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"WEST SIDE STORY" DANCERS -- Leap for joy in the "Somewhere" Ballet, just one of the dynamic dance segments in the popular classic show at The Mac-Haydn Theatre in nearby Chatham, NY.  From left: dancers Danny Durr, Jayme Wappel and Ronnie Bowman, behind them Tony (Jarrett Jay Yoder) and Maria (Mia Pinero) watch and dream of a better life.  Leonard Bernstein's powerful and romantic score mixes the wonder of new love with tensions of rival gangs thrown together, in songs that were hits when the show was new and are classics today: "Maria, Somewhere,Tonight, I Feel Pretty" and the dynamic prologue dance. Most requested show of the season and winner of three Tony Awards, "West Side Story" performs throughAugust 9.  Call 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org for information and reservations. 




            CHATHAM, NY -- The greedy giant Gogmagog is making life miserable for everyone in the kingdom below his magic palace.  He's even holding Good Queen Violet for ransom, in the exciting tale of "Jack and The Giant", at The Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre, August 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

            Princess Tulip is evicting all of the kingdom's people to get land to sell for money to free her mother.  When they lose their home, Jack and his family are also forced to sell their cow.  What he gets in exchange for the cow makes all the difference to the people in this story that has the Giant, the evil Troll who does his dirty work, the bumbling, frightened High Sheriff Dumdum and a host of fanciful characters.

            Edgar Acevedo returns to the stage to play the Giant. Kristen Clark, a long-time Mac-Haydn performer who most recently was featured as Kitty in "The Drowsy Chaperone", will be Queen Violet. Appearing as Jack is David Frishkoff, who played Gavroche in our last production of Les Miserables. Mac-Haydn apprentices Josh Kahn (currently Baby John in "West Side Story"), Sarah Allen, Stephanie DeFronzo and Emily Spateholts (The Dutch Wives in "Sleepy Hollow") have featured roles.  Dianne DeLamater is the Bean Seller and Eddie Knight will be a featured soloist. 

            "Jack and The Giant" is filled with charming and peppy songs such as "Fee Fie Fo Fum, I'm A Troll, and Run Jack Run".  Despite all the things against them, Jack never loses hope, as he sings in "Good Things Are Bound To Happen".

            Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre shows perform on Friday and Saturday mornings at10:30.  Tickets are $10.00 for children of all ages.  Mastercard and Visa welcome, no cancellations or refunds, fully air conditioned, group discounts available.  Call 518-392-9292 or visit machaydntheatre.org for information and reservations.



            CHATHAM, NY -- The Mac-Haydn Theatre is pleased to present the most requested show of several seasons' audiences, Leonard Bernstein's classic "West Side Story", for three weeks: July 23 through August 9.

            Tension-packed choreography opens the show and sets the story, and the action never stops as the firmly entrenched Jets and newly arrived Sharks face off in gang rivalry over their neighborhood.  The ongoing conflict builds when former Jet leader Tony and Shark leader Bernardo's sister Maria come face to face with love at first sight during the "Dance At The Gym".  A challenge dance quickly escalates, with neither Jets nor Sharks wanting to give in.  Tony and Maria's love grows as well, but their feelings only fuel the flames of the feuding gangs.  Soon there are consequences that none of them want, as the show steamrolls to a touching ending.

            Bernstein's dynamic and romantic score mixes the wonder of new love in "Maria" and "Somewhere" with the charged anticipation of "Tonight", accenting both the tender feelings and heightened tensions of young people thrown together on the streets of 1950's New York City.  Lighter moments come when the immigrant girls sing of their experience and expectations in "America" and the Jets sardonically confront an imaginary "Office Krupke" to tell what their lives are really like.

            Mac-Haydn newcomers Mia Pinero and Jarrett Jay Yoder lead the cast as Maria and Tony.  Ms. Pinero is an Irene Ryan nominee for her role of Lucy Brown in "Three Penny Opera" and has several shows and concerts to her credit.  Mr. Yoder has starred as Sky in "Guys and Dolls", Joseph in "Joseph----Dreamcoat", Sonny in "Xanadu" appeared on tv and in film and as a Hollister model.

            Will Ruff will play Bernardo and Veronica Fiaoni is Anita.  Mr. Ruff's many dance roles include features in "Hair, 42nd Street and Kiss Me Kate", he also played the lead in "Pippin".  Ms. Fiaoni's roles include Gussie Carnegie in "Merrily We Roll Along" and Betty in "Three Penny Opera"; she is also an experienced dancer and choreographer.

            Winner of three Tony's, "West Side Story" runs three weeksJuly 23 through August 9

Good seats are available for all performances: first week Thursday 2 and 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m.Saturday 4 and 8:00 p.m.Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; second and third week: Wednesday 2 p.m., Thursday 2 and 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m.Saturday 4 and 8:00 p.m.Sunday 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $34.00 and $33.00 for evening performances, $31.00 for all matinee seats, children under 12 with an adult $14.00.  Discounts are available for groups and senior citizens.  Mastercard and Visa welcome. No cancellations or refunds. Fully air conditioned. Call 518-392-9292 for information and reservations; order on-line at www.machaydntheatre.org at any time.  Visit www.machaydntheatre.org, join our email list or ‘Like’ us on Facebook for all the latest Mac-Haydn news.

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