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Carolyn Droscoski dead; veteran LI theater actress was 61

Carolyn Droscoski, a veteran actress who worked at

Carolyn Droscoski, a veteran actress who worked at most of the prestigious theaters on Long Island, including Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, died on Feb. 5 at age 61. Credit: Theatre Three / Jeffrey Sanzel

Veteran Long Island actress Carolyn Droscoski, who graced the stages of numerous Long Island theaters, most notably Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, and was known for her robust singing voice, died on Feb. 5. The Port Jefferson Station resident, who was 61, died suddenly of an aneurysm.

“She was my best friend for close to 40 years,” said Vivian Koutrakos, managing director of Theatre Three. “She had this beautiful, powerful voice. She could sing something by [Scott] Joplin and then something operatic. Reviewers often referred to her ‘leather lungs.’ . . . She was also one of the kindest, most generous performers.”

Throughout her career, Droscoski portrayed a number of iconic roles in musical theater, including Mama Rose in “Gypsy” (which allowed her to perform the showstopper “Rose’s Turn”) and Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music” at Theatre Three. In his 2006 review of the revue “Dream a Little Dream,” Newsday’s Steve Parks wrote that Droscoski “has the nerve and the chops to resurrect” Cass Elliott of the Mamas and the Papas.

Droscoski also graced many of Theatre Three’s children’s productions and even played the Mrs. Santa Claus in the 2013 musical “Barnaby Saves Christmas.”

One of Droscoski’s theatrical high points was appearing in the Off-Broadway touring company of the musical farce “Nunsense,” in which she essayed five different roles. She also performed with her band, Everyday People, and appeared in promotional materials for Cracker Jack caramel corn.

Droscoski is survived by her longtime partner, Charlie Cacioppo, as well as two sisters and four brothers. Funeral services were held Feb. 9.

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