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hen it was time for Esmeralda the gypsy girl and her pet goat to disappear, she picked him up and strode easily off the Wyoming Valley West stage – despite the fact he was a fellow student, as tall as she was. Then there were the college thespians who hid Falstaff from a jealous husband in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at King’s College, and the group, a few years earlier, who stormed the theater, dressed as old-time Scottish warriors for “Macbeth.” Don’t forget the Coughlin High students who brought Alpine vigor, Argentinian glamour and some classy dips to a performance of dances representing the countries whose languages they study. But know that you, the public, are welcome to visit, to admire the displays in the college galleries, to cheer on young actors and musicians at just about every school, and, at least at Crestwood, to sign up for some classes yourself. Wine-making, anyone? You’re never too old to return to school, and the even better news is some of the best stuff available in and around the area’s ivory towers comes to us tuitionfree or is at least designed to provide entertainment or education on a budget. ••• For those who’d like nothing more than to sit in a classroom again, the Crestwood School District offers CACE, the Crestwood Area Community Education program, whose fall sessions start next week. The best part? No grades. For complete listings and pric-
es visit http://csdcomets.org/ and click on the “community education” link. In the meantime, here are some highlights of what’s on tap for fall: • Getting to know your iPhone and iPad: 5 to 6:30 p.m., four Mondays beginning Sept. 10. • Lemoncello class: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10. (When life gives you lemons, make good drinks.) • Winemaking: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18 and Oct. 2. • Creative-writing workshop: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., eight Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11. • Decorative painting, beginner: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., four Thursdays beginning Sept. 11, or 6 to 9 p.m., four Tuesdays beginning Oct. 16. • Photography workshop for the beginner: 6 to 8 p.m., six Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12. • Beginning bird watching: 6:30 to 8 p.m., four Thursdays beginning Sept. 13.
The King’s College Theatre department put on the ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ as one of last year’s productions.
• Intro to brewing: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24. • Make your own jewelry: 6 to 9 p.m., three Thursdays beginning Oct. 11. ••• The arts are for everyone, and King’s College’s “Experience the Arts” program covers everything from writing to acting with
events taking place yearly and as individual sessions. The King’s College Players offer four main-stage theater productions throughout the school year including the 60-year tradition of one Shakespeare selection. Midday performances are offered as part of the Brown Bag See SCHOOL, Page 4
If you love the arts, you don’t have to go to a play in New York or a gallery in Philadelphia. Local colleges and high schools are back in session and ready to welcome the public to their campuses – where you can no doubt witness something similar to the priceless moments described above. Some schools, mostly the colleges, have their arts calendars in place, listing everything from chivalry discussions to art exhibits to Broadway-style musicals. While Meyers High School knows it will produce “Little Shop of Horrors” in November and the Misfit Players will produce “Oliver” at Coughlin High School in January, in some cases the high schools are still deciding when this year’s play might be, or even whether the students of foreign language will perform their graceful salsas and foot-slapping schuhplatts this spring.