Bargain of the Summer! The CENTER’s award-winning Family Series resumes July 8 with reduced ticket prices for summer! All seats $7.00



The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is thrilled to welcome back its summer family series, offering a wide range of performances. Thanks to a grant from Stewart’s Shops, all tickets for the summer series are just $7.00, for children and adults. “We are so grateful for this generous grant, which allows us to continue to offer professional family fare at affordable prices,” said Babette Fasolino, The Center’s Education Director. Productions range from live literature-based theater such as “Storybook Tales,” to the edge-of-your-seat excitement of “Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectale,” featuring Keith Bindlestiff of the Bindlestiff Circus. Several productions will feature young actors from The Center’s summer camp program, including “Annie,” “The Lion King, Jr.” and “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.”


It truly is an exciting time to be at The Center!
See schedule and details below.


The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series – Summer 2017

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

All seats $7.00

For tickets, call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080 or order tickets online at


July 8

Storybook Tales: Pinocchio and Robin Hood by Bright Star Theater

Bright Star’s hilarious actors will have the audience laughing in the aisles with this production of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Packed with audience interaction, this 45-minute adventure is brimming with audience participation and plenty of fun to bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion.


July 15

ANNIE, Kids by The CENTER’S Musical Theater group

The heartwarming story of little orphan Annie as she seeks to find the parents who abandoned her. Your favorite characters are here, including Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, the orphans, Sandy the lovable dog and more! Performed by The CENTER’s musical theater workshop. Directed by Niki Metcalf.


July 22 and 23 (Saturday and Sunday)

THE LION KING, JR., Jr. with Kids on Stage

The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale. Performed by The CENTER’s Kids on Stage Performance group, directed by Diana di Grandi.


July 29
by the Hampstead Stage Company
A live theater performance of the classic French tale of Belle, who is sent by her father to live in a beautiful palace with an outwardly terrifying beast. The Beast must help Belle to discover his inner beauty and to help her to break the spell that has kept him locked in his beastly state. A heartwarming story of family, sacrifice, trust, and love.


August 5

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Tanglewood Marionettes

Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold. The wicked witch has placed a curse on Princess Aurora. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this best-loved tale.


August 12


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!


August 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday)

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Jr. with Kids on Stage

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. A musical adventure with a cast of colorful characters! Performed by The CENTER’s Kids on Stage Performance group, directed by Lisa Lynds.



The Saturday Morning Family Series is made possible, in part, by the generosity of Stewart’s Shops and the Ramsden Family.