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Actor proposes after North Fork Community Theatre performance

In a happily ever after ending to rival a classic Broadway show, an actor dropped to his knee and proposed to the love of his life today after a performance at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

Christopher Fretto of Bellport, who plays the voice of the flesh-eating plant Audrey II in NFCT’s current production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” stepped up to the microphone after the final act and broke into song as his girlfriend, Katelyn Smith of Mastic, was led to the stage.

Singing “So Close” from the film “Enchanted,” Fretto told the woman he loves, “You’re in my arms, and all the world is calm, The music playing on for only two, So close together, And when I’m with you, So close to feeling alive.”

As Smith’s eyes filled with tears, Fretto dropped to his knee and asked her to be his bride. In true Broadway fashion, she said “yes” and he swept her into his arms for a kiss, to thunderous applause from the audience.

They received a standing ovation.

Fretto told SoutholdLOCAL the pair met online and have been dating for three years; Smith is a dancer who works at a studio in Mastic.

When asked why he chose the theater, Fretto smiled. “I wanted to surprise her. Everyone knows I’m theatrical.” He added that singing came easier; he’s shy at the idea of public speaking.

Smitto said she was most definitely surprised.

Both Smith’s and Fretto’s families were in the audience and came rushing to the stage to hug the happy couple.

“I’m proud of my son,” said Dennis Fretto, who watched his son get engaged along with Fretto’s mom Barbara. “And I’m happy to welcome my new daughter to the family.”

Tears of joy streaming down their faces, Smith and her mother embraced. When asked how she felt about her fairy tale proposal, Smith said simply, “Amazing.”

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