Goodwill Theatre’s Box Office and Administrative Office is closed on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 due to the weather. We will reopen on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.goodwilltheatre.net.
Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will perform “HypnoHype”, a hypnosis comedy show, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7pm.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The interactive performance, sponsored by Sentry Alarms, and underwritten by the Schorr Family, will feature hypnotic rhythms, shocking surprises, and hilarity.
“It’s enormously entertaining, because it’s real people doing outrageous things with no inhibitions,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It’s just tremendously fun to watch – or to participate!”
“HypnoHype” is a fast-paced, action-packed, high-energy live comedy hypnosis show which turns the audience members into the performers. Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will give hypnotize volunteers, then give them suggestions that will lead to an unforgettable experience, while entertaining and thrilling the audience.
Asad Mecci is a master hypnotist who has amazed crowds at Canada’s Wonderland, Skydome, Sheraton World Resort, Super Club Breezes, and onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Based in Toronto, he also sees clients in the area of goal-attainment, smoking-cessation and weight-loss. When Asad is not in the clinic, he works as a stress management and communications consultant for fortune 500 companies like Remax, IBM, and Rogers, entertaining and motivating employees and management. Mecci has been featured on “Entertainment Tonight”, MTV, HGTV, Much Music and Maxim Online. For more information, visit: entrancingentertainment.com
“A few years ago, we featured a mentalist who demonstrated some hypnosis,” said Kradjian. “It was amazing to see what people will do, say, and remember while in a trance – but HypnoHype is something very different, because it’s really all about the laughs.”
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.
Magician Alex Boyce will be joined by international sensation Derek Hughes for “BAM! It’s Magic!” – a magic show with a comic twist – at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 at 7pm.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The interactive performance, sponsored by Sentry Alarms, and underwritten by the Schorr Family, will feature sleight of hand, charm, wonder, mystery, astonishment – and comedy.
“This is the third year we’ve had Alex choose a guest magician and perform at the Firehouse,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Last year’s performance sold out, so this year, we’ve added a second performance.”
“BAM! It’s Magic!” is a sophisticated evening of exciting impossibilities in an intimate cabaret setting. Alex Boyce and Derek Hughes, travelling from NYC and Los Angeles respectively, will create memorable moments, assisted by members of the audience, for memories that will last far beyond the performance.
Alex Boyce’s appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra was hailed as “enchanting” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He began his training at the age of 11, when he began attending the prestigious Tannen’s Magic Camp. He has since been invited back as an instructor, and has continued his own training as a Drama student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is a frequent performer at Monday Night Magic, NYC’s longest running magic show. He has appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show”, and performed at Bryn Mawr College, Norfolk Marriott Waterside, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Greek Peak, and Scott’s Resort on Oquaga Lake. He contributed his expertise as the Magic Consultant at Lincoln Center for “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” by Sarah Ruhl starring Marisa Tomei, and the upcoming Netflix feature, “The Week Of”, starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. For more information, visit: BoyceMagic.com
Derek Hughes was described by the New York Times as “thoroughly entertaining.” The celebrated conjurer, known as “The Stand Up Magician”, has performed his magic on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”. He is a consulting producer on TRUtv’s hit magic series, “The Carbonaro Effect”, and was a top ten finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”.
“In addition to the second performance of BAM!, we’ve also added a children’s magic show on Saturday afternoon, which will feature Chris Capehart,” said Kradjian. “Because Alex and Derek’s show is intended for ages 15 and up, we wanted to offer an alternative for families with younger children.”
“BAM! It’s Magic for Kids!” will be held on Saturday, January 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children/students.
Chris Capehart is featured in the highly acclaimed magic series “Stars of Magic”, performing his celebrated three rings routine. He has performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and the Blackpool Magic Convention in England. He was awarded the Senator Crandall Award for Comedy at the Abbott’s Convention in 2002. He was the Master of Ceremony for the SAM National Convention in Las Vegas. He has performed in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Hollywood, Chicago, Denver and numerous other cities, and is a regular headliner at MondayNight Magic in New York City.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.
Tickets may be purchased any time at goodwilltheatre.net.
Have a happy and safe holiday season!
“Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical” is a touring production which combines improvisation and musical comedy. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
“We’ve all seen a dozen different productions of ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “The classic holiday shows are great, but – at some point, enough is enough. This show offers something different, and it’s guaranteed to be brand new, every time.”
“Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. The New York Times calls the show “hilarious!” and Time Out NY wrote, “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post praised it as “remarkable.” For more information, visit: broadwaysnexthitmusical.com
Rob Schiffmann (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) has worked and toured as a professional improviser and musician for over seventeen years. He is a two-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winner and the recipient of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News) Award for Best Improv Coach. A graduate of Oberlin College, Rob performed regularly with Chicago City Limits before joining Broadway’s Next H!T Musical in 2001. Rob became Co-Artistic Director in 2009, and continues to perform with the hysterical troupe throughout the country and at their resident theater The Triad in NYC.
Deb Rabbai (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) is an original member and co-creator of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, and became the Co-Artistic Director in 2009. A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty years. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb performs regularly with the national touring improv company Chicago City Limits. She also spent ten years performing and teaching improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York).
Matt Giroveanu (Performer) (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser & voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies & Performance at Seton Hall University and can be seen weekly on Musical House Team VERN at the People’s Improv Theatre as well as in The Improvised Opera, The Improvised Rom-Com & This Is Your Life: The Musical! Film & Television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Codes of Conduct & the upcoming film, Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
Katie Hammond (Performer), a Michigan native, earned her BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster in Ohio, before moving to Chicago to study and perform improv at The Second City, iO and The Playground Theatre(s). She relocated to Florida to improvise full-time at Disney World, and at SAK Comedy Lab. Katie can be found performing in NYC at The People’s Improv Theatre with the musical house team, VERN, and the two-man improvised musical What Town? The Musical, she also works regularly with The Story Pirates.
Megan Reilly (Performer) is a comedian, rapper and actor based out of Manhattan. She can be seen performing around the world with Baby Wants Candy and North Coast. She can also be seen twerking throughout New York City as her alter, rap-ego La Dynasty. Megan has studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Second City and The Magnet. She received a BFA in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Marc T. Engberg (Host) is a comedian, actor, and singer living in New York City. He has performed in NYC at Gotham, Caroline’s, The Stand, UCBeast, The Bitter End, and The Duplex, in Hollywood at The Comedy Store, in Chicago at the Laugh Factory, and internationally in Sweden and Finland. He has also appeared in several off-Broadway plays including Salome (Black Moon Theatre Co.) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (MCTC). He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from Stanford University.
Gary Adler (Pianist) served as the musical director for Broadway’s Avenue Q for its entire six and a half year run. Other NYC conducting credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Kinky Boots, The Fantasticks, and Next to Normal. He co-wrote the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, for which he received Drama Desk nominations for both his music and lyrics. Gary also wrote and arranged for Disney Channel’s “Johnny And The Sprites” starring John Tartagila.
Paula Pickreign (Stage Manager) was born and raised in Syracuse NY. For six years, she worked as a sound engineer and music producer with bands such as Summer People and New Found Glory at SubCat studios. Paula now resides in NYC and oversees all behind-the-scenes aspects of multiple productions as the Technical Director of The People’s Improv Theater, one of the top three comedy schools in New York. An avid percussionist herself, Paula directed and arranged Winter Drumline Programs for six years, resulting in five state titles.
Goodwill Theatre, Inc. has offered educational youth shows for ten years with their Story Time Theatre series, which stages musicals based on beloved children’s books, but this season, they are expanding their educational programming with “Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular” on Saturday, November 18 at 11am and 2pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.
“Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular” is a show that encourages early STEM skills and scientific curiosity in children with its zany humor. Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD, introduces children to basic science concepts, methods, and the importance of experimenting safely.
“This is a great way to encourage children’s natural scientific curiosity,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “The show is approved by both parents and educators, and children love it. They’re going to go home wanting to do experiments of their own.”
Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD (aka Curt Strutz) brings over 10 years of professional speaking and children’s entertainment to the stage. He has performed at fairs, festivals, sport shows, expositions, resorts, libraries, schools, campgrounds, and community events.
Other upcoming Schorr Family Firehouse shows for children include Tri-Cities Opera’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”, on February 10, 2018, Hudson Vagabond Puppets’ “Caps for Sale” and “Three Billy Goats Gruff” on Saturday, March 24, and ArtsPower’s “Nugget and Fang” on Saturday, May 12.
Patrick O’Sullivan, recurring character on ABC’s “Dr. Ken” and “The Neighbors”, will perform at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City on Friday, November 17 at 7pm. His standup comedy features stories about his childhood as the son of Irish immigrants, outrageous tales of dating in the technology generation gap, and hilarious impressions.
“Patrick performed his one-man show ‘Young Sully’ at our venue a few years ago and it was greatly enjoyed by everyone who attended,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “He’s had a very successful years since then, and we’re happy to be bringing him back to perform his hilarious standup comedy.”
Patrick O’Sullivan recurred for 2 seasons as Dr. O’Sullivan on Ken Jeong’s ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken”, and before that as Alien Johnny Unitas on ABC’s “The Neighbors”. He appeared in the YouTube Red movie “The Thinning”, and the Netflix film “Internet Famous”. Other recent appearances include FOX’s “Grandfathered”, Adult Swim’s “Hot Package”, ABC’s “Happy Endings” and Comedy Central’s “Free Radio”, and BET’s “Beauty and the Baller”. As a standup comedian, O’Sullivan has headlined clubs in Seattle, San Francisco, Calgary, San Diego and Sacramento. He produced a documentary on Lenny Bruce (“Looking for Lenny”) which was ranked by IFC as #1 on their “10 Great Documentaries about Comedians” list. Patrick has also been a part of some of L.A.’s most unique stage productions; playing Gary Busey in “Point Break Live!” and creating the hit impersonator stage shows “All About (Christopher) Walken” and “All About Jack (Nicholson)”. His one man show “Young Sully: Stories from an Irish American Youth” started in L.A. and was later chosen as S.F. Chronicle Pick of the Week and for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin.
This performance is one of three comedy performances in the 2017-2018 season which are sponsored by Sentry Alarms, along with “Bam! It’s Magic!”, featuring Alex Boyce and Derek Hughes, on January 13 and 14, 2018, and “Hypno Hype”, featuring Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci, on February 3, 2018.
“Cabaret is an art form that takes you on an emotional journey,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It’s part concert, part storytelling.”
The first cabaret show of the Goodwill Theatre’s tenth season at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage will be Tom Michael and Beckie Menzie’s “The Piano Men”, a tribute to the music of Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, and Michael Feinstein, on Friday, November 10 at 7pm.
The show features popular songs such as “Weekend in New England”, “Could It Be Magic?”, “New York State of Mind”, and, of course, Joel’s “Piano Man”.
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. The Songbook Cabaret series is sponsored by Mondorf and Fenwick, CPAs.
“This show got rave reviews in Chicago,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Joel and Manilow have some truly unforgettable, once-in-a-generation original songs, and Michael Feinstein’s repertoire includes so much of the Great American Songbook.”
Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael are an in-demand cabaret duo in Chicago, and they have performed to audience and critical acclaim around the world. They are known for their unique blend of whimsy, nostalgia and unquestionable talent, and their imaginative musical twists on jazz favorites, standards, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes and film gems. Cabaret Scenes Magazine described the pair as one of the “Top Ten Cabaret Acts,” and they have appeared on some of the country’s most prestigious stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Their recording efforts have been praised by Billboard Magazine, BackStage, Show Business Weekly and Playbill.
Beckie Menzie’s rich voice and expert piano stylings sizzle on everything from sassy swing to smoky torch songs. She is a three-time winner of After Dark Chicago’s “Outstanding Cabaret Artist” award, the Chicago Gold Coast Cabaret Award winner, and The Chicago Tribune called her “indispensable to Chicago Cabaret.” Beckie was featured in Michael Feinstein’s “Now & Then” Series for her Carnegie Hall debut and has two critically-acclaimed CDs.
With a voice that Billboard Magazine describes as, “…a revelation,” Tom Michael’s warm, expressive style and charismatic tenor breathe new life into cabaret standards and reveal why BackStage Magazine has called him “one of the most striking singers to emerge in the last few years.” His most current solo CD, “Written in the Stars,” received international critical praise and was named “Best CD of the Year” by ShowBusiness Weekly Magazine, After Dark Chicago and WDVR-FM radio.
Other cabaret performances in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage’s tenth season include “Durante!”, a tribute to the late, great, Jimmy Durante featuring Grover Kemble, on Sunday, March 4, 2018; and “Shelter from the Storm: The Songs of Bob Dylan”, performed by Marissa Mulder, on Friday, April 27, 2018.
The Mason Warrington Orchestra, the Southern Tier’s premier big band, returns to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City for an All-American concert celebrating Veteran’s Day weekend, on Sunday, November 12 at 2pm.
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 concert will feature music of the popular bands of the WWII era, such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Les Brown, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, along with vocalists such as Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Vera Lynn and the Andrews Sisters.
“This very talented group of musicians has been performing at the Firehouse for several years,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Their concerts are very popular with our audiences and we’re glad to be able to bring them back for two performances as part of our tenth season.”
The Mason Warrington Orchestra has performed at the Forum Theater, Vestal Memorial Park, the Stage at Little Italy, the Kalurah Temple, and the Vestal American Legion. They performed two sold-out concerts last season at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.
The band’s musical director is Hank Slechta. The saxophone section includes Al Hamme, Dan Miller, Tim Donlin, Hank Slechta, and Jeremy Corcoran. The trumpet section includes Alan Howell, Corky Klinko, Nate Sodeur, and Larry West. The trombone section includes Mike Rohrbach, Warren Harrold, and Bob Wagner. Jim Ford plays piano, Tom Federowicz plays bass, and Brad Nemcek plays drums. Vocalists Judy Giblin and Ralph Muro will be joined by two guest vocalists, Ethelyn Enos and Debbie Miller.
The Mason Warrington Orchestra will return in the spring to perform a Richard Rodgers tribute concert, which will feature Rodgers’ hit songs, written in collaboration with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Goodwill Theatre, Inc. is partnering with American Dance Asylum to bring Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to Johnson City for a teaching demonstration and flamenco dance workshop, on Saturday, November 4 at 2pm.
The event will feature dancers Laura Peralta and Ricardo Santiago, with singer Sol Koeraus and guitarist Pedro Jimenez. The workshop will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception with the artists.
Attendees are invited to learn to dance, or just observe. All experience levels are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and leather-soled shoes. No rubber soles, cleats, or tap shoes will be allowed.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
“Flamenco is known for its emotional intensity, expressive use of the arms, and rhythmic stamping of the feet,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It originated in Spain and was influenced by Latin American and Cuban culture. It has become popular all over the world and is taught in many non-Hispanic countries, especially the U.S. and Japan. There are actually more flamenco academies in Japan now than there are in Spain.”
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance companies dedicated to honoring the traditions of flamenco while pushing the art form in new directions. Throughout its history, the company has employed emerging dancers and musicians, and has premiered more than two dozen original works, offering commissions to outstanding US performers as well as renowned artists from Spain.
Laura Peralta (Dancer) started her classical music and dance studies at the age of eight. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music for ten years as a piano major and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, beginning her flamenco studies with Omayra Amaya upon returning to New York. Laura has performed in New York and throughout the U.S. with companies including Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company in New Mexico, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in their national tour and season at the Joyce Theater and at BAM, Pasión y Arte in Rosario Toledo’s Cómplices at Jacob’s Pillow, and with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca in their national tour and production of Antigona. Laura also co-choreographed and performed a piece selected for the 2015 Queensboro Dance Festival.
Ricardo Santiago (Dancer) began his dance training at Ballet Hispanico of New York, and continued at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theater Of Harlem. He has studied flamenco with Liliana Morales, Manolo Rivera, Luis Montero, La Tati, La China, El Toleo, Omayra Amaya and others. Mr. Santiago has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally. He appeared in Franco Zeffirelli’s Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni at Washington Opera. He has appeared in films and music videos including Alanis Morissette’s “Hand In My Pocket”. He has performed with Ballet Hispanico, Bailes Ferrer, Carmen Rubio, Sol y Sombra, Flamenco Latino, Alborada Spanish Dance, and M’oro.
Sol Koeraus (Singer) is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco singer, dancer and teaching artist. Sol has appeared at venues such as Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and The Joyce Theater. She toured for several seasons with Noche Flamenca, has been featured in the pre-production of Tony Award-winning Christopher Gatelli’s In Your Arms (Powerhouse Theater), Zorro! The Musical (Alliance Theater, GA), Carmen & La Traviata (Metropolitan Opera) and served as Choreographer and Solo Dancer for Portland Opera’s production of Carmen (Keller Auditorium). In addition to performing, Sol is an accomplished teacher, having traveled the country giving both master classes as well as residencies with Young Audiences, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and Alvin Ailey.
Pedro Jiménez (Guitarist), a native of Cádiz, Pedro studied music at the Royal Conservatory and was raised playing for the gypsy family, Romero de Vejer. He has accompanied the great flamenco dance teacher Carmen Cornejo of Cádiz, Jesús Helmo, Adrian Brenes, Paca Rodriguez, Ana Florido, Ana Polanco, Selu del Puerto, Maria del Mar Ramos and Juanito Berrocal among others. In recent years, Pedro has toured the fairs of Jeréz, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar, Algeciras, Cordoba and Seville. He has worked in The Rocio with the Brotherhood of Jerez, and also in Peñas Flamencas and Festivals throughout the Province of Cadiz.
This project is supported by the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.
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