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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

Hill Cumorah 2017 (photo)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is once again sponsoring the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra New York. Nearly 50 thousand spectators are expected to see the largest Pageant in North America. There are 740 cast members on hand. This year the pageant is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The show begins on July 15th and will... more

FROM BRADY BUNCH AND GILLIGAN TO SENECA FALLS: Schwartz play on life of Dr. Mary Walker to premiere locally

Lloyd Schwartz could have premiered his one-woman play on the life of Dr. Mary Walker in New York City or Los Angeles. Schwartz and his father, Sherwood Schwartz, were co-producers of the TV shows “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” among others. However, he chose to do it in Seneca Falls. “It’s the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement,” Schwartz... more

Aurora native returns home to perform ‘On the Road’ at Morgan Opera House

Aurora native Leslie Goddard can’t wait to get ‘On the Road’ again. She currently lives in Cincinnati, but loves coming home, she said. Last summer, Goddard did so to perform in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s production of “Oklahoma!” and said she would return every summer if she could. This weekend, Goddard will be home again to perform “On... more

Lloyd J. Schwartz to debut new play on life of Dr. Mary Walker in Seneca Falls (video)

Lloyd J. Schwartz has an extensive career in all media. At the age of 25, he was the youngest producer in network television.  He and his father, Sherwood Schwartz (the creator of “The Brady Bunch”) were one of the only father-son producing teams in television. Since then, he has have written and directed historical plays about Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson... more

ITHACA FESTIVAL: City’s unique identity on display

The city of Ithaca’s identity was on full display this past weekend. Dozens of bands spread out on several stages played an eclectic mix of genres. Samplings of diverse food from local restaurants were available on State Street. Craft booths on Cayuga Street offered wide-ranging items for sale including tie-dye shirts featuring monkeys and hemp-infused bottled water. The Ithaca Festival... more
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