Show: Filmed May 10, 2016 [STS932]

Schenectady Today — In and Around the Capital Region

The Schenectady Today Show Theme: What a Day by Linda Sheldon of Sundial Express

Photographs by Malcolm Kogut

Filmed at Open Stage Media, Proctors, Schenectady
© Copyright 2016, Ann Parillo. All rights reserved.
Segment One
Iroquois Traditions - Stephanie Marie Fox

Iroquois Traditions – Stephanie Marie Fox, Storyteller and Dance

Iroquois Traditions

Guest: Stephanie Marie Fox, Storyteller and Dance

Stephanie’s Specialties Include:

  • Iroquois Cultural Programs Iroquois Social Dancing Stories From The Longhouse
  • Learn To Speak Mohawk Sit and Dance for Elders
  • Partner Dancing to Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Dance Music
  • Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) Cultural Programs *Haudenosaunee programs are presented in regalia, traditional clothing now worn only for ceremonial purposes and special occasions. Iroquois Social Dancing

• Learn about the Iroquois through traditional songs, social dances, and stories appropriate for all ages. • Dancing plays a large part in the creation story and is used to give thanks, uplift spirits, and welcome visitors. • Dances such as the Alligator Dance, Robin Dance, and Rabbit Dance are fun for the whole family!

Foxy Trot Dance uses music, movement & meaningful connections to optimize community, group, and individual wellness through stories and dance.

Organization: Foxy Trot Dance LLC

Contact Information: stephanie@FoxyTrotDance.com

Facebook: Yes “Foxy Trot Dance”

Website: www.FoxyTrotDance.com


Segment Two
Michael Eck, Publicist ONCE

Michael Eck, Publicist ONCE

Tony Award Winner Once – at Proctors

Michael Eck, Publicist ONCE

ONCE tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.

Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea.

Event: Once – Proctors Broadway Tour

Location of event: Proctors 432 State St. Sch’dy

Date/Time: May 10-15 event

Cost: $20 to $80

Contact Information: Box Office 518-346-6204

Facebook: Yes

Website: www.Proctors.org

Segment Three
Haydn's The Seasons by Octavo Singers - Curtis Funk, Artistic Director The Octavos' Annual Spring Concert

Haydn’s The Seasons by Octavo Singers – Curtis Funk, Artistic Director The Octavos’ Annual Spring Concert

Haydn’s The Seasons by Octavo Singers

Curtis Funk, Artistic Director The Octavos’ Annual Spring Concert

This featured piece is Haydn’s last big work and is considered to be one of his crowning achievements even though it’s not performed as frequently as some of his others.

Organization: Octavo Singers

Event: Haydn’s The Seasons (Oratorio)

Location of event: First Reformed Church in the Schenectady Stockade

Date/Time: Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm

Cost: General Adm. $25; Seniors $20 and Students $15.

Contact Information: website

Facebook: Yes “Octavo Singers”

Website: www.OctavoSingers.org

Segment Four
Wedding Secrets! - Joe Starzyk, Playwright/Actor; Aileem Penn, Actor and Suzanne Baker, Actor

Wedding Secrets! – Joe Starzyk, Playwright/Actor; Aileem Penn, Actor and Suzanne Baker, Actor

Wedding Secrets!

Joe Starzyk, Playwright/Actor; Aileem Penn, Actor and Suzanne Baker, Actor

Wedding Secrets is an hysterical farce and the winner of the 2012 Mclaren Comedy Playwriting Award. It is the story of a young couple (Bill and Susan) who meet, have a whirlwind romance, fall in love, and secretly marry. As they go to meet their respective families, they try to break the news slowly by announcing that they are engaged. When the families gather we learn that the couple aren’t the only ones with secrets. In the end love tries to conquer all, but first it must encounter an Irish Revolutionary, Bing Crosby, the Phantom of the Opera, impotence, and lots of ties.

Their Mission is: To provide minority actors, directors, stage crew greater opportunities in the theater. The mission includes bringing theater into the lives of people who have not before experienced live theater.

Organization: — Soul Rebel Performance Troupe

Event: Wedding Secrets!

Location: Meader Little Theater on the Russell Sage Campus

Date/Time: May 20-29 — Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm

Contact Information: 833-2621

Facebook: Yes “Soul Rebel Performance Troupe”

Website: www.SoulRebelPerformanceTroupe.org

Segment Five
Classic Theater Guild's School for Scandal - Jonathan Riven, Director; Erica Johnson "Lady Teazle" and Cameron Duwe "Joseph Surface"

Classic Theater Guild’s School for Scandal – Jonathan Riven, Director; Erica Johnson “Lady Teazle” and Cameron Duwe “Joseph Surface”

Classic Theater Guild’s School for Scandal

Jonathan Riven, Director; Erica Johnson “Lady Teazle” and Cameron Duwe “Joseph Surface”

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic, The School for Scandal will be presented in staged reading format by Classic Theater Guild beginning on Friday, May 13th, 2016.

Originally produced in London in 1777, this classic comedy of manners highlights the imagined role of gossip and “reputation” in the social circles of “fashionable London” at a time when societal structure was changing. Part satire, part social commentary, and pure comedy, this brilliant piece of theatrical wit is as relevant today as it was when in first appeared in the 1700s. A classic produced the world over, The School for Scandal stages some of the most hilarious dialogue ever written and has endured as a widely successful play.

This five-act play has an approximate running time of 2 ½ hours, and is suitable for all ages though it may be of most interest to teens and adults.

In staged reading format, the Classic Theater Guild will present a true-to-original production with simple sets and costumes, and actors with scripts in hand. Directed by theater veteran Jonathan Riven,

The School for Scandal will run at Classic Theater Guild at 137 State Street, Schenectady, on Friday, May 13th; Saturday, May 14th; and Sunday, May 15th; and again on Friday, May 20th; Saturday, May 21st; and Sunday, May 22nd. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm. Sunday performances are at 2:00pm.

Organization: Classic Theater Guild

Event: School for Scandal

Location: Classic Theatre Guild Offices, 137 State Street, Schenectady, NY

Date/Time: May 13-22 — Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7.30 pm; Sunday, May 15 at 2 pm. Also Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 7.30 pm; Sunday, May 22 at 2pm.

Cost: $11

Contact Info: For additional information please call Jonathan Riven at 518-210-5288.

Segment Five
Comedy Night at Quest - Judy Atchinson, Founder

Comedy Night at Quest – Judy Atchinson, Founder

Comedy Night at Quest

Judy Atchinson, Founder

Plans are underway for a monthly comedy night led by Joe Green.

Judy is also looking for volunteers, mentors and new Board Members.

Contact her for more information through their website.

Organization: Quest of Schenectady

Event: Comedy Night at Quest

Location: 826 State St. Sch’dy

Website: www.SchenectadyQuest.org

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