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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: jbrillslk@gmail.com  Go to full article

Film directors, actors, writers gather in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Film Forum kicks off tomorrow, with four days of movies, panel discussions and workshops and a student filmmaking contest. The event is an intimate setting that offers locals a chance to see rare art films and to meet with some of the industry's most creative men and women -- directors, actors, writers. Todd Moe talks with Kathleen Carroll, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Film Forum.  Go to full article
The poster for "In My Shoes".
The poster for "In My Shoes".

Fort Drum 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? 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. The play, "In My Shoes", will be performed in the school's auditorium on Friday night. Todd Moe stopped by to meet the students and creative team.  Go to full article
Jonathan Kaplan and John Skelley in The Acting Company's production of "Comedy of Errors".
Jonathan Kaplan and John Skelley in The Acting Company's production of "Comedy of Errors".

Making Shakespeare understandable and funny

The Acting Company brings two Shakespeare classics to SUNY Potsdam tonight and tomorrow night. Community Performance Series will host the company for two performances; Romeo and Juliet tonight and Comedy of Errors on Tuesday night in Snell Theater. Todd Moe talks with director Ian Belknap about the history of the acting company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, and Comedy of Errors, which is thought to be one of Shakespeare's earliest plays.  Go to full article
Bill Bowers
Bill Bowers

Preview: "It Goes without Saying" in Glens Falls

Actor/mime Bill Bowers brings his one-man show, It Goes Without Saying, back to Glens Falls this weekend. The show, which began eight years ago at the Adirondack Theater Festival, has traveled around the country from Manhattan to Alaska. When it premiered Off-Broadway, the New York Times called it "Zestful and endearing". It Goes Without Saying runs Friday and Saturday night (8 pm) at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Todd Moe talks with Bowers about the success of his quirky, autobiographical production based on his life and theatrical career. He calls it a touching story of the important role that silence plays both on stage and in life.  Go to full article

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