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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 launches Kids Onstage and fall lineup for youth

With kids back to school, the learning begins and students of all ages will have new options this fall with the opening of CNY Arts Center facility in the lower level of State St. UMC at 357 State St., Fulton.

While adult classes continue, children will have Kids Onstage and Kids Onscreen to try out in Saturday classes that begin Sept. 29th and run to Thanksgiving.

Kids Onstage will offer classes for 3-5 year olds in creative movement, sharing the basics of ballet, jazz and modern dance under the direction of Choreographer Amy Price.

Children will learn about facial expressions, hand gestures, and the physicality of storytelling from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 with an anticipated performance for family on the final day of classes.

Price will continue her directorial expertise alongside Nancy Fox with Kids Onstage theatre classes for 5-18 year olds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

Students will enjoy creative movement and acting through theatre games and improvisation, develop stage presence, experience team building, and learn character development.

Immediately following Kids Onstage, Kids Onscreen will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. for all ages from 6 and older. Under the direction of Courtney Angell, the children will be guided through creative story writing to develop short stories for filming.

Once the students film their short stories, each will be edited by Angell. The shorts will be presented to families at a special movie screening.

Students will keep a copy of their completed DVD. Size of class and age of students will determine how the class is constructed and whether one film or individual films will be completed.

Monthly classes open to youth and adults include culinary arts–cake decorating Sept. 29, spooky desserts, Oct. 27, Thanksgiving treats, Nov. 19 and classic Christmas desserts Dec. 15. Children must be at least age 7 to attend this class and ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult for these classes, which meet from 9 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Arts & Crafts will also take place on those same Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon with Oct. 27 featuring Halloween crafts such as spooky ghosts, decorated pumpkins, and painted masks.

Nov. 10 will offer Thanksgiving crafts making turkeys, Pilgrim hats, crafting with fall leaves and painting Thankful rocks.

Dec. 15 will focus on Christmas crafts with ornaments, trees, making wrapping paper and a special gift. These classes are open to all ages; any child under 6 must be accompanied by an adult or sibling 12 and up.

Children may also audition for the Christmas premiere of Macy’s “Yes Virginia…The Musical.”

The musical has just been released to schools and local theatre companies for the first time and CNY Arts Center will present the timeless story onstage.

Auditions for children will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Adults may audition Sept. 25 or 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. The production will run Dec. 7-9 and 14-16.

Art classes for children are also part of the exciting fall line-up with a workshop in Different Ways to Draw Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 12 and up. Instructor Kendra Matott will teach a variety of different drawing methods, including some unconventional ones. Techniques will include still life drawings, energy drawings, paint splatters, and drawing with your feet.

Students can learn the fun techniques of textured art with classes taught by Arts Programming Coordinator Ken Blount. This class will show students how to make textured art using almost anything around the house and is for all art types and skill levels.

Ages 3-5 will meet Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 5-10 will meet Saturday, Oct. 13 and 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. while ages 11-15 meet the same Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Ages 15-18 will enjoy four consecutive Friday classes — Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 — from 3 to 9 p.m. with time for more extensive projects as will ages 17 through adult with six consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information on classes and instructors along with class registration may be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 216-8790.


CNY Arts Center to hold art classes for adults

The CNY Arts Center will be offering art classes for adults in early July.

Students can enroll in classes such as decorative paper, mosaic stepping stones, introduction to stained glass, homemade greeting cards, watercolor monotypes  merging painting and printmaking, stained glass wind chimes, botanical drawings, watercolor painting, advanced sketching, wet on wet oil, acrylic painting, pencil drawings, beginner photo solutions, along with tools and techniques of scrapbooking.  Drawing from local artists as teachers, classes will be available in a variety of times and days, mornings, evenings, and one-day weekend workshops.

“It’s the quality and professionalism of our own local instructors that has been a delightful discovery in putting these classes together,“ said Alice Lamb, coordinator of class scheduling. “Published authors, artists in every medium with impressive accomplishments, each with a passion to share their individual talents make this an exciting time to take a class and learn something new.”

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Second Arts Fest to be held June 9 in Fulton

The second annual CNY Arts Center Arts Fest is scheduled for June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fulton’s War Memorial.

The event will host more than 40 artists featuring handmade, original art including vintage jewelry, handcrafted wood items, stained glass, recycled and upcycled art items, pottery, paintings, cigar box guitars, home décor, bird houses, crocheted and quilted items, books and portraits among other unique offerings.

A Native American group will present its unique style of art and dance. The children’s art project booth, a popular feature last year, will return with new art projects children can make on the spot or take home for later enjoyment. There will be food vendors.

Dave Hawthorn will headline the entertainment while Merry Mischief Minstrels, a costumed acoustic duo will stroll through the crowd and keep the atmosphere festive.

Day Ja Voo, Ron Richards, and Sean Martin, a young blue grass fiddler and popular CNY Arts Center performer, will also entertain.

Arts Fest will once again host a talent competition observed by a panel of guest judges.

“We’re excited to offer a talent competition that will recognize top performers in each age category – dancers, storytellers, comedians, and unique talents alongside musicians and singers,” said Nancy Fox, president of the organization. “Arts Fest is a celebration of all the arts we represent as an organization. We encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share their family-friendly talent. This is a great opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

The new nonprofit arts organization formed last year to establish an arts center for all arts and all ages.

“We anticipate reaching that milestone in the very near future where we will begin offering classes and performances,” Fox continued. “We expect to announce the location and an exciting calendar of arts programming before the school year ends. We will finally have a place to offer classes and workshops in a variety of topics and projects. It’s going to be an exciting summer.”