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Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons. Photo: Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Bill Bowers.  Photos: <a href="http://bill-bowers.com">bill-bowers.com</a>
Bill Bowers. Photos: bill-bowers.com

Bill Bowers: mime and monologue in Lake Placid

Actor/mime Bill Bowers brings his one-man show, It Goes Without Saying, back to the Adirondacks next Monday night. The show, which began ten years ago at the Adirondack Theater Festival in Glens Falls, has traveled around the country from Manhattan to Alaska. When it premiered Off-Broadway, the New York Times called it "zestful and endearing."

He'll perform it Monday at 5:30 pm at the "A Taste of the Arts" dinner at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Todd Moe talks with Bowers about the success of his quirky, autobiographical production based on his life and theatrical career. From a childhood in rural Montana, to Broadway, to training with Marcel Marceau, Bowers says, It Goes Without Saying, tells a funny and touching story of the important role that silence plays both on stage and in life.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Fighting bullying with theatre and creativity

An anti-bullying organization will use a play written by a St. Lawrence University theater professor as part of its "peaceful schools" tour this spring.

SLU Associate Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead, is the author of the one-act play, Have you Filled a Bucket Today?. She says schools and parents seem eager to use the arts and creative ways to address bullying in schools.

Based on Carol McCloud's popular children's book of the same name, the play also emphasizes that bullying is wrong. The organization, Peaceful Schools, will perform the play at schools in northern and central New York throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

Halstead told Todd Moe that she first heard about McCloud's book at a meeting at her son's school, and was thrilled when McCloud gave her permission to adapt it as a play.  Go to full article
The cast of <i>Rumors</i> opening tonight at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. Photo: Our Town Theatre Group
The cast of Rumors opening tonight at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. Photo: Our Town Theatre Group

Preview: "Rumors" in North Creek

The Our Town Theatre Group's spring production of the comedy Rumors opens tonight at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek (7:30). Rumors is Neil Simon's fast-paced farce about an upscale dinner party gone terribly wrong. The show features ten local actors. Todd Moe talks with guest director Eric Potter this weekend's show, the challenges of comedic timing on-stage and working in community theatre.  Go to full article
Pyrites storyteller Jan Hutslar
Pyrites storyteller Jan Hutslar

Storytellers share the oldest form of theatre in Canton

You're invited to a preview of World Storytelling Day this Saturday night in Canton. A group of local storytellers and guests from the Ottawa Storytellers will host an evening of spinning their tales at the Unitarian Universalist Church (7 pm).

World Storytelling Day is next Wednesday. It's a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn in the southern.

Pyrites storyteller Jan Hutslar joins Todd Moe in the studio to share her love of telling tales with a story by Joseph Anthony, The Dandelion Seed.  Go to full article
Some of the cast and crew of "Willy Wonka" on the set at Brasher Falls Central School.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Some of the cast and crew of "Willy Wonka" on the set at Brasher Falls Central School. Photo: Todd Moe

They've got talent: It's spring musical season

The spring musical season kicks off this weekend at a number of high schools in the North Country. It's a busy time back stage and on stage with final rehearsals amid wet paint.

In one school district the students are having -- literally -- a sweet time. The musical, Willy Wonka, opens Friday night at St. Lawrence Central High School in Brasher Falls. Special effects include airborne actors and chocolate-scented fog. Even though most schools are struggling with being able to afford extracurricular activities, like music and theater, that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm among students, staff and parents. Todd Moe stopped by the final dress rehearsal for Willy Wonka Wednesday afternoon in Brasher Falls and found lots of school spirit.  Go to full article
<i>Witness: Real Women and Strength</i> will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins
Witness: Real Women and Strength will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins

Preview: SLU student play examines women's health issues

Women are consistently rendering images from the media of the "ideal" body type. This has driven women to sacrifice their natural shape with unhealthy practices. Abigail Moss has utilized her senior project at St. Lawrence University as an opportunity to promote the voices and stories of women she has encountered including her own who have struggled with food and body image. Her play, Witness: Real Stories of Women and Strength will be performed tonight at St. Lawrence University.

Abigail hopes that the power of performance will be an experience for the audience that will make a difference in the way that women feel and think about their own body. Kitty Higgins, the NCPR news intern interviewed Abigail and had a conversation about her inspiration for the performance, it's importance and the messages the media sends.  Go to full article
The cast of <i>The Philadelphia Story</i>.  The Grasse River Players' winter production opens Thursday night in Canton. Photo: Grasse River Players
The cast of The Philadelphia Story. The Grasse River Players' winter production opens Thursday night in Canton. Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "The Philadelphia Story"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Grasse River Players will present a love story as part of Canton's Winterfest celebration this weekend. "The Philadelphia Story", the 1939 Broadway hit, is the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive journalist. The show opens in the Black Box Theater at St. Lawrence University Thursday night. Todd Moe talks with two of the actors in the show.  Go to full article
A scene from "Terra Nova." Photo: Pendragon Theatre
A scene from "Terra Nova." Photo: Pendragon Theatre

Theater is bridge between two Saranac Lake organizations

Theater is the bridge in between two very different organizations in Saranac Lake: Pendragon Theater, and St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center.

For each production since 1994, the theater has invited a group from St. Joe's to a dress rehearsal. The theater's latest production is "Terra Nova." A rehearsal last month found the players and the St. Joe's audience together again.  Go to full article

Theatre Kingston kicks off holiday fun with "Winter Wonderettes"

Locally produced professional theater returns to the historic Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario next week. The Winter Wonderettes opens on Wednesday. It's a Christmas-themed sequel to the 50's and 60's 'jukebox' musical The Marvelous Wonderettes.

Todd Moe spoke with Brett Christopher, artistic producer at Theatre Kingston.  Go to full article

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