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CNY Arts Center Stage Comes To Life This Week

FULTON, NY – Stories, music, desserts, Shakespeare and Classic Broadway take the stage this week with multiple activities and events.

Matthew Wood and Gina Holsopple entertain at Wooden Apple Music Festival. The duo will headline the entertainment at Dessert Theatre with an evening of storytelling, original song and desserts.
Matthew Wood and Gina Holsopple entertain at Wooden Apple Music Festival. The duo will headline the entertainment at Dessert Theatre with an evening of storytelling, original song and desserts.

Auditions for Oliver, rehearsals for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Dessert Theatre just for fun take place onstage at CNY Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga Community College campus in Fulton.

Matthew Wood and Gina Holsopple headline an evening of stories and music July 18 at 8 p.m. for the next Dessert Theatre night.

Original stories and music from the award winning duo and a buffet of luscious desserts will be included in the ticket price.

The evening of great entertainment starts at 8 p.m.

Director Adam Schmidtmann is auditioning children and adults for Oliver, the classic Broadway musical, on July 15 from 4-7 p.m. (kids 4-5:30 and adults 5:30-7) and July 19 from 1-5 p.m. (kids 1-3 and adults 3-5).

Children ages 7 and up are encouraged to audition, even girls although most of the roles are for boys.

“This production has a lot of dancing and classic songs long remembered once the lights go down,” said Schmidtmann. “This will be a great experience for our children as well as a lot of fun. All roles are open.”

Seven-year-old Rueby Wood Holsopple is excited about the popular production, especially developing his pickpocket skills, a favorite feature of the children’s chorus in Oliver.

Choreographer Amy Price is looking for an enthusiastic group of children, boys and girls, to perform the traditional numbers such as “Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.”

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is currently in rehearsal with a large cast of actors from several area theatre companies.

The lineup includes returning actors Nick Pike, Elizabeth Ladd, Donald Crowe, Christopher Metz, Sara Sheffield, Julia Preston-Fulton, Sabrina Woodward, Griffin Marriner, Knate M. Roy and Marsha Preston.

New to CNY Arts Center stage are Jeremiah Thompson, Rachael Buchanan, Alissa Schorb, Alice Lamb, Jessica Tetro, Dom Lamb and Mathew Wood.

Ryan Smith is serving as stage manager.

Much Ado About Nothing will run August 7 – 16.

For more information on all these events, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).