A Few Weekend Quick Picks
The 35th Annual Autumn Festival is Saturday October 12th from 10am-4pm at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park. Enjoy a fun filled family day. There will be music, crafters, games, farm animals, food, our traditional scarecrow making contest, and much more. The Nature Center is located just over the Thousand Islands Bridge, exit 51, then follow the scarecrows. For more information, call 315-482-2479.
The Little Theatre of Watertown's Those Crazy Ladies who Live on the House on the Corner continues this weekend with dinner shows. Information can be found on their website.
Flora, Fauna & Family: Ellsworth Family Feature Exhibit at Arts on the Square, 52 Public Square, Watertown NY.
Celebrate with us on Friday, Oct 11 the opening social for Flora, Fauna & Family, an exhibit of artwork crossing over several different mediums and connecting the Ellsworth Family. The exhibit will feature the works of Lee Ellsworth- photography, Cathie Ellsworth- ceramics and Claire Ellsworth-drawing.
Light hors d'oeuvre and refreshments, this event is free and open to the public, 6pm to 8pm.
SU DRAMA PRESENTS SEUSSICAL:
Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza by 1970 Syracuse University graduate Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (a Tony-winning duo—Lucky Stiff, Once on this Island, Ragtime). It brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Presented by Syracuse University’s Department of Drama (SU Drama) in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Seussical performs October 10 through October 20 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. The show is appropriate for general audiences. Tickets range $17-$19 and can be purchased several ways online at http://vpa.syr.edu/drama/tickets, by phone at 315-443-3275, or in person at the Box Office.
In Seussical, The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge—not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant (Music Theater International).
Director David Lowenstein’s history with Seussical began with the workshop performance in 1999, where he performed as one of the Wickersham Brothers, a role that Flaherty and Ahrens wrote specifically for Lowenstein. Led by director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall (who later received numerous Tony Awards and nominations for her work on productions such as Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game, and Anything Goes), the workshop’s scenery was a simple platform, a couple of rolling scaffolds, a rolling ladder, and a slide. The actors wore black dance clothes and colored tee shirts. The simple staging let shine the show’s music and story, and those who attended the workshop proclaimed Seussical to be the next Broadway hit.
By the time Seussical moved to Broadway in 2000, several artistic positions had changed hands and a new vision for the show involved large scenery and colorful costumes. Lasting six months on Broadway, the production featured several well-known personalities such as Rosie O’Donnell and Aaron Carter. For the following National Tour, Flaherty and Ahrens worked to restore some of the simpler staging seen at the 1999 workshop production. This change proved successful and audiences continued to respond with great enthusiasm. Since the National Tour, Seussical has continued on to become one of the most frequently licensed musicals in the country.
With a black and white set and a few moving platforms, the SU Drama production of Seussical will reimagine the simple staging of the 1999 workshop. “Revisiting Seussical after 12 years, it has been exciting to re-imagine the physical production and give it a context that the students would relate to,” said Lowenstein. “Through the magic of Seuss's "thinks", The Cat and the kid create a world where stories intertwine teaching the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, commitment, and perseverance.”
Seussical performs October 10-20 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street, 315-443-3275, http://vpa.syr.edu/drama/tickets.
The West Side Terrace Tenant Association will be holding a Columbus Day rummage and bake sale on Saturday, October 12th in the lobby/community room at West Side Terrace, 63 Madison Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come early for the best buys!!CRAFT FAIR HELENA FIRE STATION
Located on State Hwy 37c
October 12, 2013
10AM – 3PM
LUNCH SERVED ALONG WITH RAFFLES & BAKE SALE
TO BENEFIT HELENA FIRE AUXILIARY
Thursday, October 30, 2014, Watertown, NY