Opera Ithaca Presents ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture

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Opera Ithaca presents Ruggero Leoncavallo’s versimo opera ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture in Ithaca. Director Zachary James joined us via Skype from New York just as the company was preparing to present the opera at The Slipper Room in the East Village in Manhattan. He talks about incorporating circus acts into the commedia dell’arte elements of the opera. http://wskg.org/audio/pagliacci.mp3

 

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present 'A Christmas Story'

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of the stage version of the holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’ adapted by Philip Grecian. It’s the fifteenth year for this hilarious classic.  Jamie Cornell, playing the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about his and his whole family’s involvement over the years. Executive Director Sonny DeWitt is also on hand to talk about new additions to the production alongside the flagpole, the slide, and the infamous leg lamp. http://wskg.org/audio/1202christmasstory.mp3

 

Photo credit: R.E. Baker for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

'Death Boogie' Comes to Kitchen Theatre

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Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

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‘Death Boogie’ Comes to Kitchen Theatre

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Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: DarianDauchan.com

 

 

'Willie Wonka' Comes to Susquehanna County

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The Endless Mountains Theatre Company is presenting the stage version of the beloved film ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ with cast members from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. It’s a multi-generational cast and we hear from the director, Amanda Rispoli, and the actor playing Willie Wonka, Caleb Park, who has also taken on the task of being producer. http://www.wskg.org/audio/wonkamix.mp3

 

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An Off-beat New Play Ponders Whether We Ever Really Leave Our Home Towns

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Chenango River Theatre presents the off-beat and touching comedy ‘Last Gas’.  The title comes from the location, the last gas station in Maine before the Canadian border. The main character returns to this little town to bury her mother, and reconnect with her past.  We hear from the actress playing that role and her return to Chenango County, where she grew up. http://wskg.org/audio/gasmix.mp3

 

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Arts Roundup: Fireworks Roundup, In The Heights, Pere Ubu and more

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Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region. Here’s a Great Performances episode from PBS on the Broadway smash In The Heights, now playing at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDkRLXugO24

A Son's Play Recollects his Father's Life through Letters

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Dalton Trumbo was a well-known screenwriter, but he was called in to testify in the Red Scare and name names of other screenwriters who had been members of the Communist Party.  He was found in contempt of Congress and was blacklisted, but managed to not only continue his craft, but excel in it.  Bill Gorman and Chris Nickerson star in ‘Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted’, a play based on Trumbo’s letters produced by Southern Tier Actors Read. For tickets, 607/729-1959. http://wskg.org/audio/redwhitemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kate Murray; Studio 271.

"Morning's at Seven" premiered in 1939 and hasn't lost any laughs

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Paul Osborn’s play Morning’s at Seven inhabits a world of family events and emotions that remains unchanged since it opened on Broadway in 1939.  It has been revived several times on Broadway, and is popular in community theatre for its colorful and still-relevant characters.  Southern Tier Actors Read are presenting it in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.  

 

 

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