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Hot events, cool experiences at LPCA

September 11, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Lake Placid Center for the Arts invites you to experience a superb mix of events for both adults and children. While the stage is sizzling with outstanding music, theatre and dance performances as well as an array of new Live in HD programs, patrons will stay cool in the air-conditioned Center! Join us as we celebrate 41 years of Arts in the Adirondacks!



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BALLET: The LPCA presents “Classic Moves: Members of ABT and Friends” on Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. Once again, LPCA will host the Rebecca Kelly Ballet Company for a two-week residency. The Company will perform a beautiful evening of contemporary ballet on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.
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Enjoy two performances of the comedy Defending the Caveman on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Defending the Caveman holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Caveman is also now a worldwide rock-solid tour de force that has won the hearts of millions and it's sure to win yours. A hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate, Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition.

Grab your blankets and settle under the stars for an evening of Shakespeare in the Adirondack Park! Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival returns with Macbeth. This one-night-only free performance is on Monday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Rainsite is LPCA theatre. 6 performers play all the roles, blending inventive physicality, evocative design and original text to create this mesmerizing and chilling tale of greed and ambition. Set in a 20th-century militaristic society, this accessible adaptation will appeal to audiences new to Macbeth as well as those already acquainted with this renowned tragedy.

Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 50 area youngsters will present Robinson Crusoe on Saturday, July 20 at Noon and 3pm. Loosely based on the classic story. The entire population of a desert island, including Robinson, a herd of goats, an all-animal band, and the inevitable hula-dancing chameleons discover that our differences need not stand in the way of our friendships.

Comedy Weekend: Aug.22 through 25. Join us for a weekend of great and funny shows beginning on Thursday, Aug. 22 with a Family Magic Night featuring Gary the Great (aka Gary Ferrar). Gary uses the world of magic to create personalized, hysterical, engaging entertainment. On Friday, August 23, enjoy an evening of comedy by the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. This group brings the very best from their theatres in NYC and LA directly to you. It's a chance to see stars of today and tomorrow live on stage from the theatre that brought you comedy greats like Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV's Human Giant, the Daily Show's Rob Riggle and many many more. On Saturday, August 24, The Nobodies of Comedy featuring Tony Deyo and Ross Bennett take the stage see tomorrow's stars of comedy today! The weekend is rounded out on Sunday, Aug. 25 by the LOL Short Film Fest. This unique festival is a compilation of 9 hilarious short comedies guaranteed to provide side-splitting laughs. Submissions came in from around the globe and the festival committee whittled them down to bring you 90 minutes of the best-of-the-best!

Special Dance & Movement special events and workshops include: Innovative and fun group Galumpha Dance takes the stage on Aug. 17. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The Zany Umbrella Circus presenting 'Cake' on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8pm. This delightful and highly physical new show integrates aerial, trapeze, clowning, mask work, and other circus feats.



The LPCA proudly presents Classic Moves: Members of ABT and Friends on Friday, Aug. 9 at 8pm. This outstanding evening of dance features guest artists appearing courtesy of American Ballet Theater in a special one-night-only event.

Once again, LPCA will host the Rebecca Kelly Ballet Company for a two-week residency. The Company will perform a beautiful evening of contemporary ballet for the public on Aug. 1 at 8pm.


On July 18, The Last Waltz Live takes the stage at 8pm. a re-creation of The Band's classic 1978 concert film featuring The Rev Tor Band and friends. The show includes renditions of all the hits by The Band featured in the film, such as "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more. A diverse array of local, regional, and national artists perform the songs of the film's original special guests, making the show a unique, all-star experience showcasing the finest talent from the local music scene and beyond.

The LPCA presents Live 'n Local on Saturday, Aug. 3. This one-night-only event will feature several local groups including: Spring Street, And Then Bang, and Larry Stone and the Stone Ground Express in a fun for all ages concert.

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 10 for a memorable evening with the Grammy winning 13-piece collective Spanish Harlem Orchestra. One of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today, yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group's success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, Viva la Tradicin draws on inspiration from the music's history and enduring traditions. The collection is comprised largely of original compositions and arrangements of classic salsa tunes by bandleader/founder Oscar Hernandez

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform a series of six summer Symphony Concerts. Performances are: Sundays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 4 and 11. In addition, the Sinfonietta will present a free concert as part of the LPCA Young & Fun Series on July 10 at 10:30 a.m.


Just for Kids

The LPCA Young & Fun Series at the LPCA promises laughter for the little ones! Due to the immense popularity of this series, programs will be offered on most Wednesday mornings at 10:30am, when the summer schedule allows. As of press time free programs include: Magic & Comedy with Tim Dumas on July 3; Lake Placid Sinfonietta on July 10; Seagle Music Colony's Three Little Pigs on July 24; Adirondack Shakespeare Festival's David & Goliath on July 31; Stephen Gratto and Family on August 7; Pendragon Theatre's Aladdin on Aug. 14, and the Series also includes the annual Salute to Arts Day! featuring numerous artists and performers with events ranging from magic to music from 10am to 1pm on Aug. 21. No reservations are accepted for this free series, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

LPCA Explore Arts Camp: LPCA will offer 2 weeks of half-day camp programs for children from July 8 -12, and Aug. 19-23. Classes for both sessions include: Storming The Stage with Jessica Deeb (Ages 6-10); Camp Rock Finding Your Voice with Kim Weems (Ages 8-13) ; Away With Clay with Brooke Noble (Ages 8-13). Week 1 will also include: Earth Children with Rachel King (Ages 10-14); Images & Ideas: A Study in Collage with Jon Donk (Ages 13-18); and Feel the Beat! African Drumming and Dance with Jonna McDougall (Ages 6-12); Week 2 classes will also include: Magic Camp with Gary Ferrar (Ages 8-12); and SOMA Yoga with Jonna MacDougall (Ages 8-12). For detailed information including schedules, age groups, class fees, and registration contact the LPCA.

Acting Out: Returning to the LPCA for the 14th consecutive year is the popular Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT). MCT will present Robinson Crusoe using the acting talents of approximately 55 area children, from 1st to 12th grade. Auditions for the play are Monday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. prompt. Interested participants need to arrive at the LPCA by 9:30 and should be dressed comfortably. Due to the extensive audition process, no latecomers will be admitted. While here, MCT will also hold three free workshops which do not require auditions. The week-long residency program will culminate in two performances on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 3 p.m.

Dance for Youngsters: The popular On Stage with Rebecca Kelly Ballet workshops begin July 22 and continue through Aug. 2 for ages 2-20. LPCA School of Ballet will offer a week of Dance Camp for Levels 1, 2, 3 & 5. Classes will meet August 12 to August 16.

New in 2013: LPCA presents 3 weeks of Musical Theatre Camp from July 29 to Aug. 16 for ages 13-18. On Stage or Backstage, this hands-on Camp will cover theatre from auditions to production and everything in between!

For information on class times and fees for both of these programs, contact the LPCA or download the registration form online at


Live in HD Events

Returning to the LPCA this summer The MET: Live in HD Summer Encore Series. All screenings are on Monday evenings at 7pm. The program extras are edited from their original live versions, to allow running times of under 3 hours. The programs include: Carmen on June 24; Il Trovatore on July 1; Armida on July 15; La Traviata on July 22; Turandot on August 5; Il Barbiere Di Siviglia on August 12. For more information on this series, visit us online and click on special events!

National Theatre Live of London presents two programs this summer. On Friday, June 7 The House James Graham's bittersweet and energetic new play will be on the big screen. On Thursday, July 13, The Audience starring Helen Mirren will be offered live in HD at 7:30pm.


On The Big Screen

The LPCA proudly screens films on a state-of-the-art DVD Projection System with outstanding Surround Sound System compliments of the Peter S. Reed Foundation. General admission is $6. The series includes: Koch on June 21; Rolling Stones in HD on June 29; The Wait and Hunky Dory on July 6; Searching for Sugarman on July 19; The We and I on July 27; I Am Divine on Aug. 2.

There will also be three special film events: Lake Placid Film Forum June 14 to June 16; Scenic and Wild Patagonia Film Fest on Sept. 6; and Manhattan Short Film Festival on Sept. 28.


Visual Arts

The Fine Arts Gallery will present a variety of exhibitions for the summer season. inPRINT ... from published work Photography by Nancie Battaglia will open with a public reception on Friday, May 31, from 5-7pm. The show will be on display through June 22.

From June 28 to July 28, the gallery will exhibit Fur & Feathers: Featuring the work of PJ LaBarge and Mary Taylor. There will be a Meet-the-Artists Opening Reception on Friday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Gallery will feature Castaways: Works by Georganne Mennin from August 2 to September 7 with an Opening Reception on Friday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The LPCA Adirondack Juried Art Show: A Showcase of Regional Artists will be on exhibit from Sept. 13 to Oct. 19 with an Opening Reception and Awards Presentation on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Prospectuses for this show will be available throughout the summer.


Special Events

The Freshest Meal in Town is being served up at Green Market Wednesdays beginning June and continuing through September 26. Stop in for a smaller 'Taste of the Market' on June 5, 12, 19, 26 and October 2, 9, 16 and 23. Come for lunch and shop for dinner! Picnic tables are on premise! Every Wednesday morning, the Lake Placid Farmers' Market will occupy the LPCA grounds with an assortment of fresh vegetables, breads, herbs, plants, featured entertainers and artists, and more. Rain or shine the Market will be open from 9am to 1pm and will delight visitors of all ages. Mark your calendar for August 21 the ninth annual Salute to Arts Day expanded market with crafts from 9am 2pm! Visit the Market online at .

The 27th Annual LPCA Summer Benefit will be held on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 6:30pm. We'll be enjoying a fantastic evening at the Lake Placid Club Golf House while supporting the LPCA. We hope you can join us for this benefit for the Arts.

Summer Brochures with a full listing of calendar events will be available in June! All programs are subject to change, visit online or call for new additions. For reservations and more information on upcoming events at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, contact the LPCA Box Office at (518) 523-2512 online at, find us on facebook at Lake Placid Center for the Arts or visit us at 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946.



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