Feb 18


Trust, compassion, and generosity are the lessons learned by this deceptively funny tale for the whole family! The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage invites you to enjoy this one of a kind musical production of Stone Soup presented by the Robert Rogers Puppet Company.

As part of the Story Time Theatre Series, Goodwill Theatre will present Stone Soup for two performances Saturday March 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2012-2013 Story Time Theatre Series is sponsored by Bates Troy Quality Dry Cleaning and Senator Libous’ BOOKS Program, in partnership with Morrisville State College.

Stone Soup is an old story that teaches us a lesson on cooperation and kindness. A soldier has been fighting in a battle far from home. Finally, when given a chance to return, he begins a long and tiring journey by foot. He soon comes upon a village, and seeks a little food and shelter. But none of the inhabitants – a little frightened and very selfish – will help. So, using his self-reliance, the soldier amazes everyone by cooking a most delicious soup with just a pot of boiling water and, yes, a simple stone. This is a musical version of an old folk tale with roots in many countries around the world. But no matter which version it is or which language the characters speak, the outcome is universal.

Robert Rogers has been fascinated and captivated by the art of puppetry since childhood. Growing up, first in New York City, and later its environs, and having parents who often brought him to the theater, he had a chance to see the inspiring work of some of the world’s greatest puppeteers: Sergei Obratzsov from Russia, the Bunraku Theater of Japan and America’s own Bil Baird. Robert receive d his B.F.A. from the School of Arts of New York University in 1976. His post graduate work continued at the University of Iowa where he studied theater arts and playwriting. He first worked as a professional puppeteer for the Starry Night Puppet Theater in Vestal, New York, with whom he toured extensively and “learned the ropes”. His own troupe was established in 1980; its first production being a memorable adaptation of the classic story, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Many plays and productions later, the company continues to seek new horizons.

Tickets for Stone Soup are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and children. You can purchase tickets online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.