Sunday, June 24, the Oswego Valley Chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association will play a special concert of old time fiddle music, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola.
The Oswego Valley Fiddlers is noted for striving to vary their repertoire with new and different selections of old-time fiddle tunes. Each year, the group chooses a theme for its concerts and learns new tunes based on that theme.
This year’s theme will be “Old Time Radio” featuring music from some of their favorite Canadian fiddlers. They will “present” a show honoring the Don Messer’s Islanders Show, as well as other Canadian fiddlers, including Ivan and Vivian Hicks, Ned Landry, Andy DeJarlis and Graham and Eleanor Townsend.
The show will incorporate “skits” recalling the classic openings of many great Old Time Radio Shows.
The Oswego Valley Fiddlers are planning a trip to New Brunswick, Canada this summer to play music with the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers and Ivan and Vivian Hicks.
Those seeking more information may visit www.nysotfa.com or call 315-487-8806.
Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the next production in its popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series, which will spotlight the work of composer Stephen Sondheim.
Audition dates for “An Evening with Stephen” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.
Performance dates for the revue are Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.
The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.
The show will feature music from “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Anyone Can
Whistle,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Gypsy,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” and “Dick Tracy.”
Auditioners are asked to prepare a song and bring sheet music.
Originated in FCT’s 1994 season, the “An Evening on Broadway” series is one of the theatre’s longstanding traditions. The August production will be its 11th edition.
Those seeking more information may visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oswego Players director Inez Manor Parker has cast the royal leads in her upcoming “Once Upon a Mattress.”
Bobby Fontana is reprising the role of King Sextimus the Silent.
He played the same role several years ago in a children’s theatre presentation of the show.
Fontana has been a member of the organization since his debut in “Lend Me a Tenor” in 1995.
His contributions to the group are many and varied. As a director, he has successfully taken on such classics as, “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Marsha Preston will play the nasty Queen Aggravain – thwarting her son’s (Prince Dauntless the Drab) every attempt at matrimony.
Preston is a Penn State Theatre Arts graduate and also holds a master’s degree in education. She is a long time Players member, first performing in “Dear World” in 1988, and most recently in “Life with Father” in April.
Preston has been active with other groups such as the Red Creek Players, Fulton Broadway Theatre and Festival Chorus.
Multi-talented, she has written and produced children’s theatre with Hands on Theatre.
Talent appears to run in the family as her daughter, Julia Preston-Fulton, is also in the cast.
Fulton is a graduate of SUNY Oswego in zoology and just recently returned from tour-guiding in Yellowstone National Park.
With the Players, she assumed the role of Catherine Johnson in “Silent Night, Lonely Night” and recreated the Marlene Deitrich role from “Witness for the Prosecution.”
“Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.
Tickets are available by calling the Players’ Box Office at 343-5138.
In recent weeks, Hannibal High School students have been working on their part of the county-wide art project that will be presented at this year’s Harborfest.
The project, spearheaded by the CNY Arts Center, will be a stained glass mural of Van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night” and will consist of various colors of glass bottle fragments. The mastermind behind the concept and creation of the mural is Arts Center member Leslie Paice.
The Hannibal math students of Sally Kingsbury’s class have developed an equation for enlarging the painting, to determine the approximate number of bottles and jars needed for the mural. Using the dimensions of the mural frame, and the average size of the bottles being used, they determined that approximately 3,260 bottles will be needed to complete the mural.
Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children.
The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department.
The family event, which will include spaghetti dinner, live entertainment by Bloodline, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, and children’s activities, is organized by the Parents of Special Children staff and board members.