The Arts 12.05.19

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Columbia Viola Player Performing with ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Allison Headley, a junior who plays in the Columbia High School Chamber Orchestra, for earning a spot in the viola section of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s flagship Symphony Orchestra, its most advanced ensemble that is reserved for players whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level.

The orchestra receives regular professional coaching and performs in the finest concert venues, including the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

As part of ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Headley will perform in the Melodies of Christmas, a popular holiday program televised on CBS6 that has raised more than $8 million for the pediatric oncology program at Albany Medical Center. She will also play at a fall rehearsal weekend retreat in the Catskills at Frost Valley YMCA, an annual young people’s concert, a free concert for senior citizens, and in other concerts.

Next summer, she will join the Symphony on a tour to Argentina and Uruguay.

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Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents for your Holiday Treat Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Caption: The Circle Theatre Players cast of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, from left to right: Anthony Halloway, Bill Douglas, Grace Burkart, Fred Sirois, Brian Sheldon, Dennis Skiba, Erica Pandolfo, Jerred Hickey, and Henry DiMaria.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon and directed by Melanie Douglas. The play is based on Neil Simon’s experiences as a junior writer of a TV Comedy-Variety show called “Your Show of Shows,” and is set in 1953. The play follows the host, Max Prince, along with his staff of writers in scenes behind the scenes, to bring you a highly entertaining play! The play opens Friday, Dec. 6th and continues on the 7th, 12th, 13thand 14th at 8pm, and on Dec. 8th and 15th at 2:30pm. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or by calling the office at 518-674-2007. The center offers free parking and is Handicapped accessible.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

The Nutcracker by the Saratoga City Ballet

Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Saratoga City Ballet for its spectacular 26th Anniversary full production of The Nutcracker,  with Artistic Director Beth Fecteau at the majestic Hart Theater at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY.

Saturday, Dec. 7th at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 8th at 1:30 pm

Tickets are $28 / Adults; $20 Seniors and Students; Children 5 & under free! Group tickets available, please contact The Egg Box Office at (518)-473-1845.

Act I features the magical party scene with Clara, Fritz and the whole family celebrating Christmas Eve, when the mice, rat king and soldiers take the stage for their epic battle. Clara is then led through the Land of Snow into the Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy, her cavalier and her court, where they celebrate with dances from around the world; set to Tchaikovsky’s score.

Directed and choreographed by Beth Fecteau, this is Saratoga City Ballet’s 26th Anniversary production of the Nutcracker – a perfect holiday treat for audiences of all ages! Beth Fecteau’s choreography and production of Nutcracker premiered in 1996 at the Historic Cohoes Music Hall presented by Youth Ballet Company and Dance Eclectic.  After two years and a growing school and cast, this production moved to The Egg and was performed annually until 2004. Beth retired the production when she was named Director of the Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs merging Youth Ballet Company into what is now the School of the Arts at the Museum of Dance.  Beth is thrilled to be sharing her work with new dancers and a new organization in the 26th Year of Saratoga City Ballet’s production.

About Saratoga City Ballet

The Saratoga City Ballet Company is a not-for-profit organization providing dance students with opportunities to participate in professional quality productions. SCB strives for a high level of artistic achievement and to inspire and promote developing young dancers. For more information or to register for classes call (518) 584-1895, visit www.saratogacityballet.com or email info@nullsaratogacityballet.com.

Interested in advertising in our program? Please email us!  info@nullsaratogacityballet.com.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Pride@Prejudice Opens Friday,Dec. 6 at Schenectady Civic Players

Pride@Prejudice, by Daniel Elihu Kramer and directed by Mark Stephens, opens Friday, December 6, and plays through Dec. 15 at Civic Player’s, 12 South Church Street, Schenectady. The fairly faithful yet also fun and irreverent theatrical version of Jane Austen’s classic novel includes 21st century sensibilities within the 1820 setting of the story. Pride@Prejudice runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 6, 7, 8 and 11 through 15. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 pm. Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 pm., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Order on-line at www.civicplayers.org Or call (518) 382-2081

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Carols for a Cause

On Sunday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Greenbush Reformed Church welcomes all to join a holiday lessons & carols service to benefit CoNSERNS-U. The service will include readings, carols, anthems, and instrumental pieces. The Route Fifty 5 Brass Quintet will be part of the service, in addition to choir members from neighboring Reformed Churches. Financial and non-perishable food donations are welcome. Greenbush Reformed Church is located at 688 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY, 12061. For additional information, please contact Justan Foster at justan.foster@nulllive.com or 518-965-2389.

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Highlight Acting Troupe to Hold Auditions for Once Upon A Pandora’s Box

The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions for Once upon a Pandora’s Box written by Monica Flory adapted by Play Scripts. Once upon a time in New York City, Tabitha and her Brother Louis discover a box sitting in the hall of their apartment. When Tabitha opens the box, five imprisoned fairy tale villains escape. Free at last the dastardly villains begin to wreck the apartment, until they discover that the writing in Tabitha’s notebook will give them control of other fictional characters! Will Tabitha harness the power of her storytelling? Or will the villains run wild in New York? A clever comedy that demonstrates the importance of villains in every story. Auditions will be held on Friday, December 13th @ 6:30PM and Sunday December 15th @ 2:00PM at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Hoosick Street Troy NY. Ages 5-17 as this will be a children’s performance. Show dates will be February 28, 29 and March 1st.

The play will be directed by both Nicole Osterhout, and Elizabeth Heller. For more information please email Nicole at Nnosterhout1110@nullgmail.com or call 518-225-9445

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Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents this Holiday Season Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Caption: The cast during rehearsal for Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon and directed by Melanie Douglas. The play is based on Neil Simon’s experiences as a junior writer of a TV Comedy-Variety show called “Your Show of Shows” and is set in 1953.The play follows the host, Max Prince, along with his staff of writers in scenes behind the scenes, to bring you a highly entertaining play! The play opens Friday, Dec. 6th and continues on the 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th at 8pm,and on Dec. 8th and 15th at 2:30pm. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or by calling the office at 518-674-2007. The center offers free parking and is handicapped accessible.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Come to the Averill Park Community Orchestra Holiday Concert!

You are invited to celebrate the season with the Averill Park Community Orchestra at our upcoming holiday concert! The performance is on Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 PM at the Averill Park High School. At this event, you can hear local community musicians of all ages perform seasonal favorites, as well as beautiful music by composers such as Vaughn Williams and Rimsky-Korsakov, fun selections like Take Five and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a medley of tunes from “Guys and Dolls.” There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset our costs is greatly appreciated. You are welcome to remain afterward to enjoy refreshments and interact with the musicians. (Note: In the event of a weather cancellation, we will perform the program the next day on December 15 at 4:00PM.) Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565 or cdmusic600@nullgmail.com. Also, find us online on Facebook or at www.apcorchestra.org.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Brian Melick and Kevin McKrell with the Mountain Snow Orchestra coming to SLCA Dec 17

Christmas is coming to Sand Lake Center for the Arts with our special guests Brian Melick and Kevin McKrell, accompanied by the Mountain Snow Orchestra, as they bring you their famous Christmas Concert on December 17 at 7pm. This family friendly Christmas Concert celebrates the holiday season with fun, laughter and joy along with good times through the magic of music! For prepaid reservations go to www.slca-ctp.org or call the office at 518-674-2007. Ticket pricing is $18. Adults, $10. For children under 18. The building is handicapped accessible and there is plenty of free parking.

12/05/2019 – 12/19/2019

Calling all Kids, come have breakfast with Santa on Dec 21 at SLCA

Calling all kids! Come enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 21. First seating at 8:30 AM, and Second seating at 11:30 AM. Come meet Santa and have your picture taken along with decorating an ornament and cookie, plus coloring activities and more. Tickets $8. For children. Tickets must be purchased by December 20. For prepaid reservations go to www.slca-ctp.org or call the office at 674-2007. The center is handicapped accessible with plenty of free parking

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