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Gershwin Tribute with Mason Warrington

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Mason Warrington Orchestra

Mason Warrington Orchestra

The first show of the 2016-17 Music Hall Concert Series takes center stage at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with the Mason Warrington Orchestra’s “A Gershwin Tribute.” The Music Hall Concert Series is sponsored by Bates Troy Quality Dry Cleaning. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and children.  For more information contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit the Theatre online at goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage.

Musicians for this concert include:

SAXOPHONE – Al Hamme, Bob Pompi, Tim Donlin, Hank Slechta & Jeremy Corcoran

TRUMPET – Alan Howell, Corky Klinko, John Harper & Larry West

TROMBONE – John Cooley, Warren Harrold & Bob Wagner

PIANO – Jim Ford

BASS – Tom Federowicz

DRUMS – Brad Nemcek

VOCALISTS – Judy Giblin & Ralph Muro

MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Hank Slechta

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The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General admission is based on a first-come; first-served policy.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility.  It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue.

Kicking off new season with BIG laughs

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Goodwill Theatre will launch its ninth season at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, October 8 at 7pm. The 2016-2017 season will feature concerts, cabarets, children’s theatre, and the return of the popular “Ladies of Laughter” standup comedy events. The October 8 performance will feature Kelly MacFarland, winner of the 2016 Ladies of Laughter competition at Turning Stone Casino, and Karith Foster, a two-time finalist.

ladiesoflaughternyc_LRThe show is the first presentation in this season’s Big Apple Comedy Club Series, underwritten by the Schorr Family, which will also feature an improv group, magic, and ventriloquism in the coming months, and is sponsored by IBM and Visions Federal Credit Union.

“Ladies of Laughter is such a popular program,” said Naima Kradjian, CEO of Goodwill Theatre, Inc. “Everyone loves to laugh, and these comedians are always a treat.”

Kelly MacFarland

Kelly MacFarland

As an experienced stand-up comedian, Kelly MacFarland has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and several television appearances. Kelly is currently touring clubs and colleges across the country and has entertained US troops overseas.  She headlined the 2009 Boston Women in Comedy Festival, was first runner up in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival, and was voted Best of the Fest at the 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. Kelly has also appeared on “Stand Up in Stilettos” on the TV Guide Channel and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” Most recently, Kelly was part of the Top 100 Comedians of “Last Comic Standing” and appeared on “AXS Gotham Comedy LIVE”. Kelly has been a featured keynote speaker for the American Heart Association GO Red for Women campaign for the last 10 years.

Karith Foster

Karith Foster

Karith Foster is the author of “Laugh Your Way to Happiness: 101 Ways to Have a Great Laugh” and the soon-to-be released children’s book “Lealah Finds Love.” Her comedy career has not only included headlining comedy clubs and colleges across the country, but gracing the stage of the famous Apollo Theatre and a recurring role as Don Imus’ sidekick on his nationally syndicated “Imus in the Morning” program. Karith has appeared on Comedy Central, VH-1, BET, BRAVO, and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “The Today Show”.

Tickets for the Ladies of Laughter are $15, and can be purchased online at: goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. This performance may feature adult language and/or sensitive subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General admission is based on a first-come; first-served policy.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility.  It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue.

For more information contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit the Theatre online at goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

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Ashley Depew returns to the GWT staff!

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Ashley Depew

Recently, our Box Office Manager, Sara Kistner, relocated to Tennessee. We are sorry to see Sara go. This week, we welcomed Ashley Depew back to GWT in the new position of Marketing Manager & Volunteer Coordinator. Ashley worked at GWT from 2008-2012 as the Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. We are so happy to see her return and take on marketing and development tasks as well as the volunteer coordination. 

We’re currently searching for a Box Office Manager. Our ideal candidate must be good with people, computer literate and welcoming of a flexible schedule, as nights and weekend hours are a must.

If you are interested, please send your resume and a cover letter to Christine Springer at cspringer@goodwilltheatre.net.

Naima Kradjian’s Cabaret Canceled

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Naima_ShowImageDue to the unforeseen illness of Naima’s pianist, we must cancel the cabaret, Listen to My Heart, scheduled at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7 PM. Ticket purchasers will be given a gift certificate for a future show, as well as some Jazz Jam passes and drink tokens. Or, if they would prefer, a refund.

For more information, please call the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301 or email Sara at boxoffice@goodwilltheatre.net.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jazz Jam Clip!

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Here’s a clip from our Jazz Jam last night (Monday, June 6, 2016).

Jazz Jams run from 7-9 PM. Admission is $10 and musicians prepared to jam enter free!  Our host each evening is Mike Carbone. Here’s a list of our Jazz Jams for the rest of this season:

June 20

July 11

July 25

Too Marvelous!

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Too Marvelous for Words

Too Marvelous for Words

Too Marvelous for Words: A Celebration of the Nat “King” Cole Trio” is a fun and swingin’ journey into the early days of Nat King Cole.  Before his big hits such as “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that many remember being performed standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers but on pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. Drawing on his experience as both an actor and a singer/pianist, Peter Smith (creator) effortlessly weaves in stories from this period in Nat King Cole’s life as they relate to the song selections, creating an evening that is fun, informative and will leave you tapping your feet, and pondering some fascinating tidbits from Nat’s life. All Too Marvelous for Words will be performing on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm. This amazing performance is the last of the Music Hall Concert Series, sponsored by IBM.

“We are very excited to bring this musical trip down memory lane to the Firehouse. The performers are outstandingly talented in their own right. Then you add Nat’s Music on top of it and it’s a dream come true. You cannot really afford to miss this show,” said Naima Kradjian Goodwill Theatre CEO.

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Peter Smith

PETER SMITH – served as co-producer and arranger on Molly Ringwald’s Concord Records release of “Except Sometimes,” her first solo album. He has played on major stages large and small: Iridium (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi’s (SF), Blues Alley (DC), Montreal Jazz festival, Vector Arena (NZ), Melbourne Recital Centre (AUS), and many, many more. Peter was the associate Musical Director on DUETS, the hit singing competition show on ABC. As associate musical director, Peter worked directly with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and John Legend, not only accompanying them and their contestants in rehearsal, but collaborating with them on the musical arrangements for the show

John Storie

John Storie

JOHN STORIE – For over a decade, John Storie has been an active contributor to the jazz and classical music scenes of Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. As a founding member of the New West Guitar Group, John has performed across the country and gained recognition as a well-respected jazz guitarist. Over the years, he has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Jazz Society of Oregon, Cascade Festival of Music, Guitar Foundation of America, the ASCAP Foundation, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Alex Frank

Alex Frank

ALEX FRANK – He may only be in his mid20s, but Alex Frank has already established himself as a first call bassist for film (Jersey Boys, Black Nativity), Jersey Boys The Movie television (Modern Family, Friends With Better Lives ), and records (Bruce Forman, Dave Damiani). Along with Pianist Peter Smith and guitarist John Storie, Alex recently founded the group Too Marvelous For Words, a tribute to the original Nat King Cole trio, which has begun touring nationally. Alex has also become an in demand accompanist for jazz singers and TV shows such as America’s got Talent, Still Standing and the Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Tickets for Too Marvelous for Words are $25 Adults $20 Seniors. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

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Firehouse Receives New AED!

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Robert Mack presents AED to Naima Kradjian & Firehouse Stage

Recently, the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the John Mack Foundation. The AED has been installed in the hallway from the bar area into the lounge leading to the restrooms. In addition, several staff members were trained on the device.

John Mack was a 17-year old junior at Binghamton High School in New York State whose life tragically ended on November 30, 2006. During a club lacrosse game, John collapsed in full cardiac arrest after a stick check to his chest. It took 19 minutes to get a defibrillator to the field to restart John’s heart. John suffered irreparable brain damage and was removed from life support three days later and became an organ donor.

Following John’s death, a benefit was held by family and friends. The money raised was used to purchase 21 AEDs – 21 was the number John wore on his lacrosse jersey. A local lacrosse tournament was also renamed for John – The John Mack Southern Tier Shoot Out. It’s a 2-day tournament held each February in Binghamton, New York. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the John Mack Foundation to be used for AEDs and training.

As a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, John Mack Foundation, Inc. makes funds available each year for John’s cause. Visit the John Mack Foundation online.

Click here for a listing of some of the organizations the John Mack Foundation has helped.

“Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, emergency medical services (EMS) treat about 360,000 victims of cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital. Performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and using an AED (automated external defibrillator) before EMS arrives can increase the chance of survival upwards of 70%.

AEDs are electronic devices used to restart a person’s heart that has stopped beating. They are safe, easy to use, and can be operated effectively by the public. CPR can help restore blood flow to someone suffering cardiac arrest for a short time until advanced medical care arrives.

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. It is important for organizations to implement AED programs so people are prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest emergency. Placing AEDs in key locations, and making sure organization members are trained to use them, can mean the difference between life and death. By learning CPR and learning how to use an AED in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, one can take action if the need arises.”*

*From the John Mack Foundation site.

An AED costs about $1,500. We are very thankful for the John Mack Foundation’s help in securing a defibrillator for the Firehouse!

2014-15 Volunteer Award Winners

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Congratulations to our 2015 Goodwill Theatre Volunteer Award winners! Awards were presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting that was held at Nirchi’s on the Avenue on October 29, 2015.

Billy Boysick Volunteer Award in memory of our loyal

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The criteria is:

1.Exhibits an “WELCOME TO OUR VENUE” attitude that is friendly and welcoming to our patrons!

2.ANTICIPATES the needs of our patrons (often before they know that they have a need!)

3.Acts as a good (positive) Goodwill Theatre Inc. AMBASSADOR!

4.Always a SNAZZY dresser!

5.Likes to GROOVE (and proves it at events)!

6.Stockpiles an arsenal of JOKES applicable to any situation!

7.Legendarily LOYAL to our cause!

And the winner is….JANET GILL!

Your Time Is Appreciated Award

These long-standing volunteers have donated countless hours to the organization over the years.

And the winner is…DAVID & LOUISE MARTIN!

Building Bridges Award

This award is for a volunteer who has tirelessly and relentlessly built bridges for the organization.  (A true believer in collaboration!)

And the winner is…AL HAMME!

Lasting Impression Award

This award is for a volunteer who has left their lasting impression on the organization.

And the winner is…BARB NURSE!

Congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you to our many volunteers. We could never do it without you!

 

 

2015 Community Advocate of the Year Award

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Goodwill Theatre was awarded the 2015 Community Advocate of the Year by the Greater

CEO Naima Kradjian accepts the 2015 Community Advocate of the Year Award

CEO Naima Kradjian accepts the 2015 Community Advocate of the Year Award at Chamber Luncheon.

Binghamton Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon that was held at the McKinley in Endicott on November 17, 2015. Over 550 people were in attendance.

The Community Advocate of the Year is awarded to an organization that has made a significant contribution to the improvement and/or enrichment of the neighborhood it serves, or the Greater Binghamton area as a whole.

Goodwill Theatre Inc. exists to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation of the arts through education. Our vision is to create a center for the arts where performances, workshops, professional backstage and performance theater training is conducted – whereby youth and professionals can work side by side in a creative environment.

CEO Naima Kradjian accepted the award and gave a brief speech at the event.

Learn more about the event and other award winners.

Ladies of Laughter Return!

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ladiesoflaughternyc_LREveryone needs a good laugh every now and then, especially with the seasons changing and the temperature dropping. The outdoors can get depressing but with the right dose of laughter anyone can fight off the negative effects of cold weather! Did you know that frequent whole hearted laughter helps the body fight off harmful diseases?  With the seasons changing illness is more prominent so it’s time to start your laughing regimen. Laughing has also been proven to be a good work out; it tightens your abdomen and stomach. So if you have been putting off going to the gym or feeling under the weather laugh out loud with us on Friday November 6th at 7pm for the Ladies of Laughter standup comedy, part of the Big Apple Comedy Club Series, sponsored by Bates Troy and Visions Federal Credit Union; underwritten by the Schorr Family.

 “Both Comediennes have performed for our audiences here and were very well received,” says Naima Kradjian. “We are really excited to have Chris Rich and Leighann Lord back at the Firehouse.”

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Chris Rich

Chris Rich – As a result of winning the Ladies of Laughter Contest, held at Caesar’s Atlantic City Casino, Chris was given a long-running spot on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. She’s also appeared as a featured comedian on ABC’s The View and on The Lifetime Network. She’s worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Sherman Hemsley, Joy Behar, Gilbert Gottfried, Roseanne, and Tony Danza, to name a few. Her performing career started, however, as a theatrical “triple-threat”: an actress, singer, and dancer in an endless stream of drama, opera, improvisational theater, and musicals: “I did ‘Oklahoma’ so many times I qualified for Farm Aid.” Those years of study and training led to becoming part of a resident company at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Trenton Civic Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and productions at The Actors’ Playhouse in NYC. Chris is returning to the Firehouse after her successful performance last season.

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Leighann Lord

Leighann Lord – Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.”  And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.) Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory.  A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals.  She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response.)

In addition to her long list of comedy industry credentials, Leihann is the co-host of Star Talk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Leighann is also a returning comedian to the Ladies of Laughter.

Tickets for the Ladies of Laughter are $15. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

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