A flurry of February happenings! Stinky cheese, circus romps, big bubbles and more: The CENTER kicks off Saturday Morning Family Shows, Workshops and Field Trips



Rhinebeck, NY: The Center’s education program returns to full swing in February, with a full roster of Saturday Morning Family shows, theater workshops and field trips. The Saturday Morning Family Series will feature some brand new productions, including “Stinky Cheese Man,” a children’s comedy performed by The Russell Sage Theater Institute, “Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle” with Keith Bindlestiff, co-founder of the Bindlestiff Cirkus, and “Origami Tales,” a music and storytelling performance focus on Japanese culture presented by Kuniko Yamamoto. “We are thrilled to be adding some exciting new shows to our 2016 offerings, as well as some of our perennial favorites, including ‘Bubble Trouble,’ ’Celtic Heels Irish Dance,’ ‘Pirate School’ and more,” said Babette Fasolino, The Center’s Education Director.

In addition to family shows, The Center’s field trips resume in February with “And Then They Came for Me,” a multimedia production by James Still focused on the Holocaust and Anne Frank. The Center’s touring program resume as well with three productions available to Hudson Valley Schools: “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and “Rip Van Winkle.”

After school workshops also return with acclaimed performers/instructors Lisa Lynds teaching Kids on Stage, and Kevin Archambault leading Teen Musical Theater.

Detailed information below; for more information, visit The Center’s website: www.centerforperformingarts.org or call Babette Fasolino, 845-876-3088, ext. 13.


The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series – Winter/Spring 2016

All performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length.

Tickets may be reserved online, in advance or sold at the door one hour prior to the show

$7 for children, $9 for adults

For tickets, call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080 or order tickets online at
Made possible with support from the M & T Charitable Foundation and Stewart’s Shops

Feb. 6


The whole family will enjoy Lisa Lou’s one-person circus show with juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, magic, funny stuff, and lots of audience participation. Come join the circus with us!


Feb. 13

STINKY CHEESE MAN by The Russell Sage Theater Institute – NEW!

This fun-filled theater romp uses music and humor to turn the standard idea of “happily ever after” on its head. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants. Nothing is quite the same and you remember it! Performed by The Russell Sage Theater Institute, directed by Michael Musial.


Feb. 20


Keith Bindlestiff, co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus takes you on an entertaining “tour” of the American midway, from the Sideshow to the Big Top. Keith presents jaw-dropping sideshow feats and a showcase of amazing stunts and circus skill including spinning tops, spinning plates, spinning ropes, and whirling machetes!


Feb. 27
BUBBLE TROUBLE with Jeff Boyer

This exciting, interactive show teaches kids the science inside bubbles. Find out different ways bubbles can be used to make our lives easier, softer and even taste better. As a finale, Jeff will even put an audience member inside a bubble!



February 3 and 4, 10:00 a.m.
A multimedia production by American author James Still, which combines recorded interviews with Anne Frank’s friends who survived the Holocaust – Ed Silverberg (formerly Helmuth “Hello” Silberberg) and Eva Geiringer Schloss – with live actors recreating the scenes from their lives. It is part oral history, part drama, and part remembrance. For grades 7 through high school.
Field trip tickets for this show are free of charge, made possible by the Irving and Gloria Schlossberg Family Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Directed by Patrick McGriff for CENTERstage Productions.



February 17, 10:00 a.m.

A comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, and one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times.  This lively show introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night.

For middle and high school students. Tickets $8.00. Directed by Nicola Sheara for Rhinebeck Theatre Society.

TOURING FIELD TRIPS (choose your date):

Dorothy has been captured by the Wicked Witch of the West and her friends, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow must save her.  The Lion asks the children in the audience to help them overcome the Wicked Witch and save Dorothy.  Children from the audience prove they have power over the Wicked Witch by helping their friends on the stage.  They become Munchkins, help oil the Tin Man and one youngster is even magically transformed into the wonderful Wizard of Oz! For grades K-6. Fees for this show start at $895.00.



Based on the original story by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a well-educated teacher who comes to live in Tarrytown, a village where townsfolk seem entranced by spirits. Crane becomes rivals with Brom Bones and eventually meets a mysterious fate. Could Ichabod Crane be the victim of the dreaded ‘headless horseman’ who haunts Sleepy Hollow?


RIP VAN WINKLE One of the best-known short stories in American literature, “Rip Van Winkle” is the story of a man who sleeps in the Catskill Mountains for twenty years and awakens to a long beard and a greatly changed world.Two version available one for elementary schools and another for middle school studentsApproximately 50 minutes, plus Q & A session.




For ages 8 to 15

February 16-April 22
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm; Performances April 23 and 30 at 11:00 am

Students will learn stagecraft as they prepare for public performances of “Tales of Hans Christian Andersen,” a wonderful compilation four stories: ’The Steadfast Tin Soldier,’ ’The Swineherd,’ ’The Ugly Duckling,’ and ’The Little Mermaid.’ Directed by Lisa Lynds.



March 28-May 20
Ages 13 to 18
Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 pm; Performance May 20 at 5:00 .m.

Join Kevin Archambault as he creates a musical theatre revue from Tony Award-winning shows. A dynamic course, which focuses on the different styles of music and choreography throughout musical theatre history.


For more information, visit The Center’s website: www.centerforperformingarts.org or call Babette Fasolino, 845-876-3088, ext. 13.