New for 2017! Free entry to any show during your birth month (depending on availability). Call the box office at 518-674-2007 to reserve your ticket.
Is there anyone not already familiar with the music of the legendary folksinger/songwriter/storyteller, Bill Staines? For over 40 years Bill has been traveling back and forth across North America presenting around 200 concerts each year and has received international acclaim as well. Bill has recorded 22 albums of his songs and Peter, Paul & Mary, The Highwaymen, and Makem and Clancy are among the artists who have also recorded his work. He appears frequently on many PBS TV and radio shows including the popular A Prairie Home Companion, has composed and performed a 15 piece suite based on Alaskan motifs for strings and brass, and has produced several songbooks. Bill Staines’ ability to see the beauty and excitement in ordinary things is unparalleled as he weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances. He delights in having his audiences participate in many of his songs and you’ll be delighted to sing along.
Three accomplished musicians with eclectic tastes – fiery flamenco, classical, Baroque, Latin & Appalachian – collaborate to create something totally unique: GX3+. The name GX3+ refers to the fact that we play (at least) three very different guitars: flamenco, classical & Baroque PLUS mandolin, charango, guilele, cajons (percussion boxes), banjo and mountain dulcimer. The result is innovative arrangements of the traditional, classical and Latin repertoire as well as stunning original compositions by Maria Zemantauski, arranged for the trio. Ray Andrews: Baroque guitar, charango, banjo, dulcimer. Sten Isachsen: Classical guitar, mandolin, cajon. Maria Zemantauski: Flamenco guitar, guilele, cajon.— “These musicians sounded incredible, blending flamenco, classical and bluegrass, among other things, into a fresh, vibrant and rich sound. Be sure to check them out if you get the chance!” Daily Gazette
Simple Gifts combines tradition with innovation and thereby creates some of the finest in folk music today. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion as they deliver their music with a rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. Lively Irish jigs, down-home American reels, hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, and haunting Gypsy melodies spice the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions.
Sunday, September 24 • 1:00—2:30pm
Saturday Sept 16th at 8pm
Fennig’s All-Star String Band was formed in 1970 by Bill Spence and his hammered dulcimer, a relatively unknown instrument at the time. They released their first album in 1973 titled “The Hammered Dulcimer”. It became an instant hit after it’s “recording of special merit” review in the national magazine, Stereo Review. Three more albums followed, and to date over 100,000 Fennig’s All-Stars recordings have been sold worldwide. These lively “feel good” recordings captured the fancy of a new generation of musicians, and became the source of inspiration for a new generation of hammered dulcimer players and other string band musicians here and abroad. Since 1975, the All- Stars are Bill Spence (hammered dulcimer, vocals), George Wilson (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Toby Stover (piano, vocals). The amount of talent possessed by these three virtuoso musicians is astounding and has only been enhanced by the number of years each of them has been making music.
“In the Heat of the Night” Oct 6-15 – Directed by Patrick White
“Annie” the Musical Dec 8-17 – Directed by Claudia DiMartino and Brooke Hutchins
“The Crucible” Mar 16-25 – Directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh
“The Importance of Being Ernest” June 1-10 – Directed by Criss Maccione
More information will be added as it is released!
“John Ball’s In The Heat of the Night”
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Patrick White
Audition Dates: August 6, and August 8 at 7pm.
It’s 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is, in fact, a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially tense community’s single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives and no clues.
Open casting call for the following:
Looking for 8 men (18-70) and 2 women (18-30) to play multiple characters of different ages.
Needed: 1 black actor, 25-40, to play Virgil Tibbs
Sides from the script will be provided. Production runs 10/6 – 10/15. Rehearsals will be Sunday – Thursday after Labor Day.
Questions: Contact email@example.com
SLCA 2018 Short Play Festival
Audition Dates: Aug 13 at 6pm, and August 15 at 7pm
Think COLD. Cold heart, a cold with the sniffles, cold weather. The festival is eight short comedies and dramas that in some way relate to “cold”.
Looking for: 17 women. 5 (15-20), 9 (30-50’s) 3 (60 and older)
14 men. 4 (15-30), 7 (30-50’s), 2 (60 and older) and 1 any age.
Production dates: January 18-21
Rehearsals will be the month of January 2018 plus at the needs of the director and cast.
Contact: Val Kavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Directed by Claudia DeMartino and Brooke Hutchins
Sunday, September 17th 3pm-6pm – Youth Girls 6-14 ONLY
Tuesday, September 19th 6pm-9pm – Adults 15+ and youth boys
Wednesday, September 20th 6pm-9pm – Callbacks
Performance Dates: December 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, & 17.
Please bring resume and headshot (or current photo).
Please prepare 16 measures of a Broadway show tune, not from Annie – an accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music.There will be no dance for initial auditions, but we may ask for some movement at callbacks.There will be a full character list at auditions.
- Annie (will be double cast) – Mezzo-soprano; an 11-year-old street-wise orphan. Spunky and big-hearted.
- Oliver Warbucks – Baritone; 30+ Successful businessman, with a warm heart.
- Grace Farrell – Soprano; 20+ Faithful secretary to Oliver Warbucks. Poised, sweet, gentle.
- Miss Hannigan – Alto; 30+ Orphanage matron who hates children, but is fond of liquor.
- Rooster – Tenor; 25+ Miss Hannigan’s no good brother. A sleazy slick con man
- Lily – Soprano; 20+ Rooster’s girlfriend also out to make a quick buck.
- Orphans – Ages 6-15 Six speaking roles and up to three additional
Ensemble (including FDR, the Boylan Sisters, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer, Drake, Bert Healy and more!)
Please contact Brooke email@example.com or Claudia firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
On behalf of the Sand Lake Center for the Arts and our honorary committee chairs, Chet and Karen Opalka, we would like to thank you for helping us make our 10th Annual event our best yet! “A Taste of Sand Lake” was held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Old Daley on Crooked Lake. The much-anticipated annual event featured food from many area restaurants, as well as a silent auction and entertainment.
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts depends on community support in order to be able to continue providing theatre, music, art and children’s programming to the greater community. Thank you!