The Binghamton Babylon Film Festival Ends with the Rod Serling Film Festival

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A chance encounter on a New York subway led to the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival.  Now in its second year, the weekend is capped off with the Rod Serling Film Festival. Art Mission Vice-president Andrea Gregori and WSKG Education Director Jackie Stapleton talk about the many entries in both competitions. http://wskg.org/audio/17babylon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Performed Outdoors

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Cider Mill Playhouse and the City of Binghamton have joined to present Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Confluence Park for three performances.  Andrea Gregori, playing Titania, and Shan Towns, playing Oberon, talk about this joint venture, and give an overview of this comedy of mismatched couples. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs. http://wskg.org/audio/midsummer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joshua B for Shakespeare on the River

'My Fair Lady' Comes to EPAC

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The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions present Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Often referred to as ‘the perfect musical’, it tells the story of a Cockney flower girl from an unstable family who is taught proper diction by a egotistical professor of linguistics. He does perhaps too good a job when she becomes not only a model of perfect English, but also a strong and independent woman who really doesn’t need him at all, and the tables are turned.  Andrea Gregori and Chris Nickerson talk about the tension between their two characters and about this timeless and tuneful musical. http://wskg.org/audio/fairlady.mp3

Gilbert & Sullivan's collegiate satire feels at home in the Finger Lakes

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on women’s education, Princess Ida, has been relocated to a thinly disguised Wells College in the late 1800s by Anthony Di Renzo. The Cornell Savoyards are on a tour of this version, now appearing at the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 10th at 3pm. Two wealthy robber barons unite to launder their ill-gotten gains by founding a college, but the high-minded daughter of one of them refuses to cooperate, and opens her own university. http://wskg.org/audio/Idafinal.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Savoyards Musical Theatre

 

"Glitter and Gold" pairs period music with the Phelps Mansion architecture

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Theatre Street Productions presents Glitter and Gold: Operatic Jewels of the Gilded Age, music from the era when the Phelps family built their home on Court Street in Binghamton. Soprano Andrea Gregori, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart, tenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Margaret Reitz perform selections from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion.  This past summer they performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, Great Britain.   The Mansion is decorated for the holidays, and the singers are in period costumes. The concert is on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm. http://wskg.org/audio/glitterphelps.mp3

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

A barber chair is free at EPAC

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The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It’s a story of a man who returns  from exile to exact revenge on the people who unjustly punished him.  Matt Gaska, who plays Sweeney, and Andrea Gregori, who plays his daughter Johanna, talk about the production, the music, and some of the themes in this monumental musical that is, by turns, horrifying, thoughtful, and devilishly funny. http://wskg.org/audio/sweeneymix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy SD Fischer via Flickr