Newsletter Dec 4, 2018 Topics/Guests

 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)


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.

December 4, 2018 #1062

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE~~~

Nightmare Before Christmas

Timothy Sherman, Theatre Director/ Choreographer

Collette McComb, School Director & Music Director

The Actors: Sam Kelsey “Jack”; Isabella Kreitner “Sally”; Jordyn Sassanella “Oogie Boogie”; Lily Kelsey “Lock”; Rachel Wait “Shock”; Payton Hodgkinson “Barrell”; Blake Nazarian “Dr. Finklestein” and Mihail Bondari “Mayor”

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

The Cast will perform some of the music on the show this week.

  • Organization: CM School of Fine Arts
  • Mission: Painting the world a brighter shade of beautiful… one student at a time!
  • Event: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas – The Musical
  • Location of event: Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 11am and 2:30pm.  & Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 1:30pm.
  • Cost: Donation
  • Contact Information: 518-383-6654 ext. 1
  • Location: 1505 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY, 12065
  • Facebook: Yes — @cmfinearts
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Glenn Read, Director

Actors: Kendon Brown, Harper Donnelly, Lindsey Justice,

Mary Kirsten, Phil Matthei, John Reheuser

In this hilarious popular Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple! McCall’s Magazine has called it, “An American Classic.”

Laugh along with us as the neighborhood’s “worst children” bring out the best in the spirit and joy of Christmas!

Cast of 25 adults, children and angels of all ages and abilities.

  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Event: Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Location of event: The Addy Theatre at Proctors (Third Floor)
  • Date/Time:  Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018 (matinee and evening shows on Dec. 15 (2 pm and 7 pm)
  • Cost: $20, $16 Senior, student and Military
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “ClassicTheaterGuild”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Christmas Connections!

Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor

Michael Donegan, Club President

Michael Lotano, Director of the Tesago Select Elementary Chorus

The concert will present a blend of carols, classics and contemporary holiday music. Guest artists are the Tesago Select Elementary Choir (Shenendehowa CSD), Michael Lotano, Director and Cynthia Lee & Andrew Janack, percussionists.

  • Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany
  • Mission: The Club is dedicated to preserving and presenting male choral music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts and other musical events, afterglows and social gatherings.
  • Event: Christmas Connections
  • Location of event: The Egg Performing Arts Center
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $22.00, For 10 or more – $18
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Cuisine Comes Alive with the Sound of Music!

Vince Kittle, Executive Director and Coach

Angelo Michael Mazzone, Accomplished Tenor

Note: Details and Information has not been provided by guest as of this posting

What do boxing and opera have in common? If you ask a young athlete and a trained opera singer, they would tell you “hard work and determination.

This will be a concert and culinary evening featuring Angelo Michael Mazzone.  Mr. Mazzone will perform along with Mum Tzung Wong, Pianist.

  • Organization: Ring of Hope
  • Location of event: Proctors GE Theatre
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 pm
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Looking for Christmas

Brigitta Giulianelli “Charmian”& Actor & Jason Biszick “John”

A smart, sweet, slightly twisted romantic comedy about Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve. New York City. An aspiring writer and a struggling actress meet while looking at the famous holiday windows, and the characters in the displays come to life and look back at them, including a lecherous elf with eyes for Mrs. Claus, Scrooge and Tiny Tim arguing about being portrayed as zombies, a street-wise Little Match Girl, Jim from “The Gift of the Magi” enjoying his wife’s new androgynous haircut, and a jealous Joseph The Carpenter. called it “original, brash, and bursting with theatrical energy. The charming characters and the author’s occasional pokes at tradition, make this play a very good gift.”

A smart, sweet, slightly twisted holiday romantic comedy. Recommended for PG-13 audiences. The play is directed by Mark Stephens.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: Looking for Christmas
  • Location of event: 12 S. Church St., Schenectady
  • Date/Time: December 7, 8, 9 and 12 thru 16.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm.
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: Call 518-382-2081
  • Website: www/

       Upcoming Shows 

December 11, 2018 – #1063

Filmed on Location

VISIT the Museum of Innovation and Science ON LOCATION

            This show is dedicated to the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci).  We’ll visit the Toy Exhibit, the Challenger Learning Center, the Various Exhibits, the Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory and the Archives.  If you have never been to miSci, this show will give you a glimpse of what is available right here in our own backyard.

December 18, 2018 – #1064

(Filmed on Location)

VISIT the Saratoga Auto Museum ON LOCATION

            This show is dedicated to the Saratoga Auto Museum.  Join us as we visit this fabulous exhibit of cars of all types: Racing Cars, vintage cars and collectors cars.  I even get a chance to take a ride in the ARDEN racecar. You’ll see that on film. Interviews with the Executive Director and the Curator as well as a volunteer.  This museum is a treat for the whole family. They even have a Children’s activities room. The museum is located near the Gideon Putnam.

December 25, 2018 – #1065

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

            This show is dedicated to the Festival of the Trees at both the YWCA and the Schenectady Historical Society. We’re celebrating the Holidays with a visit to both facilities. and Follow us on

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