Charma Bonanno Describes Weston Playhouse Projects to Chester Rotary

Charma Bonanno, Director of Development for the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company spoke to Chester Rotary on August 25, 2016. The Playhouse is a multi-faceted enterprise that has three parts to its mission: first, to produce professional theater; second, to contribute to the enrichment and education of the community; and third, to contribute to the American theater.
All three efforts impact the local community. The visitors who come in cars and busloads to the professional theater retain the image of Weston. The community enrichment program exposes local children—including Chester school kids— to drama and art that can serve them for a lifetime. The Playhouse retreat for local and metropolitan artists seeking perspective for their creative process contributes to theater as an important part of American culture.
The Playhouse is expanding and is completing a new highly flexible theater for 140 people located just north of the Weston Green at Walker Farm.
Charma joined the staff in the fall of 2014 and has been in the Weston Playhouse family for decades. On stage, she performed in such roles as Velma in "Chicago", Lucy Brown in "Three Penny Opera", and Prudie Cupp in the inaugural Rod & Gunn Club production of "Pump Boys and Dinettes" as well as other theaters across the USA. Following the birth of her son Charma pursued her passion for small business, working with several start-ups and rapidly growing companies. She was for nine years financial manager at a New York legal staffing firm. She brings her many talents to fund-raising for Weston. She is married to Weston Playhouse actor David Bonanno and is a graduate of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.