With only a few short weeks left until the premiere of Yes, Virginia…the Musical, CNY Arts Center is preparing last minute details in costumes, sets and props with extra attention to history for the musical set in 1897.
Audience goers can expect a bright pageantry of imaginative costumes from historical and global Santas from around the world in a featured dance number along with period costumes circa 1897 for townspeople, Newsies and even dancing pigeons,” said CNY Arts Center Director Nancy Fox.
The musical also calls for authentic props, including newspapers touting a New York Sun headline and architecture reflecting turn-of-the-century New York City. Even the children in the cast have been researching the people and the times for authentic characterizations.
“We have been on a search for period props and set pieces for this brand new musical and printing New York Sun newspapers is just one of the challenges,” said Fox. “We are fortunate to work with The Valley News and its owner, Scotsman Media Group, who has offered to print authentic inserts for us in advance of our opening Dec. 7. We simply could not have accomplished this on our own.
“In a day when the economy threatens valued traditional institutions, this is one testament to the timeless value of the local hometown media and a fitting collaboration for this particular musical,” said Fox. “The very heart of this story centers on the power and influence writers and editors can wield in society and the good, or bad, they can generate. Here we have life imitating art with a gesture of community spirit that reflects the truth about the good people who live and work in Central New York.
“We are excited for this piece of the puzzle to come together much like our search for a framed door unit that will be painted to suggest 1890’s New York City,” Fox continued. “It’s a treasure hunt to see what you can find or alter or recycle. We’ve found success with Burke’s Lumber, a local hardware merchant who orchestrated a scenario for us to get what we needed. When the whole package comes together, set, props, costumes and great staging, the production is sure to deliver a treat for the entire community.”
Yes, Virginia…the Musical runs Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 16 at 7:30 pm, and Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in CNY Arts Center’s new facility in State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.
The box office is accepting reservations and advance purchase tickets online and at the Arts Center office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before performances.
Those seeking more information may visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com or call the office at 592-3373.