Disney's BEAUTY and the BEAST, LIVE at Proctors, May 15 - 20. Beautiful family fare!

NETworks presents

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Live On Stage!

May 15 - 20

The Mainstage at Proctors


Schenectady, NY – April 27, 2012 -- DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. The smash hit Broadway musical, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. This eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.

Experience the romance and enchantment of family-friendly DISNEY’S BEAUTY and the Beast:  Running time, 130 minutes with one intermission. 

Ticket prices for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are; Tue - Thu $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65; Fri - Sat $20, $45, $60, $70 & $85.  Tickets are available at Proctors Box Office (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org.

Discounts on tickets are available for groups of 20 or more.  A listing of shows and pricing may be found on proctors.org/group_sales or by contacting Proctors Group Sales at 518-382-3884 ext. 139.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEASTat Proctors is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is part of the Keeler Broadway on Tour Series.

Sub-sponsors forDISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are: Fenimore Asset Management / FAM FUNDS, Deanna's Cafe & Catering, Logical Net, NBT Bank, STS Steel and Stewart's Shops.

Take Part in The Henry Schaffer TheatreTalk

 Pre-show, Thurs., May 17 at 1PM (before the 2PM performance).

This series of talks is intended to enrich the experience of patrons at Proctors by giving them additional perspectives on the shows they are seeing,” said CEO Philip Morris. “We are appreciative of the H. Schaffer Foundation for their support of this effort to enrich the cultural experiences of those attending our shows,” he added. 

The Henry Schaffer TheatreTalk series offers pre- or post-performance arts discussions to ticket buyers free of charge. The discussions are delivered by Company artists to engage patrons in a unique forum for learning about a specific performance. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the artists, repertoire and performance, creating a dynamic interaction geared toward increasing awareness about the Arts.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Looking into the heart of an all-new ‘Beauty’

By Brendan Lemon

Disney’s Beauty and the Beastnow embarked on a lavish and visually re-imagined new tour presented by NETworks, is one of best loved of all musicals. It’s easy to understand why. Its classic story -- of a beautiful village girl, Belle, who is first repelled by, then attracted to a gruff yet big-hearted Beast --is indeed, as one of the show’s numbers has it, “a tale as old as time.” The songs (music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice) are almost criminally tuneful. And the musical’s appeal crosses age barriers: truly, “Beauty” is an experience that can be enjoyed by child and adult alike.

Many of the songs – the charming “Belle,” the infectious “Something There,” and the spectacular hospitality anthem “Be Our Guest” – were written for the 1991 animated movie, which was the first – and until 2010, the only – animated film ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The movie’s status not just in cinematic history but in critical lore was cemented when the New York Times’ then-theater critic Frank Rich, called Beauty and the Beast the best musical of the year – in any format.

Disney took the cue, and soon started things rolling for the live adaptation. Several new songs, as well as the book by Linda Woolverton, were written for the stage version, which opened on Broadway at the Palace Theater on April 18, 1994, and went on to become the seventh-longest running production in Broadway history.

Rob Roth, who directed the Broadway premiere and is back at the helm for the new tour, says that the “story of the show is about seeing past the exterior of a person and into his or her heart.” He says that conveying that feeling is key to any production of “Beauty.” What’s fresh about the tour, he adds, is not just the timeless moral but a new approach to the visuals.

“So few directors have the opportunity to work on a show several years later in a new form,” Roth says. “I’m lucky that way, and I’m also lucky because I never get bored with ‘Beauty.’”

Stan Meyer, the scenic designer both for the 1994 Broadway version and for the new production, says that the former staging was, essentially, the 1991 movie made live. The latter is “a departure from that.” He explains: “We did a lot of research that involved eastern-European wood carving and gilded manuscripts. The new version is an illuminated manuscript come to life.”

Audiences will delight in the eye-popping storybook shapes and colors that Meyer and the other original-version designers (Ann Hould-Ward: costumes; Natasha Katz: lighting) have re-imagined. The production’s look, adds Meyer, “is more evocative of whimsy and very, very romantic.”

Matt West, the production’s choreographer (both in 1994 and 2010), is especially excited for the freedom the new design gives the show’s dancing. “Frankly,” he admits, “I always wanted the town buildings in the opening number to move, and now they do. And now the castle set can go completely offstage, so there’s a lot more room for the whole cast to waltz. That’s special.”

The new production of “Beauty” is a treat not only for the creative team but also for the cast. For Liz Shivener, who plays Belle, the job is the realization of a dream. Shivener says she got “really obsessed with [‘Beauty’]” at the age of around 8. “Like a lot of little girls,” she says, “that’s the age when I wanted to be a princess.”

Shivener says that, as a child in Ohio, she used to dance around the house and sing all the songs from the show. She continues: “As great as it is for kids to see the DVD version at home, it’s an even bigger treat for them to experience it in a theater. The whole world of this story takes on a much bigger scale. Kids don’t forget that.”

The songs of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are so familiar that it is easy to take for granted the people who sing them. For the numbers to reach their spectacular potential takes people who can sing and dance with equal finesse, and the tour has them in abundance. In addition to Shivener, there are Nathaniel Hackmann as Gaston and Justin Glaser as the Beast – all part of a large, multi-gifted cast.

Hackmann, who grew up in a musical family, in Arizona, has sung with top classical companies like the Virginia Opera. He has done Gaston, the conceited village bully in “Beauty,” twice before, and understands why audiences are drawn to him. “It’s a classic case of the character who you love to hate. There’s so much comedy to him, and he’s been drawn so cleverly by the people who wrote the show.”

Glaser, who is from Kentucky, says he not only enjoys performing the songs every night but also is continually inspired by its message. “We live in a world of beautiful celebrities and it seems as if you don’t look exactly like them that you don’t have a chance in love. But that’s just not true. There are many qualities that make people attractive – having brains like Belle, or tenderness like the Beast displays eventually. I’m excited to take this show around the country and remind audiences of these things.”

Astronaut, renaissance man, living legend STORY MUSGRAVE at Proctors

Living Legend and Much-Storied

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm

Story Musgrave


In Person in

Proctors GE Theatre

Schenectady, NY– April 27, 2012--Over the course of 30 years, STORY MUSGRAVE, M.D. paved his way into NASA history as one of its most colorful, passionate and dedicated astronauts. As a renaissance man, adventurer, space man and storyteller, Story weaves a thought-provoking presentation that will leave you spellbound and starry-eyed.

About Story Musgrave

Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. 

He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.

He has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30-year astronaut career.

Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Tickets Still Available

Tickets toSTORY MUSGRAVE at Proctors are$20 & $35 and $10 for Students(with ID) and are available at Proctors Box Office (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org.

STORY MUSGRAVE at Proctors is made possible with public funds from the

New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

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GOD of CARNAGE: If it's Capital Rep, it's got to be good! And it is! says Rich

News Subject: 

5/1-5/27-God of Carnage

By rich on Apr 27, 2012 with Comments 0

5/1-5/27-God of Carnage

Capital Rep Theatre

Albany, NY


80 minutes

no intermission

I have long said, “If it’s at the Capital Rep, it’s got to be good”, and God of Carnage proves to be no exception. I had the wonderful opportunity to see a special preview, and what a great show this was.

God of Carnage is not a musical, so there is not a benchmark musical like Man of La Mancha to compare it to (we’re all still talking about that one!). It is dialogue. The last play of dialogue was Sisters Rosensweig, which was an autobiography of Playwright Wendy Wasserstein and may have been academic for some.

God of Carnage, on the other hand, is a comedy that will leave you laughing, wondering, then laughing again. Men will agree with the men, women will agree with the women, and the parents will agree with everyone.

First and foremost, I want to say the acting is spectacular.

Read Rich's full take at: http://www.didyouweekend.com/archives/21712

Capital Rep's 'Carnage' a feast of hostility; kids' scuffle puts parents at odds

News Subject: 

'Carnage' a feast of hostility

Schoolkids' scuffle puts parents at odds in play
By Michael Eck
Published 01:12 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The title of Yasmina Reza's latest hit play is derived from a speech by Alan, a Blackberry-toting Brooklyn lawyer who pathologically refuses to put his device down.

Alan is the father of Benjamin, an 11-year-old boy who knocks out two of his friend Henry's teeth during a playground fracas.

Alan is broadly drawn, an archetype, even a caricature, which is only appropriate given that the show is a modern farce, built less on slamming doors than angry shouts and accusations.

Like Reza's ubiquitous "Art," "Carnage" is a play that provokes strong reactions by focusing a laser vision on the foibles of current- day society.

Brigitte Viellieu-Davis will portray Veronica in the play at Capital Repertory Theatre, where "Carnage" closes the 2011-2012 season in a staging helmed by the troupe's producing artistic director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.

On stage


When: In previews beginning Friday. Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 S. Pearl St., Albany.

Continues: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: $20-$60

Info: 445-7469; http://www.capitalrep.org

Read MICHAEL ECK'S  full preview of GOD OF CARNAGE at Capital Rep:

Michael Eck is a freelance writer from Albany and a frequent contributor to The Times Union.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Carnage-a-feast-of-hostility-3509462.php#ixzz1t8jPqwgm

Regional premiere: GOD OF CARNAGE at Capital Rep; Previews: April 27-29

          Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill                                        Philip Morris

       Producing Artistic Director                                     Chief Administrative Officer

Proudly Presents



Press Opening Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7:30PM

 Runs through Sunday, May 27, 2012

Previews start: Friday, April 27-29 2012

A comedy of manners…without the manners

Albany, NY – April 19, 2012 –Capital Repertory Theatre announces the regional premiere of Yasmina Reza’s award-winning comedy, The God of Carnage.This hit comedy of manners without the manners is slated to begin previews on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, with an official opening on Tuesday, May 1 and run through Sunday, May 27.

This Tony Award®-winning comedy, which theNew Yorker magazine called “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem,”offers a close-and-personal glimpse at grown ups behaving badly. The living room saga begins as two highly strung couples – the Raleighs and the Novaks – meet for a discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The couples’ civilized exchange devolves quickly into a hilarious free-for-all that requires all four actors to volley invectives for 90 minutes straight.

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director takes the helm as director. “This play is an absolute hoot. It really is like being on a roller coaster. The calm parts are only building steam to get you to the top of the next vertical drop. The show is very physically demanding on the cast, who gets a real aerobic work out.” She continues, “Yasmina Reza is masterful at delivering comedy that cuts through the slim thread of civility that holds polite society together. It’s a fun ride to witness four adults exhibiting far worse behavior than their children.”

Reza, whose play Art won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, repeated her success with God of Carnage, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and three Tony®Awards, including Best Play.

The cast includes an ensemble of comedic veterans. Returning to Capital Rep as Veronica is Brigitte Vielieu-Davis, who won the hearts of audiences in the theatre’s popular production of The Sweepers, in which she played Dotty, the ditsy, non-stop talking Italian neighbor, who denies losing her son and husband in WWII.

Local favorite, Brenny Rabine returns to the Capital Rep stage, where she was last seen as Jean Louise in To Kill A Mockingbird. No stranger to comedy, Ms. Rabine has assailed numerous comedic roles and Capital Rep audiences will remember how she brought the house down as the quirky Scottish maid in David Mamet’s Boston Marriage.

 Last seen as the snobbish Englishman, Nicholas Pym in Capital Rep’s The Sisters Rosensweig, Michael McKenzie sheds that proper demeanor to portray Alan, the cell-phone addicted lawyer in God of Carnage.

Rounding out the ensemble is Ken Krugman, who makes his Capital Rep debut as Michael, the potentially volatile hardware wholesaler. Krugman has a distinguished list of credits from his work on Broadway and in National Tours of Jersey Boys, Assassins and DirtyRotten Scoundrels, to name a few.

The design team includes Jo Winiarski, set design, Deborah Constantine, lighting design, Jane Shaw, sound design and Leah Kaliszewski, costume design.

And as one might expect from adults behaving badly, GOD OF CARNAGE contains adult subject matter and strong language. The show runs approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.

Previews begin Fri., April 27 and continue through Sun., April 29. The show opens Tues. May 1 and runs through Sun. May 27. Performances are Tues – Thurs 7:30PM, Fri and Sat 8PM, Sat matinee 3PM, Sunday matinee at 2PM.  Sunday May 12 and May 19, 7PM.   Capital Rep is located at 111 N. Pearl St in Albany.

Tickets range from $20-$60 and may be purchased by calling Tickets by Proctors, 518-445-SHOW (7469) or online at www.capitalrep.org.  Student rates with ID are $16 for all shows.


Play:  God of Carnage

Playwright:  Yasmina Reza 

Translated by:  Christopher Hampton

Producer:  Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207

Directed by:  Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director


Ken Krugman* (as Michael Novak)

Michael McKenzie* (as Alan Raleigh)

Brenny Rabine* (as Annette Raleigh)

Brigitte Viellieu-David* (as Veronica Novak)

*member of Actors Equity Association

Design Team:

Jo Winiask*i, Sets

Deborah Constantine*, Lighting

Leah Kaliszewski, Costumes

Jane Shaw*, Sound

*member United Scenic Artists


Previews:  Friday, Apr. 27 – 29

Press Opening:  Tuesday, May 1, 7:30PM

Runs through:  Sunday, May 27


Tues-Thurs, 7:30PM

Fri-Sat: 8PM

Sat Matinee:  3PM

Sun Matinee:  2PM

Sun Evenings:  May 5, May 19, 7:00PM

Running Time: 90 minutes. Mature language and subject matter


Call Tickets by Proctors:  518-445-SHOW (7469)

Online:  www.capitalrep.org

Tickets for GOD OF CARNAGE at Capital Rep are:: 

  • Weekends: $20, $40, $50 &, $60
  • Weekdays: $20, $30, $40 & $50
  • Students: $16 (with ID) ALL SHOWS


Special Events for God of Carnage!

Opening Night: Tuesday, May  1, 7:30PM curtain

Pre-Show, 6:30PM- Live Music entertainment with special guest, jazz guitarist, James Rissachier performing in the main lobby

  • Post Show Reception- Dessert and Champagne Toast - Following the show in the café, join us for an introduction by Capital Repertory Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill of the cast and company.

Chef's Table Night hosted by Yono's/dp - Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30PM one of the most popular nights at Capital Repertory Theatre, where downtown Albany restaurants provide a marvelous spread of their cuisine. This night also provides live music entertainment with a pre-show live performance by jazz guitarist, James Rissachierin in the lobby.

Discussion Nights–Post-show Wednesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 16 

Behind-The-Scenes with Maggie- Sunday, May 20th, a pre-show discussion with Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and special guest. Continental breakfast with juice and coffee is provided.



Capital Repertory Theatre is the only resident professional theatre company in New York's Capital District. As members of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Capital Rep proudly operates within agreements with the Actors Equity Association.

Let your Star shine! Come to School of The Performing Arts at Proctors

Let your star shine!


School of The Performing Arts at Proctors


Classes for all ages and interests -- from beginners to pre-professionals

 in the performing arts. 

Schenectady, NY -- March 7, 2012– Even as delighted participants assess their recent success at Proctors Winter Adventures camps, many already are looking ahead to the excitement of warmer months and being part of Summer Academy and Summer Adventures at the School of The Performing Arts at Proctors, the Capital Region’s premiere arts and entertainment complex.

  • Summer Academyoffers pre-professional training for young motivated artists looking to refine their technique and explore a career in the performing arts. Academy programs are taught by professionals in each discipline, giving students world-class training in their field of interest.
  • Summer Adventuresprovides opportunities to explore the performing arts in a fun and non-competitive environment.

According to Jessica Johndrew Gelarden, Education Program Manager, “Proctors  summer programs build the foundation for students with interest or talents in the arts, help them identify and explore different art forms, and aid them in pursuing career choices in the performing arts.”

What’s more, says Gelarden, “Our programs are taught in non-competitive, accepting environments that foster growth and professionalism in the arts.”

From her perspective in managing the performing arts programs at Proctors, Gelarden is guided by the principals that inform all performing arts programs at Proctors: early training and creative experiences are what inspire and transform student, resonating with them as they develop to their full potential.

By design, Summer programs at Proctors are led by internationally acclaimed artists and professionals; producers, directors, choreographers and actors direct from Broadway who have toured the world with their talents; musicians and dancers who compose, choreograph and perform their work regionally and internationally; and artists with extensive teaching experience who also flourish as professionals in their field.  

“You won’t find a better leading cast than the teaching faculty at Proctors,” says Ms. Gelarden. “And, our programs are offered for all ages, interests and skill levels.”  

What to Expect


Broadway Camp Jr.

July 9 – 13, 2012   M - F   9am – 4:30pm

The chance to show your talent and hone your skills in musical theatre with industry veterans and current Broadway professionals, who will spend the week sharing their experiences and talent with you!

Proctors Broadway Jr. Camp is for students who take acting, dance and/or voice lesions; participate in school or community stage productions and/or dream of going on to perform in college or professionally.

The week focuses on mentoring student s in voice, dance and acting master classes. Along with classes, each student will have a headshot taken and work on his/her resume. There will be many opportunities to learn from the professionals that share your passion for THEATRE!

-          5 days of instruction in voice, acting and dance by trained professionals

-          Master classes with Broadway artists

-          Professional headshot taken

-          Official Broadway Camp t-shirt

Age Range:12 – 14

Skill Level:Performance experience and prior, acting and dance training required for enrollment into the program.

Prior preparation required:Students must come prepared with 1 monologue and 1 song with piano score.

Tuition: $320.00 before April 1, 2012, $350 after April 1, 2012

Broadway Camp

July 30  - August 10   M – F   9am – 4:30pm

An opportunity to hone skills in musical theatre with professionals who work on Broadway and are veterans in the industry. .

These 2 weeks will focus on mentoring students with master classes in voice, dance, and acting, audition technique and professionalism in the industry. Each student will also walk away with professional headshots. Here is your opportunity to have 10 days of intense quality time with professionals that know what it takes to work on Broadway.

-          10 days of instruction in voice, acting and dance

-          Master classes with Broadway artists

-          Professional headshot taken

-          Official Broadway Camp t-shirt

Age Range:15 – 19 year olds

Skill Level:Performance experience and prior, acting and dance training required for enrollment into the program.

Prior preparation required:Students must come prepared with 1 monologue and 1 song with piano score.

Tuition: $435 before April 1, 2012, $450 after April 1, 2012

Jazz Institute-- with special guest Ray Vega*

Week One:July 16 – July 20, 2012, M – F   9 AM – 3 PM

Week Two:July 23 – July 27, 2012,   M -   F  9 AM – 3 PM

Performance:July 27, 2012 at 7pm

Students will be swingin’ it at Proctors in Jazz Institute, which is back for an 8th season with a revved up group of teachers (who are also professional musicians) committed to teaching in a collaborative, exciting and hands-on environment. Students will build essential jazz performance skills, including listening, critical thinking, communication and team work, while groovin' to music's ultimate greats.

Program includes special guest artist Ray Vega who will teach master classes, prepping students for an all-out spectacular jazz performance in the GE Theatre. No music needed, as students learn everything by ear!

Vega has established himself as one of the innovators of the international Jazz and Latin music scenes. A multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and arranger, he presents Jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective. His two recordings on the Concord Picante label, his self-titled debut "Ray Vega", and "Boperation", along with his first release on the Palmetto label "Pa'lante" have been well received by critics, audiences and musicians alike. Vega's second Palmetto CD "Squeeze, Squeeze" has also received critical acclaim including Four Stars in Down Beat Magazine.

Ages:All ages

Skill Level:all levels of experience welcomed

Tuition: Week 1: $200, Week 2: $250, for both weeks: $430

Instructors:Keith Pray and Arthur Falbush

* subject to change

Reel Adventures: Young Filmmakers

New Students: July 23 – August 3    M-F    10am – 2pm

Returning Students: July 30 - August 10    M-F   10am - 2pm

Work alongside an industry professional creating your own short movies this summer! Gain the experience of college-age career professionals and beyond, all before you enter high school! Go from script to screen and everything in between: writing, planning, assembling cast and crew, location scouting, camera, and lights.

 Last year's finished piece has shown at venues across the state, and has been submitted to worldwide festivals. Yours can too!

Ages:10 - 14

Skill Level:all levels of experience welcome

New Student Tuition: 2 Weeks: $250

Returning Student Tuition: 2 Weeks $200 (Must have been in last years camp & approved by faculty)

Faculty:Michael Feurstein

Broadway Dance

July 30 – August 3, 2012      M – F   1pm – 5pm

Get moving like a Broadway Star! A week full of master classes focused on technique, style and musicality, ranging from ballet to jazz, will help you infuse your dance with passion, artistry and character!

Combinations will focus on musical theatre style and telling a story through dance. At the end of the week, students will study with actor, director & choreographer Freddy Ramirez (from Broadway’s Grease) and then present their work for parents and friends in a small performance!

Age Range:9 – 13 yrs old

Skill Level:Prior voice and dance training required for enrollment into the program. Performance experience would be helpful but not required.

Tuition: $250.00

Faculty:Marcus Rogers, Bruce Williams and Freddy Ramirez* Subject to Change.

Artistic Advisor:Darlene Myers, trained numerous Broadway dancers


Acting Out!

July 9 – 13   M – F   1 – 4:30pm

Through theatre games and exercises, students will explore, create, and develop as artists! They will build confidence & self-esteem, expand their stage presence and enhance their team building skills in this fun & engaging week-long program.

Ages:7 – 10


Skill Level: Beginner

Faculty:Joey Hunziker

Imagine That!

July 16 – 27    M-F    9 – 12:30pm

Every student will create a memorable character in an exotic location!

They will imagine incredible situations while playing wacky characters, create scenes, invent characters, play games and discover how these characters act and react to some crazy circumstances. On the last day of camp a short performance for family and friends will bring everything together.

Ages:9 -13

Skill Level: For those who want to try acting for the first time and students who need a place to let all of that creative energy loose! All experience levels welcome.

Tuition: Tuition: $250 (2 weeks) or Make it a Day*

Improv Schimprov!

July 16 – 20   M – F   1 - 4:30pm

 Campers will experiment with humor and spontaneity, push themselves to have fun, laugh at their mistakes and celebrate the joys of performing and making a big fool of yourself. Using improv skills & techniques from MopCo (the area’s premiere improv company) instructor Joey will lead the kids in a week of creativity and hilarity, culminating in a performance of games & scenes!

Ages:9 -13

Skill Level: For those who want to try acting for the first time and students who need a place to let all of that creative energy loose! All experience levels welcome.

Tuition: $125 (1 week) or Make it a Day* 

Instructors:Joey Hunziker

Setting The Scene

July 23 – 27    M – F   1 – 4:30pm

Together we will explore our imaginations to create sets where our characters can come to life. Each student will create a diorama showcasing their idea of a dramatic setting for their characters. This camp will explore making sets and backdrops as a collective and individually.

Ages:9 -13

Skill Level: All experience levels welcome.

Tuition: $125 (1 week) or Make it a Day* Instructor: Christina Scott


Give your child a Summer Adventure that lasts the whole day! Combine a morning camp with one of our afternoon camps for a week or 2 weeks of a whole day of fun and you save!

9am - 12:30pm / Supervised Lunch / 1pm - 4:30pm

Tuition: $230 (1 week of a full day of camp)*Make it a Day

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Casting for The Tortoise Versus the Hare

Auditions: Monday, August 6, 10am – 12pmMust be present for full length of audition

Rehearsals: August 6 – 10 Time of day is different for every students role and not all students are required at every rehearsal.

Performances:August 10 at 1pm & August 11at 3pm

It’s the week everyone waits for!  Internationally acclaimed touring company, Missoula Children’s Theatre will cast up to 60 children to perform in The Tortouise Versus The Hare.  On Monday, they’re cast as characters; by Friday, they’ve developed character!  Their week is filled with rehearsals to refine acting skills and a host of fun and creative theatre techniques.  Students will be asked to speak and sing in stress free group auditions. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and SMILE!  No advance preparation is required.

Ages:5* - 18   *Must have completed kindergarten

Skill Level:all levels of experience welcomed


Location: Mainstage

Act Now!

Enroll now. Space is limited. Questions about these excellent programs or outstanding staff -- or the kind of experience that awaits your own “rising star” -- please contact:

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MEMPHIS: Former standby relishing time as lead in musical

Former standby relishing time as lead in musical ‘Memphis’

Saturday, April 14, 2012

By Bill Buell (Contact)
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — For theater fans who don’t quite know the difference between an understudy and a standby, Bryan Fenkart has the answer.

“Standbys aren’t a part of the ensemble,” said Fenkart, who also knows something about playing the lead, having earned that distinction with his portrayal of Huey Calhoun in the national touring production of “Memphis,” opening Tuesday for a six-day run at Proctors.

“I was an understudy for the lead, but in that case you still play one of the minor parts. If you’re the standby, you’re not in the ensemble because you’re just there ready to go on whenever the lead is out.”


WHERE: Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday

HOW MUCH: $70-$20

MORE INFO: 346-6204 or www.proctors.org

In Fenkart’s case, that turned out to be quite a bit. Between October of 2009, when “Memphis” opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, until October of 2011, he had numerous opportunities to sub for the Tony-nominated Chad Kimball in the lead role.

Read Bill Buell's story on MEMPHIS star Bryan Fenkart at


Memphis! SPECTACULAR MEMPHIS, says DiMaggio

Memphis! Spectacular Memphis

Memphis! Spectacular Memphis

4/17-4/22-At Proctors

Schenectady, NY 


***** (five stars)

Reviewed by Richard DiMaggio

You had no idea what to expect. You got more than you bargained for. Race and Romance back in “the day” in Memphis was always a potent combination, and Memphis brought both together in a theatrical performance that left many people leaving Proctors overheard saying, “One of the best plays I’ve ever seen.”  Read all about it:


Indeed, it was.

Memphis is a fairly new play. It opened on Broadway in 2009, and won the Tony for Best Musical one year later. It is based on a DJ by the name of Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first white DJs to play black music back in the 1950′s.

“Memphis” ...is big, bold, bright Broadway, says Times Union.

Memphis @ Proctors, 4/17/12

April 18, 2012 at 12:35 am by Michael Eck

by Michael Eck
SCHENECTADY – David Bryan is from New Jersey. Considering he came to fame as the leonine keyboardist with 80‘s hitmakers Bon Jovi, he’d better be. Joe DePietro hails from the Garden State as well, and perhaps that explains why the music in “Memphis” has so little to do with the actual sound of the River City in the 1950s.

DiPietro wrote the book for the show, now onstage at Proctors, and Bryan wrote the score, with both contributing lyrics.
The show’s lack of real R&B roots didn’t stop it from winning three 2010 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, so they must have done something right. And the production at Proctors does lots right, too, especially in the casting of Bryan Fenkart, Felicia Boswell and Quentin Earl Darrington.


  • Performance reviewed: 8 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Where: Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady
  • Running time: 150 minutes; one intermission
  • Continues: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tickets: $20-$70
  • Info: 346-6204; http://www/proctors.org

Michael Eck is a freelance writer from Albany and a frequent contributor to the Times Union.

Read Michael Eck's full opening night review:


YMCA/Proctors offer childcare, create PARENTS NIGHT OUT!

YMCA/Proctors offer childcare services

for select events starting withMEMPHIS


YMCA program puts kids in safe hands


at Proctors Box Office: (518)346-6204 • proctors.org
432 State Street • Schenectady, NY 12305.

Schenectady, NY – April 15, 2012 – Parents and guardians who love theatre – but cannot attend events as often as they might like because of babysitting issues – can avail themselves of a new program that offers a convenient, affordable, safe solution: YMCA Parents Time Out is aninnovative program made possible by Proctors and the Schenectady branch of the Capital District YMCA.

“This is something that our patrons have asked for,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris.  “Because of the innate sensitivities and security issues, we have moved with deliberation before adopting a program. Our positive relationship with the Schenectady YMCA made the launch of this program feasible. For Proctors, the program is another example of the community spirit and teamwork that are the hallmarks of a new, revitalized and forward-thinking Downtown Schenectady.”

Kevin Kuon, Director of Youth & Teen programs at the Schenectady Y concurs with Morris:  “Keeping kids actively engaged in a safe environment is key to our mission at the Y, as is strengthening our community through partnerships with others. We’re delighted to partner with Proctors.”

Through YMCA Parents Time Out, parents can sign up for child care at the new Downtown Y while they attend a performance at Proctors State Street complex. When purchasing tickets, patrons have the option, for an additional fee per child, to complete appropriate paperwork and sign up for the program. Then before the show, participants in the YMCA Parents Time Out program may drop off children registered in the program at the Y located just cross the street from Proctors.

YMCA Parents Time Outparticipants enjoy peace of mind knowing their children are busy playing games, watching movies, and having a ball.

YMCA care providers are NYS certified professionals with age appropriate training in CPR and First Aid. 

Now the whole family gets to enjoy nights out at Proctors. 

•     Registration form must be completedin full and sent to the YMCA 48 hours in advance of the performance date. Fill out the online form, and it will  automatically be sent to the YMCA. Or, send the pdf form via email to kkuon@cdymca.org. Participants are required sign their form when dropping off a child.

•     The YMCA Parents Time Outprogram will run for 4hrs starting one hour prior to show time. Example: For an 8pm show, the program will run from 7-11pm.

•     The cost for this program is $15 per child with a sibling discount of 15%.

For more information contactKevin at 518.881.0117 or kkuon@cdymca.org.

TIMES UNION: Broadway hit 'Memphis' comes to Proctors

Broadway hit 'Memphis' comes to Proctors

'Memphis' the musical born from true story of race relations in the South
Updated 04:46 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Writing a major Broadway hit has a way of reshuffling your credentials.

For many years, playwright Joe DiPietro was best known for creating the book and the lyrics of the long-running off-Broadway revue, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."

Now, DiPietro is best known as the librettist and co-lyricist of "Memphis," which won the 2010 Tony as best musical and makes its Capital Region premiere with the national tour's opening Tuesday at Proctors.

"Memphis" was conceived as a fictionalized biography of Dewey Phillips, a disc jockey who was one of the first to introduce black R&B to white audiences in the segregated South of the 1950s.

DiPietro warmed to the subject when veteran producer George W. George asked him to write the show's book in 2000. But early in the decade-long development — during which time George died and other producers took up the show — DiPietro decided to go with a fictional scenario...

His crucial decision was to tell two intertwined love stories — not just protagonist Huey Calhoun's love for what was then called "race music," but his love for Felicia, a vibrant black singer whose career he promotes.

At a glance


When: Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday; continues 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady

Tickets: $20, $35, $45, $50, $60, $70

Info: 518-346-6204; http://www.proctors.org

ReadEverett Evans full report:


GOEPFERT: The star of "Memphis," like to musical itself, is multidimensional

The star of "Memphis," like to musical itself, is multidimensional

SCHENECTADY — Bryan Fenkart loves performing in theater but dreams of going on tour singing his own songs. This duality makes him the perfect person to play Huey in “Memphis,” the musical playing at Proctors for eight performances starting next week.

“Memphis” is based on the career of Dewey Philips, a Memphis DJ who broke music barriers on radio during the 1950s. In the musical, Huey is a part-time DJ who starts playing what was called “black music” on a Top 40 radio station. It creates a sensation and makes Huey a national figure.

Because the story takes place in the late ’50s, it permits a wide variety of music and dance to be used and offers a chance to put performers in colorful period costumes. “Everything about the show is fun and high energy. But by having a strong, historically true story, it elevates everything about the show,” Fenkart said.

WHERE: Proctors Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady

WHEN: April 17 through 22

TICKETS: $20 to $70; call 346-6204 or go to proctors.org

READ Arts Whisperer's full story at http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2012/04/12/entertainment/doc4f8599731030d014622148.txt

QFEST 2012: Second Annual LGBT Film Festival, April 25 thru 30, at PROCTORS

QFEST 2012

Second Annual

LGBT Film Festival

April 25 - 30

GE Theatre at Proctors

Schenectady, NY – April 12, 2012 -- Last year, Proctors launched QFEST, a brand new festival of LGBTQ films.

But it wasn’t just film; we added in panel discussions, Q&As with directors, celebrations with local organizations and a variety of opportunities to meet, chat and explore LGBTQ film.

This year, for the 2nd Annual QFEST, we’re back with brand new films, exciting new opportunities for discussion, and even more surprises than last year! The festival kicks off on Wednesday April 25 with a big celebration featuring the Capital Pride Singers, and runs through Monday April 30.

Among the QFEST offerings are:

  • The Skinny- Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 (Opening Night!- performance by Capital Pride Singers) (Q&A with the director & actor following screening) Regional Premiere
  • Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride- Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 (pre show fun with the Pride Center), Regional Premiere
  • Some Like It Hot - Friday, April 27 at 7:30
  • Mosquita y Mari- Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 Regional Premiere
  • Weekend- Saturday, April 28 at 4:30 Regional Premiere
  • Leave it On the Floor(w/a special pre-show performance at 7pm) Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 Regional Premiere
  • Hit So Hard- Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 Regional Premiere
  • Pariah- Sunday, April 29 at 6:30
  • An Evening of LGBT Shorts- Monday, April 30 at 7:30 (Closing Night!) (Q&A with Local Directors following the screening)

This fantastic week offers a dazzling variety of documentaries, feature films, and bold new indie flicks that will really pique your interest and offer insight into a range of issues, including homosexuality in an immigrant community, LGBT youth homelessness, and new school initiatives aimed at decreasing bullying.

Proctors invites everyone from the Capital Region to add their voice to discussions with some of the fabulous creatives behind our films, and join in on the fun. 

Whatever letter someone uses to represent themselves -- whether straight, gay, or somewhere in between – or you’re just interested in film, Proctors invites you to come see a film, or two films or, perhaps, for the film buffs out there, the entire festival!

Check out one movie for $8, or you can see all of the films with our QFEST Pass for only $30.

QFEST 2012 is sponsored by fly92 and GayAlbanyOnline.com.

For more information on QFEST at Proctors, contactJoey Hunziker at jhunziker@proctors.org or 382-3884 x197


SCHOHARIE AREA DISASTER RELIEF FUND to Benefit From MEMPHIS Ticket Sales at Proctors, April 17 - 22

To assist the SCHOHARIE AREA DISASTER RELIEF effort, $5 of every full-priced ticket  purchased to the Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19 performances of MEMPHIS at Proctors will be donated to the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund. 
* Donation applies only to tickets purchased between April 10, 2012 and April 19, 2012.

Schenectady, NY – April 10, 2012 –When acclaimed musical MEMPHIS opens at Proctors arts and entertainment complex on Tuesday, April 17, this winner of four Tony Awards – including Best Musical – will bring smiles and delight far beyond Proctors Mainstage, where it will play until April 22, 2012.

By special arrangement among Proctors and the entities that comprise and support the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund at the Community Foundation and SALT, the organization formed to provide coordination of services, disaster assistance, and long term planning to the Schoharie and Greene County region devastated by a hurricane and tropical storm, a portion of sale of every ticket to MEMPHIS will be donated support residents of Schoharie County.

The Community Foundation monitors all funds contributed to the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund and ensures that they are spent for local efforts.

To assist the SCHOHARIE AREA DISASTER RELIEF effort, $5 of every full-priced ticket purchased to the Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19performances of MEMPHIS at Proctors will be donated to the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund. * Donation applies only to tickets purchased between April 10, 2012 and April 19, 2012.

Tickets to MEMPHIS are $20, $35, $45, $50, $60 & $70 subject to change and are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org.

“Proctors is pleased to be able to provide additional support to those organizations that have stepped up and coalesced around the tremendous need in our surrounding communities,” said CEO Philip Morris. 

“Many friends and patrons of our theatre have been personally challenged by the devastation of last year’s hurricane and flooding,” Morris added. “We are pleased to work with the folks behind MEMPHIS to make this offer possible.” 

Speaking on behalf of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, President and CEO Karen Bilowith praised the effort: “The Foundation is pleased to partner with Proctors in this effort and to process all contributions through the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund.”

Bilowith says that this united effort will impact the entire county - not just specific towns.

The Community Foundation has been working with several other local funders to provide financial and leadership support to assist with flood recovery efforts in Schoharie County through the formation of the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund. The fund has attracted support from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Community Foundation, United Way, Keybank, GE and many individual donors. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $125,000. SALT is requesting funds for general operating costs of the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery Efforts.

SALT was founded in 2011 to provide coordination of services, disaster assistance, and long term planning to the Schoharie and Greene County region devastated by a hurricane and tropical storm. Schoharie County, in particular, sustained the most damage from these storms in New York State. The organization has the goal of addressing the unmet needs of the community for long-term disaster recovery. There are no local groups or organizations that are providing coordinated services for disaster recovery throughout the region. SALT is the only long-term disaster recovery group planning to coordinate area wide relief. The goals will be met through a number of service provisions or coordination of activities and assistance.

SALT serves Schoharie County, and parts of Greene County, for the purposes of its service area. The "Schoharie Area" defined is the extended Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding areas. The disaster affected areas along the Schoharie Creek basin run from Northern Greene County, 40 miles north through southern and into northern Schoharie County. This rural mountainous area includes many small villages including Prattsville, Gilboa, Blenheim, Breakabean, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Central Bridge, and Esperance, as well as, all the hamlets and settlements in between. Tropical Storm Lee also affected other parts of the area that had not been impacted by Irene such as Cobleskill, Sharon Springs, Carlisle, Warnerville and Sloansville.

SALT’s three-pronged mission is far-reaching:

  • To help stabilize and rebuild the commerce, business and farm communities impacted by the disaster. Working and partnering with local governments and organizations, SALT will focus upon business and commerce in its need to rebuild after the losses suffered by farmers and small businesses. Farms and businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They provide employment and a strong workforce, commodities, merchandise, sustenance for households and a foundation for the community to rebuild. It is essential that the commerce and business community be reestablished and reconstructed for the well-being and economic health of the region.
  • To empower and advocate for individuals and families to recover from the disaster by providing the opportunities and tools to participate and contribute to their own personal recovery effort. Recovery is not just about restoration of infrastructure and services, which of course are critical, it is about helping individuals and families recover from their losses. This includes empowering individuals to rebuild, sustain their own environments and revitalization of their physical, emotional, social, economic security and health. Eventually this will permit participants to thrive once again in their own personal situations. This assistance from SALT is presented through compassionate partnerships which encourage and support meaningful participation for disaster survivors in their own recovery.
  • To provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to the region while maintaining a unified agreement as to which direction SALT, and/or, the region will undertake as the relief efforts and rebuilding moves forward. The unity of SALT is an essential part of the reconstruction of the region. Inclusiveness is vital for ensuring that all voices are heard from all members involved in SALT. Membership is comprised of all community organizations, faith based communities, government partners, businesses, farms, and interested private parties in the region. Clear and concise communication is key to these unifying efforts. Communication will be frequent, provide critical information, respond to the community in terms of cultural, educational and training needs and will communicate realistic goals and expectations for the recovery effort.

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s MEMPHIS, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. MEMPHIS features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

MEMPHISis recommended for age 10 and above. The show includes a depiction of violence against one of the lead characters.
Running Time: 150 min including one intermission

Henry Schaffer TheatreTalks for MEMPHIS: Post-show: Thu, April 19, 2012 after the 2pm performance. The Henry Schaffer TheatreTalk series offers pre- or post-performance arts discussions to ticket buyers free of charge. The discussions are delivered by Company artists to engage patrons in a unique forum for learning about a specific performance. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the artists, repertoire and performance, creating a dynamic interaction geared toward increasing awareness about the Arts.

American Sign Language Interpreted
Every season we offer interpreted performances of our Broadway shows, Schooldays and some specially selected shows. Each interpreted performance has a section just for the hearing impaired audience and interpreter, interpreter is spotlighted for ease of sight.

 Marian Eaton and Karen Garofallou are this seasons interpreters.*  Signed performance for MEMPHIS: Sun, April 22 at 2:00pm

MEMPHIS at Proctors is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

MEMPHISat Proctors is sponsored by Key Private Bank, Samuel M. Goldstein Productions, MVP Health Care and Access Continuing Education.

Contact Information:
For more information about THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION, or SALT contact Karen Bilowith, kbilowith@cfgcr.org, (518) 446 9638. 

A Hint of MEMPHIShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X1RqQygpmI&feature=player_embedded

Fritz Lang's enhanced METROPOLIS gets rocked at Proctors on 4/27

Rock concert meets silent film at Proctors

Vox Lumiere - Metropolis

Friday, April 27, 8pm on the Mainstage

Proctors arts and entertainment complex is pleased to present VOX LUMIERE  – METROPOLIS for one-night only at 8PM on Friday, April 27, 2012. Metropolis is the groundbreaking film masterpiece that has forever captured the vision of the future.

VOX LUMIERE – METROPOLISis an electrifying adventure geared to leave audiences breathless through its daring pairing of this the 1927 classic film with a new rock score and a stage show.

Vox Lumiereis the next evolution in entertainment wherein “rock concert meets silent film”. Thrilling new music and breathtaking live performance meld with the beauty of the classic silent film METROPOLIS to transport audiences with a power and intensity that The Los Angeles Times called “Absolutely riveting!”

Vox Lumierehas “gone back to the future” and created a whole new METROPOLIS* for the 21st Century. Thrilling new music, singers, dancers and musicians all come together with the genius of this original silent classic to transport audiences with an intensity and power The Los Angeles Times calls “Absolutely riveting!”

As if you didn’t know

·         Vox Lumiere(vox lu-mee-air) means “voices of light”. Vox is Latin for voices and Lumiere is French for “light”.

·         Vox Lumierewas invited to perform at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris by the world-renown director Jean-Charles Tacchella most well-known for directing “Cousin cousine”.

·         Vox Lumierehas been recognized with five 1st-round Grammy Nominations and two 21st-Century Filmmaker Awards for Excellence.

·         Vox Lumiere has performed in Europe, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States.

The buzz…

A Masterpiece!- La Dauphine Libere


An Intense Experience Not Soon Forgotten.- Talkin’ Broadway

 A multidimensional blast of visual and auditory splendor!” -The Dallas Morning News

An intense experience not soon forgotten.-Talkin’ Broadway

Vox Lumierejoins Cirque du Soleiland Stomp as a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience audiences crave! -The Daily Breeze

Tickets on Sale NOW!

Running time for VOX LUMIERE  – METROPOLIS is 90 minutes.

Ticket forVOX LUMIERE  – METROPOLIS are $20, $30 & $40and are available atProctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org.

Significant discounts on tickets are available for groups of 20 or more.  A listing of shows and pricing may be found at proctors.org/group_sales or by contacting Proctors Group Sales at 518-382-3884 ext. 139.

*Evolution of an Epic

Last September, Proctors presented Fritz Lang’s The Complete Metropolis featuring remastered with new footage, new score and LIVE organ accompaniment.

In METROPOLIS, a towering city of the future, society is divided into two classes: one of planners and management, who live high above the Earth in skyscrapers; and one of workers, who live and toil underground, slaves to the whistle of Metropolis’s ten-hour clock.

Freder, the only son of Metropolis’ ruler, lives a life of luxury. One day, as he and his friends play games in the lush, private Eternal Gardens, they are interrupted by a beautiful girl, accompanied by a group of workers’ children. They are quickly ejected, but Freder is transfixed by the girl, Maria  — and decides to follows her down to the grim Lower City machine rooms.

Freder falls in love with Maria, the working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. "There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." 

In 1927, METROPOLIS was the most expensive film ever made.  A quarter of the original sci-fi film was thought to have been lost forever. There have been numerous attempts to restore it, as well as previous discoveries of lost footage. But in 2008, in Argentina, a print with an additional 25 minutes was discovered.

After 2 years of meticulous restoration, it premiered on May 12th at the Berlin Film Festival. The full length, "directors cut" hasn't been seen for 83 years!

Capital Rep's NEW YORK SINGS airs on Talking History, Thursday April 12

News Subject: 

New York Sings to air on Talking History, Thursday April 12, 2012

April 04, 2012 8:53 am | Capital-Saratoga, View by THEME, arts and culture

Description: capital-rep.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - Capital Repertory Theatre’s free March 24 event, New York Sings!, a lively, 90-minute discussion and performance with renowned musicologist Rena Kosersky and famed folklorist/musician George Ward, has been edited for broadcast on Talking History, a weekly broadcast/internet radio program produced by Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick of the University at Albany.  The program can be heard over the radio on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 10-11 a.m. on WRPI-FM (91.5 FM, Troy, New York).  It is also available on the Internet and can be heard both live and archived, beginning on April 12.  For details, go to:  www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/index.html.

New York Sings! explores New York’s rich musical traditions, focusing on Rena Kosersky’s research into the 19th and early 20th century folk and popular songs of Schoharie County as collected by Ida Finkell (whose “songster” or ballad book was kept from 1879-83) and Emelyn Elizabeth Gardner (Folklore from The Schohairie Hills New York, 1937).  A handful of these songs are memorably performed by George Ward, including “Uncle Sam’s Farm,” a popular 19th century protest song; “Ding Darling,” a tune also known as “It Was on One Morning in 1855″; “When the Stars Begin to Fall,” a spiritual; and “Pretty Polly,” a ballad with English, Irish, and American roots. 

The event and this radio coverage were made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, with additional support from the University at Albany’s Department of History, Documentary Studies Program, and Researching New York Conference. New York Sings! was recorded at Capital Repertory Theatre,  on March 24, 2012.

*  *  *  *  *  *

RENA KOSERSKY is a renowned musicologist whose research and music supervisor credits include the PBS programs The Great Depression, Woody Guthrie and Eyes on the Prize. A resident of Schoharie County and NYC, Kosersky has expertise in the Lomax archive and in the 19th and early 20th century songs of Schoharie County, including the collections and writings of Ida Finkel, Emelyn E. Gardner, and others.

GEORGE WARD, a folklorist by academic training, has spent more than 30 years collecting and performing traditional songs and drawing on the rural singing tradition of the American Northeast. A frequent performer at concerts, festivals, and educational series, his CDs include O! That Low Bridge!: Songs of the Erie Canal and All Our Brave Tars: Songs of the Age of the Fighting Sail.   See www.mulesong.com.

Talking History, founded in 1996, is currently co-produced by UAlbany faculty members Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick as an hour-length show that airs over WRPI-FM (Troy, NY) and over the Internet. Zahavi and McCormick work on in-house productions, with additional program segments coming from various other sources, including: OAH-Talking History (http://talkinghistory.oah.org/), PRX, Pacifica Radio, independent producers (affiliated and unaffiliated with Talking History), and college and non-commercial radio stations from around the country.”

April 12 Showing of 'Red Tails' with former Tuskegee Airman. Military discount.

Special Showing of 'RedTails' with Military Discounts and introduction of former Tuskegee Airman Ralph Boyd! Only at Proctors

Red Tails

in conjunction with

Soul Cinema 2012 at Proctors*

in Association with It Came From Schenectady (ICFS)**

Thursday, April 12 on the Mainstage at Proctors

featuring a

Presentation by Mr. Ralph Boyd,

member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen   “366th infantry”

Seasoned organists add to festivities

before the 1:45 and 7:30pm showings

Free admission for military families

Proctors is pleased to announce an additional Military Discount offer for a special film event taking place Thursday, April 12th on the Mainstage at Proctors. While Proctors always offers ticket discounts for military personnel and their families, during the upcoming week members of the U.S. military can look forward to even greater savings!  In conjunction with Price Choppers’ Soul Cinema series, Proctors will be showing the military drama, ‘Red Tails’ and providing FREE tickets to anyone with proper military credentials. Prior to the 7:30pm showing of the film, Mr. Ralph Boyd, an original member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, will be introduced To take advantage of these deals and join Proctors in celebrating the men and women of our military you can contact the Proctors’ box office at 518-346-6204. 

Schenectady, NY – April 5, 2012 –It’s 1944. To help win the war, the Pentagon brass must call on the untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are about to be shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. These intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country - and the fate of the free world.

Proctors, Price Chopper, Jamz 96.3 and VetHelp invite the film fans to participate in the presentation of RED TAILSat Proctors Theatre, located at 432 State Street, Schenectady on Thursday April 12 at 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m.& 7:30 p.m.

Pre-show Presentation

The April 12 event includes a special presentation by Mr. Ralph Boyd("366 infantry" Northern Italy), a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen – prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening only. Budd Mazurek, Executive Director of Saratoga County RPC/VETHELP* will introduce Mr. Boyd. (*VETerans Housing Employment and Lifeskills Program, A Division of SCRPC


Seasoned Organists

Popular area organists Carl Hackert and Ned Spain will provide organ accompaniment to the April 12 presentation of RED TAILS on Proctors Mighty Wurlitzer, Goldie.

Carl Hackert

Plays 1:15-1:45

Mr. Hackert is a Crane School of Music graduate and Music Director at St. Gabriel’s Church in Rotterdam. He has been performing on Goldie as well as helping to maintain Proctors famous 3/18 Wurlitzer wonder since 1983.

Mr. Hackert has served as a classical keyboardist with area chamber music groups, orchestras and choruses, is a composer and teacher, and is a representative for Allen Organ Company.

He has played theatre organ programs and silent films throughout the northeast and helps to organize the MVP sponsored monthly Noontime programs for the Hudson-Mohawk chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS).

Ned Spain

7 – 7:30 PM

A native of Troy, Mr. Spain began by playing the organ before the movies at base theaters while serving in the Marine Corps. After his discharge, Ned played summers in Albany, Lake George and Saratoga Springs cocktail lounges.

In the Albany area, he is best known for his 20 years as staff organist on the David Allen TV show on Channel 13. He also has appeared with many celebrities, including Milton Berle, Donald O’Connor, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale, Johnny Ray, Gordon MacRae and Pat Boone. Mr. Spain plays concerts nationally and appears regularly at Proctors in Schenectady.

            A former Steinway Piano and Hammond Organ dealer, Ned currently manufactures the Creepnomore, a nationally distributed accessory for digital keyboards. Ned is a retired helicopter pilot and collects antique cars.     

About Goldie

“Goldie” is an 18 rank, three-keyboard organ that includes a full set of percussion instruments and a grand piano that can be played from the organ console. 

The Golub Foundation and members of the Golub family gifted the Mighty Wurlitzer to Proctors in memory of Bernard and Sunshine Golub. Since the installation of Goldie, Proctors has maintained a chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, which provides the services of the organists who perform at Proctors noontime concerts, as well as the crewmembers who maintain Goldie.

RED TAILSis a 2012 war film produced by Lucasfilm and released by 20th Century Fox. The film is a fictionalized portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American United States Army Air Force servicemen during World War II. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard.

Tickets on Sale Now!

Ticket Prices for RED TAILSat Proctors on April 12 are $5 and available atProctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org. : . Free admission for military families with proper military identification and $5 admission for non-military guests.

RED TAILSat Proctorsis made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

RED TAILSat Proctors on April 12 is rated PG for some sequences of war violence.  Running time: 125 minutes.

This George Lucas film stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo and Tristan Wilds.

Tuskegee Airmen Facts


*The Soul Cinema 2012  film series at Proctors is sponsored by Jamz 96.3 with Price Chopper(In association with It Came From Schenectady, ICFS). The series includes film event nights celebrating African American Art and culture through film and live performance. 

** It Came From Schenectadyat Proctors celebrates fringe cinema, genre classics, cult favorites and out of the ordinary celluloid events of every stripe—for those who wish to adventure beyond the mainstream. ICFS events are not just movies, but fan friendly festivals, with special guests, shorts, prizes, surprises and comfy sofa seating. As with all ICFS movie events, prizes, surprises, and special guests.

OPEN EYE at Proctors: better communities through technology and training

Keeping an OPEN EYE at Proctors


Envisioning better communities through technology and training

in support of local goals, aspirations


Affordable tools, technology, knowledge and training

for highly effective communication

Schenectady, NY – March 20, 2012-- “At Proctors, we believe that if we can teach the communities and schools that surround us to use the tools of communication effectively, we can create better, life-long and late-in-life learners,” says Christine Sheehan, Education Director at the Schenectady-based arts and entertainment complex.

She adds, “By doing so, we create an informed, connected community that can better communicate and defend ideas and opinions, without anger, violence or misunderstanding. Freely communicative communities are healthier and foster economic and cultural developments—making for diverse and sustainable communities.”

Proctors calls its innovative and proactive approach to integrating technology and skill on behalf of continuous learning and communication its OPEN EYE initiative.

The programs comprise Proctors multi-layeredOPEN EYE initiative:MediaWorks, After School Media Immersion, and the Training Institute. Each segment addresses issues critical to different generations of the community and equips members with the tools and knowledge necessary for effective communication

MediaWorks (sponsored by GE). This in-school film program for high school students is designed transform teaching and learning. This Arts-in-Education program designed to integrate media arts with Common Core curriculum to create new pathways for student success.

Proctors is working with Schenectady High School and the Discovery Academy at Albany High School to integrate media arts into Global History and English Language Arts curriculum. A professional filmmaker works with a team of teachers to develop and implement new learning pathways, based on Common Core standards and Project-Based Learning, to increase student engagement, attendance and success.

With support from General Electric, the New York State Council on the Arts, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Department of Labor and Capital Region BOCES, Proctors has endeavored to change how the 21st century classroom works to bolster student achievement and success.

For more information, inquiries on grant funding or reporting, or contact information for those involved, please contact the MediaWorks Program Manager, Joey Hunziker, at jhunziker@proctors.org or 518-382-3884 x197

After School Media(sponsored by GE). This film- making program is offered to middle school youth year-round.

Proctors has teamed up with Open Stage Media* at Proctors -- Schenectady's Public Access Network --  to offer After School Media, an after school program in filmmaking to engage kids grades 6-8 in fun, project-based, team-building activities.

This engaging program is designed to challenge students to think visually, work as a team and develop media skills crucial to expanding their organizational skills and creativity. Topics range from storyboarding and editing to documentary and news journalism. Students will have the opportunity to act in, direct, write and edit original works, and have them shown on Open Stage Media public access channel 17!

The program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30. There are 3 sessions (broken into 10 weeks) from October to the end of the school year (excluding holidays and school breaks).

AFTER SCHOOL IMMERSION:The After School Media Immersionprogram at Proctors is designed for students

  • interested in filmmaking, video production, on-camera acting
  • who struggle to keep up with tasks
  • who could benefit from an afterschool activity
  • who have a flair for creativity

Ages: 6th - 8th Grade

ELAand Arts curriculum standards are incorporated into projects.

Contact Joey Hunziker at jhunziker@proctors.orgor 518-382-3884 x197 for more details.

Training Institute:theOPEN EYE Training Institute provides a variety of film production workshops throughout the year Television production workshops offered every month for members of the community. These are offered on the first Thursday and Saturday of every other month, Participants can learn new techniques, or advance their skills in one or more classes.

  • Basic Lighting Techniques for Video

This class in the fundamental principles of lighting is designed for those who want to gain a solid overview of the art and craft of lighting. Students will learn the basics of classic three-point lighting, industry standard lighting techniques and get an introduction to the equipment ecosystem. With an emphasis on simple-yet-effective staging scenarios, students will learn how to light a variety of situations.

Instructor: Bob Shenise

Fee: $30

Time: Saturdays, 10-12

Location:Media Lab in Hearst Education Center

Of note:Limited to 10 persons per workshop  March 3, May 5, September 1, November 3

  • Studio Training

This 60 minute workshop will focus on getting started using Open Stage Media’s new black box studio to create a forum of expression to be seen on cable television. The workshop will cover all that’s needed to get a show started on Open Stage Media at Proctors. Studio Training workshop highlights include

  • Overview of equipment and uses
  • learn how to use a production switcher
  • learn professional camera features and to adjust to different lighting
  • learn everything needed to get a show done in a small studio 

Date:Workshops will be given the first Saturday of every month at Proctors.
Time: Saturdays (first Saturday of March, May, September, November) 

11am-12Noon and weekdays by appointment.
Fee: free to participants, but registration is required.
Instructor: Zebulon Schmidt, Station Manager, Open Stage Media

Of note: More about Open Stage Media at end of document.

  • Television Production 101

In this course you will learn how to produce your own television show. The instructor will review all the steps necessary in creating a show using Open Stage Media, public access television.  This course will include concept through creation, including show ideas, production needs, online marketing, and social media outlets like facebook, youtube and other public access stations all across the country.

Instructor: Huldah Thompson

Fee: $20

Time: Saturdays 12-1:15 March 3, May 5, September 1, November 3

Location: Media Lab in Hearst Education Center

Of note: Limited to 6 persons per workshop

  • Editing: Final Cut Pro I

This hands-on, Final Cut Pro training course will get you started quickly with the industry standard software for video editing, sorting, organizing and effects.In this course you will learn the basics of how to get started with Final Cut Pro, including how to import your project, sort, organize and create a basic edit to export and burn to DVD.

Instructor: Justin Halstead

Fee: $100 – for four sessions

Time: Thursday 6-7pm. March 1, May 3, September 6, November 1

Location: Media Lab in Hearst Education Center

Of note: Limited to 6 persons per month.

  • Editing: Final Cut Pro II

Take digital editing to the next level and learn the workflow of editing professionals with special techniques and shortcuts. This course will address special effects and advanced editing and titling techniques with Apple Final Cut Pro.

Instructor: Jon Burns

Fee: $100 – for four sessions

Time: Thursday 7-8 pm, starting September 6, November 1

Location: Media Lab in Hearst Education Center

Of note: Limited to 6 persons per month

Registration, Payment
Registration for all courses, except for Studio Training above will be processed through Proctors Box Office/TM: (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org.

Payment required at the time of registration. Registration is limited and processed on a first come first served basis.

For more informationabout OPEN EYE at Proctors: 

To find out how you can become involved:

Christine Sheehan, Director of Education (518) 382-3884 x 112.

For Summer Adventures, GIANT Screen Films and School Day's inquiries:
Jessica Johndrew Gelarden, Education Program Manager (518) 382-3884 x 150.

For After School Programs and Educator Extravaganza inquiries:
Joey Hunziker, Youth and Community Programs Manager (518) 382-3884 x 197.

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Proctors designation as manager and operator of public, educational and government access cable television by the City of Schenectady in December 2010 spurred the creation of a new broadcast entity, Open Stage Media at Proctors (OSM).

Integral to its mission and dynamic relationship with the city, OSM at Proctors provides Schenectady residents and community organizations with enhanced opportunities to share opinions, ideas and interests through three public access broadcast streams:

  • Channel 16: Public Access
  • Channel 17: Education
  • Channel 18: Government

OSM 16 is a conduit open to the community. OSM 16 is free cable casting designed for local ideas and thoughts on cable television.