Newsletter 11/12/19 Topics & Guests

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

  Schenectady / Capital Region Today

Now in our 22nd Year!

November 12, 2019 – Show #1110

Segment ONE

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre

Margaret Hall, Director & Wynn Harman “Mays”

            Meet George Bailey and all the residents of Bedford Falls as you’ve never seen—or heard— them before! Based on the classic Frank Capra film, this story comes to life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give voice to all the memorable Bedford Falls characters, accompanied by sound effects and music created live on stage.  

            WYNN HARMON (MAYS) is delighted to be back at Capital Repertory Theatre; where he appeared in Dr. Faustus, Taming of The Shrew, Race, Pure Poe. Broadway: Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway The Lucky One, As You Like It, The New Yorkers. International: Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Candide; Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, The Music Man.  Regional credits include; The Kennedy Center; Arena Stage, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, The Alley, Shakespeare Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Huntington, Westport Country Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Glimmerglass Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, multiple Shakespeare festivals; and eleven shows at The Old Globe in San Diego. Television: Madam Secretary, All My Children, The Knick, Live from Lincoln Center. Film: Paper Cranes.  Helen Hayes Award nomination, The Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in the Arts

            MARGARET E. HALL (DIRECTOR) is an International director, Equity stage manager and drama teacher. Margaret is the Associate Artistic Director at Capital Repertory Theatre, where she made her main stage debut in 2017 with AN ILIAD followed by the World Premiere of RED MAPLE in early 2019She has also been directing the company’s On-The-Go! in-School Touring Productions for the past seven years, productions include: CINDERELLA!; FRIEND OF A FRIEND; ALICE IN WONDERLAND; PETTICOATS OF STEEL; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; SLEEPY HOLLOW; THEY BUILT AMERICA: WORKERS OF THE ERIE CANAL; PURE POE, THE REMARKABLE AND PERPLEXING CASE OF HENRY HUDSON!, HARRIET TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!, AN ILIAD and SHAKESPEARE: THE REMIX, as well as many of theREP’s summer youth productions. Other directorial credits include: CIRCUS OLYMPUS; INTO THE WOODS JR., DISNEY’S ARISTOCATS KID’S’; PETER PAN AND WENDY; and THE WIZARD OF OZ, as well as readings with the Capital Regions Troy Foundry Theatre and Theater Voices. Margaret is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as Actors Equity, and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex in London.

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Event: It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre
  • Location of event: theRep, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany
  • Date/Time: Nov. 22–Dec 22
  • Cost: $27–$67.50
  • Contact Information: 518.445.SHOW(7469)
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Tellabration’s Mountains

Kate Dudding, Storyteller & Producer

            Story Circle at Proctors is presenting “Tellabration!TM 2019: Mountains” on Sunday, November 17, at 3:30 pm in the GE Theatre at Proctors.  This live spoken word performance of contemporary and traditional stories for adults and teens features 9 storytellers: Alden (Joe) Doolittle of Scotia, Kate Dudding of Clifton Park, Margaret French of Saratoga, Marni Gillard of Schenectady, Linda McKenney of Gansevoort, Bonnie Mion of New Baltimore, Eliud Nieves of Ithaca, Nancy Marie Payne of Berne, , and Beverly Schwartz of Latham. Karen Pillsworth, Storyteller Laureate of Kingston, is our emcee. Tellabration!TM is a project of the National Storytelling Network .

            Producer Kate Dudding explains, “This year’s theme allows us to share humorous, heart-warming and/or dramatic tales of people confronting mountains – actual, or virtual, or sometimes both. Many of our tellers can be viewed on Story Circle’s YouTube channel: ”

            “A goal of Story Circle at Proctors is to bring the one of oldest performing art forms, storytelling, to the attention of the public,” adds producer Alden (Joe) Doolittle. “Tellabration is also a fund raiser: the profits from the previous twenty-three Tellabrations have underwritten over 100 storytelling events in the greater Capital Region.”

  • Organization: Story Circle at Proctors
  • Mission: To bring the ancient of art of storytelling, still relevant today, to Capital District residents.
  • Event: Tellebration’s Mountains (24th annual storytelling performance: Mountains)
  • Location of event:
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Tickets are $12, $10 for groups of 8 or more, and $6 for students. For more ticket information, contact the Proctors Box Office at (518) 518-346-6204, 432 State Street, Schenectady
  • Contact Information: 518-383-4620
  • Facebook:
  • Website: or

Segment THREE

Author & Historian Bill Buell

Bill Buell, Schenectady County Historian

            Bill will tell us about his new book: George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady, and his new role as Schenectady County Historian and his 41 years as a journalist with the Daily Gazette.

            From the Gazette Website: A native of Glenville and resident of Schenectady’s Stockade section, Bill is a 1971 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate and a 2001 University at Albany graduate, with a degree in history. He has worked as a sportswriter and features writer at the Gazette since 1977. He currently writes monthly Landmarks and Focus on Faith features and also does Q&A s, personal profiles, historically-themed stories and theater previews.

  • Organization: Schenectady County
  • Mission: Preserving History in Schenectady County
  • Event: Book Presentation
  • Location of event: Schenectady County Historical Society
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 pm
  • Cost: $5 for non-SCHS members
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Holiday Craft Show

Bryan Salisbury, Blacksmith, Artist & Author

            Annual event sponsored by the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association to benefit the Schoharie Valley Railroad and 1743 Palatine House Museums. Unique hand-crafted gifts, two floors of crafts, home-made baked goods sale, and daily raffle for basket filled with specialties.  Exit 23 off I-88 to the Village of Schoharie, then follow the signs to Depot Lane.

  • Organization: Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association
  • Event: Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar
  • Location of event: Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum Complex
  • Date/Time: Fri, Nov 22 (10 am to 6:30 pm); Sat, Nov 23 (9 am to 6 pm) and Sun, Nov 24 (9am to 4 pm)
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Celebrating 75 years! NY Folklore Society

Ellen McHale MA, PhD, Executive Director

            New York Folklore celebrates its 75th year in 2019 and the 75th year of publication history in 2020.  Founded in 1944, New York Folklore had at its inception a social justice mission, to draw attention to the multi-cultural mosaic of New York State and to support communities and artists who are involved in the ongoing work of heritage production.  New York Folklore has been headquartered in Schenectady since 1999 and is an active participant in arts and culture activities in the immediate area and statewide.  Current statewide projects include a partnership with the Museum Association to support programming related to the Museum on Main Street travelling exhibition, Water/Ways; Legends and Lore Marking Program; and technical assistance and professional development support for artists and communities.  Locally, New York Folklore participates in downtown Schenectady cultural initiatives and is launching a documentation project of the Capital Region’s “Working Waterfront.”

  • Organization: NY Folklore
  • Mission: New York Folklore (NYF) works to nurture traditional arts and culture in New York State through education, support, and outreach.
  • Event: 75th Anniversary
  • Location of event: Ossining, NY
  • Date/Time: November 16, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Facebook: Yes “New York Folklore”
  • Instagram: @nyfolklore
  • Twitter: @nyfolklore
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Craft Show benefiting Lives Made Easier

Robin Battista, President & Founder

            Join us for an afternoon of shopping, crafts, raffles and prizes. If you would like to be a Santa, let us know.

  • Organization: Lives Made Easier
  • Mission: Lives Made Easier is a charity dedicated to helping people who are physically disabled enjoy easier, more independent and fulfilling lives.  We hope to provide people with the equipment and accessories that they need in order to live the greatest life possible.
  • Event: Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
  • Location of event: Proctor’s Theatre
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Contact Information: Robin Battista  518-847-7733
  • Facebook: Yes “Lives Made Easier”
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

November 19, 2019 Show #1111

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author (Book(s) title(s))

            Nicholas Zacharczenko, DDS, MSD, RPh

Circle Theatre Players “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon (Dec 6 to 15)

(Sand Lake Center for the Arts)

            Melanie Douglas, Director (email required)

            (Contacts: Joan Fuess & Brian Sheldon)

Jan’s Wanderings – Beat the Snow Concert Series (Starts Jan. 5)

(Sch’dy County Friends of the Library)

            Janice Walz

miSci – Trains are coming!  (Dates?)

 (Museum of Innovation & Science)

            Guests TBA

            (Contact: Tara Burnham)

Troy Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28)

            George Regan

            Dr. Erin Napoleone, PT, DPT, Choice Physical Therapy in Troy

            (Contact: Ed Parham)

Waterford Museum & Cultural Center – Events

            Anastasia Garceau, Director

            Additional Guests?

November 24, 2019 Show #1112

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Special On-Location Show

miSci’s Newest Exhibit: Insatiable – Cooking up Innovation

Galleria 1: From Hearths to Induction & Ovens to Microwaves:

The Explosion of Culinary Opportunity

Galleria 2: Extending the Menu: The storage & Shipping Phenomena

Galleria 3: Extending the Menu: An Invitation to Chef-dom!

Galleria 4: The Repeatability Factor: The Science of Cooking

Galleria 5: Food: The Culture, The Commerce & The Consequences

December 3, 2019 Show #1113

Author – Murder on Skis

            Phil Bayly

Electric City Food Coop – Upcoming Plans

            Matt Robbins, President ECFC (Owner Happy Cappuccino)

            Chad Currin, VP ECFC (CEO BioSoil Farm)

            Adine Viscusi, Board Member (Owner Casa Visco)

            (Additional Contact: Kat Wolfram)

Festival of the Trees (Dates?)

(Sch’dy YWCA & Schenectady Historical Society)

            Mary Zawacki, Executive Director SHS

            Kerrie Wolf-Piechota, Communications and Public Relations YWCA

Holiday Homes House Tour ‘19 (Event Dec 6 &7)

(Jr. League of Schenectady and Saratoga )

            Denise Murphy McGraw

            Additional Guests?

Schenectady Civic Players “Pride at Prejudice” (Dec 6 to 15)

            Mark Stephens, Director

            Additional Guests?

            (Additional Contact: Bill Hickman)

Schenectady County Clerk – The New Requirements – Drivers Licenses

            Cara M. Ackerley, County Clerk

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