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Chenango Arts Council
02/11/2020
Chenango Arts Council

Chenango Arts Council

The Chenango Arts Council and the Norwich Theater Company co-sponsor this fundraiser featuring the dance group Galumpha as part of the Binghamton Philharmonic’s year-long celebration of Ludwig von Beethoven’s 250th birthday. NBT Bank’s original Denny Dent portrait of Beethoven, painted at the Colorscape Arts Festival in 2005, will appear prominently in the performance. Denny Dent (April 5, 1948 – March 29, 2004) was an American speed painter known for his frenetic performances as he painted large portraits of celebrities.

Special thanks to NBT Bank, the Binghamton Philharmonic, James F. Miller Esq, Piaker & Lyons, Stan Cwynar, Rounds Enterprises, Chris Hoffman, the Network for Good, Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Motz Family Charitable Trust, Rich and Sally Heim, and Andy Horowitz.

Devinne Meyers Music
02/07/2020

Devinne Meyers Music

I don’t know what to say, but HOLY CRAP THE SAMMYS! What an honor! @syracuseareamusic The team and I have been nominated for Best Alternative, and it feels so humbling! Get yer tix to the ceremony at https://www.syracuseareamusic.com 🎉🥰 #herewego

Mason Gross School of the Arts
02/06/2020

Mason Gross School of the Arts

"When I was in 4th grade, I was mesmerized by the Tri-Cities Opera touring education show that came to my elementary school in Owego, New York. It was that very performance that inspired me to do this. I can still remember telling everyone that I wanted to be an opera singer, and they thought I was crazy. Well, the joke is on them! Things came full circle when I was hired to be the tenor resident artist for the company for two seasons. I had the privilege to go into schools and sing for the same educational program that helped me get to where I am today." --Jordan Schreiner, Music at Mason Gross-Rutgers DMA candidate who sings the role of Hoffmann (tonight & Saturday 2/8) in Opera Theater Rutgers: The Tales of Hoffmann at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Info and tix ➡️ https://go.rutgers.edu/oonjeyj1 Rutgers University—New Brunswick 📸: Keith Muccilli Photography, LLC

SRO Productions III
02/06/2020

SRO Productions III

We are excited about our upcoming production!
Opening the first weekend of May!

Chenango River Theatre Announced Major Award
02/06/2020
Chenango River Theatre Announced Major Award

Chenango River Theatre Announced Major Award

At Chenango River Theatre's Winter Gala on Feb. 1, long time Artistic and Managing Director Bill Lelbach surprised the crowd with an announcement that the company has been awarded $235,000 from a Chenango County based private foundation to pay off the existing mortgage on their building, as well as....

Keep Creating
02/05/2020

Keep Creating

Binghamton City School District
02/03/2020

Binghamton City School District

Three students from Binghamton High School's chorus were selected to participate in the 2020 Area All State Festival at Ithaca College, which took place Friday and Saturday. In order to be chosen for this prestigious event, students had to perform a level 6 NYSSMA All State vocal solo and receive a very high score. Congratulations to Haven Stetson, AJ Massey and Trevor Terry! #BPatriotProud

Endicott Performing Arts Center
02/03/2020

Endicott Performing Arts Center

CAMELOT – CAST LIST
Arthur – Matthew Gaska
Guenevere – Claire Gerchman
Lancelot – Brian Bowman
Dinadan – Dustin VanTassel
Sagramore – Mike Clark
Lionel – Julian Gjosdeshi
Squire Dap – Yancey Moore
Mordred – Corey Brady

Revelers / Ensemble:
Andrea Gregori
Kate Fabrizio
Deb Mallen
Hillori Schenker
Jada Newman

Thank you to everyone who auditioned, and congratulations to our outstanding cast of characters and ensemble of “Camelot” - Small Cast Version. Please CONFIRM the acceptance of your ROLE by commenting or emailing EPAC ASAP. The first rehearsal is Tuesday February 18th (7pm-9pm) at EPAC.

02/02/2020
Telsey & Company Casting
02/01/2020

Telsey & Company Casting

We're holding an open call in NYC for Mrs. Doubtfire the musical! See flyer for details, updated link, and sign-up instructions.

Red House Arts Center, Inc.
01/28/2020
Red House Arts Center, Inc.

Red House Arts Center, Inc.

"Anderson puts a twist on this classic tale by setting it in a dystopian world on the edge of the apocalypse."
You won't want to miss this show! Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/2NbhIjI

KIDS' PROGRAMS
01/28/2020
KIDS' PROGRAMS

KIDS' PROGRAMS

Disney's Aladdin JUNIOR Starstruck Players - Spring 2019 Semester

Cortland Repertory Theatre
01/28/2020
Cortland Repertory Theatre

Cortland Repertory Theatre

Friday, Feb 7 at 7:30 at Cortland Rep Downtown, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland. $20 in advance/$25 the day of. A BENEFIT for CRT!
"a unique and original voice in the world of comedy!”
Written and performed by Brad Zimmerman, following up to his hit Off-Broadway run "My Son, The Waiter - A Jewish Tragedy".
Brad "temporarily" waited tables for 29 years before becoming Joan River’s opening act of choice for over seven years, leading Joan to say, "I've had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman." Filled with Brad's comedic stories of his childhood, loooooong tenure as a waiter, and his misbegotten love life! Don’t miss this hysterically funny, poignant and easily identifiable story that will inspire as much as it will entertain!

01/27/2020
https://stringsmagazine.com/its-never-too-late-to-pick-up-an-instrument-here-are-5-tips-for-adult-beginners/?fbclid=IwAR...
01/26/2020
It’s Never Too Late to Pick Up an Instrument—Here are 5 Tips for Adult Beginners

https://stringsmagazine.com/its-never-too-late-to-pick-up-an-instrument-here-are-5-tips-for-adult-beginners/?fbclid=IwAR3Cy4iKRy9kFzUdagkJmUfGkoW4v9OJF4Lxy2vyu6rq3ARnP0GNS8XZTMA

By Miranda Wilson Strangers see my cello in airports and approach me. “I love cello! I’ve always wished I could play.” I say, “Why don’t you?” They demur. “I don’t have time.” “I’m too old.” “I’m t…

https://stmta.org/
01/25/2020
STMTA

https://stmta.org/

Supporting music teaching and learning in the Greater Binghamton community since 1995

SRO Productions III
01/25/2020

SRO Productions III

This weekend's performances of MATILDA are SOLD OUT!
Tickets for Thurs-Sun, Jan 31-Feb 2 are still available (for now) so get them before they're gone!
www.sroproductionsonline.com

“Ghosts of the South”written by Judith Present and directed by Bonnie DeForest will be presented on Feb. 8that 2 PM at t...
01/25/2020

“Ghosts of the South”written by Judith Present and directed by Bonnie DeForest will be presented on Feb. 8that 2 PM at the Tioga Historical Society and Museum, in Owego, NY at607-687-2460. This is a strong, not-to-be missed, presentation in honor of Black History Month.

Slavery is the brutal practice of one person owning another; to be held captive and unable to pursue your own life.A slave was considered by law as property, or chattel, and was deprived of most rights There were good masters and bad masters, yet it made no difference to who was a slave. A handful of Africans brought to America in 1619 turned into millions eventually held in bondage at the beginning of the Civil War. The slave labor of at least twelve generations of Africans created great wealth for the slaveholders and it transformed into political control and power, which is hard to let go of. In the 1800’s southern plantation owners wanted to continue their way of life using slaves to manage their crops keeping their profits high. While the more industrialized North found it somewhat abhorrent even though they too had slaves. And the slaves wanted, as you can imagine, emancipation. “Ghosts of the South”brings alive the Black and White experiences of those who lived through these horrific times of the Civil War. This historical docudrama is powerful and meaningful and helps to keep in mind the human cost of war and slavery.

Ms. Present has written this piece to show those who live on, as the raw material of history, you might not see them, but they are there. The history of slavery is central to understanding America, and in this play we illuminate the human side of this inhuman institution through stories of those who have lived it.
We often forget what Africans brought with them that added to our American culture; their religions, music, language, values and skills, which today is blended within the diversity the United States. If we could only learn from our mistakes, we would be in a better place, but alas that is hard to do.

Our Cast: John Montgomery, Foster Daniels Jr., Quiana Watson, Arianna Neal, John Carey, Adam Ruff, Andrea Gregori, Anna Richie and Dave Merrell

Hamlet at the Phelps Mansion - WBNG
01/24/2020
Hamlet at the Phelps Mansion - WBNG

Hamlet at the Phelps Mansion - WBNG

(WBNG) -- The Phelps Mansion will put on the production of Shakespeare's Hamlet in an intimate and immersive play. The audience will move from scene to scene throughout the mansion and be close enough to touch the performers. The play runs January 30th through February 2nd. Tickets are $25 and seati...

How To Get An Agent To Work Their Tail Off For You
01/24/2020
How To Get An Agent To Work Their Tail Off For You

How To Get An Agent To Work Their Tail Off For You

In these 4 videos, you get direct answers from A-list talent agents on how to get an agent and also how to get an agent to work their butt off for you.

Broome County Hosts Photography Contest
01/23/2020
Broome County Hosts Photography Contest

Broome County Hosts Photography Contest

Have you ever taken a photo of something and felt like if you were to enter it into a photo contest it would take first place? This is your chance to find out!

Endicott Performing Arts Center
01/22/2020
Endicott Performing Arts Center

Endicott Performing Arts Center

OPEN Audition Notice: “CAMELOT”
Thursday January 30th at 6pm
at the Endicott Performing Arts Center

The EPAC Repertory Co. is auditioning Actors, Singers and Dancers for ALL ROLES.
Those auditioning should bring sheet music to sing.
Prepare 16 Measures from a song to sing.
(Leads should be prepared if asked to sing songs from the show.)
An accompanist will be provided
(Prepare a monologue) about 1 minute

(CHECK HERE FOR CAST REQUIREMENTS)
https://www.mtishows.com/camelot-small-cast-version

The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel in Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning, soaring musical.

This EPAC Production will be directed by Patrick Foti
with Musical Direction by Jeffrey Wahl
and Choreography by Laura Ulrich

Rehearsals start: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Rehearsals will be held: Sundays (2p – 6p), Tuesdays & Thursdays (7p - 9p)
Show dates: April 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th
Performances Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, & Sun. at 3pm
For any questions & more details: (607)785-8903 / www.endicottarts.com

StageHand Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T.)
01/21/2020

StageHand Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T.)

Endicott Performing Arts Center
01/21/2020

Endicott Performing Arts Center

The EPAC Repertory Company presents "Songs for a New World" February 14th - 16th, 2020
This contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $18 for Seniors and Children
Reserved Seating Tickets are available at the EPAC Box Office: www.endicottarts.com

This EPAC Production is Directed by Lorraine Tennant, with
Musical Direction by Sonny Dewitt, and Assistance from Matthew Gaska, and a small but amazing local cast: Lorraine Bennett, Madyson Paige, Dustin VanTassel, Vito Longo, and Christopher DaCosta.

It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.

With a small, powerhouse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score that runs the gamut of today's popular music, Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.

Lights come up on a single woman. Another woman and two men soon join her. Their hopes and dreams, their fears and failures conjure up images of explorers setting out to find new lands.
"Opening: The New World"

The first snapshot of the American experience brings us onboard a sixteenth century ship as the passengers plead to the Lord to give them the strength to survive the journey. Just as their struggle becomes too much to bear, the passengers find renewed hope of a better life.
"On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492"

We next see a woman standing on the window ledge of her New York penthouse, carrying on with grievances about her husband, Murray. As a crowd gathers below, she threatens to step off of the ledge and take her own life. She is left with nothing but the fear of taking one step to a new and genuinely better life.
"Just One Step"

A young, adventurous mother and wife appears. She is seemingly ready for all of life's challenges and questions the fears of her children, parents and husband. We see that her strength is perhaps the very thing that is keeping a wall between her and the people she loves.
"I'm Not Afraid of Anything"

We move from expectations of love to expectations of money. Two men wrestle with the dream of rewards that hard work should promise. Wealth flows easily for some, but others aren't as lucky.
"The River Won't Flow"

Elsewhere, a woman who married very well looks back on the path that she chose. She knew wonderful men who were willing to give her laughter, love, companionship, adventure and passion, but she chose money over everything else. She now regrets the misguided priorities of her youth.
"Stars and the Moon"

In a different type of frustrating relationship, a man goes through many ups and downs with the woman that he loves. She lies, and he heads out the door... but he finds himself coming back to her. Although manipulative, her tears are a window to the woman with whom he fell in love.
"She Cries"

Meanwhile, in the Bronx, a determined young man dreams of life as a famous basketball star. His sadness, anger and passion have ignited an internal fire to realize the fantasy of his own new world.
"The Steam Train"

Act Two opens with a man struggling to reconcile his father's failure in a risky business venture with his education and the commitment that he's made to his fiancée, Amy. His continual fear of failure makes him unable to choose what he truly wants.
"The World Was Dancing"

Mrs. Claus appears. It seems that being married to Santa Claus proves to be too much or, in her case, not enough. She loves, wants and needs him, but she just can't take another Christmas alone. With a flourish and a few choice words, she slams the door on their relationship for good.
"Surabaya-Santa"

Next, a woman who is a bit less ferocious than Mrs. Claus looks to her faith to lift her up while contemplating her life and soul. She feels blessed and assured that her life will have meaning in the grand design of the world "Christmas Lullaby", but faith is shaken when we meet a desperate man in a prison cell, crying foul of his accused sins. He does not understand why he is there and questions the good he was trying to do "King of the World".

A separated couple appears on stage. Now, as they are reunited, they look back and understand that they ran away out of a fear of love. Although the adventures were thrilling, they realize that they are home with each other at last.
"I'd Give It All for You"

The mother of an American Revolutionary soldier anxiously awaits the end of the brutal war with no other way to manage her worry and frustration than to sew a flag.
"The Flagmaker, 1775"

Echoes of the flag maker linger as a young man hears the call of angels who will accompany him to where he belongs.
"Flying Home"

In the finale, we discover that our hopes and dreams will continue to help light the way to a new world.
"Hear My Song"

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