Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed September 15, 2015 (Show #898)

Photographs by Malcolm Kogut-- Website by Gregg Millett

The Story Circle's New Season – Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Christie Keegan, Storyteller Christie tells us a true story about wanting a cat for a pet when she was a little girl. At each Word Play, a different group of performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about being human. You will discover that Word Plays is a shared experience between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. These tellers share stories about people, in fact, folktale and fiction, who had a choice to make in their life's journey: Siri Allison, Fran Berger, Betty Cassidy, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, and Margaret French. Starting our 17th season of a storytelling dinner series for adults, Christie Keegan's love of animals began shortly after birth and grew as she did, whether a volunteer, rescuer, docent or storyteller in Massachusetts and New Mexico. Influenced by her mother's mantra "there is no us and them, there's only us – if you forget that we are all in trouble", Christie works hard to share her knowledge about and her love of animals with everyone she meets." APF will receive 100% of the profits. Organization: Story Circle at Proctors Events: · Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion: For the Love of Animals – A benefit for the Animal Protective Foundation · Word Play: The Road Not Taken Location of event: · Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia (at the end of the Western Gateway Bridge) · Word Play: GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Proctors Date/Time: · Story Sundays: Oct 4 at 5 pm · Word Play: Sunday, Sept 20 at 2 pm Cost: · Story Sundays: $36 pp · Word Play: $12 pp and $8 pp for groups of 8 or more Contact Information: Facebook: Yes "Story Circle Productions" Website: and and

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SLOC's Legally Blonde the Musical – Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Michael Lotano, Director and Christine Meglino "Elle" This is a high-energy musical comedy that has heart. It is packed with lots of great music and dancing. An amazing cast has been assembled with some of the best talent in the capital district. Christine performs an excerpt from one of the songs in the show, "So Much Better". Get your tickets now! SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community based performing arts center. Their mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts. They seek to produce professional caliber theatrical performances and provide opportunities for artistic expression, educational and creative development and growth of theatrical talent and experience through partnerships and collaboration. Organization: Schenectady Light Opera (SLOC) Event: Legally Blonde the Musical Location of event: Date/Time: September 25-27 and October 1-4 Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm Cost: Contact Information: and 1-877-350-7378 Facebook: Yes Website: and

theREP's 4000 Miles, A dramatic comedy – Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director and Eileen Schuyler, Actor, "Vera" in 4000 Miles Amy Herzog's Obie Award-winning dramatic comedy, 4000 Miles, next up at Capital Repertory Theatre, Sep. 25 through Oct. 18, follows Leo's epic trek after he leans his bicycle against his grandmother's couch, winded from his travels and nearly broken from his travails. The 100-minute play (a Pulitzer Prize finalist that has been grabbing laughs at regional theatres nationwide) is absolutely contemporary, what theREP's producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill calls, "an unexpected Odd Couple for the 21st century." Herzog's characters—not just Leo and Vera, but Bec and Amanda as well—speak the way we speak. His frustrations tumble out, a mix of vowels and missed opportunities. Hers follow, snatches of Marxism and melancholy born of love. And the young women spin, like satellites, like bicycle wheels, around them. Pedal on. Eileen Schuyler returns to theREP as the peppery Vera Joseph, a dyed-in-the-wool New York Jew who has largely replaced religion with politics. Schuyler, most recently seen as the Player Queen in Kevin McGuire's Hamlet, is a longtime friend of the theatre, having appeared in 33 Variations, You Can't Take It With You, Our Town and Fuddy Meers. Known locally for extensive work with Stageworks/Hudson and the New York State Theatre Institute, she is an Audie Award winner and serves as artistic director of Theatre Voices. Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP) Event: 4000 Miles Location of event: 111 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 1`2309 Date/Time: Previews start on 9/25. Opening night is Tuesday, Sept. 29. Regular performances continue through Sunday, Oct. 18. Performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday—with matinees 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. Cost: Varies by seat and day Contact Information: Website and tickets Facebook: Yes Website:

Circle Theatre Players' Proof – Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Monk Schane Lydon "Robert" and Sierra Lynch – "Catherine" On her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, realizes that she has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Her estranged sister, Claire, arrives and now a former student of her father's, hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult question of all: How much of her father's madness – or genius – will she inherit? Monk plays the father and Sierra is his daughter playing Catherine. Director is Sky Vogel. New York Magazine welcomes David Auburn to the club "great American playwrights." The pictures are from a photo shoot at Big Bowman Pond as the setting will be lake shore property complete with porch, a tree and a dock. Organization: Circle Theatre Players at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts Event: Proof Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY43, Averill Park, NY Date/Time: Oct 2 – Oct 11 Cost: $18 Contact Information: Facebook: Yes "Sand Lake Center for the Arts/Circle Theatre Players Website:

The Lunn Leadership Gathering: Grant-writing – Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Lynne Gilgore, Director Their mission is to serve Schenectady non-profit agencies by providing a forum for the sharing of information, resources, education and support. We help agencies partner with other non-profits, businesses and the community to achieve their goals for success. Robert Carreau, Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation, will speak on the topic of grants and grant-writing. Organization: Lunn Resource Center Event: Lunn Leadership Gathering Location of event: First Reformed Church, 8 North Church Street in Schenectady Date/Time: Thursday, September 24 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: No Charge Contact Information: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 518-925-0815 at 5 Catherine Street, Schenectady NY 12307 Website: