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Hubbard Hall featured in Troy Record

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Hubbard Hall’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Really Rosie and two Music from Salem concerts are featured in today’s Troy Record:

https://www.troyrecord.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150722/get-your-entertainment-kicks-along-route-22

By Phil Drew
7/22/2015

While in late July and early August much summer time cultural activity centers on Saratoga, the Route 22 spine through Washington County from Cambridge to Salem is also a modest locus of entertainment activity as well.

Upcoming in the next few weeks are a host of events offering music, theater and the visual arts.

For instance, while “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is the ongoing (through Aug. 2) by Saratoga Shakespeare Company at Congress Park, the same Shakespeare play is also the summer presentation of a touring company assembled for decades by the Cambridge-based Theater Company at Hubbard Hall. It hits the road for free performances on public commons, cultural centers and other outdoor spaces throughout the area beginning in mid-July.

The Hubbard Hall Summer Shakespeare productions, in this case of the comic romance involving a quartet of young men driven off their vow of determination to hit the books by the arrival of a foursome of young ladies – which, unlike the Edwardian version staged in Saratoga, is set during New York Fashion Week in the 1980s – are generally offered in a compressed presentation designed to kick off by 7 p.m. and be completed before dusk.

Following a weekend of performances on the Cambridge Community Gardens lawn, and earlier stops this week in Troy and Salem, there is an alfresco performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” today at The Georgi Museum, a fine arts gallery space on the banks of the Battenkill on Adams Lane in Shushan, and tomorrow at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont; Saturday at the Hoosick Falls Common; and Sunday at the Greenwich Commons.

While the Shakespeare troupe is on the road, the Hubbard Hall Children’s Theater will mark its thirtieth anniversary this weekend on their home stage in Cambridge. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary, the company revives its very first production, a collaboration of children’s author-illustrator Maurice Sendak and songsmith Carole King adapting the children’s classic “Really Rosie.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7, with an additional matinee performance Saturday at 2.

Hubbard Hall is also home at this time of year to Music From Salem, a formerly outdoor classical series already in progress this summer. After the children’s theater production this week, the concert series resumes the following Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m. with a concert titled “Czech List.” It tackles a pair of works by Czech composers, Antonin Dvorak’s “Piano Quartet in D major, Opus 23” and Bohuslav Martinu’s “Piano Quintet No. 2”.

The final Music From Salem concert of the season comes the following Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m.

For information on “Rosie” and Music From Salem performances, contact the Hubbard Hall box office at 677-2495 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.

Up Route 22 in the actual Salem, music of a different genre is the subject of two weekends of cabaret beginning tomorrow night at the Fort Salem Theater featuring The Singing Anchors – Channel 13 personalities Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton and former Channel 6 anchor Jerry Gretzinger, Their popular musical revues a staple at the church-turned-summer-stock-venue, and for this production, “From San Jose to Broadway and Bacharach.” Fort Salem executive producer Jay Kerr, who provides piano accompaniment, have assembled a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach, sampling some of his pop ouevre, his several Broadway scores including “Promises, Promises”, and some more recent material.

For information on this and the remainder of the Fort Salem summer schedule, call the box office at 854-9200, or visit www.fortsalemtheater.com.

Also in Salem is a unique cultural space called Salem Art Works (SAW), a former dairy farm that plays host of occasional music and other performances. It serves as a place for visual-arts workshops from welding to painting, and presentations, including an on-campus sculpture park.

Kicking off Sunday is an annual exchange with artists in Salem’s sister city in Germany of the same name, a three-week residency and workshop program called Salem2Salem.

“There’s no strict method or politics to who can participate,” says SAW founder Anthony Cafritz explaining the mix of performance, installation, painting, sculptural and musical artists who participate in this biennial event. It culminates Aug. 15 with a public dinner and exhibition of works completed during the residency, and, says Cafritz, “after dinner, there may be readings or performances of something just completed during the residency.

For information on SAW, located at 19 Cary Lane in Salem, and its programs, including Salem2Salem, call 854-7674 or visit www.salemartworks.com.

Hubbard Hall for All

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Hubbard Hall for All

Hubbard Hall strives to enrich the lives of individuals and communities, and offer valuable pathways to learning through the arts. To that end, with the 2014-2015 season, Hubbard Hall launches our new Hubbard Hall for All program. In collaboration with individual donors and funders, Hubbard Hall for All will guarantee that all of our main stage productions are available and accessible for all community members. Hubbard Hall for All provides free tickets to those who serve our community each day, including: Military personnel and their families, Veterans, EMS workers, the Farming Community, Fire and Rescue, Police and the Special Needs Community. Through the generous sponsorships of local individuals and businesses, we are able to offer these tickets at no charge to qualifying individuals.  Call 518-677-2495 for more information on how to secure tickets.

(Hubbard Hall for All tickets will not be available at the door prior to a performance. You must arrange for tickets in advance by calling 518-677-2495.)

Auditions at Bennington and Skidmore Colleges

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Auditions at Bennington and Skidmore Colleges for
Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts 2014-2015 Theater Season

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts in Cambridge, NY, and David Andrew Snider, Executive Director, announce auditions for its 2014-2015 Theater season, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin,A Winter Carnival of New Works (12 new plays in 12 days), Tartuffeby Moliere and An Iliadby Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. Seeking actors of multiple types and ages for first three shows; An Iliad is already cast.

Auditions will be held on the Bennington College campus on Sunday, September 7th, 3-6 p.m., VAPA Room D207 and on the Skidmore College campus on Friday, September 12th from 12-3 p.m., Zankel Music Center, Room 214.

Contact David Snider at david@hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495, ext. 313, to schedule an audition if interested. On campus audition location will be confirmed with scheduled actors one week prior to auditions.

Please prepare one contemporary comedic monologue and two songs from the show for The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Winter Carnival or Tartuffe auditions can consist of two monologues (one contemporary and one classic, please) and part of song sung unaccompanied.

About the Season

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Rehearsals begin October 7 and run thereafter Tues-Friday 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m. Rehearsal scheduling in the first few weeks can be somewhat flexible based on actor availability and ability. Show previews November 6 and opens November 7 and runs through November 30th, with performances Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is a possibility we will add an additional 2-3 weekday school tour performances to the schedule, prior to rehearsals starting. Directed by David Andrew Snider; Musical Director Richard Cherry. Some roles already cast, especially seeking men with this audition.

Winter Carnival of New Works

Rehearsals run January 5-14, with performances January 15-February 1, 2015, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Tartuffe by Moliere

Rehearsals run January 27-February 18, with performances February 19-March 15, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm.

Theater Company Auditions, August 8 & 9

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Theater Company Auditions for 2014-2015 Season
August 8 and 9 at Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts in Cambridge, NY, and David Andrew Snider, Executive Director, announce auditions for its 2014-2015 Theater season, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, A Winter Carnival of New Works (12 new plays in 12 days), Tartuffe by Moliere and An Illiad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. Seeking actors ages 15 and up of multiple types and ages for first three shows; An Illiad is already cast.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rehearsals begin October 7 and run thereafter Tues-Friday 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m. Rehearsal scheduling in the first few weeks can be somewhat flexible based on actor availability and ability. Show previews November 6 and opens November 7 and runs through November 30th with performances Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is a possibility we will add an additional 2-3 weekday school tour performances to the schedule, prior to rehearsals starting. Directed by David Andrew Snider; Musical Director Richard Cherry. Some roles already cast, especially seeking men with this audition.

Winter Carnival of New Works
Rehearsals run January 5-14, with performances January 15-February 1, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Tartuffe by Moliere
Rehearsals run January 27-February 18, with performances February 19-March 15, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm.

General auditions will be Friday, August 8 for Winter Carnival of New Works and Tartuffe and Saturday, August 9 for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 12-3 pm at Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts (25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816) in the Beacon Feed Dance Studio (orange building).

Please prepare two monologues – one contemporary and one classic – for the Winter Carnival of New Works and Tartuffe for August 8; please prepare one contemporary comedic monologue and two songs from the show for 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee for August 9.

Contact David Snider at david@hubbardhall.org to schedule an audition if interested.

Auditions will also be held at Skidmore College and Bennington College in early September.