Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Auditions April 17 and 19 for new CNY Arts Center play

One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center
One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center

With a record-setting run of Willy Wonka, Jr, CNY Arts Center announces open call auditions for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Auditions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Thursday, April 17 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church, Fulton (Park Street entrance).

People from seventh grade through college-age are invited to audition for the musical production to be directed and choreographed by Amy Price, with music directed by Dan Williams, and with the same artistic team from Willy Wonka, Jr in place.

“We had a phenomenal response to Willy Wonka, Jr with at least three sell-out performances,” said Nancy Fox, executive producer.  “We want to keep the fun going with another musical we think everyone will enjoy, this time with a slightly older cast.“

All the favorite Peanuts characters are in the popular show billed as an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

The production is scheduled to open June 6 for a two-week run through June16. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Djug Django Band to play Oswego Music Hall May 3

Djug Django Band
Djug Django Band

The popular eight-member Djug Django Band will play at the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Djug Django is largely devoted to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist of the 1930s hot jazz scene in Paris, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s.

But they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist.

The band combines this range of music styles in wonderfully creative ways. From the great songs of the Swing Era, including legends like Ellington, Gershwin, and Fats Waller, to Brazilian and Argentine classics sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and even wonderful original music, the band is known for its exciting performances, exquisite taste, and uniquely relaxed vibe.

The members of Djug Django must be among the busiest working musicians in the Northeast, in constant demand to play at all sorts of gigs and events.

The band started out years ago in Ithaca playing at the well-known Moosewood Restaurant. Since then Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs.

When they come together to play, each band member brings his special background and influences to the music.

The members of Djug Django are Harry Aceto, guitar; Doug Robinson, guitar and vocals; Dave Davies, guitar, trombone and vocals; Brian Earle, clarinet; Eric Aceto, violin; Chad Lieberman, piano; and Al Hartland, drums.

There also is Jim Sherpa,  who plays a genuine lowdown washtub bass, adding that special down home flavor.

“Djug Django deserves to be on the national stage–this is one of the hottest little bands I’ve ever heard.

It is my honor and pleasure to perform with these wonderful musicians”  from time to time — [Frank Campos, Ithaca College, Professor of Trumpet]

Djug Django “has a delicacy and refinement we rarely witness in jazz . . . the group’s overall musicality is on a very high level — sophisticated and dead-on. These guys really enjoy playing together, and that spirit comes across clear as crystal” [Russel Tarby and Pat Carroll, review in JazFax, Nov. 2010].

Check out some of  Djug Django’s music on http://www.watershed-arts.com/djug.html and then come and catch the wonder of their evocative and infectious music in a live performance at the Music Hall on May 3.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.

The Music Hall’s next concert, May 17, will feature Stephanie Bettman & Luke Haplin, a fast-rising duo from Denver.

FCT holds auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its June production, “The First Time,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22 at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

The play “The First Time” consists of two one-act plays: “Take Five” a comedy by Westley M. Pederson, to be directed by Donald Crowe; and “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., to be directed by Valeri Roscoe Dedich.

No preparation is necessary for the auditions. Those auditioning will read scenes from the scripts. Entry to the building will be through the old parochial school doors on Buffalo Street. Auditions will be upstairs in the theater’s rehearsal space on the top floor of the school.

Both plays have a theatrical theme. “Take Five” take places on an opening night where the set isn’t ready, part of the cast hasn’t shown up, and a member of the audience is having a heated phone call with his wife on a phone sitting onstage. The play calls for a cast of four men and two women.

“Who Am I This Time?” tells the tale of Harry Nash, an insecure hardware store clerk who only ever really comes to life as the leading man for a local community theatre’s annual productions. When a new actress, Helene, falls in love with Harry’s stage persona, she fights to keep him from retreating back into his quiet shell. The play calls for a cast of three men and seven women.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org, or by emailing at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Lakeside Artisans in the Easter spirit

Eggs and baskets created for the Easter season by artists at Lakeside Artisans in Oswego.
Eggs and baskets created for the Easter season by artists at Lakeside Artisans in Oswego.

The artists at Lakeside Artisans in Oswego have been busy putting all their  eggs in one basket for Easter.

Sharing the theme of Easter eggs and baskets, the artists at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego, have created many variations on that theme. Each artist interprets the theme in an individual, unique way depending upon the style of the artist and the materials the artist uses.

Diane Chepko-Sade creates glass egg ornaments by glueing small pieces of glass onto an oval glass shape and fusing them together in a kiln.

Wooden eggs are created by John Ruttan by turning small pieces of wood on a lathe, then painting on the colors.

Michele Southgate creates brightly colored designs by painting them on to papier mache boxes.

All of these are shown in the photo spilling out of the fabric Easter basket designed and sewn by fabric artist Kathy Fenlon.

From the Ukrainian designs of the glass ornaments and the repetitive motifs of the papier mache boxes to the simple stripes of the wooden eggs and bright fabrics of the baskets, each piece is a work of original art inspired by the Easter season.

‘Young Frankenstein’ brings laughs to SUNY Oswego

Monster at play -- Dr. Frankenstein’s monster -- a kinder, gentler fiend played by SUNY Oswego junior Jared Gould, who accepts young Ella Culligan’s flowery gift -- stars in the theatre and music departments’ presentation of the comedic spoof “Young Frankenstein,” previewing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and running at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 3 before closing with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 4. All performances will place in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.
Monster at play — Dr. Frankenstein’s monster — a kinder, gentler fiend played by SUNY Oswego junior Jared Gould, who accepts young Ella Culligan’s flowery gift — stars in the theatre and music departments’ presentation of the comedic spoof “Young Frankenstein,” previewing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and running at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 3 before closing with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 4. All performances will place in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

A comic spoof on the legend of Frankenstein comes to life this month as SUNY Oswego’s theatre and music departments present an adaptation based on the 1974 hit film and 2007 Broadway play “Young Frankenstein” in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The play will preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and run 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 3, with the matinee finale at 2 p.m. May 4.

This monster-mash musical comedy, created by legendary screenwriters Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, takes a creative spin on the classic horror-film genre.

Based on the 1931 production of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and its 1939 sequel “Son of Frankenstein,” Brooks and Meehan told the story of a struggling scientist who continues his grandfather’s experiments in resurrecting the dead.

“I have purposefully gone out of my way to not copy past work and to assemble a brand-new production that highlights and makes use of the best that the Oswego theatre department has to offer,” said stage director and choreographer Donald Garverick.

“The set and costumes are completely unique to this production, and I am blown away by the creativity that the cast has demonstrated,” he said. “This is truly the SUNY Oswego production of ‘Young Frankenstein,’ a production we can all be very proud of.”

Since 1997, Garverick has directed and choreographed a variety of plays, including the off-Broadway production of “Siren’s Heart,” the sold-out run of “Show Choir! The Musical” at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, which he also co-wrote, and well-received regional productions of “Hair” and “Footloose.”

Garverick will provide tap-dancing lessons for Oswego theatre students and cast members on Mondays and Wednesdays during his time at the college.

In Garverick’s adaptation, a latter-day Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (senior music major Danny Stalter) succeeds in his laboratory, only to struggle to prove the monster he created (played by Jared Gould, a junior dual major in cinema and screen studies and creative writing) is not a monster at all.

The play combines the entertainment values of music and comedy, as well as subliminal messages of misguided judgments and fear of the unknown. The cast members perform various styles of theatre and tap dance as well as mastering European accents and singing in harmony as a barbershop quartet. The show will include eight full-company dance numbers, including an extended tap number to Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Music director Todd Graber, chair of Oswego’s music department, offers a great deal of stage experience, including musical direction of past SUNY Oswego productions “Cabaret,” “Big: The Musical,” “Into the Woods” and “Lost in a Viral Paradise.”

The original “Young Frankenstein” — with its signature Gene Wilder gag, “No, it’s FRANKENSHTEEN,” and wild-eyed Marty Feldman as Igor (“EYE-gor”) — placed No. 13 on the American Film Institute’s 2005 list of “The 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.”

Besides Stalter and Gould, SUNY Oswego’s version features Nicole Marlowe as Igor, Morgan Rae Noone as Inga, Ashley Domenech as Elizabeth Benning and Jesse Lessner as Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, Frederick’s grandfather.

Tickets cost $15 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 312-2141. All tickets are $10 for the two Saturday performances, April 26 and May 3, and $5 for the April 24 preview.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the lots in front and to the east of Culkin Hall.

 

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Custom Taylor Band highlights Memorial Day salute

The good times of summer are not that far away starting with Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Saturday, May 24.

The entertainment will feature Chris Taylor’s Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band.

Brass exchange will also be showcased.

Our festivities include a great Saturday morning parade, carnival rides, talent show by CNY Arts Center, fireworks and an abundance of food and drink provided through Fulton’s service clubs and Veterans’ Council.

Our 2014 theme is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

Representatives from the Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council organize Memorial Day Salute.

The chairperson of this year’s event is Larry Macner. Mark your calendars for this event to kick off summer 2014 in Fulton.

Oswego High art students honored

Brenna Riley earned the “Best of Show” at the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition with this piece of artwork named “Oliver”.
Brenna Riley earned the “Best of Show” at the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition with this piece of artwork named “Oliver”.

Submitted by Oswego schools

Oswego High School artist Brenna Riley won the “Best of Show” with her beautiful self-portrait graphite drawing “Oliver” while Carrie Gilbert and won “First Place “overall with her amazing detail drawing “Clarinet” as the Oswego County Student Art Competition.

The judging at the annual juried show for high school and junior high school students took place at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski.

This competition, which is open to all Oswego County school districts, attracted over 500 art pieces.

Oswego High School art teacher Melissa Martin said, “This is the first time Oswego has walked away with both the ‘Best of Show’ and ’First Place’ overall”.

Oswego students also were recognized for their work with seventh through ninth grade honorable mention ribbons were presented to Jessica Godden, Madelyne Cortright, Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trapasso.  Tenth through twelfth grade students earning honorable mention included Aviriana Follet, Danielle Boyzuck, Katie Bradshaw, Kayla Volkomer, Makayla Carson, Morgan Knopp, Rebecca North, Sarah Hoefer and Teo Patty.

Students who also had their work accepted to the show included Allison Choate, Andrew Bornheimer, Bailey Glennen, Faith Hannock, Heavenly Noel, Jessica Godden, Nicholas Brown, Skylar Wallace, Sophia Griffith, Abigail Douglas, Alyssa Lapetino, Brianna Bush, Isabella Sabatini, Julie May, Katherine Hill, Madelyne Cortright, Margo McBearty and Michaela Bradshaw.

Also: Tegan Boyzuck, Abigail Allen, Chrisan Cabanlig, M’Kenzie Bradshaw, Molly Brown, Samantha Lee, Tatiana Berkley, Taylor Hamer, Tiffany Billington, Alaina Galutz, Alex Bush, Amber Lagoe, Brandi Hibbert, Courtney Johnson,  Elizabeth Sincavage, Jessica Morgan, Kelsey Wilder, Marissa Familo-Bennett, Morgan Butterfield, Morgan Haynes, Nathan Greene, Ricky Bristol, Sarah Dahar, Travis Cowles, Alexandra DeSacia, Allie Henderson, Reilly Patrick, Meghan Anderson, Mike Edwards and Tara Lagoe.

 

Poetry Corner

Daffodils, by Jim Farfaglia

I like them best when they appear

in the ditches of rural roads,

hugging the trunks of apple trees

or lined up along neighborhood homes.

 

I like them best when they cluster,

as if someone from down below

broke through an endless winter

to hand us a bouquet all aglow.

 

I like them best when just opened,

their pale yellow abeckoning,

their delicate petals forming a cup,

where we drink in the birth of spring.