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.
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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.
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.
Local venues received between $14,000 and $430,000 in grant money.
There’s some serious creativity taking root this spring at an organic farm on the eastern outskirts of Woodstock. Thanks to a new partnership between the White Feather Farm Foundation and the Woodstock Film Festival, four young independent filmmakers are using a monthlong residency to cultivate the concepts behind their latest projects, with assistance from some impressive mentors. Two are working on documentaries, two on narrative features, and all four represent constituencies who rarely get to tell their own stories in the Hollywood-dominated entertainment media realm.
The upcoming Hudson Valley Spring Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cantine Field in Saugerties, is organized by Mystik Bazaar Events. “This really will be like a Renaissance Fair,” organizer Cheryl Olsen said.