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City of Dreams brings Mambo Funk poetry and music

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For one night only, Johnson City will become the City of Dreams as award-winning poet musician David Gonzalez and the Poetic License Band bring his fabulous musical vision to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23.

David Gonzalez/ City of Dreams

City of Dreams unites poetry with Latin jazz, but it’s more than that. Hearing the poetry’s easy references to New York City and the richness of the Latin beats might lead to the conclusion that the City of Dreams is in fact the Big Apple, but it is not. It is a city made of dreams, not filled with them, and Gonzalez and his musicians make it a one-of-a-kind musical and theatrical experience.

 “When I say ‘city of dreams,’ I am looking at the place where dreams gather,” said the Bronx-raised Gonzalez, who added that the show is probably only 20 percent about New York City. “It’s where our dreams, your dreams, my dreams, our neighbors’ dreams, where they intersect, or connect or become mutual, or mutually empowering…or not. So, that’s sort of universal. And yes, there are some parts that really nail it to the city, too.”

Gonzalez, whose many honors include commissions for the Kennedy Center, engagements at London’s Royal National Theatre and a Drama Desk nomination, considers how best to describe his show, which others have described as a “diamond in a mambo/funk music box.”

“It’s spoken word, Latin jazz. It’s a mix. But it’s all blended together. It isn’t like music, then poetry.  It’s really entwined. It’s as if the voice is the fifth instrument,” he said. “ ’Latin Jazz’…you can do that in quotes because we dip into some gospel, some funk, some more abstract music and it ranges from the most achingly tender to quite expansive and powerful. It’s poetry you can dance to. There are a couple of places where the poetry stops and the music just percolates.”

And that percolating isn’t done by just anybody. Gonzalez is joined onstage by some very accomplished musicians who share his vision…and his groove.

“The music is very specific and sophisticated and the musicians are a quartet of top shelf musicians, just hard-hitting, soulful, New York Latin jazz veterans. Each of these players has a stellar biography. They all have toured the world. They are all masters in their own right,” he said. “The band has been together for so many years, so it’s really nimble. That’s one of the sweet things about it. It’s not a packaged type thing. The [Poetic License Band] just follows me as I read what the audience sends to me.” 

 “I do many different projects and this is the one I have the most fun at. Just to be in the musical embrace of these master musicians is one of the greatest joys of my life as an artist. It’s So. Much. Fun,” he said. “My objective is to meet the audience where they are and then, together, to lift us up to a place of greater perception, greater joy, stronger community. Through the particular and into the universal. That’s really where I’m at.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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 David Gonzales and City of Dreams is the first performance in the next decade of entertainment at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage sponsored by M&T Bank and IBM.

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

Ladies of Laughter Return to Johnson City

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Ladies of Laughter comedy competition was started 20 years ago as a way to promote and bring more exposure to women comics. One of those women is finalist Veronica Mosey, who with competition winners Jane Condon and newcomer Olga Namer, will be bringing the laughs to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City on Sept. 28 at 7:00pm.

“I did my first showcase with ladies of laughter about 16 years ago, I think ,and I was in the amateur category,” she said. “I was in the pro competition just a couple weeks ago.”

Veronica Mosey

In addition to being a Ladies of Laughter finalist, Mosey was labeled  “One of Five Comics to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine and has been seen on Comedy Central, The Tonight ShowDr. Phil, Fox News Channel and VH1 as well as at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and the TBS Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She was also a contributing joke writer on Jerry Seinfeld’s The Marriage Ref.

Every credit is hard-won and one of the biggest challenges of all according to Mosey?

“Being labeled a female comic. One of the things I have always hoped for my whole life was just to be a funny comedian,” she said. “And to be kind of boxed in, I feel like sometimes the label can be frustrating because we have this desire, we have a need, actually to uplift ourselves and say, ‘Hey! We’re women! Pay attention to us.’ But really, it should just be that we are in lineups with men. There are plenty of female comics out there who are very funny who just aren’t in the spotlight or maybe aren’t matching the current trends in female comedy and are therefore getting lost in the trenches.”

Mosey said her routine covers, among other things becoming a mother at 41 and the expectations that are on mothers. She enjoys making fun of the high pressure atmosphere that is motherhood. But her comedic target extends beyond that as well, taking aim at society at large

“The way we regard causes, and all of those things we are constantly protesting abut and enraged about,” she said.  “I try to put a different perspective on that.”

For Mosey, it’ all about understanding, and that is one of her favorite things about what she does.

“It is the ability to have a conversation with 500 people at once. That’s really how I look at it. It’s really just a conversation, getting people to see your point of view. Even if they don’t get it, and you still get a laugh out of it, it still means they still understand you. That feeling is the best,” Mosey said. “When you push boundaries a little bit and you are able to think outside the box and you are able to take people on that journey with you, it’s really fun.”

Mosey isn’t the only one having fun, either. The laughter generated should be considerable.

“Expect to go home with sore bellies,” she said.

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 sponsored by M&T Bank and IBM, and underwritten by the Schorr Family.

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 the Theatre online at goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/Firehouse.Stage

Seussical Jr. offers sign language interpreters

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Goodwill Theatre’s Summer Performance Workshop students will have four performances of Seussical Jr., an hour-long children’s version of the hit musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, on August 4 and 5. Performances are at 3:15 and 7:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday afternoon performance at 3:15 will feature sign language interpreters. The performers will be using some ASL as well as speaking/singing at all four performances.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. All seating is general admission. Doors open for seating 45 minutes before showtime.

Seussical Jr. features children from ages 7-14, some of whom have never acted before. The workshop is led by Jan and Shannon DeAngelo.

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

Free Jazz Concert Postponed

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Our annual Free Jazz Concert, scheduled for June 10 at 5 p.m., has been postponed to Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Box Office & Administrative Office Closed on Feb. 7

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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.

Hypnotist/comedian to perform interactive show

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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

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.

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

 

February 3 at 7 PM

Magician Alex Boyce Returns

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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.

January 12 at 7 PM

 

 

 

 

January 13 at 2 PM

 

 

 

 

January 13 at 7 PM

GWT Office Closed Fri 12/22-Mon 12/25

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The Goodwill Theatre Office and Box Office will be closed from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, December 25, 2017, as we celebrate the holidays.

Tickets may be purchased any time at goodwilltheatre.net.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical Improv

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Goodwill Theatre, Inc. will offer the improvised musical comedy “Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical” on Saturday, December 9 at 5pm and 8pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

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.

Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for children and senior citizens, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

“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 SpectacularKinky BootsThe 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.

Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular

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Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD

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.

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

“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.

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Sat., November 18 at 2 PM

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