Southern Tier Actors Read perform Chekov's "Uncle Vanya"


Director Bernie Sheredy speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about directing Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Sheredy has found a translation of this classic play that he feels captures the spirit of the original. “Vanya is one of the most — I think — fully realized of his comedic masterpieces. It’s certainly my favorite. And to have a chance to work on it, even in just a reading, though as a reading it’s incredibly challenging, because Vanya’s a stretch for any actor.”

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca present Peter Shaffer's comedy "Lettice and Lovage"


Director George Sapio speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Homecoming Players’ presentation of Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer.  Shaffer is best known for his psychological dramas such as Equus and Amadeus, but Lettice and Lovage is a comedy that he wrote especially for Maggie Smith.  Lettice is a larger-than-life character whose flights of fancy displease the authorities.  But she has a way of making her enemies into co-conspirators. George Sapio: “The part is written for an actress of great talent and great dramtic reach…She’s actually a tour guide at the dullest house in England.”  

Performances are at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca.



Photograph Courtesy Anguskirk via Flickr

John Covelli presents his annual New Year's Eve concert


Pianist John Covelli speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s New Year’s Eve concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton. Covelli has been playing his New Year’s Eve concerto for 18 years as part of First Night activities, and continued after First Night was discontinued.  St. Patrick’s church is at 9 Leroy St. in Binghamton

Photograph courtesy Randy Cummings.

"It's a Wonderful Life" on WSKG Radio


Larry Kassan speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life airing at 7pm on Christmas Eve on WSKG Radio.  Students of the Rod Serling School of the Arts perform a radio play version of the famous film, along with “foley artists” supplying the sound effects.


Photograph courtesy Larry Kassan.  

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents an afternoon of early film comedies


Organist Jim Ford and Paul Stapel speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society’s presentation of 4 historic silent films with organ accompaniment. Ford prepares by watching the films repeatedly until he gets the musical ideas that will accompany the action. He says that the greatest compliment is when audience members tell him that they don’t remember the music.

Photograph courtesy Leon Reynolds via BTOS

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents "From the New World"


Conductors Heather Worden and Timothy Perry talk with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University Orchestra’s concert “From the New World”.  Antonin Dvorak’ s final symphony took shape during his stay in the United States when he listened to Negro spirituals and Native American music.


Photograph courtesy NoblePiranah via Flickr

Jonathan Biggers presents "Ho, Ho, Ho!" at United Presbyterian Church


Organist Jonathan Biggers talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his holiday concert at United Presbyterian Church. The First Friday event includes music by Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen and there’s even a sing-along.

Photograph courtesy Aidan-Sally via Flickr

Southern Tier Actors Read presents a Patriotic Radio Show for Veterans Day


Judy McMahon speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Southern Tier Actors Read and their celebration of Veterans Day — and some upcoming performances. Directors Judy McMahon and Kate Murray have delved into radio archives to recreate a radio show from World War II, with  a behind- the- scenes look at the production of these radio programs, including specially created sound effects.

Photograph courtesy STAR

Cider Mill Playhouse presents "One Slight Hitch"


Ben Williamson talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Cider Mill Playhouse production of Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch.  Black is best known as a stand-up comedian who has described his style of  humor as “being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen.” But his play, full of eccentric characters and frenetic situations, is surprisingly gentle.


Photograph Courtesy Cider Mill Playhouse

Binghamton University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line"


Director Elizabeth Mozer and actress Zarina Latypova speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University production of A Chorus Line. Mozer explains that casting a college production of show that demands acting and singing in addition to the required dancing is a challenging task, but that the students have met the challenge.


Photograph courtesy of Binghamton University