Rafael Grigorian Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’

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The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s famous story of Clara and her Christmas present, ‘The Nutcracker’.  Choreographer Rafael Grigorian joins us to talk about the logistics of doing a Saturday performance in the Clemens Center in Elmira, and then moving the whole production to Binghamton for a Sunday performance in the Forum. He also talks about the new studios in Elmira and Vestal. http://wskg.org/audio/nutcracker.mp3

Photo credit: Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre

Ithaca Ballet Presents a Double Bill for the Whole Family

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Ithaca Ballet presents ‘Snow White’ and ‘Haunted House’ in two performances in the State Theatre in Ithaca.  Choreographer Cindy Reid joins us to talk about the two short ballets.  ‘Snow White’ features music by Lavinia Reid and ‘Haunted House’ is to Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘A Night on Bald Mountain’. http://wskg.org/audio/snowwhite.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

SRO Vortex Presents ‘Gripped’

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Vortex, the dance wing of SRO Productions presents ‘Gripped’ on October 20, 21, and 22 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott. Choreographer Anne Trebilcock talks about the collaboration that created this exploration of addiction and its effects on family and friends. http://wskg.org/audio/gripped.mp3

 

Photo credit: SRO Vortex

Ti-Ahwaga Players Present Jerry Herman's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3

 

Photo credit: Talia Saraceno for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

'Ascend' is a New Musical with a Biblical Story

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The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical.  ‘Ascend’ starts out where ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ ends.  Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how “the play found her”, and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process.  Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story. http://wskg.org/audio/ascend.mp3

 

Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center