From East Bloomfield to ‘Blue Bloods’ — the Turnbull-Selleck connection

What do Thomas Magnum, Commissioner Frank Reagan and local business owner Doug Turnbull have in common? They all have a deep passion and respect for classic firearms. And while the first two are TV characters played by actor Tom Selleck, Turnbull is the real-life local character and master craftsman responsible for creating some of the nation’s most collectable specimens. So... more

Marcus Whitman stages ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop Of Horrors,” has devoured the hearts of theater-goers for more than 30 years and will be presented this weekend by the Marcus Whitman Visual and Performing Arts program. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Aladdin”) are the creative geniuses behind what... more

James is bringing his “Giant Peach” to Victor

Orphaned James Trotter, whose parents were eaten by a rhinoceros at a London zoo, finds himself in the hands of two wretched and abusive aunts. He is able to escape their clutches, however, when he accidentally spills some magic potion on the stump of a peach tree they ordered him to chop down, and crawls into the resulting giant peach... more

Marion Central School to present “Will Rogers Follies” on huge, student-built custom set

Marion Central School and their award winning musical performances are doing it again this year on March 9th and 10th. Roughly 60 talented students are performing the Tony Award winning “Will Rogers Follie”s. They will take you on the roller coaster ride of the life of the entertainer of all trades, Will Rogers. Marion students are a cast of excellent... more

PYA Drama Production: Catch Me If You Can

The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club presents the hit Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can this weekend. Catch Me If You Can, like the DreamWorks Motion Picture of the same title, follows the unbelievable true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Junior Noah Detar). Abagnale, a con man and master of fraud, wrote over $2.5 million in bad checks and... more

Canandaigua Academy Players bring a return run of “Ragtime”

The players are different, but the musical is the same. Canandaigua Academy Players will present the popular musical “Ragtime,” which a previous troupe staged in 2008. Also remaining the same is the Model-T prop, an actual old-time car resurrected by John Brahm, restored to drivable beauty and admired by visitors to his Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery in Naples. “Ragtime,”... more

Naples presenting “James and the Giant Peach”

James Henry Trotter has lost his parents in an accident involving a rhinoceros escaped from a London zoo. James is the main character in the musical version of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, “James and the Giant Peach,” being staged this weekend at Naples High School. In the play, James is told he will have to live with his horrible aunts... more

SCP honors director Walter Wolf at upcoming showing

“It seems like only yesterday” say some of the cast members of Moon Over Buffalo which Seneca Community Players performed 20 years ago on stage in the Delavan Theater. The play, won nine roving adjudicator awards from the Theatre Association of New York State – TANYS, and as a result was chosen to be in competition during the TANYS Festival... more

Dundee gets ‘Footloose’ for March 1 – 3 musical

One of the most explosive movie musicals of the 1980s bursts onto the live stage this week in Dundee High School’s production of Footloose! When Ren (Josh Kane) and his mother (Adele Fishbaugh) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are... more

Wayne Brady coming to del Lago’s ‘Vine’ this spring

Del Lago Resort & Casin announced five-time Emmy award winner and Grammy nominee, Wayne Brady as an upcoming performer in May. He will be performing two shows at The Vine on Saturday, May 5th at 5 pm and 8 pm. Wayne Brady is a true show biz renaissance man. Actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter ­¾ he’s done it all throughout... more

South Seneca Falcon Players to stage Beauty and The Beast

“Be Our Guest!” for Disney’s Beauty and The Beast! The South Seneca Falcon Players proudly present Beauty and The Beast at the South Seneca Middle-Senior High School Auditorium on March 16, 17, 18th, 2018. Curtain times for Friday and Saturday evenings are @ 7:30 pm. Curtain time for the Sunday matinee is 2pm. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s... more

All in a day’s work for local playwrights at Geneva event

All in a day’s work for local playwrights at Geneva event
For the last two years, more than 50 local community members have come together at the Smith Opera House to write, rehearse, and perform eight original plays — in one night and one day. Finger Lakes Photo/Plays returns Feb. 23 and 24 as a fundraiser for the Smith Center for the Arts. The idea behind Photo/Plays was born in 2001,... more

Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice... more

Miss Finger Lakes is crowned in Corning

Young women from across New York State descended on Corning this weekend to compete in a series of local pageants with the Miss America Scholarship Organization. The competition took place at the Radisson Hotel and the Union Hall Civic Center. Two titles were awarded out Saturday evening: Miss Finger Lakes – Diana Russo, Rochester Miss Upstate New York – Emily... more

Smith Center for the Arts looks to upgrade in 2018

It’s going to be a busy year at the venerable Smith Center for the Arts — and not all for the music, theatre and dance performances for which the opera house is known. 2018 will bring in what new Executive Director Susie Monagan and its board leader call a host of much-needed renovations. Armed with $719,500 in state grants, the... more

IT’S A WONDERFUL SCHEDULE: Events crowd festival schedule in Seneca Falls

Beginning Thursday Seneca Falls transforms into Bedford Falls for the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. It’s a holiday tradition for the small town of little more than 9,000 residents. It serves as a boon for businesses in the community, and provides residents with a break from the holiday norms. This year’s festival features the typical events and promotions put... more

AROUND THE LAKES: Brian Rohan’s “Jimmy Stewart: On the Front of Life” (podcast)

Brian Rohan will be in Seneca Falls for the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival this weekend where he will premiere his one-man show “Jimmy Stewart: On the Front of Life” at Mynderse Academy on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 pm and 10 pm. He has appeared onstage on both coasts, having worked at the Laguna Playhouse, Company of Angels,... more
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