2019 Cabaret Announcement

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The Charles Seller Foundation is pleased to present their 2019 Cabaret!

Join us for a night of performances and fun, which will end with a very special 2019 announcement!

Tickets are $10 and are available here or at the door.

Please reach out via thecharlessellerfoundation@gmail.com with any comments or questions.

2018-19 Board Members

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018-19 Board Members:

President – Noa Avital
Executive Vice President – Elle Rose Fraser
Treasurer – Mark Schellhorn
Vice President – Linzee Duncan
Secretary – Tom Russo
Constitutional  Advisor – Arianna Tringali

 

 

2018 Award Winners

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s awards:

The Ralph V. Turano Award
Presented to Krystal Aguilar
For going above and beyond by donating countless hours to the organization and raising the bar for membership.

The Lauren M. Grof-Tisza Award
Presented to Elle Rose Fraser
For taking on numerous responsibilities and serving the organization in any capacity needed with passion and conviction.

The Doemling Award
Presented to Victoria Alameda
For hard work, dedication, and showing others the true meaning of Talent Time.

The Talent Time Award
Presented to Niko Lento
For embodying the spirit of Talent Time with devotion and perseverance.

Congratulations and thank you!

Thank you!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players would like to thank everyone involved with their production of Shrek The Musical! Including, but not limited to, the cast, crew, pit, families, friends, and beneficiary.

2018 Show Announcement: Shrek the Musical

Hello everyone! The Charles Seller Foundation is proud to announce that this summer’s production will be Shrek the Musical! We are beyond excited to get the summer underway. This year’s Production Team is as follows:

Producer: Emily Kaye

Director: Thomas Carey Gsell

Assistant Director: Logan Krastev

Musical Director: Tom Russo

Choreographer: Krystal Aguilar

Stage Manager: Stephanie Schoppe

Assistant Stage Manager: Sko Orbach

Look out for more info on our Production Team on our Facebook as we countdown to auditions! Audition information will be posted below! We look forward to seeing you all this summer!

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Meet Andy! Our 2018 Beneficiary!

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The Charles Seller Foundation/ Talent Time Players is pleased to announce that this year’s beneficiary is Andy Bustamante from Kearny, NJ. Andy is 10 years old and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles over time. It is typically common in boys and can begin to show symptoms in early childhood. Currently, there is no cure for DMD.

Yet, this doesn’t stop Andy from enjoying life! He loves to watch TV and play video games. He also enjoys playing with his brother Paul and going to the town pool. On Sundays, Andy enjoys attending church with his family. He and his dog Tobi love to go to the park and play there.

The Charles Seller Foundation is incredibly excited to help Andy and his family this summer. We look forward to putting on a show that will make Andy and his family proud of what we do. We cannot wait to get the summer underway! Please stayed tuned for this year’s show announcement and audition dates as those will be coming very soon!

2018 Production Team Search

Hello everyone, this the Charles Seller Foundation Executive Board!

We are very excited to get to work on this year’s Talent Time Production!

We are actively searching for Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, and Producers who want to throw their hats into the ring to be a part of this amazing foundation this summer.

Due to our status as a 501c3 Non Profit Organization we are, unfortunately, unable to pay our production crew. We understand that this is a large task to take on with that in mind. We do, however, hope you choose to donate your time to this 68 year old tradition.

If you are interested in Applying for a position on our production team please fill out this application.

If you are unsure of what show to propose here’s a link to all the shows we have done.

E-mail us at Thecharlessellerfoundation@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to be involved!

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The Charles Seller Foundation Executive Board

Our 2017 Beneficiary: Andrew Conforti!

The Charles Seller Foundation is more than happy to announce and share our beneficiary for this year!

 

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Andrew is a 21-month-old resilient boy who was diagnosed with Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) just two days following Christmas in 2016. LCH is a rare condition that can strike between the ages of 1-3 and in other cases, older children and adults. The location of LCH appears on the body and the age of its onset determines the stage and diagnosis. Andrew ended up with a swelling under his right eye (on the orbital bone); which was originally diagnosed as allergies. But in a short time, the mass had changed, becoming hard and more prominent. Andrew and his twin brother Matthew had ear infections; which was thought to have caused the change in the swelling of Andrew’s eye. An antibiotic was prescribed to help with the ear infection, but within days, the swelling became worse, spreading from under the eye to the side and top with sudden bruising.

The Pediatrician believed it was possibly an infection or a fracture from an undetected fall. Andrew’s family rushed to the local emergency department, where MRI’s and CT Scans were taken to identify the cause of the swelling and bruising. That’s when we were given the devastating news. Andrew had a cancerous mass affecting that area which was overtaking the bone. Andrew was admitted on the spot, 12am Sat. morning, and was scheduled for a biopsy that following Monday to identify the type of Cancer his family was dealing with. Unfortunately, it took a couple of weeks before we received the correct diagnosis because the specialists were away due to the holidays.

However, when the first diagnosis came in at the end of December, it was determined to be a cancerous growth called a Giant Cell Tumor. Andrew and his family were called in to see the doctor who performed the biopsy. She scheduled Andrew for an extremely invasive surgery including the removal of the affected bone which would have been replaced with a bone graft from his skull, being that surgical removal is how this form of Cancer is usually treated. The diagnosis of LCH came in from the second opinion the day they were going to register Andrew into the hospital to be prepped for his surgery for the following morning.

There are different types of LCH and it is often misdiagnosed due to its rarity and behavior. As you can see, Andrew was misdiagnosed four times before they were able to get him the help he needed. Nonetheless, while there is conflicting information on the subject, Andrew’s LCH is considered malignant and is being fought with Chemotherapy. Depending how well he responds will determine the length and type of treatment he needs. While going through this difficult time, Andrew continues to have a wonderful spirit and playfulness. His ability to still act like a typical toddler has been getting his family through this challenging time.

Please help The Charles Seller Foundation support this strong little boy and his amazing family in their goal to see their son, Andrew, continue battling this rare disease as the fighter he is now.

2016-2017 Quick Announcements!

Thank you for an amazing year last year  We are excited to announce our executive board, beneficiary, production team, show, and audition & show dates for this year!

2016-2017 Executive Board:

President – Courtney Charatsaris
Executive Vice President – Tarajee Karriem
Vice President – Kaitlyn Gandolfi
Treasurer – Tyler Vanterpool
Secretary – Megan Lynn Garretson
Constitutional Advisor – Toniann Seals

Beneficiary: Andrew Conforti

Production Team:

Producer: Abby Miles
Director: Tom Russo
Assistant Director: Tyler Vanterpool
Music Director: Michael Mahadeen
Choreographers: Julia Aiello & Toniann Seals

Show: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Audition Dates: May 22nd & 23rd, 6:00-9:30 PM

Callbacks (by invitation only): May 24th, 6:00-10:00 PM