About our Performing Arts

Dramas such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Eleemosynary and 100 Saints You Should Know, stimulate our thoughts and may break our hearts. You Ought To Be In Pictures, Spring Fling and Becky’s New Car lighten our souls and urge us to laughter. Performances engage the viewer, creating a connection between actors and patron and patron with the rest of the audience. Live theater: no other experience compares.

Upcoming Performance Arts Events

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Bill Ross Recital Studio

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The recital hall, with cutting-edge sound engineering accoutrements and potential to seat 30 is dedicated to William "Bill" Ross, the late Westfield Academy and Central School music teacher and county-wide renowned music educator.

We are currently planning a jazz series as well as individual recitals for the first week of each month. Stay tuned for our 2022 schedule.

Jacqueline Phillips Theater

The Lake Shore Center for the Arts' Black Box Theatre seats 40 people and has a full stage and state-of-the-art lighting and audio technology. Live theatre was the origin of the organization because of its ability to draw people together, which continues to be the primary focus of LSCFTA. Generous grants from the Peter Brand Foundation also made the center possible.

Art Instruction Events

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LSCFTA offers Art Instruction as part of our mission statement to provide art for everyone in the Lake Shore communities. Pictured above are a few participants from a painting class, L to R, Linda Anzalone, Barbara Johnson, Bettie Lacusia, and Rick Mascaro.  More paint classes are being planned and will begin soon.
Art comes in many forms, including writing, we have had a great writers group in the past and will be doing this again soon.

Musical Performances

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LSCFTA has hosted other organizations and individuals to perform in our space. Pictured above is a performance by the Chautauqua Chamber Singers. In addition to this very talented choir, we have welcomed Ekstasis from SUNY Fredonia and others.
Large events are held in the sanctuary of our host church, smaller events such as the Woollett Sisters and UofB have performed in the Bill Ross Recital Hall.

Off Premise Events

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off premise event lake shore center for the arts
off premise event lake shore center for the arts

Believing community interaction an important component of our group’s mission, we sometimes leave our facility to benefit the village. The fall Cemetery Walk combines the efforts of LSCFTA, Patterson Library, Chautauqua County Historical Society and Westfield Cemetery Association.

Class Reunion Weekend will find us hosting a Spirit Gathering in Moore Park to recognize Westfield Academy and Central School graduates and staff who have passed. You never know where we might show up during Christmas in the Village or on First Fridays.

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We invite you to take part in the very first


with selected performances to be held May 25, 26, with finals on May 27th, 2023 at Lake Shore Center for the Arts in Westfield, NY.

We hope many of you will get involved by submitting your own one-act in the weeks ahead, or attend the final performances here at Lake Shore Center for the Arts. With all that said, here is more thorough information on the event and how you can submit your play or plays!

Past Events

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