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Romancing the Grape: The Capital Region Wine Festival at Proctors
Wine Tastings Galore, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
–Kate Smith is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.
The time of year is approaching when we celebrate love any way we can: with candles, romantic dinners, boxes of candy, teddy bears, and for some of us—wine! This Valentine’s weekend, you can embrace your love for wine alone or with a loved one at Proctors in Schenectady at the Capital Region Wine Festival: Romancing the Grape.
The grand opening features Dinner in the Vineyard, presented by Andy LoRusso, The Singing Chef. The $75 ticket price includes wine and a four-course dinner meal on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm. LoRusso will be providing the food and entertainment, with his onstage cooking and Italian singing. It’s certain to be a night filled with cheer and authentic Italian cuisine.
Get the full story of this exciting weekend event: http://thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/capital-region-wine-festival-proctors/
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Anonymous Donor Adds Sizzle to FAMILY FUN at Blast! Saturday, February 18, Shows at 2PM & 8PM on The Mainstage at Proctors 17 & Under, Free!* Driven by altruism and the desire to promote affordable, family-focused fun in a region still challenged by a sluggish economy and continuing recovery from extensive flooding last year, a generous Capital Region donor will underwrite both February 18 performances of BLAST! at Proctors.Under terms of an informal handshake, the benefactor will remain anonymous and will underwrite a Kids Free Day at Proctors for BLAST! As a result, an adult ticket buyer will get two (2) free tickets for kids 17-years-old and under with the purchase of a single ticket at the regular price for either performance of BLAST! on February 18. (No retro-active discounts; cannot be combined with any other offer; not available on the web, restrictions apply. Total of two, free kids tickets per adult ticket purchased).Tickets prices for BLAST at Proctors are $20, $30, $35, $40 & $50 and are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204. 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.Astounding audiences around the globe repeatedly since the Emmy® winning PBS performance and the Tony®Award winning Broadway performances, Blast! Is back.Showgoers quickly become fans that return to enjoy and celebrate Blast! again and again. Along with this ever-growing core following, Blast! attracts to its performances newer and newer generations of devotees every time it takes the stage. An event for all ages, Blast! defies language barriers by performing crowd thrilling instrumental material, making it the perfect touring production. Comprising 34 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theatre and born on athletic fields across the nation, Blast! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. According to Bruce McCabe of the Boston Globe:“Blast! is an exuberant 15-number show that doesn't falter while bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock n roll, and techno-pop music. Blast! stands, blows, pounds, marches, and whirls with panache. It sent a full house into repeated bursts of cheering and applause.”“’BLAST!’ AND A TRUER WORD WAS NEVER SPOKEN.” “A TERRIFIC GOOD TIME … EXPLOSIVE ENTERTAINMENT.”— Richard Christiansen, Chicago TribuneYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGizmQSpNps&feature=player_embedded- BLAST! is family friendlyBLAST! 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. Free Parking for BLAST! at Proctors is available in the Broadway Garage, courtesy of the Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment.Kids Free Day at Proctors. Have a BLAST!
Big listening when Marsalis is in town
Albany Times Union
Kudos, by the way, to Proctors for presenting jazz in the big room. It's a rare treat and the venue always shines when it does so. There was some big listening going on at Proctors Friday night, onstage and off.Naturally, the audience, which had paid its money, had its ears on, but saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo had their giant ears on.In the opening number of the duo's opening set, Marsalis pushed his soprano against Calderazzo's clouds of sound. The shape of the melody recalled Jewish themes. The harmony, spare and open, came from the American South. And the result sounded like heaven.
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Big-listening-when-Marsalis-is-in-town-3035955.php#ixzz1lVuTqqRY
Lovableby James Yeara on February 1, 2012 · 0 commentsRich in theatrical allusions and as pregnant with satire and humor as a Chekhov or a Shaw play, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig ripples with laughter as it pricks the soul. This 1992 follow up to Wasserstein’s Tony Award-winning The Heidi Chronicles still—surprisingly—seems relevant. Characters fret about the disparity of wealth, the class struggle, the fate of Islamic women, the flexing of Russian political might, and ways to pay for haute couture in a recession. Less globally and more locally, the play offers laughs with its insights on sisters, lovers, men, and the intersections where they collide. Capital Repertory Theatre’s current production offers five stellar performances in the three sisters who love and loathe each other, and in the two men who try mightily to love them back. Read the full story by James Yeara:http://metroland.net/2012/02/01/lovable/
Capital Rep season has musicals, classics
Albany theater plans season with musicals, adapted classics
By Steve Barnes
Capital Repertory Theatre's 2012-13 season, the company's 32nd, features a trio of pairs: two musicals, two adaptations of classics from other artistic media and two small-ensemble dramas, plus a new-play festival.
The ambitious season would not exist at all if Capital Rep had not merged its administrative operations with Proctors a year ago.
"We wouldn't be here" if the change hadn't taken place, said Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Capital Rep's producing artistic director, who recently announced the season, her 18th as the head of the theater.
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Capital Repertory Theater to shine a bright, red light
on heart disease in women
American Heart Association’s Circle of Red will offer health screenings, information
before “The Sisters Rosensweig” on Thursday
Albany, New York– Capital Repertory Theater will get a jump start on Friday’s National Wear Red Day when 50 members of The Circle of Red provide health screenings and heart-health information before the curtain goes up on “The Sisters Rosensweig” on Thursday, Feb. 2.
The café at Cap Rep will be illuminated red, and a red wine special will be on the menu. Staff and volunteers at Cap Rep will wear red on Thursday, and Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill will offer heart-healthy messages with her welcome to the audience.
“Working on ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ has us all thinking about women’s relationships with one another,” Mancinelli-Cahill said. “I love that the Go Red for Women movement is about the power of women to come together to fight heart disease, our No. 1 health threat. I hope everyone at Thursday’s show has their blood pressure taken, commits to healthier living, and wears red on Friday, National Wear Red Day.”
“We’re excited to be spending ‘National Wear Red Day Eve’ at Cap Rep,” said Kathy Lanni, co-chair with Patty Fusco of The Circle of Red and a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association. “Circle of Red is a volunteer group that supports the American Heart Association, and we are looking forward to sharing our message of heart health with the audience at Capital Repertory Theater Thursday evening. We’re so honored that Cap Rep will help us shine a light on heart disease in women.”
Thursday night’s curtain is at 7:30 p.m. The Circle of Red will be in the lobby an hour before the show begins.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.
Review: Burnt Sugar shows off ingenuity, skill
Saturday, January 28, 2012
By Michael Hochanadel
SCHENECTADY — Thrilling, funky, complicated, compelling, the awkwardly named hybrid hyperactive hipster band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber threw down and all around at Proctors GE Theater on Saturday.
...The GE Theater was in cabaret trim Saturday with just four rows of seats behind an open space, with cocktail tables up front and a single row of chairs at the edge on each side, closer to the bandstand. The seats were mostly full — of happy, dazzled people, swung by the jazz, bounced by the funk and rocking with the rock. Meanwhile, “Shrek the Musical” filled the main stage and Aztec Two-Step sold out the Underground Stage in an Eighth Step show, a big night at Proctors in several dimensions.
Read the full story: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2012/jan/28/0129_sugar/
"Much of the story focuses on the midlife issues these three siblings confront, based on the choices they’ve made according to their parents’ expectations, economic background and Jewish heritage."
Read full story by Daily Gazette critic PAUL LAMAR
The Sisters Rosensweig at Capital Rep
ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Ray Graf speaks with Marcy McGuigan, Bernadette Quigley, and Yvonne Perry about their work in Capital Rep's production of Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig. © Copyright 2012, WAMC
Burnt Sugar’s website lists Greg Tate’s duties as “Conduction, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Laptop.” But if you get into his bio, you’re going to have to read a bit before you find anything about any music he himself created.
Long before Burnt Sugar came into being, Tate was a staff writer for The Village Voice, and his words have also appeared in everything from The Washington Post and The New York Times to Rolling Stone and JazzTimes. The Source named Tate one of the “Godfathers of Hiphop journalism,” and the list of people he’s interviewed makes envy gush out my ears in big green globs.
These days, though, he’s at the nerve center of Burnt Sugar (at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday), one of the most interesting bands to cross my path in many a year, and he was good enough to take time to talk about it with me:
Times Union Review: SHREK The Musical!
There are plenty of big scenes -- ranging from the impressive dragon dance of “Forever” to the fairy tale explosion of “Freak Flag,” in which Pinocchio (Luke Yellin), The Witch (Susan Leilani Gearou), The Three Little Pigs (Ryan Everett Wood, Chris Woods and Lyonel Reneau) and the rest of their pals revolt against Farquaad’s fascism.
SHREK: A SMORGASBORD OF GREAT LAUGHS, GREAT SONG AND GREAT DANCE
by Richard DiMaggio
Take America’s favorite ogre, mix him up with great jokes, unsurpassed talent, and great song and dance, and serve up right in America’s most beautiful theatre, and voila! You and the entire family can enjoy Shrek: The Musical, now playing at Proctors until January 29th. This is a show that will keep you laughing, but ogre jokes are by no means what this show is all about. The scenery is delightful—I mean, some of the most gorgeous sets we’ve seen in a long, long time. And the dancing and song is second to none.
Read all about it: http://www.didyouweekend.com/archives/19021
'Shrek,' a beast of a production, coming to Proctors
Bringing movie to the stage a monumental task
By MIchael eck, Special to the Times Union
Published 12:49 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2012
You can bet that all the green flowing around "Shrek: The Musical" isn't just makeup.
"Shrek" marks the theatrical debut of DreamWorks, which is finally following Disney into the market with its stage adaptation of the first of the four successful "Shrek" films.
January 21, 2012 at 11:05 am by Philip Morris
Creativity is about imagining a future and building to it.
It might be a vision of a sculpture or painting. It might be a sound in one’s head that must be produced in life. It could be a building design, a computer interface, a car line or gesture in dance.
Words, images, motions, sounds all change the world. Some in bigger, some in smaller, ways. They, nonetheless, change the world.
Read full blog at: http://blog.timesunion.com/philipmorris/
Recent grad is green with joy playing ‘Shrek’ in touring show
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Lukas Poost plays the title character in “Shrek the Musical,” which opens at Proctors on Tuesday. (photo: JOAN MARCUS)
Lukas Poost really can’t believe his good fortune. Not a year yet out of college and he’s already touring the country playing one of the most recognizable characters in recent Broadway history.
“This has been incredible,” said Poost, a 2011 graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia who is playing the title character in the national touring production of “Shrek the Musical,” opening Tuesday at Proctors and running through next weekend.
“It’s been unlike anything I possibly could have expected. I just graduated, here I am on tour, and I absolutely love it. Oh, how I love it.”
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Three sisters gather around a small table at Capital Repertory Theatre. OK, two sisters gather, the third is running late. She's the middle one, naturally.
But when she arrives she has tales to tell and the family is immediately complete, all familiar gestures, nods and inside jokes.
SCHENECTADY — Next Tuesday, the musical version of the popular movie “Shrek” will arrive at Proctors Theatre for eight performances.
Playing one of the most beloved characters in the piece is Andre Jordan, who portrays Donkey.
EASTERN MEDICAL SUPPORT DONATES LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT TO CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE
Presentation of defibrillator scheduled for WEDNESDAY, January 18, 12:30 pm
At Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 No. Pearl Street, Albany
MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WELCOMED
Amsterdam, NY -- January 17, 2012 --Amsterdam-based EASTERN MEDICAL SUPPORT will present Albany’s CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE with a donation of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on Wednesday afternoon, January 18, at 12:30PM.
Eastern Medical Support is donating the AED, all associated equipment, and training for staff. This equipment will allow Capital Rep staff to be prepared in the event of an onsite cardiac arrest – something that millions of people around the globe experience each year, according to the American Heart Association.
Reacting to the gift from Eastern Medical Support of Amsterdam, Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill said, “I am so happy that we now will have the ability to aid our patrons with this training and equipment. We could not have done it without the generous support of Eastern Medical Support.”
When cardiac arrest occurs, the importance of rapid defibrillation is vital. According to Eastern Medical Support President and co-owner Sean J. Piasecki, a rescuer has a critical 3 to 5 minutes to shock the victim’s heart. If done within this time frame, the victim has a 75% chance of survival. After the 5 minutes, if the victim doesn’t receive treatment, their survival rate decreases by 10% each minute. “Every second counts in cardiac arrest,” Piasecki states. “By having the AED ready and available, Capital Rep will ensure that help is available if the need arises – in a situation where time is of the essence.”
Having an AED has already proven beneficial for Proctors, which had four AEDS installed by Eastern Medical Support three years ago. Last October, during a dress rehearsal, a performer suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. With the help of a “doctor in the house”, and Proctors’ AED and previous training, the patient was given CPR/defibrillation swiftly, and is alive today.
Capital Repertory Theatre is a mainstay of the Capital District, known for more than 30 years as providing exceptional entertainment and community service to the Albany community – and well beyond. More than 5,000 performances occur here each year.
Eastern Medical Support is a leading provider of comprehensive occupational health services to clients across the globe. These wide range of services include AED corporate deployment, corporate first aid and CPR training, occupational medicine, emergency medical staffing services, and medical oversight and tracking.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:
Darlene Raynsford, Marketing Director
Eastern Medical Support
Tel: 518.843.6860, ext. 112
Intergalactic Nemesis @ GE Theatre at Proctors, 1/13/12
January 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm by Michael Janairo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
“The Intergalactic Nemesis” has landed at Proctors in Schenectady with an answer to the question, “What exactly is a ‘live-action graphic novel’?”