A Raft of Shows and Parties

Fireworks by Grucci, courtesy of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, put on quite a show at Umbrella Beach last Thursday. James Katsipis

    The biggest summer fund-raisers for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center start tonight with a show at the Playhouse by Break8, a group of roller-skating breakdancers who have performed on “America’s Got Talent.”

    The event is part of a four-part FamilyFest that, in addition to tonight’s performance, will happen on July 25, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22. Tickets for each show cost $15 per person or $50 for the entire series, and each starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, at Willow, a gift shop on the south Plaza, or in advance at montaukplayhouse.org.

    On July 25, the Hamptons Ballet Theater School and the Hamptons Festival Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf‚” with a surprise celebrity guest narrator.

    The National Circus Project, a renowned circus arts-in-education program that makes use of audience participation, will perform on Aug. 8. A circus-skills workshop for the kids will take place a bit earlier that day, at 4 p.m.

    The Harlem Hoopsters will bring their freestyle moves with fancy dribbling and footwork to the Playhouse on Aug. 22. The Hoopsters will incorporate music and choreography with their basketball routines.

    And for adults is the eagerly anticipated Diamond in the Rough benefit on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Playhouse grounds. The party will be outdoors under a lighted tent with dance music by Celtic Cross and plenty of flowing cocktails. A full-course dinner will be served after the cocktail hour, and live and silent auctions will take it from there.

    This year’s director of the benefit is Rori Finazzo Butterfield, who is sure to get the party rocking. Each year the event honors some of the Playhouse’s biggest financial backers, with the honors this year going to Drew Doscher, Andy and Sally Richardson, and Dennis and Rosanna Sisco.

    Festive summertime attire has been called for, and there are always celebrities in the mix. Tickets cost $250 per person and are available at montaukplayhouse.org or at Willow on the Plaza