Improv Comedy Comes to the Phelps Mansion Museum

The Phelps Mansion Museum hosts a performance by graduates of Tim Mollen’s improv comedy workshop. He joins us to talk about how he got interested in improv comedy, what techniques he uses to teach, and how the improv group he founded while in college is still going strong.  Workshop graduate Heather Merlis is along to speak about how and assignment to write about the workshop turned her into a happy participant.


Photo credit: Tim Mollen

'Southern Tier Actors' do Much More that 'Read' this St. Patrick's Day

Southern Tier Actors Read is presenting an unusual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This year, instead of a well-known Irish play, as they have done for the past few years, they are presenting a free-wheeling vaudeville show, featuring skits, a puppet show, and of course music.  As always, it is in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum. S.T.A.R. founder Judy McMahon tells us more.


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Music for Saxophone and Piano at the Phelps Mansion

The Phelps Mansion Museum presents the Solaris Duo on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Museum.  Saxophonist Joel Diegert and pianist Mariam Vardzelashvili will present a mix of 19th century and contemporary works.  Diegert is a native of Vestal and a graduate of Ithaca College. Vardzelashvili,  was born in the nation of Georgia,studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory until the age of 20, she then she moved to the States to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  They are currently based in Vienna where they also perform with other ensembles.


Photo credit: Joel Diegert

'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.


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Soprano Victoria Returns to Binghamton for a Recital

The Phelps Mansion Museum presents soprano Victoria Cannizzo and pianist Jane Steele in recital on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm. The program includes music by Ravel, Poulenc, Barber, Copland, Liszt, and the ‘Four Last Songs’ of Richard Strauss. Ms. Cannizzo is familiar to opera audiences from her performances with Tri-Cities Opera in ‘La Traviata’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, and ‘Il Trovatore’.


Photo credit: Angel Zdimal for the Phelps Mansion Museum

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

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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"A Christmas Carol" moves through the Phelps Mansion Museum

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol makes itself at home as the audience follows the play from room to room in the Phelps Mansion Museum, now decorated for Christmas. Chris Nickerson plays Ebeneezer Scrooge, along with Jan DeAngelo as Jacob Marley, Joe Bardales as Bob Cratchit, and Judy McMahon, Mickey Ray, Nick DeLucia as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Adam Ackerman and Matthew Beach will be featured as Tiny Tim.

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

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.

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

Phelps Mansion

In 1870, Sherman Phelps, a successful businessman and banker, built a three-story brick Victorian mansion on Court Street in Binghamton, NY. Phelps would later serve as mayor of Binghamton. Isaac G. Perry, who later became the chief architect of the State Capital Building in Albany, NY, designed the Phelps mansion. In 1973, the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic American Buildings. In 2005, the mansion opened to the public as a museum.