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A taste of Hollywood in Blue Mountain Lake

An independent feature film, Begin the Beguine, will be filmed in Blue Mountain Lake this summer. Todd Moe talks with director Ari Gold about why he chose the Adirondack hamlet as the location for his next film, and his desire to include as many local landmarks and people in the film as possible. For more information about the film and auditions on Wednesday:  Go to full article

Movie makers, film buffs gather in Lake Placid

The 12th annual Lake Placid Film Festival opens Wednesday, with new stars, new movies and a panel discussion on the future of small town theaters. This year's festival will feature screenings of films from local, national and International filmmakers, special guests and events such as the North Country Shorts and the return of the 24 hour student film-making competition, "Sleepless in Lake Placid."

Todd Moe spoke with Tim Brearton, the festival's project specialist. He's helped out since the inaugural forum in 2000. He calls it an event that brings people together, supports local artists and allows film students from area colleges to learn about the rigors of the film industry.  Go to full article
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of <i>Marat/Sade</i>.  (ph: Alexis Foster)
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of Marat/Sade. (ph: Alexis Foster)

"Marat/Sade", a play-within-a-play at SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss this week. The show opens in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall tonight at 7:30 pm. Marat/Sade is set in a French insane asylum in the early 19th century. The characters are the inmates in that asylum who also become the actors in the Marquis de Sade's play.

The play-within-a play takes place during the turmoil of the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of de Sade. It dramatizes a debate between de Sade, the staunch defender of the old regime, and Jean-Paul Marat, the radical advocate of revolutionary change. Written in 1963, and long associated with the upheavals of that decade, director Don Mandigo told Todd Moe that Marat/Sade is ever more resonant in 2012.

Note: this show is not recommended for young children.  Go to full article
 Libby Brandt and Carole Berard play sisters in <i>The New York Idea</i> in Canton this week.
Libby Brandt and Carole Berard play sisters in The New York Idea in Canton this week.

Preview: "The New York Idea" in Canton

The Grasse River Players' winter production of The New York Idea opens in Canton Thursday night as part of the annual Winterfest. Todd Moe talks with Libby Brandt and Carole Berard, two long-time members of Canton's community theater group, about the show.

The drawing room comedy was a Broadway hit back in 1906. It's been updated for modern ears by David Auburn. The play offers a slice of Manhattan's upper crust and tackles social change and those who can and cannot adapt. Carole and Libby talk with Todd about the joys of community theater and this latest production, starting with the play's opening scene.  Go to full article

Creating a passion for theater in Kingston

Theatre Kingston has welcomed its new Artistic Producer on board this season. Brett Christopher has been an active member of the Canadian theater community for more than a decade. Most recently he was Artistic Associate at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Christopher is perhaps best known for his performance in I Am My Own Wife in 2009. Founded in 1990, Theatre Kingston is Kingston, Ontario's professional theater company. Todd Moe spoke with Christopher about his goals, which include collaboration and community connections to keep local theater vibrant.  Go to full article

Theater students respond to deployments

There are support groups for service members and spouses, but what about the children of 10th Mountain Division soldiers sent overseas? Last spring, a theater class at Indian River High School teamed up with a local playwright to produce a very personal look at how teens respond to their parents' deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In response to positive reaction, the play, In My Shoes, will be performed again tonight in Sackets Harbor and Saturday night in Clayton. Todd Moe met the students and creative team last June.  Go to full article
<i>There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom</i> this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at Canton's Middle School.
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at Canton's Middle School.

Preview: "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom"

The Grasse River Players fall production opens Thursday night (7:30) in Canton and includes a cast of more than a dozen youngsters from three area school districts. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom is based on Louis Sachar's book that's found on many middle school reading lists. The plot involves Bradley, a troubled fifth grader; his school counselor, Carla and classmate Jeff, and how they tackle some of the mysteries of growing up: friendship, self-esteem and respect for others.

Todd Moe spoke with three young actors and their director, Karen Wells, who says that although the cast is mostly tweens, the play has a message for adults, too.  Go to full article
Stephen David Pelletier & Emily Mikesell Photo: Lake George Dinner Theatre
Stephen David Pelletier & Emily Mikesell Photo: Lake George Dinner Theatre

New play explores beauty and self-esteem with humor, insight

Todd Moe talks with one of the actors in the Lake George Dinner Theater's regional premiere of Skin Deep - a show that explores physical beauty, self-acceptance, dating and family connections. Emily Mikesell, who plays the central character, "Maureen", calls the play "funny and sweet".  Go to full article
Cristina Alicea
Cristina Alicea

Connecting the stage and community in Burlington

Vermont Stage Company has a new leader as it opens it's 18th season with Photograph 51 on October 5th at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. The new season also includes The Clean House, Shirley Valentine, As You Like It, and Winter Tales. Todd Moe spoke with newly hired producing artistic director Cristina Alicea about her debut season with Burlington's longest-standing, professional theatre company. Alicea succeeds Mark Nash at the theatre's helm. They talked about some of the challenges and opportunities under the theme "Reinvention".  Go to full article
"Makbet" - Saturday night at Union Depot in Saranac Lake (7:30)
"Makbet" - Saturday night at Union Depot in Saranac Lake (7:30)

"Makbet" returns to Saranac Lake

A visiting theater group returns to Saranac Lake on Saturday night to put a new twist on a classic Shakespeare play. Acted out as if being performed by a traveling band of gypsies, Theater Group Dzieci's performance of "Makbet" includes words, gestures, chants and dance-like movement. Organizer Jason Brill told Todd Moe that three actors will play all the characters and the "stage" is the Union Depot train station. For ticket reservations, email Jason Brill:  Go to full article

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