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Catholic Youth Organization was founded in 1946. The Drama Club derived from this group. Later from the same club began Il Regis Club.

The Drama Club as part of the Regis Club was started by only a few members in 1960. These members were interested in acting and wanted to do something for the Church and the Club. They presented the first comedy in 1960, entitled “Cretini Maestro Di Musica”. Also in 1961, the drama members presented a show for the Centennial Year of the Unity of Italy, including songs and a small, one act play.

Nicolino Di Donato wrote and directed the dramatic play “Fedelta”, in November 1961. In 1962, “The Passion and Death of Our Lord” was presented. There was a cast of 25 which prepared for this difficult play in only 28 days. Another play that was put on in 1962, and written by Nicolino Di Donato, was the drama, “Luci e Ombre sui Cuori”.

In September 1963 the play “Maritiamo L’Elvira” was presented. In 1964, the club presented a short comedy in English called “English School for Italian Immigrants”. The Drama Club was grateful to Nicolino Di Donato and Alfio Golini who made these plays possible.

Il Regis Club was a group of young men and women which tried to meet the social and spiritual needs of people in their age group. They were involved in many activities.

Spiritual Activities
Il Regis Club organized picnic days near Holy Redeemer College, and every month had its own communion. Father Lino spoke to the young people every Sunday during their meeting.

Charitable Activities
The Club assisted in finding jobs and accommodation for families in need, through the operation of the Social Centre.

Social Activities
Entertainment and cultural events were offered throughout the year: weekly dances, bowling, skiing, ping pong, the parade and the annual bike race.

The Regis Club was also famous for its variety shows and for the performances organized by the Drama Club. (Courtesy of Domenica and Florindo Mandarino)

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