The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage has a magical leap day planned as It’s Magic with John Reid returns by popular demand for three separate events: a children’s balloon workshop at 11 a.m., a magic show at 2 p.m. and a balloon workshop for adults at 5 p.m., on Saturday, February 29.
Reid’s magic show is 50 minutes of interactive magic comedy for the entire family with some feel-good messages along the way.
“I talk about sharing, about being respectful and working as team and all that,” he said. “But it’s sort of camouflaged with really bad dad jokes.”
During the show Reid will bring as many as eight children to the stage to assist him, but he says it is the big ending everybody remembers best.
“I levitate one of the kids. I take a digital photo and I print it out because they can’t see themselves floating,” he said. “I mean in today’s day and age everybody’s got an iphone or a video camera, but usually at the point where a kid is floating the parent’s jaw drops and they forget to take the photo. This way the kids can see themselves floating.”
It is also his favorite part if the show.
“As far as they know, nothing is happening. They are just lying there and everybody is using their imaginations. They don’t get it,” he said. “And then all of a sudden, when they see the photo of themselves floating and their eyes fall out of their head; that’s my favorite part.”
Reid started out by dabbling in magic as a child, developing his talents, but keeping them to himself until one day he was outed as a magician in college.
“Next thing you know I was doing kids birthday parties and doing children’s birthday parties put me through school. I finished college and I looked around at my friends and I realized I was making more money than my parents were, I was partying on the weekends and I had zero student debt,” he said. “I thought, maybe I should just go with this instead of some entry-level position at a soul-crushing job that’s going to make me wake up every morning hating my life. Let’s try this for a year or two.”
That was 25 years ago and Reid hasn’t looked back. His expertise with balloons has led him to a world record for the world’s largest balloon sculpture by an individual. Reid’s 55-foot tall sculpture, Poptimus Prime, was crafted from 4,302 balloons, so he can most likely teach anybody how to make a giraffe and much, much more. But perhaps the real magic is what happens to the adults who attend his workshop to make balloon hats, animals, flowers, swords and other flights of inflated fancy.
“It’s cool for kids, but it’s even cooler for adults because now the grandparents become the cool grandparents because they know how to make balloons,” he said. “The adult classes are usually more fun than the kids classes because you watch people in the 40s and 50s become six-year-olds, and they start sword fighting with the balloons and it’s one of my favorite things.”
And while Reid’s show is for kids, it means a lot to him that their grown-ups go, too. “You get a lot of parents who say, well, magic isn’t real, and you know what? It’s not. But you spending time with your kids IS. I want to make sure you guys have a good time together.”
And that’s probably the most magical thing of all.
Tickets for the Magic show are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, tickets to the balloon workshops are $20 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.
The Goodwill Theatre will present “The Bitchy Waiter” at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, October 18 at 7PM and Saturday, October 19 at 2pm.
Singer actor Darron Cardosa found a way to make his day job more than his
pay job. Like many in the New York entertainment business, Cardosa was supporting himself by waiting tables; then one day he had an idea.
“I started a blog in December of 2008 and it really just started because I was having a frustrating day at my restaurant job, I came home and literally just Googled ‘blog’ and started a blog post” Cardosa said. “It was just for myself and for my friends who I worked with. It started out as just a way to vent my frustrations, but I just kept doing it and now it has turned into something much bigger than I ever anticipated it being.”
Cardosa has parlayed his discontent into a book deal and appearances on numerous TV shows, including the Today Show, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, all while becoming an advocate (his Web site has links to legal services for food industry employees) and voice for food service workers everywhere. He says what they all are thinking and sometimes he sings it. To show tune melodies with piano accompaniment. And that is The Bitchy Waiter
“The show came around about five years ago,” he said. “I have always been an actor and I singer and I thought it would be fun to take some stories from the blog and do some storytelling and kind of mix them with songs that would further the story. It ended up being super fun and it’s really fulfilling. I am so excited to do these shows.”
Cardosa said he still holds down a waiting job and has been working at the same restaurant now, a small, low-key American bistro in his neighborhood, for eight and a half years, but he is down to one shift a week. He did have a stint in fine dining a while back, but they didn’t appreciate Cardosa emerging career. And scathing humor.
“They fired me. They didn’t like my sense of humor,” he said. “But it makes for a great moment on the show, though.”
Cardosa believes that servers and former servers will recognize his trials and tribulations and that those who have never waited tables will get a glimpse, often very amusing, behind the scenes. Of course, taking aim at the foibles of the restaurant-going public can have its somber moments. Take, for example, an older couple Cardosa has waited on many times over the years.
“They still come into my restaurant. They have no idea that they have become the main characters in my show and in my book,” Cardosa said, adding that over the years they have developed a cordial relationship. “I work in my neighborhood and I see them in the grocery store. I feel kinda bad, but it’s OK. They don’t know.”
Tickets are $35 and $30, 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, located at 48 Willow Street located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General admission seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy.
For more information contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit the Theatre online at goodwilltheatre.net.
On Saturday Oct. 12 at 7 PM, the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage hosts A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like A Wheel. The show features Broadway veteran Rita Harvey.
‘Heart Like A Wheel: A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt celebrates one of the most beloved and versatile pop singers of the past five decades. Hear the hits that Linda Ronstadt helped make famous (“You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Desperado,” “Heat Wave” and many others) as well as stories behind the songs that highlighted her career.
Rita Harvey has performed the role of Hodel in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by David Leveaux and starring Alfred Molina, Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O’Donell. She made her Broadway debut performing the role of Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera” after two and a half years in the role with the national touring company. Rita created the role of Lady Edith in the Off-Broadway hit musical “The Prince and The Pauper” at the Lambs Theatre. Also Off-Broadway, Rita has appeared as Ethel Chicester in “Peg O’ My Heart” at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Katrrin Binder in “Flirtation” at the Marvel Rep., and Diva in Terrance McNally’s “Plesir D’more” at 59E59 Theatre. Rita is married to Broadway composer and Binghamton University Grad Neil Berg.
Tickets: $35/ $30
Goodwill Theatre’s 2019
$10,000 – Katherine Holley
$400- John Whalen
$300- Eric Donaldson
$100- Karedes’ Grandchildren
Thank you for your support.
The Fall Ladies of Laughter on Friday, September 27, 2019 is SOLD OUT!
Please consider our other comedy within this season:
We will hold our annual $10,000 Raffle Drawing and Season Opening Reception at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, 48 Willow Street, Johnson City, NY 13790, on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. If you have purchased a raffle ticket, you are invited to attend. You need not be present to win.
The evening will include the light refreshments, the raffle drawing, entertainment by Franco Feeling and a preview of the upcoming season.
For more information, please call us at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
Arts organizations worldwide have something to celebrate.
Ludwig van Beethoven has a big birthday coming up next year: 250. And the Goodwill Theatre Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is starting their celebration this September with a piece they commissioned from the world-renowned Binghamton-based dance company Galumpha. “Chez Victiore de Wellington” will have its world premiere at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
“We were asked to create a piece and we had to somehow use the music of Beethoven in our performance,” said Galumpha President, Director and performer Andy Horowitz. “We could have re-choreographed a piece we already had in rep to the music of Beethoven. But of course we didn’t do that.”
The search began.
“We listened to lots of Beethoven,” Horowitz said. “We wanted to pick something that was not very well known, under the assumption that all the things that are so very well known, like the fifth symphony or the ninth symphony, and all these melodies that everybody knows, would probably come up in other Beethoven-themed programming.”
It was Galumpha performer Gil Young Choi who happened upon the piece the group would chose: Op. 91 “Wellington’s Victory” (a/k/a Battle of Vitoria or The Battle Symphony), a 15 minute piece Beethoven wrote to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s older brother. Wellington went on to defeat Napoleon himself at Waterloo).
“Wellington’s Victory,” it seems had the perfect combination of bombast and the familiar. “It’s got tons and tons and tons of cannon fire done mainly by the kettle drum,” Horowitz said. “and it’s also filled with very familiar themes.”
Much as Tchaikovsky did with French national anthem La Marseilleaise in his 1812 Overture (which despite its title was written in 1880) audiences will hear bits of “God Save the Queen” (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee in the US), “Rule Britannia” and the French tune “Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre” which means Marlborough has left for the war a melody better known to anglophones as “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” or “The Bear Went Over the Mountain.” Beethoven fans will even recognize snippets that appear in the composer’s later and better-known work, too.
As for the piece’s over-the-top qualities, audiences at the time loved it and it proved to be a big money-maker for Beethoven. The critics, however, were not as fond of the piece, leading to Beethoven’s legendary response. To those who would criticize “Wellington’s Victory”, Beethoven famously said, “What I crap is better than anything you could ever think up.” Except he didn’t use the word ‘crap.’
So, armed with their excretory Beethoven, Galumpha got to work.
“What emerged was the craziest thing,” Horowitz said. “Gil and Jennie (Codis) and the company are playing a couple that come upon a restaurant and I am the waiter. We are calling the restaurant Chez Victoire Wellington and the dance is all about the meal that ensues. It comes in courses.”
Much as the piece itself does, with distinct breaks between segments. Those courses include plenty of props, too, including a very realistic prop lobster.
“The whole meal breaks into these acrobatic sequences and quirky lumps of choreography as I am serving them and as they are eating their food,” Horowitz said. “It’s really, really fun.”
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
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 Fishman, Chanel Karimkhani, Andrew Mayer, Matthew McGloin, Ben Moss, Lili Thomas, Skyler Volpe, Cathryn Wake, and Scott Wakefield. Elena 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.
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 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 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
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