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Hello Girls Cast Recording

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Prospect Theater Company and Goodwill Theatre, Inc. presented a stage reading of The Hello Girls at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in the summer of 2018. A cast recording of The Hello Girls was recently announced.

Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music) and four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway), Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway), and Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), The Hello Girls has music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, directed by Cara Reichel with choreography by Christine O’Grady and music direction by Ben Moss. Orchestrations are by Peter Mills and Ben Moss, with additional drum arrangements by Elena Bonomo. The cast features Ellie FishmanChanel KarimkhaniAndrew MayerMatthew McGloinBen MossLili ThomasSkyler VolpeCathryn Wake, and Scott WakefieldElena Bonomo is the percussionist.

Prospect Theater Company premiered The Hello Girls Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in December 2018. The Hello Girls was created with the support of an NEA commissioning grant, and was developed with the support of the Goodwill Theatre and Broadway au Carré in Paris.

Stay tuned for a Prospect Theater stage reading of A Soldier’s Heart at the Firehouse in June of 2019. Goodwill Theatre, Inc. is committed to developing new work and has had numerous collaborative efforts with Prospect Theater.

Funny and Fabulous Ladies of Laughter

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Kelly MacFarland and Carolyn Plummer will perform at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7pm. This performance will be the final Ladies of Laughter event of the 2018-2019 season.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Ladies of Laughter is the Goodwill Theatre’s showcase series of award-winning female comedians. It is underwritten by the Schorr Family, and may not be appropriate for anyone under 18 years old.

Ladies of Laughter, or LOL as we like to call it, is one of our most in-demand series,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “We’ve sold out both LOL shows this season so far, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Kelly MacFarland

Kelly MacFarland is the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner at Turning Stone Resort Casino, and has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and several television appearances. She headlined the 2009 Boston Women in Comedy Festival, was first runner up in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival and 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”. She was part of the Top 100 Comedians of “Last Comic Standing” Season 9 and appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy LIVE. She has been a resident cast member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014.

Carolyn Plummer

Carolyn Plummer has worked at clubs, colleges, dead animal lodges, theatres and corporations, appearing with many top headliners. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Burbank Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, and the Women in Comedy Festival. She also won the Woody Herman Jazz Award.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/firehouse.stage

 

May 9 at 7 PM

Miles Davis Tribute Concert

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Star People

Goodwill Theatre will offer a tribute to the music of jazz legend Miles Davis on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm, performed by Bobby Militello and Star People.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

Star People, which performs regularly at Buffalo’s Pausa Art House, features Bobby Militello on saxes and flute; Andy Weinzler, saxophone; Tim Clarke, trumpet; George Caldwell, piano; and John Bacon on drums. Their performances at the Taylor Theater at Kenan Center and elsewhere have earned them sold-out houses and standing ovations.

Bobby Militello has played with many artists for the last 5 decades, along with leading his own groups, the Bobby Militello Quartet, and the sextet Star People. He toured for twenty years and recorded over 20 CDs with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and appeared in many international jazz festivals, television and radio shows. He played for four years with Maynard Ferguson, and appeared in the “Downbeat” Readers Polls from 1976 to 1979. He received critical acclaim in numerous articles and reviews throughout the United States and Canada. While living in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1991, Bobby worked with many world-renowned composers and arrangers, including the Don Menza Quintet, the Dee Barton Big Band, Chuck Flores Big Band and Quartet, Steve Hoffstetter Latin Big Band, the Jeff Stradling Fusion Quintet, The Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra and Big Band, and the Steve Segal Big Band.

John Bacon, composer and percussionist, is a member of some of the most prominent Jazz groups in Western New York including Star People, the Bobby Militello Quartet, the Buffalo Jazz Octet, the UB Faculty Jazz Quartet and the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop. He is a music educator at UB, Villa Maria College and SUNY Fredonia. He has been honored as a composer through the New York State Foundation for the Arts (2013 Artist Fellow) and the New York State Council on the Arts (Individual Artist Composer Commission). He is the curator of the region-wide jazz initiative “JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: 1968”. For more: johnbaconjr.com

George Caldwell leads the George Caldwell Quintet and SUNY Buffalo’s Faculty Jazz Quartet. He has performed with such notable musicians as Savion Glover, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello, Mercedes Ellington, Benny Carter, Richie Havens, The Inkspots, The Coasters, Max Roach, and Tito Puente. For more information, visit: georgecaldwelljazz.com

Danny Zieman has been freelancing professionally in western NY since the age of 18, and has toured throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe, playing major jazz festivals and spreading his passion for jazz. Since 2012, Zieman has regularly toured with respected bandleader Gordon Webster, playing for swing dancers and lindy hoppers all over the world, including Sweden, Turkey, Hungary, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, and more. Equally versatile in both electric and upright bass, Zieman’s performance resume includes shows with Josh Groban, The Rat Pack (national touring act), Delfeayo Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Don Menza, Dennis Mackrel, Bob Sneider, George Caldwell, Bill Dobbins, and Bobby Militello.

Tim Clarke currently performs with The George Caldwell Quintet, House of Relics, Magpies, What Would Mingus Do?, The Felski Quartet, The Buffalo Brass, Bacon/McNeill Quartet, New Buffalo Jazz Octet, Ben Baia’s Big City Horns, Morgan Street Stompers, Upstate Express, and Genkin Philharmonic, among others. Clarke holds a senior-level music production position at Fisher-Price, where he maintains a busy schedule composing and arranging music for toys, multimedia products, web productions, commercials and other media.

Andy Weinzler has been performing professionally as a saxophonist, jazz soloist and woodwind doubler for over 30 years. He founded ‘Transformation Recording Studio’ in 2007. As a performer, he has been a featured soloist with the Gap Mangione Big Band since 1991, having recorded 3 CDs including ‘Planet Gap’ (1997), ‘Stolen Moments’ (2002) and ‘Family Holiday’ (2004). These recordings feature world-class musicians including Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, John Patitucci, Grant Geissman and fellow saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Gerry Niewood. For more information, visit: andyweinzler.com

Miles Davis was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz. Davis won eight Grammy Awards and received thirty-two nominations.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/firehouse.stage

 

Children’s Show and Book Signing

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ArtsPower’s Anne of Green Gables

Beloved character Anne of Green Gables has been featured on license plates and postage stamps, and soon, she’ll be at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.

Goodwill Theatre will offer a children’s musical based on the classic book by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables”, on Saturday, April 27 at 11am and 2pm.

Local biographer Liz Rosenberg, who wrote “House of Dreams: The Life of Lucy Maud Montgomery” will be at both performances to answer questions about the author of the beloved “Anne” series and sign copies of her book.

The classic tale of a young orphan girl whose dauntless spirit transforms her adoptive family is brought to life by Manhattan’s ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, and sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want a boy to help with the chores. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, an orphan with little more than a tattered carpet bag and a big imagination. This popular and heart-warming musical tells the story of vivacious Anne and her journey to find the family she’s always wanted.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show is recommended for children 7+.

Set at the turn of the century, “Anne of Green Gables” features a rich musical score, beautiful period costumes, and imaginative sets. Written and directed by Greg Gunning, with music by Richard DeRosa, “Anne of Green Gables” has been performed in some of the leading cultural centers across the United States since its premiere in 1993.

The novel “Anne of Green Gables” was published in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and has since sold more than 50 million copies, and been translated 36 languages. It is taught to students around the world, and is especially popular in Japan. Montgomery continued the story of Anne Shirley in a series of eight sequels. The Green Gables farmhouse which inspired Montgomery is located on Prince Edward Island, and many tourist attractions have been developed based on Anne. There have been numerous adaptations for the stage, as well as two films and several television series based on or inspired by the novels, including an animated version for PBS.

Bringing a child to the theatre for the first time can be nerve-wracking for parents,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “They want to introduce their kids to live performance, but they worry the show won’t hold their child’s attention, or that their child will be disruptive. We try to make it easy for parents, by offering shows that are engaging for children, and relatively short, and by providing a free craft activity for children at every performance.

The shows do come with an age recommendation, but that is just a guideline, and all ages are welcome,” Kradjian continued. “Quality children’s shows can be enjoyed by parents, too.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre was founded in 1985 by Gary and Mark Blackman. For 33 years, they have created outstanding, spirited theatre that speaks intelligently to and resonates powerfully with audiences, earning a national reputation as a reliable source of compelling theatre that connects with both children and adults.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/firehouse.stage

 

“Doktor Kaboom” – fun and educational!

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Is there anything children like more than blowing stuff up?

Goodwill Theatre will offer an educational science comedy show for families, “Doktor Kaboom: The Wheel of Science” on Saturday, April 13 at 11am and 2pm.

The presentation blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. The show provides an educational overview of the modern scientific method, and fills children with wonder and curiosity by demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

The “Doktor” is an over-the-top German scientist, part Mr. Wizard, part Mr. Rogers, played by David Epley, a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Epley has been developing, writing, and performing his original interactive comedy across the US and Canada, for over twenty years. Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter, taking children and parents alike on a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show is recommended for children 7 and older. All Goodwill Theatre children’s shows offer a free enrichment activity before the performance.

Doktor Kaboom is one of the best performers we’ve ever featured,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Not just one of the best children’s performers, one of the best, period. Truly quality children’s shows can be enjoyed by parents, too, and the Doktor is incredibly talented.

This show is recommended for grades 3-6, but that is just a guideline, and all ages are welcome,” Kradjian continued.

“DC Theatre Scene” called Doktor Kaboom “better than Bill Nye”. Philip Wilson of New World Stages writes, “Doktor Kaboom’s ability to improvise and engage the crowd sets the show apart from all other science shows that I’ve seen.”

 The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

April 13 at 11 AM

 

 

 

 

 

April 13 at 2 PM

 

Your Alien Visits the Firehouse!

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Goodwill Theatre will offer a children’s musical based on the beloved book by Tammi Sauer,Your Alien”, adapted and performed by ArtsPower, on Saturday, April 6 at 11am and 2pm.

ArtsPower’s newest musical touches down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with a boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together. As evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show is recommended for children Pre-K to 3rd grade.

Bringing a child to the theatre for the first time can be nerve-wracking for parents,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “They want to introduce their kids to live performance, but they worry the show won’t hold their child’s attention, or that their child will be disruptive. We try to make it easy for parents, by offering shows that are engaging for children, and relatively short, and by providing a free craft activity for children at every performance.

The shows do come with an age recommendation, but that is just a guideline, and all ages are welcome,” Kradjian continued. “Quality children’s shows can be enjoyed by parents, too.

ArtsPower’s “Your Alien” stars Claire Rachel Howell, Tanner Sands, Jeorgi Smith, and Rebecca Soelberg. The show is based on the book by Tammi Sauer, adapted and directed by Greg Gunning, with music and orchestrations by Richard DeRosa, and lyrics by Greg Gunning.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre was founded in 1985 by Gary and Mark Blackman. For 33 years, they have created outstanding, spirited theatre that speaks intelligently to and resonates powerfully with audiences, earning a national reputation as a reliable source of compelling theatre that connects with both children and adults.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

 

 

April 6 at 11 AM

 

 

 

 

 

April 6 at 2 PM

Tea for 3 in March!

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Pat Nixon once called the role of First Lady “the hardest unpaid job in the world”, and it’s difficult to imagine exactly what she and other First Ladies experienced – but “Tea for Three” offers a glimpse into the lives of three different Presidential wives.

Elaine Bromka will perform her acclaimed one-woman show “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty” at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, March 31 at 2 pm.

The educational and moving one-woman show is a fictional account based on the lives of three first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, and takes place in the White House in 1968, 1974 and 1976. “Tea for Three” was written by Elaine Bromka and Eric H. Weinberger and has been touring nationally since 2004.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the incredible lives of three inspirational First Ladies,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It’s the perfect capstone to Women’s History Month.

Elaine Bromka

Elaine Bromka has starred on Broadway in “The Rose Tattoo”, “I’m Not Rappaport”, and “Macbeth”; and Off-Broadway in “Cloud 9”, “Split”, and “Candide”, as well as regional productions across the country. Her performance as Shirley Valentine was cited as the outstanding solo performance in New Jersey in 1997 by the Star Ledger. She has appeared in the films “Uncle Buck”, “Without a Trace”, and “In the Family”, and on television in series such as “The Blacklist”, “Girls”, “ER”, “The Sopranos”, “Providence”, “Dharma & Greg”, “Sisters”, “L.A. Law”, and “Law and Order”. She played Stella Lombard on “Days of Our Lives”, and won a New England Emmy Award for her role on “Catch a Rainbow”. She also starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in “The Presidents” for PBS. For more information, visit:  www.elainebromka.com

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

 

March 31 at 2 PM

Morgan’s Journey comes to Johnson City!

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Robert Morgan’s children’s show is called Morgan’s Journey and the name has never been more fitting. As the longest-running touring play in Canadian history, it is a journey that has taken Morgan around the world for almost 40 years and will bring him to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage for two performances, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., on February 16.

Atypical as it may seem, Morgan’s Journey, about his travels with a sock puppet, has spent most of its time in Morgan’s mind.   “A script has not existed until a few years ago when I decided to write something down,” he said. “There’s a very clear story; the narrative hasn’t really changed in 40 years, but how I get their changes because it’s so interactive. The audience are participants.

In fact, one of the few changes Morgan has made was brought about by audience participation.  Morgan used to start his show from inside a colorful sack on stage, emblazoned with a sign that read, “ Inside this bag is a clown who has been waiting a long time to be born” (don’t worry coulrophobes – clowns and all references to them have since been removed).

About ten or 15 years ago the first thing I heard when I came out of the bag was, ‘Oh! He’s OLD!’” Morgan said with a laugh, adding that he went completely gray when his daughters were teenagers. “So now it reads ‘an old man”.

Aside from those changes, the show remains beloved by generations (Morgan remembers fondly when after a show in Hong Kong a woman approached him in tears, saying she has seen his show in Toronto when SHE was a girl and had brought her own daughter) and also remains refreshingly free of flash.

When I started this show, I used to unicycle and juggle under this mistaken notion that you really have to wow with pizzazz and jazz. But over the years it has become simple and simpler and simpler. The less I do, the better the play is, the better the story is. There is a very clear narrative,” Morgan said.

I haven’t had to change the basic elements of the play that are based on a child’s extraordinary ability to focus and be engaged. I am opposite the kind of wow, jazz flash gotta keep moving [show].

Morgan also takes his audience interaction seriously. There’s no fourth wall convention in his shows.  “[Children] don’t know that wall, they don’t care about it anyway and I don’t like it,” he said. And though Morgan’s Journey is great fun, it has a very important mission.

The power of the imagination is often what’s overlooked in the education system and it’s what’s going to save the planet, ultimately,” Morgan said. “It’s that engaged imagination that’s our future. Humanity’s future.

Tickets for Morgan’s Journey are $10 for adults and $8 for kids/students/seniors, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

http://www.morgansjourney.com/

 

February 16 at 11 AM

 

 

 

February 16 at 2 PM

Italian Bred – Not Just for Italians

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To hear her tell it, actor and comedian Candice Guardino had a wonderful if eccentric childhood growing up in Staten Island.  “I had a very wonderful community, a heartfelt experience growing up there,” she said.  “It’s just that everybody was in your business.”

Well, now Guardino is REALLY making sure everybody knows her family’s business through her one-woman show, Candice Guardino’s Italian Bred, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., February 9 the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.  Inspired by the works of John Leguizamo and Lily Tomlin, Guardino created Italian Bred, in which she takes the audience on a tour of her life, up until around college age playing the parts of her various family members.

And when it comes to broadcasting her family’s business? Well, her family couldn’t be more delighted.

“I think some people think when you’re going to impersonate your family, your family members will get insulted.  I have the complete opposite,” she said. “They literally come to the shows, they watch it and give me notes.  They want to know why they’re not in more scenes! I have THAT family. My Dad will be like, ‘You’re not saying it right. THIS is how I say it.’  I always say it makes for an exhausting ride home for me because if they come to see a show I’m like, “Guys, no more notes. I get it. I’ll change it.”

Italian Bred is not a stand-up comedy act, either. It may have started that way, but Guardino’s theater training and talents have turned it into a full, scripted production.

“It started out as a set of 20-minute comedy sketches and then I started to bring my theater background into it. I am a singer, too and I thought I would add a musical element into it, also,” she said. “It is a comedy but it is not a traditional stand-up act. I don’t sit there with a stool and a mic and tell you stories. I have a face mic on because I am jumping all over the stage and singing. It’s a theatrical comedy, but it is more of a show.”

Guardino may be alone on stage, but she has some familiar faces as pre-recorded cameo appearances in her show, and she has worked out the dialog to be timed perfectly.  Among the actors lending their virtual presence to Italian Bred are Vincent Pastore (Salvatore ‘Pussy’ Bonpensiero on The Sopranos) Steve Schirripa (Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri on The Sopranos, Anthony Abetemarco on Blue Bloods).

Among the vignettes from Guardino’s life are scenes like her first driving lessons with her Dad.

With her whole family in the car.

“All the stories I tell in the show are true stories that actually happened to me,” she said.   “It’s really about family and everyone in the end just relates to it, whether you are Italian or not.”

“It’s something that for me, being a writer and a storyteller, I am so excited to share the experiences and stories I have to tell because so many people come up to me after the show and say, That happened to me, or my family is just like yours or your mom is just like a mom I once knew,” she said. “That human connection with the audience is so fun.”

Tickets are $35/30, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show’s content may not be appropriate for anyone under 18. Parental discretion is advised.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

 

 

 

 

February 9 at 2 PM

 

 

 

 

February 9 at 8 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Show Times Moved!

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Due to the impending snow storm, we have decided to move the times for the January 19, 2019 BAM It’s Magic performances only.

The 2:00 p.m. performance (Magic for Kids) has been moved to 10:00 a.m. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m.

The 7:00 p.m. performance (BAM It’s Magic) has been moved to 1:00 p.m. The doors will open at noon.

If you are unable to attend the new show time, please contact the box office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The Friday, January 18, 2019 performance will take place as planned at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please drive safely!

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