October 11, 2012

Arts Express: Oct. 11, 2012


---- — Theater group calls meeting for upcoming production

CHAZY — Chazy Music Theatre will hold an informational meeting regarding auditions for its 2013 spring production of “Anything Goes” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Chazy Central Rural School auditorium.

The purpose of the meeting is to outline audition requirements, provide a synopsis of the show, discuss rehearsal schedules and show dates, introduce the production staff and answer any questions individuals may have.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to sign up for an audition time at the conclusion of the meeting. Those wishing to audition, but who are unable to attend the informational meeting, can sign up for an available time slot on the day of auditions.

For audition materials, see the Chazy Music Theatre website at For questions, email Jason Borrie, director, at

Literary journal Launch Party Friday

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is hosting a Launch Party for Saranac Review No. 8, SUNY Plattsburgh’s literary journal, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff St.

There will be readings by the editors, and refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

For questions, call 563-4070.

Annual meetings set for community theater group

WILLSBORO — Essex Theatre Company will be holding its annual Board of Trustees meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Willsborough Visitors Center on Main Street here.

The annual membership meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The public is invited.

Annual Tutu Tea Party set for Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will host the Lake Placid School of Ballet and Dance’s second-annual Tutu Tea Party from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Participants are invited to a special event that includes tea, hot cocoa and cupcakes.

Each child will receive a tutu to take home. Activities include face painting, crafts, story reading, live music, interactive games, a scavenger hunt, dance demonstration and photo opportunities. There will be great raffles, door prizes and giveaways.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. To ensure there are enough tutus, interested guests are encouraged to RSVP to the LPCA as soon as possible at 523-2512.

NCCCA offering Autumn ArtQuest series for kids

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is offering a special Autumn ArtQuest series for ages 5 to 12.

The program begins from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, and runs for five consecutive Saturdays.

During the Autumn ArtQuest: Art in 3-D program, youth will have the opportunity to study the many mediums of sculpture with instructor Roxana Palmer Strong. Students will examine sculpture — from gargoyles to human figures to abstract pieces. Each week students will also work in a different medium to build their own pieces.

“We are thrilled to bring this series to the community,” NCCCA education coordinator Emily Owens said. “This unique program mixes art history and hands-on projects to help students learn and be creative. It’s a wonderful chance for our youth explore classic pieces of sculpture and create their own works.”

The cost for the five sessions is $95 for non-members or $85 for members. Scholarships are available.

For questions, contact Emily Owens at 563-1604 or

Arts Grant deadlines approaching

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is accepting applications for the Community Arts and Individual Artist tier of the Decentralization (DEC or DCA) Grant for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

The DEC Community Arts Grant deadline is Monday, Oct. 15, by 4 p.m. at the NCCCA. The Individual Artist Commission Grant deadline is Monday, Oct. 22. There is still time for teaching artists to partner with area schools and apply for the Arts Education Grant, which has an application deadline of Thursday, Nov. 15.

Applicants who have never received a DEC/DCA grant and/or first-year applicants who have not attended one of the seminars held in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties are required to contact and meet with Interim grant coordinator Kathleen Recchia. Other applicants should call or email to learn about recent changes to the administration of regional arts grants.

To learn more about the program and to download the 2013 guidelines and application, visit or call 563-1604. Recchia can also be reached at 563-1604 or by email at:

Area teen completes program under orchestra

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly Cantwell, a junior at Plattsburgh High School, recently completed a four-week residence orchestral studies program at Skidmore College.

During the program, students work one-on-one with professional musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra and have several performances in the Albany and Saratoga area under the orchestra’s direction. The program concluded with a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Selection into the program is very competitive. High-school students throughout New York state are considered by nomination from their high-school music instructor and after auditioning before the senior members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cantwell, one of 115 students selected, was nominated after receiving a perfect score in her New York State School Music Association level VI percussion evaluation. She then auditioned for the percussion instruments and has favored the timpani while performing with the orchestra.

The program is sponsored by the New York State Summer School of the Arts Program, the New York State School Music Association, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and the New York State Education Department.