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“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!

The Sister is Back with Sister’s Christmas Catechism

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After enormous success with “Late Nite Catechism”, Goodwill Theatre will offer a Christmas-themed sequel to the interactive one-woman comedy at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, December 7 & 8 at 7pm, and December 9 at 2pm.

Sister’s Christmas Catechism, The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” is a holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of “Late Nite Catechism”. It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? (“We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri – they were in a barn after all.”) Retelling the story of the nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production employs Sister’s own scientific methods, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members. Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen.

After last year’s success we are excited to once again offer Sister and her bundles of laughs to our audience,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 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. The performance is underwritten by the Schorr Family, and may not be appropriate for young children.

Colleen Moore has enjoyed playing the role of Sister in national tours and off-Broadway for several years. Moore was taught by Sisters of the Holy Cross at Blessed Sacrament School and at St. Mary’s High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She currently lives in New York City.

Other upcoming comedy events include “Bam! It’s Magic!” on January 18 and 19; and “Italian Bred” on February 9.

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

Goodwill Theatre makes your office holiday party a snap

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Goodwill Theatre is celebrating small businesses in the Southern Tier by offering them a priceless opportunity: the opportunity to send their employees to a fun and fancy big holiday party, without having to plan one.

The Big Holiday Party for Small Businesses sponsored by Lesko Financial Services will be held Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30-8:30 at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, 48 Willow Street in Johnson City, and will feature catering by the Colonial, music by DJ Frankie of Powerhouse Entertainment, door prizes, and surprises.

“This is a brand-new event that we’re trying out for the first time,” said Ashley Depew, Goodwill Theatre Marketing Manager. “Planning a holiday party is usually too much hassle for a small office, but small business employees deserve the chance to celebrate and feel appreciated, just as much as large corporations. Maybe even more so.”

The event will also offer area small businesses a chance to network with each other, while raising funds for Goodwill Theatre’s year-round educational programming, and community outreach events. Tickets are $50 per person, and include food and beverages and entertainment.

“Personally, I’ve worked for lots of small businesses and not-for-profits,” Depew continued, “and it’s hard to really feel the holiday spirit when your office party is just five or six people doing a Secret Santa and eating sugar cookies under a sad little string or two of tinsel in the break room. We want to give people a chance to really celebrate all that their small business accomplished this year.”

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

Mason Warrington Orchestra celebrates Veterans Day

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Mason Warrington Orchestra

On Sunday, November 11 at 2PM The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is planning a tribute to World War II with the Mason Warrington Orchestra returning once again to play the hits of that bygone era. But sometimes you have to be high tech to harken back to the past. That’s what Mason Warrington Musical Director and saxophonist Hank Slechta discovered while coming up with a show that would equal or surpass last year’s success.

Last year it was a packed house and it was the best show we’ve ever done there. It was very well received,” Slechta said. “Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I came up with enough material [for this year’s show] without repeating anything from last year for another tribute to WWII.

The 15-piece orchestra with two vocalists, whose members range in age from 28 to 80, will transport audiences back to a turning point in the history of the world, this nation and popular music.

[World War II] was the Big Band era, sort of toward the end of it. At that point there were 600 bands traveling the country all in cars or on buses,” Slechta said. “Musicians getting drafted and traveling being made difficult because of rationing … WWII just kind of put an end to that and the singers then took over. The singers became the big thing and the band was just there to back them up.

Slechta said the audience can look forward to such hits as The Andrews Sisters’ Rum & Coca-Cola and Glenn Miller’s Jeep Jockey Jump as well as GI Jive and Bell Bottom Trousers and many more.

And while Slechta was just a small boy when the big band era was wrapping up, it’s music has stayed with him.

I’ve been director [of the Mason Warrington Orchestra big band] for 25 years,” he said. “Hard to believe, but time flies when you’re having fun.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, 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

November 11 at 2 PM

Comedian Andy Pitz Visits Firehouse Stage

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Comedian Andy Pitz

Goodwill Theatre will offer an acclaimed one-man comedy show at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City on Friday, November 9 at 7pm.

When comedian Andy Pitz appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, he thought he had finally ‘arrived.’ Pitz, a Buffalo native who now lives outside of New York City with his wife and six-year-old daughter, had been performing standup comedy for 12 years and had put a Letterman appearance square in his sights.

It used to be that if a comic was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, that was it. That was the Golden Ticket. Because at that time there were three TV stations and one Johnny Carson,” he said. “I wanted to be on Conan or Letterman and that was the goal I gave myself and it took about a year and a half to accomplish that, after being in comedy for 12 years.

Pitz was in for a big surprise. There was no Golden Ticket. “I was so excited and I thought it was a career maker and I started shopping myself around agencies in New York, aiming for the bigger ones,” Pitz said, adding that he got many congratulations but nobody who signed him on. “It takes a lot more than that to get recognition now.

However, a late night TV appearance is still far from a time waster. “It is a shorthand way of people putting you in a different category of comedian,” Pitz said. “It’s almost the first thing people want to know, have you ever been on television.

And while Pitz may not be a household name, he enjoys a very busy and thriving career as a full time comedian and will appear, with his opening act, comedian Kendra Cunningham, at 7 p.m., Friday, November 9 at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

One of the challenges for any comedian is coming up with a comedy routine that is not, in fact, routine.

Getting married and especially having a child is just this whole treasure trove. I don’t really sit down and write anymore. Things my wife says and things my daughter says, they come out almost 80 percent done,” he said. “I could easily do 45 minutes of nothing but marriage jokes. But I don’t want to bore myself or the audience. I try not to do too much of one topic,” he said.

Pitz also doesn’t subscribe to the idea that comedians need to be political.

If you don’t talk about politics, it’s almost as if, as a comedian, you are disappointing a certain segment of the comedy world,” he said.  “Anything political, anything even remotely divisive, just doesn’t go with the rest of what I am doing.

Tickets are $15, 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.

 

November 9 at 7 PM

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