Newsletter 2/26 – Topics and Guests on the show

Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!

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.

February 26, 2019 – Show #1073

Segment ONE

1776 AT SLOC

Heather Liz Copps, Director; Mary Darcy, Co-Producer

Joe Phillips “Benjamin Franklin”; Rick Reed “John Dickinson”

            Our nation’s founding fathers are brought to life in this beloved, brilliant imagining of American History. 1776 brings humor and humanity to familiar historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson as the fate of a nation is decided.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: 1776
  • Location of event:  427 Franklin St. Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: March 8-10 (Fri-Sun), & 14-17 (Thurs-Sun)
  • Cost: $22-$28
  • Contact Information: 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: @SLOCtheater
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Becky’s New Car at Circle Theatre Players

Joan Fuess, Director; Suzanne Baker “Becky”

Dan Smirlock “the Other Man”; Ed Miller “Husband”

            Becky’s New Car is a comedy about life and the roads we take through it.

            Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage with no prospects for change on the horizon until…….

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
  • Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and creating excellence in theater, th performing arts and the visual arts.
  • Event: Becky’s New Car
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts 2880 NY 43, Sand Lake, NY
  • Date/Time: March 15, 16, 21,22,23 at 8pm and March 17 and 24 at 2:30pm
  • Cost:  $18 Adults, $19 under the age of 18
  • Facebook: Yes “Sand Lake Center for the Arts”
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Milk Like Sugar by Callaloo Theater Company

Karen Christina Jones, Director; Jolyce Collado, Actor

Morgan Elizabeth Heyward, Actor; Marquis Heath, Actor

            It is Annie Desmond’s sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. She befriends Malik, who promises a bright future, and Keera, whose evangelical leanings inspire Annie in a way her young parents have not been able to do. In the end Annie’s choices propel her onto an irreversible path in this story that combines wit, poetry, and hope.

            As a staple in the artistic community, Miss Jones has directed several groundbreaking and lucrative plays including, Clybourne Park, The Colored Museum, A Soldier’s Play, and A Raisin in the Sun.  Miss Jones is the recipient of five awards from the Theater Association of New York State for her work.  As a member of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region (AACCCR), Miss Jones has worked tirelessly on several of its events as a part of the Programming Committee.  It is the intention of Callaloo Theater Company to continue presenting excellent productions that will profit critically and financially and be the Arts Mecca of the Capital Region. 

  • Organization: Callaloo Theater Company
  • Mission: In 2000, Karen Christina Jones founded State St. Theater Company, now Callaloo Theater Company, to provide eclectic theater for a diverse community. 
  • Event: Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenridge
  • Location of event: PH Gallery + Studio 455 Broadway Troy NY 12180
  • Date/Time: March 1st –March 10th  Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays — March 1st –March 10th Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Cost: $20
  • Website:

Segment Four

Schenectady Job Fair

Peter Jones, Treasurer of Capital Job Development Group

Sara Rose Dill, V. Pres of Capital Job Development Group

            We are expecting over 40 employers from the capital region and beyond who have positions open for various skill levels from service industry, healthcare, clerical, manufacturing etc.

            Job Seekers should bring a copy of their resume’, dress to impress and visit those booths that are of interest to them.  In addition they can have their resume’ critiqued by are Human Resource Professionals through the Capital Region Human Resource Association and also attend workshops, presented by area professionals. These workshops are aimed at offering tips on interviewing, writing a resume’ and thinking outside the box in the job search.

  • Organization: Capital Job Development Group
  • Mission: To present job fairs that will bring together employers looking to fill positions and job seekers looking for positions.  To offer tools that will help improve the job search and make it a success.
  • Event: Schenectady Job Fair
  • Location of event: Proctor’s GE Theatre & Key Hall
  • Date/Time: Wed. March 6  from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: No charge
  • Contact Information: 518-290-0814
  • Facebook: Yes — Capital Job Development Group
  • Twitter: @CapitalJobGroup
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Play with your Food Fundraiser

Donald Mullin CEO, Arc Rensselaer

Joe Starzyk, Director & Sales Manager Arc Rensselaer

            The evening consists of a 3 course meal of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian option.  In between courses, three One act plays written and performed by Joe Starzyk and his merry band will be presented.  The names of the plays this year are: *The Blind Date : Dave goes on a blind date hoping to meet the woman of his dreams, but it turns out to be something he never expected. *Another Day in Paradise: The real story of the Garden of Eden. *Infesting the Mob: Two mobsters afternoon espressos are interrupted by the presence of a sinister stranger.

            Fundraiser: 100% of the net profits will go directly to benefit the Arc of Rensselaer County

            Joe Starzyk is the Sales Manager at the Arc and is 32 year employee.  He is also the writer and director of the 1 act plays that will be presented at this event.

            Donald Mullin is the CEO of Arc Rensselaer and is a 20 year employee,

  • Organization: Arc of Rensselaer County
  • Mission: The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay. It is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals. The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.
  • Event: Play with your Food Dinner Theater Fundraiser
  • Location of event: Revolutionary Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy NY
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6-9 pm
  • Cost: $60 pp includes meal choice. Cash Bar.
  • Contact Information: Lisa Romeo-Mullin at or 518-274-3110×3028
  • Facebook: Yes –The Arc of Rensselaer County
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Hubbard Hall Event

David Andrew Snider, Director

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Possible: Hubbard Hall’s I am my Own wife (to be verified) (Event Mar 8 – 17)

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Upcoming Shows            

March 5, 2019 Show #1074

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Classic Theater Guild’s Inspector General (Event Dates Mar 13 to Mar 24)

            William Wilday

            Phil Bruns, Director

            Other Guests TBA

Forever Young Trio — Performing

            Ashley Cross, Vocals 

            Peter ________, guitarist

            David Gerard, Percussionist

Friends of Recovery – Stand Up for Recovery Day (Event Mar 20)

            Allison Weingarten, Interim Executive Director

            Lori Teaney, Youth Program Specialist with Youth Voices Matter NY

            Nancy Jones, Dir of Prevention with New Choices Recovery Center, Sch’dy

            TK Rabii, Peer Recovery Advocate

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – The Super Moon

            Guest from Dudley Observatory

USISTD – Dance Organization

            Susan Nelson

            Louise Giuliano, Chair

            Liz Paone, Events Committee Chair

March 12, 2019 Show #1075

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Business Strategist

            Liz Calandrino

Peaceful Acres horses

            Nanci Beyerl, Founder

Schenectady Civic Players’ Then There Were None (Event 3/15 to 3/24)

            Brian Sheldon, Director

            Additional Guests TBA

Siena College Production Peter & the Starcatcher (Event 3/14-3/23)

            Patrick White, Director

            Additional Guests TBA

Tax Credits — People with Disabilities

            Melinda Burns, Dir of Adult Education, Wildwood Programs

            Tracy Randle, CA$H Coalition Director, United Way of GCR

            Denise Dinoto, Vice Chair CA$H Coalition

Other Segments in Process

March 19, 2019 Show #1076

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Jan’s Wanderings – Beat the Snow Concert

               Jan Walz, Programmer

March for Meals – Catholic Charities

               Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director

               Other guests TBA

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Exhibitions

               Guest TBA

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               Don Hyman – Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Schenectady Jewish Community Center – Summer Camps Planning Ahead!

               Andy Katz, Interim Executive Director

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