Bravo, Surflight

Jun 28, 2017

To the Editor:

How great it was to be part of the welcome back audience at Surflight Theatre last Friday. The night might break the Guinness Book of Records for standing ovations occurring before the show began, as there were two. Not even Broadway’s “Hamilton” gets that!

The first was for Al Parinello, the new owner of Surflight Theatre who included a tribute to the late Joseph Hayes, theater founder, among his remarks. The second was for Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner, accompanied by his ever-faithful coffee cup, who recognized the many old-timers who had come together again as a team to get the production on stage and spoke to his commitment to ensure LBI has a viable performing arts presence.

Talented artists, great restaurants, fun attractions, unique and creative businesses and a coastal environment cry out for live theater to complete the ambiance. They all benefit from the people the theater draws to the Island, the promotion it receives from the shows being advertised in many venues and the opportunities it provides.

I am biased because as a retired tourism professional from the Ocean County area, I worked with Steve Steiner. He made many contributions to the tourism community in general over the years and was the staunchest advocate for culture and the performing arts in the county, and especially LBI. It  is amazing that he and his loyal staff could pull everything together in such a short time frame.

I wish the Surflight family well in this re-venture and look forward to enjoying future shows.

Barbara Steele

Toms River, N.J.

P.S. “Footloose” was a wonderful first choice to exhibit the talents and enthusiasm of the predominately young cast. Time is short. See it before July 9.

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