Bird-on-a-Cliff’s advertising tagline for Hamlet’s Big Adventure! is, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” And if you prefer stage musicals, you’ll be pleased to hear that it features some songs as well.
King Arthur, featuring baritone Norman Garrett and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke in an original staging by Princess Grace award-winner Louisa Proske, will run for four performances on July 25, 28 and 30 and August 1 at Bard SummerScape.
Saugerties’ historic Orpheum Theatre has been sold to Upstate Films, according to a post on the theatre’s social media page.
HBO booked Kingston Point Beach last week to shoot a military landing scene for its upcoming cable series The White House Plumbers.
Both in content and language, Miz Martha Washington segues from historical past to pop-culture present and back again with easy fluidity. But for all the modern references, the obvious literary framework, given the Christmas Eve setting and the series of spectral visitations, is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s meant to evoke in the viewer a hope for a redemption arc for Martha Washington as heartfelt as that of Ebenezer Scrooge. Alas, this protagonist falls short, veering desperately between guilt and denial, dependency and even a little rebellion of her own.
Work on the Arm-of-the-Sea Tidewater Center, adjacent to Tina Chorvas Park in Saugerties, is progressing. The complete center — a cultural park for arts and science — is years away, but the first show at the new site featuring the giant puppets and human actors is planned for August 18-22 site.
When Hudson Valley One last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson when she escaped and within a few months got “discovered” on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater.
Taking place at the Theatre, live and in-person, on Saturday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Preview and Sale will be the general public’s first chance to see the space’s remarkable makeover.
The newly formed initiative Ulster County Arts Collaborative Events has announced its kickoff for collaborative programming with a free summer festival. The outdoor event with arts activities and performances is scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Opus 40 in Saugerties.
Local venues received between $14,000 and $430,000 in grant money.