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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

Seneca Community Players to perform this weekend

Merry Christmas, George Bailey!, a live radio play based on the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in Seneca Falls. The Seneca Community Players who have been entertaining visitors to the annual It’s A Wonderful Life Festival with this reprisal of the original Lux Soap sponsored radio program from 1947, has gathered nearly two... more

Winston’s winter: Pianist returning to Auburn Public Theater

What pianist George Winston performs Sunday at Auburn Public Theater may seem a little mixed up. But it makes sense to him. When Winston first performed at the downtown theater in September 2015, he presented his “Winter Show.” It includes ballads and other minor-key works from Winston’s career, which spans 14 studio albums that have sold more than 15 million... more

David Crosby to perform in Ithaca on Wednesday night

David Crosby has his groove back. With a new album and a new tour that brings him and his band (no, not THAT band) to the State Theatre November 8th, it’s clear that the iconic musician and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has defied the odds most of his life keeps showing he is one of... more

Victor students learn lines — and an important lesson

High school actors learned more than their characters’ lines in preparation for this weekend’s performances of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Long before their Friday and Saturday night productions, the 13-member cast and 15-member crew got an intimate look at the life and times of Anne Frank by talking with experts and a Holocaust survivor. Victor High School theater director... more

SCP offers free monthly theatrical series

If you missed Seneca Community Players’ performance of Little Shop of Horrors in 1996, you have another chance to see it soon! Over the last 46 years Seneca Community Players has performed and produced over 200 shows. Generally, each show involves a cast and crew of 15 to 40 people and is in production rehearsing for 6-8 weeks. After all... more

Our Town comes to Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club will present Thornton Wilder’s Our Town this weekend, the first show in the Penn Yan Central School District’s “Living Out Loud” series. Originally written in 1938, Our Town has become a timeless classic since its publication.Throughout the story the Stage Manager (Sophomore McKelvie Jensen) helps to highlight day-to-day life in the small fictional town... more

Directors sought for Seneca Community Players 46th season

Seneca Community Players is seeking theatre directors from throughout the region to participate in their 46th season of providing live theatre in the Finger Lakes. Individuals of all experience levels, from first time directors to seasoned veterans, are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals for dramatic, comedic and musical productions of any length are welcome. Opportunities for a... more

SCP presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” opening this weekend in Seneca Falls

The Diary of Anne Frank won both the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play, in 1956. This touching, tender, heart wrenching yet at times funny story centers on the diary of a young Jewish girl (Anne Frank), her family, the van Daan family and dentist Dr. Albert Dussel who go into hiding in 1942 Amsterdam.  The... more

The bitter dispute behind an Auburn theater’s name change

Theater Mack is now the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater. But behind the venue’s quiet name change is a bitter dispute between the Auburn museum and what was a major benefactor. The theater opened there in 2012 under its old name to honor that benefactor, Peter “Mack” Maciulewicz, as well as his family. Like his father, Casimir, Peter served for... more

STARSTRUCK IN LYONS: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner film scenes at local store

Sean Dobbins found out that it’s not easy to run a pharmacy while John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are in your store. However, the award-winning actor and actress were not there to pick up prescriptions from Dobbins Drugs. Rather, they were there for some filming of a yet-to-be-named movie that is being described by producers as a love story. The... more

‘Anything Goes’ for Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre’s 40th anniversary

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a production of a classic musical comedy. The cast of “Anything Goes” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and at 2 p.m. July 30 in the air-conditioned Midlakes High School auditorium. The score includes such standards as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the... more
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