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May Theatre Highlights

Sa 5/15- Barefoot Dance Center presents STUDENT DANCE CONCERT at McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz Campus, New Paltz—With works created by professional choreographers as well as students, the Barefoot Dance Center presents a student show that tends to surpass expectations, using a wide range of young dancers from those in “creative movement,” to the seasoned teenage members of the Barefoot Dance Company. Students represent in many styles, including improvisation, jazz, ballet, and modern technique. The group travels around the greater region, and this show is something of a homecoming. Parents of kids age 13-17 who like dance shouldn’t miss this. McKenna Theatre, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, www.barefootdancecenter.com, 845.384.6146. 4 PM


Sa/Su 5/15 & 16- THE PRINCE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A TURKEY, musical by Paul Cooper and Vic Caruso, at Temple Emanuel, Kingston—The well-known old Hasidic story The Prince Who Thought He Was a Turkey—attributed to Rabbi Nachman—is a curious choice for a musical treatment. In a nutshell: one day a Prince becomes ill, decides he is a turkey, takes off all his clothes, and starts hanging out under the royal table, pecking on crumbs. A wise man tells the distressed King to let him move in and help the Prince, the King agrees, wise man strips, joins the Prince under the table as a fellow turkey. Little by little the wise man convinces the Prince to reassume bits and pieces of his humanity by telling him that acting a little more human would not diminish his turkey-hood, so why not go ahead and wear clothes, eat real food at the table?...and soon, the Prince is cured. Librettist Paul Cooper sees the reverse-Ugly Duckling tale more as a parable for spiritual growth, and with collaborator Vic Caruso has made a charming and tuneful show the whole family can enjoy. Temple Emanuel, 243 Albany Ave., Kingston, www.templeemanuelkingston.org, 845.338.4271. Sa 5/15 8 PM, Su 5/16 2 PM


Sa 5/22- Passing the Torch Through the Arts and the Rosendale Theatre Collective present NIGHT AND DAY- TWO SIDES OF PASSION: An Evening of Original Theatre at Rosendale Theater, Rosendale—This joint fundraiser joins two great causes under one roof, one night only. The Rosendale Theatre Collective is a recently established non-profit organization of area residents who are trying to purchase the venerable Rosendale Theater, and maintain it in the tradition of the Cacchio family, who has owned and operated it for generations. Thanks to several well-attended fundraising events, the RTC is making great headway towards meeting their goal…but still need your help! Passing the Torch Through the Arts—Michael Monasterial’s Kingston-based youth education/theatre program—supplies an original musical work Sam Cooke: Where You Been Baby?, exploring the uplifting music and tragically short life of the seminal gospel/R&B legend, utilizing the talent of some of the area’s best. Rosendale Theater, 408 Main St., Rosendale, www.rosendaletheatre.com, www.passingthetorchthroughthearts.com, 845.901.6820 (PTTA), 845.658.8989 (Theater). 8 PM


Su 5/23- PILOBOLUS (dance) at Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie—Even the most casual aficionado of dance and movement has heard of or at least seen the internationally-known Pilobolus dance ensemble; if you’ve seen monochromatic unitard-wearing extremely well-conditioned people contorted and engaged in seemingly gravity-defying shapes, movements, and sometimes bizarre human combinations—yep, that was probably them (or their later offshoot Momix). Founded at Dartmouth College in 1971 by a group of dancers taking class from Alison Chase, Pilobolus has been on the road ever since, bringing their uniquely gymnastic humor to global audiences; most recently memorably seen in silhouette at the 2007 Academy Awards, physically representing specific movie titles. (At one point, their Snakes On a Plane representation prompted host Ellen DeGeneres to exclaim, “they’re naked!”) Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, www.bardavon.org, 845.473.2072. 8 PM


5/28 through 6/13- Performing Arts of Woodstock presents THE PRICE, by Arthur Miller, at Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock—“We are doomed to perpetuate our illusions because truth is too costly to face,” Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller wrote of his 1968 drama The Price. Written 19 years after Death of a Salesman, the play is less known, but equally brilliant: an intense—though often funny—family drama about the emotional “price” exacted by economic hard times. It’s a story that will no doubt resonate in the present. Directed by Eric Jagoda, and featuring Michael DaTorre, Warren Kelder, Linda Reznick, and Richard Scofield. Woodstock Town Hall, 72 Tinker St., performingartsofWoodstock.org, 845.679.7900. Fr/Sa 8 PM, Su 4 PM






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