CM Performing Arts Center

This year, the CM Performing Arts Center is honored to be celebrating Founder’s Day at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre. The CM Performing Arts Center was founded in 1987 by Noel S. Ruiz, Joseph Campanello, Brian Schnurman, and Lynn Cahalan

Join us on Saturday September 29th at 8PM for The Rat Pack Lounge as we celebrate Founder’s Day. 

There’s a saying “It takes a whole village to raise a family”. That saying could not be more true of our CM Family here at The CM Performing Arts Center. Whether you’re a performer, patron, volunteer, staff member, board member, etc, everyone has played a part in keeping Noel’s “Impossible Dream” going.

Each year since Noel’s passing, we have paid tribute to him by starting a Scholarship in his name and raising funds to allow members of the next generation of our CM Family pursue their own “Impossible Dream”. With the added loss of Joseph Campanello, we have decided to continue to honor our Founders by starting Founder’s Day.

We understand that over time, Family moves away, so if you are unable to join us on September 29th, we ask that you kindly consider either donating towards the Noel S. Ruiz Scholarship or Inner Circle. Proceeds of the 50/50 raffle that evening as well as our ongoing raffle basket during the run of The Rat Pack Lounge will be going to The Noel S. Ruiz Scholarship

For Noel S. Ruiz Scholarship Donations –

For Inner Circle Donations –

To purchase tickets to the September 29th performance of The Rat Pack Lounge, please call the Box Office at 631-218-2810 or visit

Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2018 Play Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2018 Play Festival, to take place in November 10th 2018 in Astoria. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the New York City and Long Island area. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! Deadline: August 30, 2018. Email:

2019 Long Island Community Theatre Awards?

Many Long Island community theatre members have expressed an interest in having an awards show similar to the Tony Awards. We are curious whether this would be of interest to you!

Similar to the Tony Awards, the Long Island Community Theatre awards would be held at a local venue and would recognize achievements in acting, directing, sound, etc.  Individuals and theatres do not have to be VTAA members to attend, participate, vote, or win an award.

Just like other award shows, we would have a special award to recognize community theatre actors/staff not located in the Long Island area.  As you can see, we have many details to work out and are willing and eager to bring this to fruition if you are interested so please let us know! Also let us know if you would like to be on the planning committee!


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