Thursday, October 23, 2014

Acting --- Casting Futures via Internships in LA

5 Top L.A. Theater Internships via @BackStage
Internships are a great way for actors to develop employable skills and get their feet wet in the professional work environment of a theater.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Kitchen Theatre April / May 2009

Come see what's happening on our Kitchen Sink Series!
The Kitchen Sink Series provides a venue for emerging regional theater artists to develop work through staged readings and informal performances of works-in-progress. For three Mondays in a row, beginning tonight, the Sink series will feature new plays: by IC students Britain Valenti and Mike Poe and local actress Camilla Schade (OLD TIMES). Don't miss this exciting opportunity to see new works!

Kitchen Theatre - Inc. and Toner

Inc. and Toner is a dramedy about relationships and the many trials and triumphs they bring into our lives. Set in the neutral environment of an everyday office, Inc. and Toner follows a few diverse characters through a not so normal day at work. Trevor is trying to find his place in a relationship, which has seemed to give up on him. Gina, everyone's favorite gossip, tries to reminisce about her 3 or 4 or 5 tries at marriage only to find love where she was least expecting it. Even the office's security guard and CEO are given a chance to experience love's ups and downs. A series of hilarity and heartfelt moments come together to create this fun and meaningful piece.

Inc. and Toner was written by Britain Valenti and will be directed by Dustin D. Bell. The cast and production team are composed of Ithaca College Theatre students and will feature actors Nicole Intravia, Melissa Gordon, and more. Inc and Toner is a one night event.
One night only - Monday, April 20th at 7:30pm

Kitchen theatre - On the Bottom

"It's ice. Slippery, daunting ice, and I'm stuck on it." Oslo and Ricardo are awaiting the birth of their daughter, when things finally start moving. When the climate starts overeating the north, life begins moving south and invading the peace the couple had. Forced out of their home by the Olympics, they are left with no choice but to quest to Copenhagen to reclaim what was stolen. A play of epic proportions that pushes the boundaries of myth and fairy tale to explore the limits we allow ourselves to go to in order to change our fate. A journey through the unknown begins without your permission.

Written and directed by Michael V. Poe, the cast features Ryan DeNardo, Daniel Kopystanski, Emma Poole, Amberlee Weber, and Michael Wessells. This original work takes you to the bottom of the world where anything can happen.
One night only - Monday, April 27th at 7:30pm

Kitchen Theatre - Performing Therapy

PERFORMING THERAPY is a wacky romp through depression, loss, displacement, dementia, and the surprise healing nature of Schuyler County written by Camilla Schade and Kira Lallas. A "depressively experienced" actress turned therapist (Camilla Schade) leads group therapy in an attempt to provide helpful advice and therapeutic modalities in PERFORMING THERAPY. Art Therapy with Balloon Animals, Affirmations on Post-it notes and Primal Humming are some of the hopeful remedies. But in her attempt to proffer relief, she gets wildly off-track relating her own poignant story of life after loss in Schuyler County. PERFORMING THERAPY confronts the value of memory through an engaging recognition of the art of letting go.

Camilla Schade is an actor/director/teacher/playwright transplanted 4 years ago to beautiful Schuyler County from PA. She has performed for Ithaca's Hangar Theatre and was last seen on the Kitchen Theatre stage in OLD TIMES. Her acting and improvisation classes and workshops for all ages can be found at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, through the Family Service Society and Pathways in Corning, Ithaca Youth Bureau, and as a Teaching Artist for the Hangar Theatre. Camilla met Kira Lallas through Kira's class on Solo Performance offered by the Kitchen.

Kira Lallas, currently earning her Masters in Social Work, grew up in Ithaca theatres and co- founded the Orange Tree Theatre Company. While at Boston University her studies focused on solo autobiographical writing and performance. She toured her award-winning one-woman show, TRANSLATIONS OF XHOSA, about her time spent in South Africa, until she lived as a resident at Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Study in Hector. The creation of PERFORMING THERAPY was made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.

One performance only - Monday, May 4 at 7:30PM

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ithaca College 2007 - 2008 Season

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College Theatre once again takes to the stage to present the 2007–8 season of comedies, dramas, musicals and opera. This challenging and entertaining season features superb student talent under the direction of the renowned Ithaca College
faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are available. Call (607) 274- 3224 for details.

The season opens in October with “Hedda Gabler” written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Andrew Upton. This classic drama gives us a woman grappling with the wreckage of the traditional roles of daughter, wife, mother and lover. Upton’s adaptation contributes to
the dark tension running through Hedda’s head as she weighs her bleak choices. “Hedda Gabler” is not included in the season subscription; single tickets will be available for purchase.

Set in Buffalo, New York, the “The Full Monty”follows a group of men trying to earn a little respect and dignity along with a whole lot of cash. This musical revolves around a reversal of gender roles, where women are the breadwinners and men are up on stage, down to
their g-strings, baring it all. Funny and racy, “The Full Monty” is intended for mature audiences only.

In December, Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award–winning play “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” will round out the first half of the season. The play opens in 1939 Atlanta as the Freitags, Southern and Jewish, decorate their Christmas tree. Boo is obsessing about getting her daughter, Lala, a date for Ballyhoo, the social event of the year; Lala anticipates the premiere of “Gone with the Wind”;
Cousin Sunny returns home for the holiday from Wellesley; Aunt Reba knits; and Uncle Adolph brings handsome, observantly Jewish Joe from Brooklyn home for dinner. The play allows us to laugh along but urges us to open our minds to the potential to change in the face of intolerance.

Guest director David Lefkowich (“The Merry Widow,” “Acis and Galatea”) will return once again to direct the annual collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts in February.

One of Mozart’s most zany operas, “La Finta Giardiniera” gives us mistaken identity, spurned heroines, raving lunacy and the highest fits of Italian passion. Serpetta loves Don Anchise. Don Anchise loves Sandrina. Sandrina loves Count Belfiore. Count Belfiore, believing to have murdered his former lover, is about to marry Arminda. Will order be restored to the city of Lagornero once more?

In March, come celebrate the quadrennial dance concert “Dance: No Translation Needed.” Experience the energy and excitement of dance in this evening of original work featuring the choreography of the Department of Theatre Arts’ celebrated dance faculty. Watch the language of the body move through the styles of jazz, ballet, modern and tap.

The season closes in April “with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling,” as Ithaca College Theatre proudly presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” One of Shakespeare’s most loved and accessible comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” uses love potions and the forest’s magic to play with the minds and hearts of the beloved characters. Join the jealous gods, foolish mortals, puckish faeries, and earnest players for an enchanting night full of fear and laughter and enjoy the dream along with them.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Ithaca College Theatre Productions:


Ithaca, NY—Ithaca College Theatre and the Ithaca College School of Music will present "The Merry Widow," a romantic operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar. Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on February 14, 16, 18, 22, and 24, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, February 19. All performances will be held in the Hoerner Theatre at Dillingham Center.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ithaca College Theatre ticket office in Dillingham Center, the Clinton House Ticket Center, and Cornell University’s Willard Straight Hall. Ticket prices range from $4.50 to $10.00. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (203) 260-9508. For more information call (607) 274-3224 or visit

The librettists, Viktor Leon and Leo Stein, based the story of rich widow Anna Glawari and her attempt to find a husband on an 1861 comedy, "L’Attache d’ambassade" ("The Ambassador’s Attaché"), by Henri Meilhac. The Ithaca College production of "The Merry Widow" is set during the World War II era. Thirty students (including 21 seniors), over 90 costumes, three sets, and two choreographers create the production’s burlesque atmosphere. The annual opera at Ithaca College, "The Merry Widow" is an opportunity to see the collaboration of the Ithaca College School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts in putting on a performance in a professional model.

The operetta focuses its attention on the fate of the principality of Pontevedro. Baron Mirko Zeta wants to prevent Anna Glawari, recent widow of the owner of the Bank of Pontevedro, from marrying a foreigner, hence leaving Pontevedro in financial ruin. Past lovers Anna and Count Danilo Danilovich reunite at Maxim’s, a cabaret bar in Paris, and Baron Zeta attempts to convince Danilo that he has a patriotic duty to his country to marry the widow, a very becoming and sly woman who has many suitors and is fully aware of their love of her money. The show also contains many other romantic relationships that border on the verge of infidelity and complete love.

David Lefkowich, director of last year’s Ithaca College Theatre production of "The Consul," is returning this year to guest direct "The Merry Widow." A seasoned professional, Lefkowich has directed productions for various companies around the country, including the New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is also an experienced stage combat director. A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech with a degree in theater, Lefkowich also holds a certificate from Ecole-Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

The musical director is assistant professor of music performance Denes Van Parys. In addition to conducting national tours of "Fiddler on the Roof," "My Fair Lady," "Annie Get Your Gun," and "Man of La Mancha," he has conducted at the Tri-Cities Opera, Delaware Opera, Century Chambers Players, Taipei Symphony, and the Opera House in Seoul, Korea. Van Parys’s New York credits include the York Theater’s production of "Golden Boy" and a workshop production of the Strouse/Adams musical "Remember Me."

The cast of "The Merry Widow" includes vocal performance majors Alexandra Loutsion ’06 as Anna, J. Thomas Morris ’06 as Danilo, and Stephanie Lauricella ’06 as Valencienne, the beautiful wife of Baron Zeta. Musical theater major Daniel Calvert Greenwood ’08 plays Baron Mirko Zeta and acting major Christopher Hollowell ’06 plays Njegus, the clerk of the Pontevedro legation.

The artistic design team includes assistant professor of theater arts Andrew Holland as set designer, Jennifer Caprio as guest costume designer, and assistant professor of theater arts Steve TenEyck as lighting designer.

A nationally recognized professional theater training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Through Ithaca College Theatre and the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been a cultural resource for Tompkins County and the region for more than 70 years.
Contact: Keith Davis