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Farmingville Theatre Needs Community Support To Stay Open

Theatre currently set to close on Dec. 31.

Screenshot of the Keep Take One Theatre Open GoFundMe campaign.
Screenshot of the Keep Take One Theatre Open GoFundMe campaign.
Take One Theatre at 1021 Portion Rd. in Farmingville is currently closing on Dec. 31, unless the community can raise enough support to save the theatre through a GoFundMe campaign.

The campaign has been created by Jessica Rosenblatt Cianciotto, who said that she has been with the theatre since 1988.

"I run the theatre with my Dad. We open our hearts to all of these kids, who are now 'my kids.,' Cianciotto said. "As soon as you come to Take One, you are family. I'm not ready for this to [be] over."

A Youtube video, created by 15-year-old Allie Brault of Nesconset, has also been created for the campaign, showing kids and teens who perform at the theatre.

As of this writing the GoFundMe has raised $1,955 out of a $10,000 goal.

Click the link in the media gallery for more information on the campaign and to consider supporting it.

To view other GoFundMe campaigns, click here.
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) December 19, 2013 at 04:52 PM
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Rachel Migliore December 19, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Peter, I'm afraid your comment is incorrect. Yes Take One collects production fees- as does every other youth theatre on Long Island (go ask around: CMPAC and SPAC charge even more). All of the money collected from the fees is invested straight into the production or paying for the rights for the show. I performed there for three years and the educational value they teach is absolutely off the charts. The theatre is a safe place and second home for its kids. I cannot think of a better cause to support in the Long Island arts community.
Peter James December 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Yes I am aware other theatres collect fees, but Take One is not the lowest (check your facts). That is not the point. I do know that children paid $200 for a Shakespeare production. However, you do not pay for rights, the set was reused from another show, and the director was not paid. So what was the money actually used for? Some of the children who left that theatre said the quality of the production of sets is not always seen in the cost of the fee.
Marie Richer December 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM
My son is a part of the take one theatre family and everything is being done to help them keep it open for every single kid that goes there are puts there heart and soul into what they love doing. Yes they collect production fees and yes they absolutely pay for the rights to their shows. I am in full support of the theatre. We will get to the point they need to get to.
Dennis Rosenblatt December 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM
I am the owner of Take One and Id like to answer some of your statements. The director is a student and was well aware of the fact that he was not getting paid, he was fine with that, because he was happy to get the experience of directing especially with a Shakespeare production because he knows Shakespeare very well. Yes a production fee was collected from the cast for this production, which was used for minimal set construction(exactly what the director requested is what was built), some costumes pieces and props as well as printing scripts, tix, programs etc. All the money that was collected was put back into the production or into other aspects of the theatre. Im pretty sure that we are the lowest Production Fees of the other theatres, but as you said that's not the point.
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM
So the money that clearly is marked for production staff was not given to the teen director, what was that used for? And if minimal sets were built, where did the rest of that money go? And Shakespearean shows do not have rights, again where did that money go? No where in the contracts you make them sign does it say to pay for rent or miscellaneous.
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM
As much as I am an avid supporter of the arts for children, I had researched this theatre for my own children and do not feel they do all they are proclaiming in this article. Yes, the children seem to like it there, but they are blind to what is actually going on. This theatre collects production fees and does not use them for the educational value they have in their contracts with children and their families. Just a word of caution, there are plenty of other legit theatres out there!
Jessica Cianciotto December 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I have to say that you are very contradictory, first you say that the money which is clearly marked for Production Staff(which we have no paperwork that says money for production staff on it) but if you think there is something that says that you must be a part of the theatre already because how else would you know what our paperwork says, then in your next comment you say you've researched the theatre for your own children, which means you aren't a member of our theatre so how would you know what any of our forms say? So who are you? Anyway, I would appreciate if you could not sabotage the theatre, the kids are wonderful and they deserve to read this article and to be proud, instead they read it and then someone is bashing the place they hold so dear, not cool. If you feel you have more to say, my father and I would be more than happy to meet with you and we can discuss this further.
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM
My child auditioned a while back and dropped the production after finding better opportunities. We received the paperwork to sign and return and never completed it. Simply stating...if you were "for the kids" why would you go for profit and not remain a not-for-profit...doesn't sound very "community" like.
Jessica Cianciotto December 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I'm very glad your child found opportunities elsewhere, and I'm done arguing with you now. We are actually Not for profit, again just got our papers. Good luck to you and your child. As I said before dont sabotage the theatre because you were unhappy with your experience. My kids dont deserve that. There is no need for any further contact here, you know where the theatre is so feel free to stop by if you need to discuss this further.
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Is that because you have no one funding you now so you are trying another tact? Now the community can look into the theatre since its not-for-profit again to make sure things are legit!
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I am just warning a community I care about. Switching from not-for-profit to profit and back again seems to warrant caution. As do moving locations multiple times. I am sure the children will find other safe havens in the community.
Peter James December 20, 2013 at 03:10 PM
So are you trying to hide the truth and that is why you don't want contact here? As a not-for-profit "now", everything can be public knowledge and anyone can walk in off the street to view your records to make sure all is legit! Best of luck!
Jessica Cianciotto December 20, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Not hiding anything, honestly just don't think it's worth spending my time, writing back and forth with a person, who knows nothing about me or the Take One family. It's all legit,come
Jessica Cianciotto December 20, 2013 at 07:13 PM
And look at the records anytime!! As I've said numerous times before, I'm done here.
Peter James December 21, 2013 at 01:14 PM
It is a good thing you work with teens, though I hope their eyes open and move on to a theatre that will let them grow and not hold them back...and give them a GOOD quality production.
Peter James December 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Let someone run the theatre who knows and actually cares and is not fake! Those kids deserve to not be held back and to grow with proper training! Sachem community...be warned, this place is a joke! This whole "theatre closing" was a scam to get free money! Donate to a good cause like to the family with a sick child! Create real Christmas magic!
Marie Richer December 27, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Jessica certain ppl are just ignorant and are not worth your time, oxygen, or engery. We as parents know what is right and where our kids want to be. Hey kuddos to the mans child that found another opportunity, but I can say this that child won't go as far as any one of ours at take one. Love you Jessica. I got you
Peter James December 27, 2013 at 09:23 PM
It's good you run a teen theatre where you can manipulate and hold them back. I hope the talented ones move on and realize they have a lot to learn from a real theatre with better production quality.
Peter James January 05, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Well it is now January...hopefully the kids are spared and are finding a place to use their talent! Sachem community is hopefully free of the scam!
Erik David Salazar January 05, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Alright. So here I drop by and see this little thread dealing with Take One's problem. First off Peter, I'd like to educate you a little on something. The fact that day after day, you keep coming back and you keep going on about this is actually downright sad. You're attempting to get your point across to an audience, and you're basically making yourself look like a big try-hard. You could at least try not to make it look so pathetic. I'm just reading through this, and it's actually pretty laughable. The fact that you even took it to that last comment, "Well it's now January..." was really the kicker for me. That actually just looks plain stupid, and honestly, if I had no idea about the situation, you would be convincing me even less. The fact that you're just assuming scam, and basically insisting that you're correct, is also pretty pathetic. This is actually something we all care about. Wow surprising, I know. You still think otherwise? Still in complete denial of it? Still insisting we're a bunch of lying scammers? Cool, then you're actually just wrong. Ignorance at it's finest, congratulations bro. Honestly, like Jess had already stated, you really don't know a thing about what was going on with the theatre. You think you can just easily assume people's motives and mind sets, then try to convince others about it, but you can't. It doesn't work that way. I won't even waste time trying to explain and convince you about us, because we all know that won't ever go anywhere. Well I believe I've covered everything I needed to. Please do us all, and yourself, a favor and leave. Drop it. Like, we're a community theatre for God's sake. It was actually pretty funny just thinking about this whole thing. Why keep going? What could you have possibly gained from trying to bring us down? Anything? No? Didn't think so. There's really no point in going any further with this. On that note, Happy New Year. All the best. ~Erik ♪♫
Jessica Cianciotto January 05, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Thank you Marie & Erik for continuing to support Take One. Notice I stopped writing back to this man on December 20th because he's not worth my time. He's not worth your time either, so thank you again for supporting us and believing in us. Just don't bother with this guy anymore, not worth it at all!!

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