A Two-character Musical About First Love

Director Bevin O’Gara joins us to talk about the story and the actors in ‘Girlfriend’, a story about first love between two teenagers who don’t have the words to express their feelings, so they use mix-tapes.

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company Presents Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls'

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Frank Loesser’s classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ in the Elk Lake High School in Springville.  Based on stories by Damon Runyon, it has a memorable score including “Fugue for Tinhorns”, “Adelaide’s Lament”, “Luck be a Lady”, and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Director Sandra Raub talks about fielding a large cast for this delightful but demanding show. http://wskg.org/audio/guysdolls.mp3


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

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

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


SRO Productions Presents 'Avenue Q'

SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘Avenue Q’. If the puppets from Sesame Street grew up, went to college, and tried to find their purpose in life, they might find very adult problems waiting for them in the world just like the characters, humans and puppets alike, in ‘Avenue Q’. Director Scott Fisher, Sean Sherwood, and the character Princeton talk about this hilarious, heart-warming, but definitely adult-themed musical coming to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. http://wskg.org/audio/avenueq.mp3


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'My Fair Lady' Comes to EPAC

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

'South Pacific' Comes to the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse welcomes Jan DeAngelo Productions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ in a concert staging.  Although they have been married and have performed together for many years, Jan and Shannon DeAngelo have never played opposite each other. They have chosen this classic musical to do just that.  They talk about the perils of that, and this beloved score, which is one hit song after another, and tells a story that addresses serious themes of love against a backdrop of war. http://wskg.org/audio/southpacific.mp3


Photo credit: Studio 271 Productions for Jan DeAngelo Productions

The Cherry Arts Presents 'The Snow Queen'

The Cherry Arts is presenting a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ in the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca.  The production features puppets and original songs with lyrics by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and music by Paul Leschen.  We hear from director Samuel Buggeln. http://wskg.org/audio/snowqueen2.mp3


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'Willie Wonka' Comes to Susquehanna County

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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Young Actors Gather to Perform a Classic Musical

Spare Productions is a group of college students who get together on breaks to make theatre. Their summer show is Kander and Ebb’s ‘Chicago’. We hear from the production pianist Canaan Harris and actress Brittany Miller, who plays Velma Kelly. http://wskg.org/audio/Sparemix.mp3


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A Conductor has One Foot in Opera, the Other in Broadway

Conductor Braden Toan is leading Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. With experience conducting long-running Broadway hits and also uptown at City Opera, he is equally at home with opera and musical theatre.  He talks about his techniques of working with opera singers and the challenges of those works that straddle the opera/Broadway line.  He also talks about his journey from the bassoon section to the podium. http://wskg.org/audio/Bradentoan.mp3


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Tri-Cities Opera Presents a Musical Thriller

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. It’s a challenging show in many ways, and we hear from the singers playing Mrs. Lovett, Jenni Bank, and Sweeney Todd, Philip Cutlip. http://wskg.org/audio/jenniphilip.mp3



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Students at Hartwick College Take on a Challenging Musical

We hear from the choreographer Alyssa Lundberg and the set and lighting designer Joanna Carber of Hartwick College’s production of the Kander and Ebb musical ‘Chicago’.  Director of Theatre Arts Malissa Kano-White is the stage director of this jazz-age saga. http://wskg.org/audio/hartwickchicago.mp3


Photo credit: Hartwick College

'Man of La Mancha' is a Musical whose Freshness Never Fades

Half-Light Theatre present Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh’s timeless musical ‘Man of La Mancha’.  The novel ‘Don Quixote’ was written over 400 years ago, but the themes addressed in the novel are, in their comic way, timeless.  Similarly, the musical, which premiered in 1964, preserves the contrast of dark and light between the clumsy adventures of Don Quixote and the difficult life of Cervantes. http://wskg.org/audio/manchamix.mp3


Photo credit: Half-Light Theatre

Claus Evans Returns to the Stage in a Memorable Role

Jan DeAngelo and Company are presenting Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s beloved musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ this weekend in the Jewish Community Center. Jan has coaxed local actor Claus Evans out of retirement to play the milkman Tevye. Jan talks about working with Claus and finding new things in this musical that premiered in 1964. http://wskg.org/audio/fiddlermix.mp3


Photo credit: Kathleen Nugent Murray

A Gender-bending Cult Musical Comes to Hartwick College

Director Nathan Skethway and actor James Canal join forces to present the cult musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at Harwick College.  It’s almost 20 years since this musical premiered, but the themes are still challenging and more timely than ever. And, as a two-actor show, it’s a real challenge for the performers. http://wskg.org/audio/hedwigmix2.mp3


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