Fundraiser for Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance

Time To Step Up and Help an Island Tradition: MST&DA

Updated 37 weeks ago David Stone

"Every little bit helps," writes Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Executive Director Kristi Towey. "MST&DA prides itself on producing high quality theatre productions for their students and community. This comes at a high cost. We rely on the generosity of our community and beyond to help provide the best experience possible for our students and their families. They deserve it!"

Last December's Community Sing at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance
Last December's Community Sing at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance
Photo courtesy of Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance

Right now, MST&DA's Fundraiser on Facebook is in full swing. When you give here, you support a Roosevelt Island tradition in learning and performance that far exceeds anything most communities hope for.

But you also help yourself. MST&DA is a qualified 501(3)c nonprofit, which makes your contribution tax deductible. 

"The MST&DA nourishes creativity by striving to provide high-quality theatrical and dance training as well as performance opportunities to everyone in our diverse community," Towey continues.

Click here to check out the fundraiser.

MST&DA is Roosevelt Island's most inclusive group. Participants range from toddlers to seniors with classes leading to performances, catering to tastes from ballet to cabaret.

"We believe that every person, child or adult, should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, regardless of cultural, socio-economic, ethnic background or age."

Common Man Musicals in rehearsal at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance
Common Man Musicals in rehearsal at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

In the past year, classes at MST&DA have delivered Broadway classics, like Sondheim on Sondheim and Pippin, as well as staged readings from a series of plays picked and directed by Russ Cusick.

In a tradition taking root before most Roosevelt Islanders arrived here, most performances take place in the Howe Theatre, built by pioneers Worth and Nancy Howe to pursue their own theatrical dreams.

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance is a place to learn, perform your heart out or, for most of us, to enjoy the delights that best fit our tastes in a comfortable seat in the Howe Theatre.

They are asking you to help them continue the theatre tradition on Roosevelt Island. You can find their fundraiser right here on Facebook.

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