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HOW TO REACH US: CHRISTINE SHEEHAN Education Director 518.382.3884 x112

JESSICA GELARDEN Education Program Manager, Proctors 518.382.3884 x150

MICHAEL GATZENDORFER Education Program Manager, Proctors 518.382.3884 x197

KATHERINE STEPHENS Education Program Manager, theREP 518.382.3884 x168

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 • 4:30pm–8:00pm


Educator Extravaganza is a great opportunity to connect with us here at Proctors, to explore the fabulous arts enrichment opportunities in the area, and to enjoy yourself for an evening, while earning professional development credit from Capital Region BOCES. The event is free to educators and school professionals, but advance registration is required. No registrations will be accepted after October 12, 2014. For more information and to register visit Entertainment and dinner will kick off the evening, followed by an array of workshops designed with your input. Arts and Education Navigation Bringing History to Life Page to Stage Digital Storytelling in the Classroom Making the Common Core ASTROnomically exciting in your Science Classroom! For questions and further information, please contact: Michael Gatzendorfer, Education Program Manager at Proctors 518-382-3884 x197 or

SCHOOL DAY PERFORMANCES PURE POE: Three Stories from America’s Master Storyteller
 Adapted by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill
 October 21 & 22, 2014 • 10am 45 min. + 15 min. post-show discussion
 $9/$10 $10/$11 A production of lost loves, mad murders and a prosperous prince attempting to defy death and doom, Edgar Allan Poe’s characters come to life. The ghost of Poe returns to recite his famous poem, The Raven, and much loved stories The Tell-Tale Heart and Masque of the Red Death. 
 Location: GE Theatre
 Grades: 7–12 

 November 14, 2014 10am & 12:15pm • 60 min.
 $7/$8 $8/$9 Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beachballs, bull whips, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light. Location: Mainstage
 Grades: 2 – 6 Science, Communication Skills

Nebraska Theatre Caravan's A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 1 & 2, 2014 • 10am 120 min. + Intermission
 $14/$15 $15/$16 This celebrated adaptation by Charles Jones is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Featuring a cast of 24, live musicians, and Broadwaystyle scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this annual holiday classic.
 Location: Mainstage
 Grades: 4 – 12 ELA, Storytelling, Geography Northeast Ballet’s Annual NUTCRACKER
 Under the Artistic Direction of Darlene Myers
 December 5, 2014 • 10am • 60 min. $7/$8 $8/$9
 Watch a young girl’s holiday dream come to life to the lush music of Tchaikovsky! The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy invites you to visit her Kingdom of Sweets – but only after you visit a holiday celebration with a magical growing tree and witness the heroic Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King. This narrated version of the Nutcracker is a wonderful introduction to the mystical world of ballet and will enthrall the kid in all of us!
 Location: Mainstage
 Grades: 4 – 12 ELA, Storytelling, Global Studies

 By LeLand Gantt February 12, 2015 • 10am 70 min. + 15 min. post show discussion $10/$11 $11/$12 Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLand’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Charming, self-deprecatingly funny and linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt confronts heavy subjects with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. Location: GE Theatre
 Grades: 9 – 12 
 ELA, Storytelling, History

- LIVE! Produced by The Kratt Brothers Company
 February 27, 2015 • 10am • 60 min.
 $8/$9 $9/$10 WILD KRATTS – LIVE! is an all new theatrical stage show based on the hit Emmy – nominated animated television series Wild Kratts. Experience the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit PBS television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families. 
 Location: Mainstage
 Grades: 3 – 6 
 ELA, Science, Zoology

THEY BUILT AMERICA: The Workers of the Erie Canal
 March 18 & 19, 2015 • 10am 45 min. + 15 min. post-show discussion 
 $9/$10 $10/$11 By Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Meet the men, women and children, politicians, farmers, merchants and laborers who came north to build the Erie Canal! This miraculous waterway transformed America from a burgeoning country into a great nation, and it comes with a miraculous story. Igniting this momentous event in New York State history, as characters from history come to life, including George Washington, Irish orphan Molly, physician Dr. Finch, Italian mason Antonio– and many more!
 Location: GE Theatre
 Grades: 3 – 6 
 ELA, Storytelling, History


The True Story of a 19-year-old GI 

March 26, 2015 • 10am & 12:15pm 65 min. + Post-show discussion with Author & Albany native, Ryan Smithson 
 $10/$11 $11/$12
 This profoundly moving show, written by Ryan Smithson, is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of his experience in the Iraq war. Ghosts of War touches on the intensity of battle, and the pain of losing comrades, but for Smithson, the war

is a source of personal enlightenment that will compel teens to reflect on their own thoughts about duty, patriotism and sacrifice. Location: Mainstage
 Grades: 9 – 12 ELA, Storytelling, Global Studies

 April 21, 2015 • 10am &12:15pm 55 min.
 $7/$8 $8/$9 Dog loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he’s short of customers, but that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. When customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend. Louise Yates’ expressive little white dog—and his many expressive doggie customers— extend an irresistible invitation to the very youngest to try reading. Location: Mainstage
 Grades: PreK – 2
 ELA, Storytelling, History, Character Ed

RAPUNZEL: A Very Hair Fairy Tale
 May 8, 2015 • 10am • 60 min.
 $7/$8 $8/$9 The evil enchantress Lady Za Za has banished Princess Rapunzel to the deep, dark, dreary forest in an effort to rule the kingdom herself. It is up to handsome Sir Roderick and his hairdressing sidekick Edgar to restore the kingdom as they also search for true love and a perfect head of hair. With a dragon who has lost his poof, a neurotic gypsy woman and a magical cast of characters, this hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale will delight princes and princesses of all ages.
 Location: Mainstage
 Grades: PreK – 2 
 ELA, Storytelling, History, Life Lessons

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Henry Schaffer TheatreTalks offer guests exclusive behind-the-scenes discussions with cast, crew and industry professionals! TheatreTalks are FREE with your ticket. For this season, all TTalks will follow the Thursday matinee performance. (subject to availability) Newsies TBA Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Jan. 15, 2015 Post 1:30pm matinee The Illusionists™ Witness the Impossible™ Feb. 19, 2015 Post 1:30pm matinee Annie March 5, 2015 Post 1:30pm matinee Pippin May 28, 2015 Post 1:30pm matinee

March 3 – 8, 2015

January 13 – 18, 2015

February 17 – 22, 2015

MORE GREAT SHOWS FOR SCHOOLS: BLUE MAN GROUP March 10 – 11, 2015 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER March 20 – 21, 2015 NETworks presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST April 17 – 19, 2015 MEMPHIS April 29 – 30, 2015 MAMMA MIA May 14 – 15, 2015

May 26 – 31, 2015

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT: Proctors prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.


FOOL THE EYE EXHIBITION Opens February 10, 2015 and runs until March 8, 2015. In the art show FOOL THE EYE, we invite students to submit artwork for the exhibition that explores their most incredible and mind bending works of art. We are seeking art that tricks or fools the eye. Artwork of all mediums will be accepted from students in grades 7–12 in this art show based on The Illusionists™, at Proctors in February. MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL Wednesday, June 3, 2015 • 7-8pm A festival to showcase the talents of local young artists working in the media arts: animation, digital illustration, filmmaking, interactive journalism and experimental media. Artists in middle and high school are invited to submit their media for exhibition in this festival from 7-8pm that evening. Interactive/motion pieces will be presented on the GIANT Screen in the GE Theatre. Work from a maximum of 10 schools will be accepted for this year’s festival. No more than 15 minutes of work per school.

NEW! MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL Thursday, March 12, 2015 • 9am-2pm This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows students to participate in a full-day musical theatre festival by offering opportunities to strengthen, promote, and share artistic skills within an interactive and supportive theatrical environment. It will be a full day of workshops led by industry professionals, including an adjudication of a musical number from your spring musical, lunch and the opportunity to network among groups. Workshops for the day include: Improvisation • Adjudication Casting • Production Boot-Camp Cost is $200 per group. Maximum of 30 students per group to allow for best interaction and experience. Participation will be limited to first come, first served basis to 6 drama groups. The deadline for registration will be Feb. 7, 2015.

AFTER SCHOOL ARTS ACADEMY Several programs are offered both on location at Proctors and satellite locations throughout the community. If your school is interested in hosting an after school program in the performing arts, please contact us. ACTING OUT: Students will become more spontaneous, creative, playful, and imaginative, all while developing valuable theater and interpersonal skills. CREATIVE FILM MAKING: Join us in this exciting opportunity to learn all aspects of movie production with other young filmmakers. Learn to script, shoot, and act and edit movies as you create your own short film from script to screen. AFRICAN DRUMMING: Build skills like sharing, responsibility, and teamwork through jamming together. Students will learn rhythms from West Africa and learn about ethnic groups, history and cultural context of the music.

They were really engaged and excited about what they were doing. You are making such a difference in their lives. —Debra Bordon, Woodlawn School Proctors provides tangible opportunities that help kids who desperately need a chance to discover something beautiful and worthwhile in themselves and their peers. —Bill Ziskin, Schenectady High School Truly, kids’ lives have undergone significant changes because of what we have been able to create with your organization. Our work, together, provides motivation, and develops purpose, project by project. —Cliff Bird, Abram Lansing School

MEDIA PROGRAMS Proctors offers several signature media programs annually: MediaWorks, After School Creative Film Making, MasterMinds, Media Arts Festival and the Training Institute at Open Stage Media. Each segment addresses issues critical to different generations of the community and equips members with the tools and knowledge necessary for effective communication. MediaWorks – An alternative approach to Common Core! Proctors is working with regional high schools to integrate media arts into English Language Arts curriculum. This project based learning model combines film and media with English curriculum to develop and implement new learning pathways. The result? MediaWorks students average 6 grade points higher than non-MediaWorks students. Based on core standards to increase student engagement, attendance and success, this unique program offers an alternative approach to traditional teaching and learning. After School Creative Film Making (see previous page for details) MasterMinds is a collaborative program offered by Capital Region BOCES, produced at Proctors, connecting producers, filmmakers, students, teachers, and schools. Together artists create a season of 30-minute shows. This fast-paced academic quiz competition features 26 schools from around the region, pitting them against one another to see which will win the title of MasterMind. Internship opportunities also available. Media Arts Festival Wednesday June 3, 2015 (see previous page for details) Training Institute at Open Stage Media This 90-minute workshop, open to youth and adults, will cover the basics of studio production and what you need to know to produce television programming using OSM equipment. Offered by appointment only. $25 for Schenectady County residents, $35 for non-residents. Contact Zeb Schmidt, OSM Station Manager, to schedule your appointment: 518.382.3884 x311 or

DID YOU KNOW? Schools in Schenectady County have the opportunity to stream student-created video and film on Open Stage Media television station, as well as web streaming.

camps and classes for all ages, from beginner to pre-professional, in dance, theatre, music, film, cirque, robotics and more. New programs added! Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with professionals in the performing arts industry to hone your skills and develop important networking connections. All students receive certificates of completion for Summer Academy programs. You won’t find a better leading cast than the teaching faculty at Proctors.

CAST – volunteers wanted! As a CAST student, you’ll be the first to greet our patrons as they arrive with their tickets for a show. You’ll not only get to see some great shows, but you’ll become a part of an amazing group of volunteers who share a vision and a passion for the performing arts! Don’t forget about Honor Society or Advanced Placement needs. Open to high school or college students 14–19 years of age.

EDUCATION GRANTS AND AWARDS FUND AT PROCTORS: Due to the generosity of regional businesses each season, schools can take advantage of grants for tickets and transportation for a field trip to Proctors.

Capital repertory theatre (theREP) STUDENT MATINEES Each season theREP offers full quality productions during the school day complete with a 15 minute post-show discussion session with cast members. Other Desert Cities By Jon Robin Baitz October 16, 2014 • 10:30am After six years away, prodigal daughter of BY JON ROBIN BAITZ a prominent political family, Brooke Wyeth, returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays and announce plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Retired ambassador dad, savvy mom, rehabbing aunt and ne’er-do-well brother team up to stop her and the joys of the family reunion quickly unravel in a surprising twist. Recommended for grades 9–12.


Classics on Stage: The Secret Garden Books and Lyrics by Marsha Norman THE SECRET Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett • Music by Lucy Simon BOOKS AND LYRICS BY MARSHA NORMAN November 20, 2014 • 10:30am BASED ON THE NOVEL BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT MUSIC BY LUCY SIMON December 9 & 17, 2014 • 10:30am Enchanting and inspiring, the beloved book by Frances Hodgson Burnett comes to life in this beautiful Tony Award® winning musical, The Secret Garden. An orphaned girl, dubbed plain and average by her caretakers, transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Recommended for grades 6–12.





In addition, Education Programs at theREP are also made possible in part through the generosity of: Price Chopper Stewart’s Shops Cohoes Savings Foundation Lucille A. Herold Charitable Trust Sidney & Beatrice Albert Foundation

The Michael Tuch Foundation The Review Foundation McCarthy Charities David and Candace Weir Foundation Diane S. and John G. Waite Fund for Historic Preservation

Capital Repertory Theatre and our Educational Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Souvenir By Stephen Temperley March 11, 2015 • 10:30am At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster BY STEPHEN TEMPERLEY Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes. The only trouble was Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon. Recommended for grades 9–12.


Classics on Stage: Hamlet By William Shakespeare April 16,17 & 23, 2015 • 10:30am May 6, 2015 • 10:30am The granddaddy of all the Bard’s work, BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Hamlet remains one of the most oft-quoted and revered stories of all time. Join us for an elegant and stirring rendition of the mad Prince’s tale of revenge for a father’s murder, a mother’s betrayal and an uncle’s treachery. This fast-paced production with ghosts, political intrigue, romance and sword-fighting swagger is sure to leave you breathless. Recommended for grades 8–12.


Student Matinees at theREP Price: $12 per student Location:111 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY Performance Length: Running times vary but all matinees will be finished by 1pm to allow adequate time for bus departure. Reservations: To place an order for Student Matinees please call Group Sales at Tickets by Proctors at 518.382.3884 x139. Scholarships: Visit for information and applications. Chaperones: For every 15 students, one complimentary adult ticket is provided.

ON-THE-GO! We bring the show to you! At a cost of $1,000, a fully realized, portable, professional theatre production that… - can be performed in any space. - will eliminate bus costs, travel time and logistical concerns. - maximizes the effectiveness of arts in education dollars. - provides schools with unlimited attendance. - includes a post-show talkback with the actors. Scholarship money is available. Please check with your BOCES for funding opportunities. For availability, call Katherine Stephens at 518.382.3884 x168.

PURE POE: Three Stories from America’s Master Storyteller Adapted by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Tour dates: October 14-31, 2014 A production of lost loves, mad murderers and a prosperous prince attempting to defy death and doom, Edgar Allan Poe’s characters come to life. The ghost of Poe returns to recite his famous poem, The Raven, and much loved stories The Tell-Tale Heart and Masque of the Red Death. 45 min. + 15 minute talk-back. Appropriate curriculum for grades 7–12.

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THEY BUILT AMERICA: The Workers of the Erie Canal By Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Tour dates: March 9-27, 2015 Sourced from more than 35 historical records! Meet the real men, women and children, the politicians, farmers, merchants and laborers who came north to build the Erie Canal! This miraculous waterway transformed America from a burgeoning country into a great nation, and it comes with a miraculous story. 45 min. + 15 minute talk back. Appropriate curriculum for grades 3–6, recommended for all ages.

They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal is made possible by a historic research grant from the Diana S. and John G. Waite Fund for Historic Preservation of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.

Additional information ORDERING • Call 518.382.3884 x 139 or visit for group reservations (10 or more). Some shows may be available for single tickets; call 518.346.6204 for details. • Advance registration is required for all orders. • Final counts are due by 30 days prior to the event. No refunds or exchanges will be made after this deadline. • Every attendee must have a reserved seat. Remember to reserve seating for all teachers and chaperones. BUS & PARKING • Procedures and directions will arrive with your invoice, and can also be found at

SPECIAL NEEDS • Proctors accommodates mobility, hearing and visually challenged patrons to the best of our ability. • Please advise of special needs when the order is placed so we can make arrangements prior to your arrival. • Certain performances are interpreted for the convenience of guests who are hearing impaired. These are noted on show pages. PAYMENT • Payment is accepted by check, cash, credit card or BOCES purchase order and is due 30 days in advance of each show. • Invoices are e-mailed promptly for immediate confirmation. If you have not received this confirmation, your reservation is not yet guaranteed.


Proctors and our Educational Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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