Theater

26 Mar 20181 Theatre students from the State University of New York at Fredonia chalked up their best performance in recent memory in Tech Olympics competition at the national conference of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) capturing three first places and a pair of second and third places. The contingent – all seniors and members of the student USITT chapter – also returned to campus with second-best overall team honors. More than 125 students from over 20 schools from across the country typically attend the conference, held March 14-17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this year, to compete in different skills...

26 Mar 20180 An award-winning Broadway musical that offers a powerful and frank look at the journey from adolescence to adulthood is the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance will present six performances of the rock musical “Spring Awakening” from April 6 to 14 in Marvel Theatre on the Fredonia campus. Dates and performance times are April 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 8. Because it centers on mature themes and includes sexual content and strong language, this production is recommended for adults...

5 Mar 20180 Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., March 10, at 1 p.m., with Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide, last presented at the Met nearly 25 years ago. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks features an all-star bel canto cast that includes, in her Met role debut, Angela Meade, in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon. Meade squares off in breathtaking duets with Elizabeth DeShong in the trouser role of Arsace, Commander of the Assyrian Army. Javier...

16 Feb 20180 FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m., with Giacomo Puccini’s romantic masterpiece La Bohème. The world’s most popular opera returns to the Met in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring an exciting cast of young stars, including Tenor Michael Fabiano as the poor poet Rodolfo who falls head over heels for his neighbor, the seamstress Mimi, sung by Soprano Sonya Yoncheva. Puccini’s La Bohème – with more...

7 Feb 20180 A British comedy originally produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber is the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance will present six performances of “Daisy Pulls It Off” from Feb. 23 to March 3 in Bartlett Theatre on the Fredonia Campus. Dates and performance times are Feb. 23, 24 and March 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Theatre and Dance faculty member Dr. James Ivey will direct the Mainstage production. He most recently directed the Department’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” last October. “‘Daisy...

2 Feb 20180 FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Feb. 10, at 12 p.m., with Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy of errors L’Elisir d’Amore. South African Soprano Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Tenor Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences in its 2013 production with his ravishing “Una furtive lagrima,” as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with Adina. Domingo Hindoyan makes his Met debut...

24 Jan 20181 “Your support for the Arts in our county is so appreciated and benefits our communities endlessly!” was the enthusiastic report of one of last year’s recipients of a United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) grant. The UAA is now accepting applications from Chautauqua County artists and organizations for its 2018 Projects Pool Grants Program. “Every year a portion of the funds raised through the United Arts Appeal’s fund drive is awarded to individual artists and artistic projects,” explained UAA President Julie Newell. “Our purpose is to assist the careers of working artists and to enhance the cultural life of Chautauqua...

17 Jan 20181 Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., with a ravishing new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Sir David McVicar. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, both making role debuts, with Željko Lučić as the villainous Scarpia. Yoncheva made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by widely acclaimed company role...

2 Jan 20180 The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present one of the world’s greatest ballet companies – the Bolshoi Ballet – performing The Taming of the Shrew on Sat., Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.  It will be presented in high definition, captured live via satellite from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. According to London’s Telegraph, “the Bolshoi is at the top of its game” in acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s effervescent production of The Taming of the Shrew. Set to a tapestry of Shostakovich’s most colorful music, Shakespeare’s famously chauvinistic comedy is transformed into a battle of wits between two equally feisty...

2 Jan 20180 The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Holiday Inn: the Irving Berlin Musical,  as part of its Broadway on Screen series on Fri., Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. In Holiday Inn, Jim leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut ... but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance.  His luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare.  Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure...
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