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By Craig Thornton

 

LAKE ONTARIO PLAYHOUSE Re-opens this weekend. 

First show is Saturday, February 5 with the return of the hit musical “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT… NOW CHANGE” featuring the original Playhouse cast to open the 2011 Season.

Performances will be February 5 and February 12 & 13 at 6:15 pm. As part of opening weekend there will also be Stand-Up Comedy shows featuring national comedian headliners TOM ANZELONE and MARC UNGER February 4 & 5 at 9:15 pm.

“I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT… NOW CHANGE” with Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro and Music by Jimmy Roberts, was originally produced in New York by James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard with original Direction by Joel Bishoff. The show was originally produced by the American Stage Company, James N. Vagias, Executive Producer. It is returning to Playhouse with special arrangements with the Professional Division of Rodgers and Hammerstein Library.


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Labeled “The Seinfeld of musicals,” “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT… NOW CHANGE” was first produced at the Lake Ontario Playhouse in the summer of 2002. It was such a success that it was revived again in the fall of 2002 and in the summer of 2003. The Playhouse revived the musical in October and December of 2010. “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT… NOW CHANGE” will feature the entire original Playhouse cast of Tom Anzelone, Ticia Mastellon Marra, Erin Butterfield Weston and Michael R. Kinnie with music direction by Marrietta Kitto. “We received standing ovations almost every night and the cast is very excited to be getting back together to perform once again,” according to Producing Director Michael Kinnie.

“Opening the 2011 Season with such a successful musical demonstrates our renewed focus on bringing more professional theatre to the Playhouse,” Kinnie added. “This season we will continue to produced weekly stand-up comedy shows, but we will also be premiering an original play and doing a playwriting festival in June, have a full summer theatre season, a weekly poetry and dramatic reading series in the summer and a fall theatre season. We also plan to bring in some guest artists for one-person shows and presentations.”
 
Tickets for the musical are $15 per person or dinner/theatre is $30 per person. Dinner includes the Playhouse Pasta Bar featuring a variety of pastas, fresh vegetables, chicken, rolls, garden salad, and assorted desserts. Seating for dinner theatre is at 5:15 pm or seating for just the show is at 6 pm. The shows begin at 6:15 pm. The regular Stand-Up Comedy shows will be Friday and Saturday at 9:15 for the weekends of the musical. For more information or to make reservations please contact the Lake Ontario Playhouse Box Office at (315) 646-2305 or check out the website at www.playhousecomedy.com. 
 
Pendragon Theatre's Dracula
Friday and Saturday, February 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm
College Theatre, Satterlee Hall, SUNY Potsdam

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $10 Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizens; $5 SUNY Potsdam Students w/ID

For tickets, call 315-267-3394 or email ddtix@potsdam.edu
 
Author speaks tomorrow
 
February, 5, 2011
 
From 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Author and women's mentor Margaret Harryman speaks on What We Leave Behind: Choosing to Leave a Trail of Goodness & Mercy.
Free program includes breakfast 9-9:45 at the Adams Village Baptist Church, 24 E. Church Street, Adams, NY.
Info: 767-2058, sallyj@twcny.rr.com, www.livemoreministries.blogspot.com
 
 
'Dracula' Swoops onto SUNY Potsdam Campus in Pendragon Play
 
Department of Theatre & Dance Sponsors Visiting Production Based on Bram Stoker Novel
Following the growing popularity of "modern" vampires in books, movies and TV shows such as "Twilight" and "True Blood," SUNY Potsdam invites you to get back to basics by seeing a play inspired by the original vampire-Dracula.
Written in 1897, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is a classic novel in the gothic genre, and remains a magnet for all ages.
SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will soon welcome a Pendragon Theatre production of the play "Dracula" based on Stoker's text. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5, in the College Theatre in Satterlee Hall.
The script, adapted by Hamilton Deane in 1924, is the first adaptation of the novel authorized by Stoker's widow. In 1927, the play was revised for American audiences by John L. Balderston and starred Bela Lugosi. He reprised the role in the classic 1931 film.
Susan Neal, faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the artistic director of Pendragon Theatre, will direct the show.
Neal has a personal connection with the play. In 1977, while pursuing an acting career in New York, she stumbled upon a "gig" selling concessions at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production was Frank Langella's "Dracula." The stage manager, a frequent visitor to the candy counter, suggested the producers audition Neal for a role in the upcoming national tour. The competition narrowed down to Neal and another actress. Fate intervened and she did not get the role.
In Pendragon's production, her daughter, Kate Pettee, plays the role she came close to realizing in 1977.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff and senior citizens and $5 for SUNY Potsdam students with ID. There will be open seating at the performance, and tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. before both shows.
For further information, please call (315) 267-3394 or e-mail ddtix@potsdam.edu.
"Dracula" will tour throughout the region in 2011 as part of Pendragon's Arts-in-Education Outreach programming. For further information about the play, contact Pendragon Theatre at (518) 891-1854 or via pdragon@northnet.org.
For more information on Pendragon Theatre, visit www.pendragontheatre.org.
The 12th Annual North Country Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow, Saturday, February 5th from 11m to 3pm at the Dulles State Office Building
 
This is a yellow ribbon event presented the Jefferson County American Legion Family
 $6.00 Adults
$2.00 12 and Under
$15.00 family
 
Special Rates for Military –
 
 
Guest Artist Jason D. Ham to Present Euphonium Recital at Crane
 
World-Renowned Soloist will Present Work by Frackenpohl, Perform with Potsdam Brass Quintet
 
The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam will host guest artist Jason D. Ham for a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, in Sara M. Snell Music Theater.
 
The concert will feature Ham on the euphonium along with some accompaniment from Crane musicians.
 
The performance will open with the "Aria and Rondo" by Joseph-Hector Fiocco, arranged by SUNY Potsdam Professor Emeritus Arthur Frackenpohl, followed by Joseph Turin's "Concert Piece No. 1."
 
Ham will then present his own arrangement of Georg Friedrich Händel's "Ombra Mai Fu," from the opera "Serse." He'll be joined by Associate Professor of Music Charles Guy on the tuba for the five movement "Dancing by Myself," a suite for euphonium, tuba and piano by Barbara York.
 
The Potsdam Brass Quintet will join Ham for a performance of Ben McMillian's "Kaleidoscopic Overdrive" and "Elegie," followed by a special arrangement of "Chopsticks." The concert will conclude with Philip Wilby's "Zeibekikos," from his euphonium concerto.
To find out more about Crane's many concert offerings, visit www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents.
 
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