Weekend of April 26-28

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By Craig Thornton

The Orchestra of Northern New York Presents

 
SPRING CONCERT: "WEST SIDE STORY"
 
Saturday April 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall
SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, New York
 
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3 pm
Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, NY
 
Conductor: Kenneth Andrews
 
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Tchaikovsky: Overture to "Romeo and Juliet"
 
Siskind: Flute Concertino (2012) (World Premiere) Commissioned for the Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Season by Dr. Luis Canales
 
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
 
The concert includes two timeless tales of love: Symphonic dances from Bernstein's great adaptation of the iconic story of Romeo and Juliet set in mid-1950s New York City and the overture to Tchaikovsky's classic "Romeo and Juliet.”
 
 
 
 
 
Tony nominated play by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author opens at Syracuse Stage
 
Good People
 
In this 2011 Tony-nominated play set in Boston, Margie is a single mom who just lost her job, is behind on her rent, and like many today, has zero prospects. With nowhere to turn, she seeks out an old friend Mike, the one who got away—from the neighborhood of Southie and from her. What can she expect from Mike after 30 years? The journey from the old neighborhood to the upscale Chestnut Hill is fraught with twists and surprises and measured in much more than miles.
 
Good People will perform April 24—May 12 in the Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage.
 
Tickets are available in person at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, by phone at 315-443-3275 and online at www.SyracuseStage.org.
 
 
Before writing Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire received a Pulitzer Prize for Rabbit Hole, which was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Nicole Kidman. In addition, he wrote book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, he wrote for the recent animated movie Rise of the Guardians, and he co-wrote the screenplay for Oz the Great and Powerful.
 
The original stage presentation of Good People premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. After opening on Broadway in 2011, Good People won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Film and stage actress Frances McDormand won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Margie Walsh, and in 2012 David Lindsay-Abaire won the first ever Horton Foote Award for playwriting for Good People.
 
This theatrical season, Good People is the most produced play in America, appearing in 17 different cities.
 
In a recent interview with NPR’s Morning Edition,Boston-born-and-bred writer David Lindsay-Abaire discussed how his childhood informed the characters and humor in Good People. As a kid growing up in Southie, he was, “from a relatively young age, incredibly aware of class differences and how difficult it can be to escape the class that you grew up in.”
 
The Syracuse Stage production of Good People will feature a cast of six:
 
Tony-nominated Denny Dillon (as Dottie), who is an alumna of Syracuse University and 1980-81 cast member of Saturday Night Live; Patrick Halley (as Stevie) who recently appeared in The Taming of the Shrew with Denver Center Theatre Company; Kate Hodge (as Margie) whose extensive television and film credits include The Following, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Boston Legal, The George Wendt Show, Rapid Fire and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.
 
 
David Andrew Macdonald (as Mike) who appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Coram Boy and Two Shakespearean Actors; Zoey Martinson (as Kate) who appeared in All's Well That Ends Well and 365 Days/365 Plays at The Public Theatre; and Elizabeth Rich (as Jean) who most recently appeared Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Rx by Kate Fodor.
 
Directing the production is Laura Kepley, who serves as Associate Artistic Director at Cleveland Play House, where she has directed productions of Good PeopleA Carol for Cleveland (world premiere); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and My Name is Asher Lev.
 
 
 
 
 
Little Theatre of Watertown presents...
 
The Elephant Song
by Nicolas Billon

Black River Valley Club Cabaret Room, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, New York
 
Dinner Theater Shows
 
April 26, 27 & May 2, 2013 dinner at 7pm, show to follow
April 28, 2013 Sunday dinner at 1pm, show to follow
 
Reservations required for dinner theater: 315-782-6218
All meals served with rolls, vegetables, coffee/tea, and dessert.
Choice of:
    • Roast beef with gravy and smashed potatoes
    • Chicken Parmesan and linguini
    • Garlic Salmon and smashed potatoes
$30 per person includes dinner, tax, tip, and show.
No general admission at dinner theater shows
 
General Admission Shows
April 25 and May 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm
$12 per person for general admission
 
Synopsis:
 
An eminent psychiatrist has vanished from his office. The last person to see him is Michael, a troubled patient obsessed with all things elephants. Dr Greenberg, the hospital director, is determined to interrogate Michael, ignoring the head nurse's cryptic warnings. Michael speaks of elephants and opera - with the occasional hint of murder and foul play. Fraught with mind games and verbal tugs-of-war, The Elephant Song is a cat-and-mouse game that will keep you guessing.
 
This show contains ADULT CONTENT
 
Directed by Sherman Ward
Starring: Jay Storey, Wayne Thompson, Susie Curtis, Suzy Quackenbush, Shane Coughlin, Colton Mangon, Emily Thompson
 
Show produced by permission of Gary Goddard Agency, Toronto Ontario, Canada
 
 
Metropolitan Opera Live HD performance
At the Roxy in Potsdam
 
Handel’s Giulio Cesare 
2012-13 Season Final Transmission
 
 
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12 noon
 
The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s witty and effervescent production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
 
Information and a Synopsis available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portugese, Russian, and Spanish
 
Approximate runtime: 4:30
 
 
  
 
Potsdam Festival of The Arts Continues
 
Six One-Acts on the Bill to Kick Off Theatre Productions for 2013 Lougheed Festival of the Arts
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre Guild, the productions will feature three different programs of two one-act plays each, playing from April 24 to April 29. More than 65 students are involved in the one-act plays as performers, directors, stage managers, designers, technical crews and more. All performances are in the Black Box Theater, located in Satterlee Hall. The one-act plays are free and open to the public.
 
For the complete Lougheed Festival of the Arts schedule of events, visit www.potsdam.edu/artsfestival.
 
About Program A:
Program A features two comedies by America's premier comic playwrights: "The Dinner Party" by Neil Simon and "Foreplay or the Art of the Fugue" by David Ives. Both plays, which are directed by Arial Bauer and Alyssa Blodgett, explore the comic moments couples find themselves in at the end and beginning of relationships. Program A opens on Wednesday, April 24 at 9 p.m. and continues on Thursday, April 25 at 9 p.m. and ends on Sunday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
 
About Program B:
Program B starts with "A Number" by the British award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill, directed by senior Theatre major Jordan Funk. The second play is "Tainted Love" by Walter Wykes, directed by senior theatre major Derrick Gidden. Both plays take place in the future, when technology allows us to create new ways of creating ourselves and understanding the dire consequences of our actions. Program B opens on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. and continues on Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m. and concludes on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
 
About Program C:
Program C features two productions by acclaimed American playwright Tennessee Williams, on the 30th anniversary of his death. "Suddenly Last Summer," which was written 55 years ago, is directed by junior theatre major Jason Francey, and "This Property is Condemned" is directed by senior theatre education major Mackenzie Barmen. The plays are classic examples of Williams' lifelong dramatic exploration of sexuality and the loss of innocence. Program C opens on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and wraps up on Monday, April 29 at 9 p.m.

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