National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped – Final Performance

Who knew that the NTWH Production of In Honor of Service would be the last public performance before the organization suspended its operations?  Following is my post from 2008 after that show:
September 5, 2008
NTWH just completed a production at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY on August 25, 2008.  What a great experience – Sag Harbor is truly an arts town that welcomed the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (NTWH) enthusiastically in its first production at BST.  This was the fifth summer gala in the Hamptons, moving to BST from The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, where NTWH played the four previous consecutive summers.  I created the show (and accompanied on the piano) and Brother Rick Curry, SJ [now Father Curry] staged the performance at the intimate, thrust staging at Bay Street Theater.
The show was entitled In Honor of Service for which I wrote a title song, a new patriot musical tribute to service of country.  The cast was made of performers with physical disabilities, as well as, ‘able-bodied’ performers creating a company showcasing a fair amount of ensemble singing.  In addition, each of the 15 cast members had his or her moment in the spotlight to shine.  The dramatic material was monologues written at several workshops over the past few years of the NTWH Writers’ Program for Wounded Warriors in Belfast, Maine.  Two veterans from the workshop performed their own monologues with the troupe at Sag Harbor!
For a peek at the show, check out the title song In Honor of Service which premiered at the August 25th performance, and the finale of the show, In Honor of Service Reprise, which has a different arrangement.
Other highlights from the show:
Our Story / Heart & Music (Russell Barnes & the NTWH Cabaret)
Sherry (performance by Russell Barnes & Karen Gourgey)
Stage Door Canteen/We’ll Meet Again (performance by John Spalla & NTWH Cabaret)
If You Hadn’t (But You Did) (performance by Meg Beach-Hacking)

About John Spalla

Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Actor. Original Broadway casts of "Singin' in the Rain" and "Me and My Girl". Off-Broadway credits include "Enter Laughing, the Musical", York Theatre; "Closer Than Ever", Cherry Lane Theater; "What's A Nice Country Like You STILL..", American Place Theater. AFM Local 802, AEA, SAG, AFTRA.
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