Fondly known to us as Alpet, Petruccelli and the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) shared four decades of history. When the Elma Lewis Playhouse-in-the-Park was launched in the mid-l960s, Elma Lewis brought Alpet aboard to manage technical production for all performing arts events. Later when the NCAAA began its annual series of Celebrate! extravaganzas, Alpet handled technical production for our huge theatrical presentations at the old Music Hall. Over his 38 years of Black Nativity, Alpet’s genius has been a reliable backstage presence. As Production Manager for the NCAAA, he and Miss Lewis enjoyed working together solving innumerable problems, and demonstrating the power of imagination over the scarcity of money. No wonder we appreciate Alpet, and his enormous participation in the life to the NCAAA.
Although we like to think of Alpet as our own treasure, the fact is that he is universally known and loved in the Boston theater community and beyond. The range of his experience is breathtaking. Early in his career, he was Production Manager for Boris Goldovsky’s opera company that criss-crossed the nation for a decade offering nightly shows. He then tried his luck with Joe Rothberg at Deco Films, before becoming Production Manager for the Miami Ballet and later for the Boston Ballet where he stayed for ten years. Along the way, he created his own company—Dream Merchants—which over the next thirty years managed local production for numerous professional touring dance and theater groups. Petruccelli has worked with such major figures as Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris, as well as such projects as the Celebrity Series and Forbidden Broadway.
The NCAAA, and especially the family of Black Nativity, are pleased to honor Aloysius Petruccelli for his brilliant contribution to our work and for his warm friendship over the years.