SUFFIELD YOUTH THEATER TIMELINE OF EVENTS
May 14, 2015
Liam Duffy, Kush Shah, Michael Sattan, Matt LoVoi and Dominic Colangelo meet in the Suffield Middle School conference room to discuss the possibility of writing, casting and producing a theatrical play without any adult guidance. They are all 14 years old.
In the search for a venue for the production now dubbed "Sleepless in Camelot", the founders meet with Mr. Daniel Kehoe and receive a sponsorship from The Around Town Singers and Orchestra.
August 20th, 2015
"Sleepless In Camelot" opens to a sold out audience of 70 people and the founding five introduce the company as "Suffield Youth Theatrical Troupe" at the West Suffield Congregational Church.
August 21st, 2015
The second and final showing of "Sleepless In Camelot" is host to 75 audience members, including Suffield news legend Lester Smith.
September 2nd, 2015
Mathew LoVoi and Michael Sattan leave the group, and it is renamed "Suffield Youth Theater". The domain www.suffieldyouththeater.org is purchased.
September 20th, 2015
Suffield Youth Theater moves to the Fellowship Hall of the Second Baptist Church, providing a more central location as well as a larger space. Kent Memorial Library hires Suffield Youth Theater to write a Halloween themed mystery play to be performed October 30th.
November 28th, 2015
A brand new sound system is purchased for Suffield Youth Theater partially paid for through donations from the supportive community.
December 18th, 2015
Suffield Youth Theater's "A Very Merry Christmas Show" is performed for a sold out audience of 80 people. The first in an annual Christmas themed talent show.
March 25th, 2016
A brand new lighting system is purchased from the assistance of the Suffield Arts Council.
April 4th, 2016
Suffield Youth Theater's first theater workshop "A Day in the Life" shows a wide range of people (9-39) all the work that goes into an SYT production.
April 25th, 2016
Founding member, Dominic Colangelo meets with an attorney at Spellman and Kelley LLC in Suffield Connecticut to discuss forming Suffield Youth Theater into an official non-profit company.
May 14th, 2016
On the one year anniversary of Suffield Youth Theater, the "Anniversary Showcase" a performance commemorating every aspect of SYT over the past year is produced. Suffield Youth Theater's comedy improv troupe Hard Candy is unveiled.
June 7th, 2016
Founding member Dominic Colangelo meets with Mrs. Pat Bland of P. A. Bland & Associates to discuss the purchase of General Liability insurance for Suffield Youth Theater.
June 10th, 2016
Suffield Youth Theater files letters of incorporation with the Secretary of the State of Connecticut, a vital step in the path to forming a nonprofit.
July 12, 2016
Suffield Youth Theater receives a Certificate of Incorporation from the Secretary of State of Connecticut.
July 21st, 2016
David and Kelly Colangelo, Pinki and Darshan Shah and Tracy and Michael Duffy met with the founders of Suffield Youth Theater in the first official board meeting of the company.
August 19-21st, 2016
Suffield Youth Theater presented "Pinocchio the Musical" to an audience of 180 people, the biggest show SYT has yet produced.
Suffield Youth Theater is a tax-exempt organization.
December 16, 2016
Suffield Youth Theater's sixth MainStage production, A Very Merry Christmas Show 2016 opens to an audience of nearly 100.
April 7 & 8, 2017
Through collaboration with Leah Howard of the Drama Studio, Suffield Youth Theater produces the original 1930s Drama Burdens, expanding the group's theatrical influence. Burdens saw two full houses!
August 4 & 5, 2017
Suffield Youth Theater produces Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and utilizes exciting new tech made possible through the generous donations of the community to bring this magical story to life!
December 12, 2018
SYT's third annual A Very Merry Christmas Show.
February 16 & 17, 2018
The Outsiders, directed by Walter Mantani
July 14, 2018
The SYT team hosts the first Suffield Arts Festival, during which local musicians, dancer companies, and theater groups performed for the town of Suffield. Running from 2pm-8pm, the festival gave artists an opportunity to sell their work and celebrated the creative community in Suffield.