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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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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Ti-Ahawaga Community Players have the leg lamp turned on for you!

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players offer their annual production of A Christmas Story.  The flag pole, Santa, the Old Man, the leg lamp, Lifebuoy soap, the Ovaltine decoder ring, and the Red Ryder BB gun all make their appearance. Todd Smith, who plays the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about this perennial favorite. http://wskg.org/audio/toddsmithmix.mp3

 

Photo by R.E. Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

 

 

BU Theatre looks at 1891 from a modern perspective

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The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the rock musical Spring Awakening. The original play dates from the late 19th century and is the story of adolescents dealing with the changes in their lives, while dealing with the repressive atmosphere of their school and families. http://wskg.org/audio/springawakeningmix.mp3

Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Theatre Department.

Know Theatre presents "Proof"

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Know Theatre presents David Auburn’s play Proof.  It explores the fine line between genius and madness in a family of mathematicians. A mathematician tries to “prove” her own genius against the memories of her recently-departed mathematician father.  Actors Tim Gleason and Eric Young talk about their roles and the tensions and conflicts as the family strives for a resolution. http://wskg.org/audio/proofmix.mp3

 

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October 9, 2014 | Church Basement Ladies; author Joshua Palmatier; Binghamton University Theater

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The director of Church Basement Ladies at the Carousel Playhouse talks about the play and how she grew up with these ladies. Fantasy author Joshua Palmatier talks about starting his own press. Binghamton University Theater Department takes on a British farce. We hear from the director and one of the actors. We also have a preview of the weekend’s coming performances.

September 25, 2014 | Rod Serling Video Festival winner update; Manhattan Transfer performs this weekend

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Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca is presenting Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51. We hear from the playwright who dramatized this historical event. Crystal Sarakas speaks with members of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier about their tour of mid-20th Century Homes. Bill Snyder speaks with two-time winner of the Rod Serling Video Festival, Zach Mulligan, who is now pursuing his studies in film-making, and Larry Kasson of the Festival tells about the First Friday event in the Forum. The Corning Civic Music Association presents Manhattan Transfer on Saturday, September 27th.