CNY Arts Center Reschedules Events Due To Construction

FULTON – CNY Arts Center announces changes in dates for theatre productions for the second half of the 2018 season.

With the new Community Arts Center a work in progress, the organization has decided to push White Christmas back until the end of the year, December 7-16, to complete renovations on the new center.

“If we push this production back a little bit, we will have time to complete the changes to the new space that will accommodate our programming,” said Executive Director Nancy Fox. “And we’ll deliver a holiday event for everyone with the first musical production on our brand new Community Arts Center stage. The holiday theme of the musical makes it a natural pairing for the Christmas season.”

This means the much anticipated Little Women musical will also be moved back to a later production date in early 2019 starting with auditions being rescheduled for September 2018, dates to be announced.

“We plan to keep Little Women in our lineup but it will likely open our 2019 season, “Fox said. “We need a little space in our production calendar to complete the changes that must take place. We can now focus on not only the building, but also the currently scheduled Twelfth Night which begins rehearsal in July.”

The Shakespearean comedy, directed by Marguerite Beebe, is scheduled for September 14 – 23.

“We have every intention of being ready for our first opening night, September 14t for 12th Night and look forward to celebrating with our members and supporters,” Fox said. “There is great excitement for the new Community Arts Center but we have a lot of work to do now to get it up and running. Staying out of the way makes for faster work and, hopefully, on time completion.”

The new Community Arts Center will be located at 121-125 Cayuga St., the former Herron’s Fabric Store in downtown Fulton, vacant for several years.

The building will need upgrades to bring it to code compliance for handicap accessibility and fire safety for new use as an assembly space.

This includes a fire sprinkler system and a lift for access to the lower level for classes where the HotSpot stage will continue to host comedy improv and open mic nights.

Some projects will be completed in phases as funds are raised.

But, basic ADA and fire safety compliance must take place before the doors open.

“We envision a true community center for art classes and cultural opportunities, for public gatherings and groups to meet, for our continuing theatre program and more. We are excited to offer afterschool programming and daytime activities as well as partner with our new neighbors downtown to create exciting events that bring people out to enjoy the arts, and all that downtown has to offer,” Fox said. “And we’re adding the word ‘community’ to our name so there will be no doubt we are here to truly build a better future for our community with this community arts center where great things can happen.”

For more information or to participate in the project, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).