MopCo Offers “Laughternoon” Comedy for Seniors [Berkshire on Stage]

April 3rd, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Who says improv is just for the young’uns? Laughternoon – an afternoon of fun, interactive comedy and music at the Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady – is specifically designed for older audience members. This month’s show takes place at 2pm on Tuesday (April 4). Tickets are available online at mopco.org/shows/ or by phone at 518-577-MPCO (6726). Tickets are priced at $9 (includes complimentary tea or coffee and a cookie), and discounted tickets ($8) are available to groups of ten or more.

The Laughternoon show is part of an effort to involve a diverse range of people in improv activities. “At our first Laughternoon we had so much fun,” said director Michael Burns, “asking the audience what they wanted to see, singing improvised songs with them and having some willing volunteers help us out on stage. Plus, one gentleman said his cookie was ‘the best oatmeal raisin cookie I ever had!’ We had four generations creating together in one room – and it was a blast!”

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FIVE FIRSTS: Darryl Archibald of “Motown” at Proctors

November 16th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Darryl Archibald

Darryl Archibald

NAME: Darryl Archibald
MUSIC AFFILIATION: Musical Director and Conductor of “Motown the Musical”

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS100 Classical Favorites. When I was five years old I saw the records advertised on TV and asked my mother to buy them for me.

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LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (First Show)

April 14th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Nellie McKay

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

For the first of her two shows on a recent Saturday evening, Nellie McKay descended the stairs at the Van Dyck, sat down at the keyboard and launched into a sparkling instrumental jazz-trio version of the old standard “Pennies from Heaven,” which morphed into “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” And for a moment, it felt as though we were transported back in time to the days of the venerable old Schenectady jazz club when folks like Dave McKenna and Marian McPartland would frequently tickle the ivories.

But just for a moment…

Seamlessly, the medley of jazz standards shifted into McKay’s “Toto Dies,” and she sang, “Hey man what’s happenin’ with you?/I watched that episode too/Maybe I’ll get some Chinese/I’ll have the dumplings/No MSG please…” From there, all bets were off. Backed by drummer Kenneth Salters and the sometimes too-busy basswork of Alexi David, McKay roamed through an almost impossibly vast songbook that stretched from jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to the folk duo of Richard & Mimi Farina to the lightweight British Invasion pop band Herman’s Hermits.

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LIVE: The Clifton Anderson Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 9/12/14

September 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Clifton Anderson

Clifton Anderson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A Place for Jazz kicked off its 2014 fall concert season at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome earlier this month with a stellar performance by the veteran jazz trombonist Clifton Anderson. The former member of Sonny Rollins’ band set the pace with the opening “And So We Carry On” and kept things solidly swinging throughout the evening’s performance.

Bolstered by an ace band – featuring bassist Paul Beaudry, drummer Steve Williams, saxman Eric Wyatt and pianist Victor Gould – the 56-year-old Anderson served up a tasty sampling of standards (Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone”), originals (the show-closing “Been Down This Road Before”), show tunes (“Tomorrow” from “Annie”) and a curve ball or two, as well (a wild interpretation of the ’60s Japanese pop hit “Sukiyaki,” aka “You Took Your Love Away from Me”).

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