Smithtown Performing Arts Center - read more
An ad for ""West Side Story"" stirred wonderful memories of seeing it on Broadway with my aunt long, long ago. I was somewhat skeptical of how good a production it could be, considering that it was being done in Smithtown.
With an OK from my husband and two of our friends we decided to get some tickets.
We headed to Smit for an early dinner and then on to the show. The first thing we discussed was how easy it was to get there. No traffic on this Saturday evening and parking directly in front of the restaurant (just like allowing two hours to get into Manhattan).
After a lovely dinner (see listing for ""Butera's Smithtown) we moved the car down the block to the theater. Although the theaterr's website lists several parking lots close by, we found parking on the street.
The theater is another of the historic structures that have been saved and refurbished for ""the purpose of bringing high quality professional entertainment to Smithtown and the surrounding community."" (website)
One of the first things I noticed was a bench just outside the entrance. A nice touch if one needs a seat before the doors open, or if one just wants to ""people watch.""
Double doors opened to the entry and another set of doors got us to the large, carpeted lobby. We found some seating in the lobby as well as a grand piano. I wondered if it is used for some casual performs? Welso found a large room to the left of the lobby with some tables and seating,as well as a single occupancy ladies' and men's restroom A single-occupancy handicapped-accessible restroom is located at the back of the orchestra seats.
Access to our orchestra seats was very easy. Wide aisles and no steps made getting to our row easy. We were impressed by how roomy the seats were. No need to stand up to let someone pass by to their seats.
Wheelchair seating is at the back of the orchestra section. The theater's website says that ""ushers are available to assist patrons to their seats if they wish to transfer from a wheelchair to a theater seat. They ask that you ""let the box office know when booking tickets so they can be sure to assist you upon arrival.""
Seating in the balcony requires walking the steps. The restrooms at this level are not handicapped-accessible.
The theater is not that large, so even though our setas were at the back of the orchestra we were able to see well.
On our way home our conversation centered around how terrific the production was, what good voices everyone had, what good actors there were, and how good the choreography was. We need to remember that good theater IS AVAILALBE ON lONG iSLAND and we need to support it!
All in all a lovely evening!
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue's website, www.smiownpac.org, when planning a visit, to ""know before you go.""