movie genre set to disco favorites. This is our largest scale musical, set design, and cast for a Main Stage production in our history. It features a spectacular cast and live 5-piece band! I promise that it will not disappoint!

Do not miss your chance to see it from April 26 - May 3 over 7 performances. Tickets are available at, limited tickets may be available at the door.

We have also launched an in-person version of our popular One Acts Festival. After receiving almost 1,000 original one act plays from all over the world, our committee has selected 9 original works. We are honored to bring those works to our stage and share this unique opportunity with our community. Please join us at the theater for two nights only, May 17 and 18, to meet some of the playwrights and see their words come to life.

This summer we look forward to bringing you a second Summer Shakespeare performance, again in partnership with Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) and the Teaneck New Theatre (TNT). Outdoor performance dates in our West Hudson community will be announced soon so get your picnic basket and blanket ready!

Thank you for your support of the arts and our mission to bring them to center stage in West Hudson. We look forward to seeing you at the theater and around the community!

For the Arts,

 Brandi-Leigh Miller



The Main Stage season wraps with DISASTER! , a new musical straight from Broadway, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” are just a few of the scintillating hits in this hilarious musical comedy with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky, and Jack Plotnick. Directed by Jessa Blackthorne, Musical Direction by Scott Burzynski, and Choreography by Bong Dizon.


It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats. Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle.


DISASTER! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


WHERE: 15 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South, Harrison, NJ (the former Holy Cross High School)

 WHEN:  May 2, 3, 4 @ 7:30 pm 

WhatCo’s One Act Play Festival

WHEN:  May 17th and 18th at 7:30 PM
: 15 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. S, Harrison NJ, 07029
TICKETS:  $10 General Admission

Spotlight on Volunteers

WHATCo is proud of and grateful for all of their talented volunteers who help bring the arts to life for the community!

We asked a volunteer about his favorite WHATCo projects and why he enjoys being a part of this theater community.

Robert Strauch

Actor & Board Member

“I enjoy whatever time I can at WHAT. Doing whatever. Brandi has created a fun, exciting space to work and be creative. It’s my home away from home. The people I have met there and become friends with are very special to me. And the memories created there are some of my best theater memories.

Hope we can keep this thriving troupe going.
P.S. Disaster is a hoot.”

We will continue to shine a spotlight on volunteers throughout the year!

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We hope to see you at the theater!