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Stage Right! holds open house in new digs

| Sunday, June 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Stage Right!'s, Chris Orosz, Executive Director, Renata Marino, Choreographer, Lisa Hoffman, Board member, and Tony Marino, Artistic Director, gather on the stairs at Stage Right!, during the open house at the new Stage Right! studios in Greensburg on Saturday afternoon, June 1, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
(from left), Stage Right!'s, Chris Orosz, Executive Director, Renata Marino, Choreographer, Lisa Hoffman, Board member, and Tony Marino, Artistic Director, gather on the stairs at Stage Right!, during the open house at the new Stage Right! studios in Greensburg on Saturday afternoon, June 1, 2013.

Space to Grow

An open house was held June 1 at the new downtown Greensburg facility recently occupied by Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts and Professional Theatre Company.

The event featured food, music, informal tours of the labyrinth-like spaces in the former Fourth Ward schoolhouse and even impromptu performances, such as a group of students marching through a rehearsal room singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from “Les Miserables.”

It was “organized chaos,” a description used by choreographerRenata Marino to describe life behind the scenes in the theater, but happily so.

“We loved our old space, but this will allow us to take on some new projects and special programs,” said artistic director Tony Marino.

“We basically outgrew our other facility about two years ago,” echoed Renata, pointing out that more room will allow for separate classroom and rehearsal spaces and lounges for students of different ages and for staff members, along with offices and room after room for an extensive costume collection.

Expanded programs call for offerings for cyberschool students and young people with special needs.

Welcoming guests were executive director Chris Orosz and board member Lisa Hoffman.

Seen:John Longo, Greg Andrews, John Noble, Dennis Jerz, Mark Kissner, Maurissa Auer, Joe and JoAnne Salvatore with Jake andJenna, Anthony Marino, Giavanna Marino, Pilar Herr, Tom and Sharon Miller, Michelle Tomchek with daughter Alyssa, Blake Altman, Lily Altman, Amy Stewart with daughters Annastassia and Kataryna, Lynn Rusnica with daughter Grace, and Christian andKristen Conte with daughter Kaia.

— Shirley McMarlin

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