New North Haven-based theater company stages ‘Fame: The Musical”

New North Haven-based theater company stages ‘Fame: The Musical”

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NORTH HAVEN — Spotlight Stage Company, one of the state’s newest community theater companies, made its foray onto the main stage this week with “Fame: The Musical.”

The show began Thursdayand continues today with shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the North Haven Middle School theater.

Spotlight was conceived in September 2018 and launched in January. The theater company put on two cabarets before staging “Fame: The Musical.”

Christoper Zullo, co-founder and artistic director, said the idea to start a theater company was suggested by his husband while Zullo was working with another company about three years ago.

He was resistant until he met fellow co-founders Jennifer Kaye, artistic director and choreographer, and Sandy Mascia, who would become the company’s director of sales and community engagement. 

“Jenn and I sat down at the end of September and we started brainstorming one night, and she’s very logistical,” Zullo said. “I can be a dreamer...but I had to come up with a plan.”

Spotlight is a traveling stage company because they currently lack funding to purchase a space. However, North Haven has made them feel like a member of the community. 

 “The amount of businesses that have supported us and welcomed us,” Zullo said. “Everybody has asked ‘What do you need?’ and never asked for anything in return.”

Eventually Spotlight hopes to own its own space, provide classes and draw in an even wider demographic of performers. The “Fame” cast and crew ranges in age from 12 to 45. 

However, like any business, the company faces challenges,” Mascia said.

“We’re no different than any non-profit,” Mascia said.

 Zullo and Mascia said they would be open to having Spotlight maintain a permanent residence in North Haven.

“This kind of community, you don’t find anywhere else,” Zullo said.
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