Performing Arts Talents on Display at Three Upcoming RCC Events

All are open to the public

PRESS RELEAE– Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Theater will host three events in late October showcasing a wide range of performing arts talents. All three shows are open to the public: one is free and the other two serve as fundraisers.

The Harvest Festival of the Arts raises funds for a scholarship named in honor of RCC alumna Melissa Dimataris.

Harvest Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7 pm

Ticket price: $10

Come enjoy a variety of performances by RCC students at this annual fundraiser. Song, dance, drama and more are on the menu, including performances by RCC’s Campus Players.

The showcase raises money for the Melissa Dimataris Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of a 2013 RCC alumna who succumbed to leukemia just months after graduation. Dimataris was a Performing Arts student and a SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner. The scholarship in her name goes each year to a student studying Performing Arts at RCC.

RCC adjunct faculty Pete Fiore is the drummer for the Jennys, who will perform a Beatles tribute concert on October 28.

The Jennys Play the Beatles—Magical Mystery Tour 50th Anniversary
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 8 pm

Ticket price: $10

Roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way into the Cultural Arts Theater to hear The Jennys play the entire album cover-to-cover in honor of the 50th anniversary of its release. The band will also play other Beatles favorites in this fundraising concert for RCC Performing Arts programs.

The Jennys—Mike Linkens, Mike Ludwig, Pete Fiore, and Taylor Field—play at top venues from New York City to Orange County. They are accomplished musicians in multiple genres, but they each share a particular affection for classic Beatles music. Fiore is also an RCC adjunct music instructor.

For more about the Jennys, visit


Fight Master J. David Brimmer (right) with an RCC student at a past Stage Blood Workshop.

Stage Blood Workshop
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 12:30 pm

Free to attend

What better day than Halloween to learn the dark arts involved in theatrical blood? J. David Brimmer, a renowned Broadway Fight Director and 2017 Drama Desk Award nominee, will lead the workshop on stage at the Cultural Arts Theater.

Brimmer has made numerous appearances at RCC over the years and his events are always entertaining and informative. This workshop will consist of both lecture and demonstration on how to create and utilize stage blood for theatrical productions. There will also be opportunities for audience participation.

For more information on these events, contact Rosemary Witte at 845-574-4471 or To learn about studying Performing Arts at RCC, visit

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