Posts Tagged ‘Proctors’

England’s National Theatre Production of “War Horse” Is Live on Stage at Proctor’s, Jan. 15-19 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Albert and Joey  (photo: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Albert and Joey (photo: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg)

War Horse is a stunning play about the pure love and loyalty of a lad for his horse in a time when the unspeakable horrors of war are unleashed on the world. This edition of the play won five Tony Awards during its record-breaking run at Lincoln Center in New York, and this is the national production that was born from it, on stage for only eight performances, January 15-19 at Proctors in Schenectady.

With a special kind of theatrical magic, War Horse puts live actors on stage alongside spectacular, beautifully-designed horse puppets to tell the epic story of Joey, a farm horse that is sold into the cavalry in World War I. Albert, the boy who trained and bonded with Joey on the farm, embarks on a treacherous journey to rescue the beloved animal from behind enemy lines.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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So Who Were the Mystery Country Stars at Proctors Last Night?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Secret Star Jam

Proctors in Schenectady played host to a unique concert on Sunday evening (November 24).

The show was titled “WGNA-FM’s Secret Star Acoustic Jam,” and it featured three country music stars. WGNA-FM’s website explained it like this: “The stars are introduced one by one, each taking a moment to interact with the crowd, then performing one of their many hit songs. Once all three stars are on stage, they each take a turn performing their hits and interacting with you, the audience, in a very unique setting.”

The hitch? WGNA wouldn’t say just who it was who would be stepping into the spotlight, and ticket-buyers wouldn’t find out who they were, either, until they hit the stage.

As it turned out, the three country stars were Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan and Jerrod Niemann – not a bad line-up for an $18.50 ticket price.

GO HERE to check out some photos from the show…

Five Firsts: Danny Young of “We Will Rock You”

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Danny Young

Danny Young

NAME: Danny Young
BAND AFFILIATION: Queen and Ben Elton’s musical, “We Will Rock You”
INSTRUMENT: Drum Set

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Wow, this is a tough one! I believe the first albums I ever bought were either The Buddy Rich Big Band or Lionel Hampton’s Wailin’ at the Trianon. Not really typical albums to buy as a 13 year old, but my dad really pushed us to listen to classical and jazz growing up (and my pushed, I mean only let us listen to classical or jazz). No complaints here though. The first two albums my parent gave me were Buddy and Krupa, and Dave Brubeck’s Take Five; both amazing drumming albums which both influence and shaped my entire drumming career. So I guess I should send a big thank you out to my mom and dad!

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LIVE: “Celebration of Rhythm” @ Proctors, 11/7/13

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Proctors in Schenectady debuted a new concert series last week. Produced by Local 518 master percussionist Brian Melick, “Celebration of Rhythm” explores the musical and cultural diversity of Nippertown through the magic of world percussion.

The series opened with Denise Watso and other members of the Abenaki Nation who presented “Here to Stay,” a multi-media narrative of the history of the Abenakis here and throughout Northeastern US and Canada.

The second half of the evening featured percussionist Zorkie Nelson leading the Drums of Ghana. This was also a multi media presentation, featuring dancing, as well as drumming.

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Lou Christie, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Lou Christie

Lou Christie

“My parents were very into music. The whole family was musical, really. So I remember playing my mother’s big heavy 78 records of Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and Perry Como.

Then I graduated to 45s and listened to the Four Lads, the Aces and lot of R&B, that were called race records back then.

But as far as albums go, I think that one of the first 12-inch records that I ever bought was by the Platters. I love that album cover, and to this day, I can still see it – the way they were posed in that photograph.

That was one of the first albums I bought, and I learned all of the vocal parts on that record. So besides the lead vocals, I also sang all of the background parts along with my sister.

And then I bought records by the Everly Brothers, the Del Vikings and thing like that.

You know, I think I still have those albums up in the attic of my mother’s house.”

Lou Christie – whose hits include “Lightning Strikes,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” “The Gypsy Cried” and “Two Faces Have I” – performs at the Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Saturday (October 26). The line-up also includes Kenny Vance & the Planetones, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), Nicole Ortiz and the Oldies Show (with special guest Trish Anderson). Tickets are $36.75, $44.75 & $51.75.

DANCE: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance” @ Proctors, 10/15/13

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance @ Proctors

Review by Greg Haymes

Like all good fairy tales, “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” begins with “Once upon a time,” and it ends with “They all lived happily ever after.”

In between, plenty happens that the Brothers Grimm, Tchaikovsky and even Walt Disney never saw coming.

Now, I don’t know bupkis about dance, and I’m certainly not about to pretend that I do, so if you’re looking for a more dance-centric evaluation of the production that runs through Sunday at Proctors in Schenectady, I suggest that you look elsewhere. (Scroll to the bottom of this review for second opinions.)

As an evening of theater, however, “Sleeping Beauty” will definitely not put you to sleep. British director-choreographer-writer Matthew Bourne had a bold, brash vision for this fairy tale, and his 24-member New Adventures dance company breathe eye-popping life into it onstage. This is a ballet for people who think that they don’t like ballet. It’s a stunning visual feast – especially the sumptuous sets and costume designs of Lez Brotherston. Just sit back, and let it all wash over you.

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LIVE: “Cirkopolis” @ Proctors, 8/7/13

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Cirque Eloiz: Cirkopolis

Review by Greg Haymes

No, it’s not really a circus. But it’s not really a theater piece, either.

Cirque Eloize’s “Cirkopolis” is more of a themed dance performance that incorporates a variety of traditional circus skills – feats of strength and balance, juggling, acrobatics, aerial work and a bit of clowning.

The 12-member troupe from Montreal launched its inaugural summer residency at Proctors in Schenectady on Wednesday (August 7) with the North American premiere of “Cirkopolis,” co-directed by Jeannot Painchaud and choreographer Dave St-Pierre.

There’s not much of an actual narrative woven into the 85-minute show, which concerns the desire to break away from the soul-crushing drudgery of menial, mundane office work. To assert yourself as an individual. To set your soul free. Or as David Crosby once put it so succinctly, “Let your freak-flag fly.” In fact, the entire “plot” can be summed up in about a minute (as Apple did with their iconic Super Bowl commercial).

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POSTPONED: Josh Roseman & Line of Swords at Proctors

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The concert by Brooklyn-based trombonist Josh Roseman & Line of Swords – which was originally slated for Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady on Saturday night (May 25) – has been postponed.

The performance was scheduled to be the third and final concert of the Party Horns NYC series.

No new date has been announced yet. Stay tuned for any upcoming details…

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