Dawn Bernitt-Perito had many roles in the theatrical community, and Trinity Players is eternally grateful that she accepted so many with us. Dawn was an integral part of the Trinity Players family. A director, choreographer, and actress, sometimes taking on multiple
roles at once, Dawn created worlds of delight and drama, sass and
sparkle, reverence and revelry.
Most recently in Trinity history, Dawn came to audition for The Rocky Horror Show 2015, and stated that no matter the outcome of the audition, she was happy to help out in any way needed. Director Amy Emke immediately asked her to choreograph, in addition to casting her as Magenta. In true Dawn form, in the midst of her illness, she approached these roles with dedication, discipline and just a touch of jazz hands.
In Trinity's history, she was the intrepid soul who choreographed Fiddler on the Roof--and that unforgettable bottle dance--and Weird Romance, and directed Sweet Charity, Servant of Two Masters, and Chess. These shows brought so many new faces, old friends, and theatre family to Trinity Players, many of whom are now on Trinity's board and consider her personally responsible for changing their lives for the better.
Throughout Trinity Players and the Hudson Valley theatre community as a whole, Dawn's spirit has woven, imprinted and left it transformed and grateful. We dedicate this season to Dawn and send our love and peace to her husband, family and friends.
As founder Cory Ann Fasano-Paff quoted from Pippin, a show Dawn dreamed of directing: "So don't ask where I'm going. Just listen when I'm gone. Far away you'll hear me singing softly to the Dawn. Rivers belong where they can ramble. Eagles belong where they can fly. I've got to be where my spirit can run free. Gotta find my corner of the sky."
We hope you have, Dawn. And we are listening.
On June 12th 2007 we lost an irreplaceable part of our troupe and there is an empty space on our stage and in our hearts. But our loss is heavens gain and we are comforted by the knowledge that Rob is at peace and with god. Rob's memory, his love for theatre, and his golden heart will always be an inspiration for us. A founding member of Trinity Players Rob appeared on stage in Somethings Afoot, Little Shop of Horros, Sugar and finally in his crowning achievement as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Rob also wrote, directed and appeared in interactive murder mystery Murder at the Class Reunion. Behind the scenes Rob worked tirelessly at a multitude of board activities to insure the success of Trinity Players.