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Westfield Playhouse becomes “Basile Westfield Playhouse”

Photo provided by Betsy Reason

Main Street Productions, Inc., Westfield’s own community theatre company, has received a sizeable donation to our capital and operating fund from Frank and Katrina Basile. In honor of this donation, Main Street Productions has named our home, “Basile Westfield Playhouse.”  MSP will be adding the name to the facade of the building and are honored to be continuing to produce quality theatre and community involvement in the new Basile Westfield Playhouse. Bill Miller, Vice President of Main Street Productions, Inc., said, “It was a joy to work with Mr. Basile on this donation. He believes strongly in our mission and wanted to help us take our theater to the next level.   In the coming several months you will see new improvements to our home to enhance your experience while at our playhouse.”  Brandi Davis, President of Main Street Productions, Inc., stated, “The donation from Frank and Katrina Basile will help guarantee that we will continue to be able to produce the high quality entertainment that Westfield has come to expect from MSP.” The name will be used immediately, starting with our electronic and printed publications; signage on the building will be coming soon!

About Main Street Productions, Inc.

Main Street Productions, Inc. has a 30‐year history of providing quality community theatre to the city of Westfield. Established in 1991 as the Westfield‐Washington Township Theatrical Society, later in 1995 the group changed the name to Main Street Productions, Inc., and that is the name we still have today.  Over the first few years, productions were held all over Westfield. MSP performed in several churches and restaurants, schools, the courthouse, and even in the theatre that was once on North Union Street in Westfield. MSP has been heavily involved in the community of Westfield by participating in Voices From the Past, Westfield in Lights, Westfield Rocks the 4th, the Westfield Arts Alliance, and Chamber of Commerce functions.  In 1996, MSP purchased an old church in Eagletown, and we spent the next four years converting it to the Westfield Playhouse, putting on productions regularly there until 2020. In 2020, with great excitement, we have moved to our brand new 170‐seat, handicap‐accessible playhouse on North Union Street and welcome our patrons our productions to this jewel in downtown Westfield.

About Frank and Katrina Basile. Frank Basile is a professional speaker, author, former columnist, community volunteer, philanthropist, retired property management executive and world traveler. His wife Katrina is a former banking executive and a retired Realtor. As philanthropists, they have contributed to numerous not‐for‐profit organizations in the arts and culture, education, religious and health care fields. He received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from Indiana University. The Basiles’ primary focus has been the arts, especially the theater.  Frank Basile said, “Our first love is the theater, especially assisting smaller theaters in providing another quality arts option for their local residents. The successful 30‐year‐old Main Street Productions, with its beautiful new building in the city of Westfield, provided the perfect opportunity to use our resources for a cause we believe in, and we are very grateful for that opportunity.”