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CNY Arts Center welcomes musician to cabaret lineup

Douglas McCall joins cabaret lineup for “Songs of the Seasons” March 2 at 8 p.m. at CNY Arts Center benefit, located in State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.
Douglas McCall joins cabaret lineup for “Songs of the Seasons” March 2 at 8 p.m. at CNY Arts Center benefit, located in State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center announced the addition of Douglas McCall as pianist/accompanist to the line-up for its upcoming benefit cabaret, “Songs of the Seasons,” which will be held March 2 at 8 p.m. at State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.

McCall holds degrees in music education from SUNY Potsdam and Ithaca College and has been a middle school and high school choral teacher for the past 15 years. He has directed theatre at both the middle school and high school level.

His directing credits include “Annie Jr.,” “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” “Into the Woods Jr.,” “The Music Man,” “My fair Lady,” “The Wiz” and many others.

“Songs of the Seasons” will present an evening of song and poetry with seasonal themes, desserts and an array of raffle items from local artists and area businesses.

The fund-raiser will benefit arts programming at CNY Arts Center committed to promoting the arts throughout Central New York.

“We’re excited to present this first cabaret – a nice evening with familiar songs and a relaxed intimate atmosphere,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “We’re making use of our facility for all interests and artists. This is an opportunity for our performing artists to share their vocal talents singing the songs we know and love.”

Tickets may be obtained online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center auditions continue for ‘Helen Keller’

The search continues for actors to fill roles for CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the true story of Annie Sullivan’s work with the deaf/mute child, Helen.

The next round of auditions will be held today, Feb. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at CNY Arts Center’s new facility in State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Parts will be cast immediately after auditions and the first read through of the play will take place following the auditions.

The play runs April 26 through May 5.

A few roles for women and several children are still open, including a 7-9 year old girl to play the demanding title role as a deaf/mute child able to communicate only through her physical behavior.

The role of Captain Keller, Helen’s father; his older brother Frank, an embittered Civil War soldier; and Mr. Anagnos, director of the Perkins institute are roles also being cast.

“It’s like sorting the pieces of a puzzle to get just the right balance of characteristics, body types, stage presence, and acting strength coming together to create a cast,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “When it fits together, the production makes a powerful impression on the audience.”

Those seeking audition information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call Fox at 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center plans benefit cabaret March 2

Blue skies, purple summers, a little rain, and some California dreaming on a winter’s day set the stage for CNY Arts Center’s first winter cabaret.

“Songs of the Seasons” will entertain audiences March 2 at 8 p.m. in a benefit to support programming at the center’s new facility, located in State St UMC, at 357 State St., Fulton.

The cabaret will feature the talents of area entertainers seen locally on stage and on screen while audience members sample an array of desserts and take chances on a host of raffle items donated from local merchants and artists.

CNY Arts Center gift certificates for memberships, programming and camp scholarships will be among the raffle items.

Cabaret Director Marguerite Beebe has assembled a cast of singers with a wide range of vocal and acting talents, including Adam Schmidtmann with stage credits from several theatre companies in CNY and roles in major musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

As the stage manager for CNY Arts Center’s recent premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical,” Schmidtmann embraced the production side of live theatre and is currently serving as assistant director for the Kids Onstage production of “Tom Sawyer.”

Carly Farfaglia is returning for her third appearance with CNY Arts Center, having debuted with “Godspell,” followed by “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.” With performance background in “Secret Garden,” “Wizard of Oz,” regional vocal competition and a local worship band, Farfaglia will also share her talents on the guitar.

Noel Christine Beebe is back in town and back on stage after a three-hiatus in LA where she recently worked as a background actor for NBC’s “Community,” HBO’s “True Blood,” and the box office hit, “I am Number Four.”

She was also the model for CWTV’s “Shedding for the Wedding.”

Back home in New York, Beebe is studying Cosmetology at the Continental School of Beauty.

Marlina Beebe is also making her third appearance with CNY Arts Center fresh from the debut production of “Godspell” and the premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

Most recently seen in “The Drowsy Chaperon” for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, Beebe has been performing since she was six years old and lends her vocal talents on many songs.

Marguerite Beebe rounds out the family trio with her own impressive list of stage and screen accomplishments. A Le Moyne College graduate, she is the director of Encore Presentations, a frequent lighting designer and stage manager, was last seen in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” and debuted with CNY Arts Center in “Godspell” and “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

When not working onstage, Marguerite Beebe pursues her love of acting on the set of various movies, both student and independent. Most recently she was in “Savage Christmas” for Mad Angel Films.

Tickets and reservations for Songs for the Seasons may be found online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center plans benefit cabaret March 2

Blue skies, purple summers, a little rain, and some California dreaming on a winter’s day set the stage for CNY Arts Center’s first winter cabaret.

“Songs of the Seasons” will entertain audiences March 2 at 8 p.m. in a benefit to support programming at the center’s new facility, located in State St UMC, at 357 State St., Fulton.

The cabaret will feature the talents of area entertainers seen locally on stage and on screen while audience members sample an array of desserts and take chances on a host of raffle items donated from local merchants and artists.

CNY Arts Center gift certificates for memberships, programming and camp scholarships will be among the raffle items.

Cabaret Director Marguerite Beebe has assembled a cast of singers with a wide range of vocal and acting talents, including Adam Schmidtmann with stage credits from several theatre companies in CNY and roles in major musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

As the stage manager for CNY Arts Center’s recent premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical,” Schmidtmann embraced the production side of live theatre and is currently serving as assistant director for the Kids Onstage production of “Tom Sawyer.”

Carly Farfaglia is returning for her third appearance with CNY Arts Center, having debuted with “Godspell,” followed by “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.” With performance background in “Secret Garden,” “Wizard of Oz,” regional vocal competition and a local worship band, Farfaglia will also share her talents on the guitar.

Noel Christine Beebe is back in town and back on stage after a three-hiatus in LA where she recently worked as a background actor for NBC’s “Community,” HBO’s “True Blood,” and the box office hit, “I am Number Four.”

She was also the model for CWTV’s “Shedding for the Wedding.”

Back home in New York, Beebe is studying Cosmetology at the Continental School of Beauty.

Marlina Beebe is also making her third appearance with CNY Arts Center fresh from the debut production of “Godspell” and the premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

Most recently seen in “The Drowsy Chaperon” for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, Beebe has been performing since she was six years old and lends her vocal talents on many songs.

Marguerite Beebe rounds out the family trio with her own impressive list of stage and screen accomplishments. A Le Moyne College graduate, she is the director of Encore Presentations, a frequent lighting designer and stage manager, was last seen in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” and debuted with CNY Arts Center in “Godspell” and “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

When not working onstage, Marguerite Beebe pursues her love of acting on the set of various movies, both student and independent. Most recently she was in “Savage Christmas” for Mad Angel Films.

Tickets and reservations for Songs for the Seasons may be found online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center February classes and events

CNY Arts Center warms up February with a nod to Valentine “chocolates” and desserts featured in Give the Gift of Food Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make a cookie picture frame and a box of min-cupcake “chocolates” in a heart shaped box.

Cooks will get a second helping with Create with Crescent Rolls Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make three desserts and three hors d’ouerves with crescent rolls. Students must pre-register for Culinary Arts classes; no walk-ins accepted please.

Our program for writers serves up a feast for February starting with Writer’s Café Sunday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Writers’ Café is a venue for local writers to share their work with others. People who want to read their work and people who enjoy listening are welcome! All types of writing are welcome: memoirs, flash fiction, poetry, fantasy, etc.

Saturday Writer’s Club for ages 8-15 will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. This club for kids of all skill levels led by Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke meets monthly.

Coming later in February is a triple header starting Feb. 19. Across the Generations: Co-Authoring Our Stories is a great new writing class bridging the generation gap in a new way for ages 8 to 60 and older. Meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 20 and 21, this class taught by Mary Slimmer will bring generations together to learn about each other’s lives, develop story ideas and write them together. No writing experience is necessary for this awesome new class.

The triple header continues Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with our next Author’s Spotlight featuring Art Tirrell’s newest book, “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. From the mid 1900’s, Tirrell’s family spent summers on the shore of Lake Ontario. For Art, the draw of the lake never diminished. He has always written, and in 2007, his debut novel, “The Secret Ever Keeps,” was released. A second novel, a baseball yarn titled “The Vitaman Effect,” was released in 2010.

In addition to his novel writing, he is the owner of LakeOntarioObserver.com, where he reports on news of interest to boaters and others who value this amazing resource, and also occasionally publishes an opinion piece. “The Wind from Entouhonoron” begins in the aftermath of a great storm that reunites a family and opens painful secrets of their past that have great consequences of their future.

Feb. 21 rounds out the triple header with Poetry Writing Challenge, a new poetry class being taught by Amy Price Thursdays from Feb. 21 to March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students in this class will tackle a weekly challenge in a specific theme and style of poetry, then write a poem using the challenge for the next class.

More great art classes will return for March, along with artist café and artist spotlight. We’ll host our first benefit Cabaret March 2 while rehearsals are in full swing for two spring productions, “Tom Sawyer,” our first ever all-youth production, and “Helen Keller,” the classic story in a fresh adaptation. Both shows will debut in April.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.
Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center rounds out January with a full day of classes for a variety of arts.

The center will be hopping with activity Jan. 26 starting with Diane Sokolowski’s Create with Crescent Rolls from 9 a.m. to noon where students will learn to make three desserts and three hors d’ouerves with crescent rolls. Students must pre-register for this class; no walk-ins are permitted so the instructor can provide adequate materials for pre-registered students.

Also Jan. 26, Oil Painting from 10 a.m.- to 1 p.m. and Jewelry Making from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with artist Bonnie McClellan offers a full day of creative fun. Take home your very own original oil painting and handmade jewelry piece!

Jan. 26 is also the date for a special writing workshop with guest author Susan Peterson Gateley that will help answer the question “Is Self-Publishing for You?” from 1 to 4 p.m. with discussion and Q&A. The workshop will cover self-publishing basics.

Artist Café returns Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. This informal event is open to local artists to bring their portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums, and interests and exchange ideas and feedback.

The fun continues with Auditions for the play “Helen Keller” Jan. 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The play will open April 26 and run through May 5. Information can be found on the Arts Center web site at CNYArtsCenter.com

January Artist Spotlight will feature a recurring Arts Center instructor Bonnie McClellan, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. McClellan will share her technique and discuss her journey as an artist. She will be teaching again Feb. 2. Oil Painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ink Drawing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Those attending the Artist Spotlight will get a preview of those classes and be able to register at that time. The public is invited to attend.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops include a modest fee.

Those seeking more information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center to hold auditions for ‘Helen Keller’

CNY Arts Center will be holding auditions for “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the true story of Annie Sullivan’s work.

Auditions will be held Jan. 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at CNY Arts Center in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Fifty years ago this year, Director Nancy Fox saw her first live stage play – a production of the “Miracle Worker,” the traditional portrayal of the Helen Keller story.

“From the opening moments of the play, I was mesmerized by the drama unfolding and I knew without a doubt I would pursue theatre as my life’s work,” said Fox. “Since then I have been consumed with a passion for theatre that never quiets and I promised myself I would someday honor that memory by directing the play.

“This new version is a perfect reflection of our new stage and the new Arts Center and I think the time is finally right for this challenging production.”

An exhaustive search will be conducted for a 7-9 year old girl to play the demanding title role as a deaf/mute child able to communicate only through her physical behavior.

The role of Anne Sullivan will require an energetic actress between 16-25 who can demonstrate or learn manual sign language. CNY Arts Center is also recruiting a sign language expert to consult on the play and interpret for performances to be held April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Other roles being cast include Helen’s parents, Captain and Mrs. Keller, and several supporting adult roles including the role of Helen’s grandmother, uncle, a family friend and household staff.

Roles for Staff members of Perkins Institute for the Blind are also being cast along with a few roles for Helen’s playmates.

Actors are asked to register for auditions by choosing a date and time to attend. A one minute dramatic monologue is recommended for adults and some reading from the script will take place.

Children should be ready to read a favorite story with great expression.

Sign language teachers interested in working on the production are invited to attend auditions may call the Arts Center office at 592-3373 or e-mail the director at info@CNYArtsCenter.com.

CNY Arts Center seeks artists for Community Mural Project

CNY Arts Center is seeking artists to submit original art for its next Community Mural Project to be recreated in recycled aluminum sheets and hung in a public location in Central New York.

The mural will be enlarged to 8’ by 12’ and graphed onto 3” by 3” aluminum squares. It will then be painted and strung on wires to swing freely in the wind, hence the name “Art in the Wind.”

The mural will be painted and assembled during this year’s Harborfest in late July. A panel of judges will be selected to choose the winning art work.

Artists are invited to submit a drawing, ink rendering or painting for juried art selection by a panel of judges.

“This aluminum mural will hang and move freely in the wind and catch the shimmer of light on the aluminum,” said Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center Studio Arts coordinator. “We’re looking for art that will have gaps and areas to expose the aluminum for full effect. These areas could represent background, foreground, images, or the color silver; grey or white. We’re excited to see what imaginations can create for this mural.”

Art work must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 31. The winner will be announced Feb. 20 by a panel of judges chosen from area artists. CNY Arts Center is also inviting area artists to submit a resume and letter of interest to serve on a juried panel of five judges who will select from the entries received.

Judges are excluded from also submitting a piece for consideration.

Preliminary production will begin in March and actual painting and construction will take place during Harborfest, July 24-28 in Oswego.

The winning artist is invited and encouraged to help in the creation of the mural throughout the entire process and will receive recognition on a commemorative plaque mounted near the completed mural.

Last year’s mural, Van Gogh’s Starry Night was completed in stained glass with more than 2,000 glass bottles and hundreds of volunteers. The framed mural stands in Fulton’s Indian Point Park.

Those seeking more information about the project may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com, email mural@CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.