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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 17, 2012 11:04PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments We've been enjoying shows at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls. So I thought I'd start a general thread about some of the shows.

The following link will take you to The Wood's website:

Below is a link to upcoming events at The Wood:

Some pics of The Wood Theater can be seen at:

Below is a short comment I made about the Wood Theater at:
"I love the Wood Theater. It's cozy and intimate. The rows of seats are set on a good incline, allowing everyone a good view of the stage. The acoustics are great. It's easy to order tickets online. There's nothing like live entertainment and the mix of shows is excellent. In addition, it's an exciting community experience set in downtown Glens Falls, which is more and more becoming a smart area with interesting shops, restaurants and activities. Besides that, our beautiful new public library is only a few doors away, next to our lovely City Park. What more could we want? No time-consuming travel. It's right there on our doorstep. Support your theater and your town. We lost the Red Fox Bookstore. Let's support our town's businesses and activities. If we don't use them, we'll lose them."

message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 17, 2012 11:07PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Tonight (Friday) Ed and I went to the Wood Theater in Glens Falls for a show entitled: "Richard Glazier Salutes American Popular Song" *. It was wonderful! Hearing all those old songs performed on the piano was sweetly nostalgic. A few brought tears to my eyes. Others were foot-tapping numbers; I could hardly stay in my seat. At other times I wanted to start singing along. Richard Glazier relates the history of the songs and shows slides and films in between his skillful piano performances. His enthusiasm is contagious. He also played some of the lush arrangements created by Maurice Whitney who once taught in the Glens Falls schools. Whitney was head of the Glens Falls City School District music program for 25 years. Whitney arranged much of the music we've heard through the years. The show was delightful. The link to the show is:
It will play again tomorrow night, Sat. 2/18/12. Worth going if you enjoy all the old songs written by the gifted composers of yesteryear.

Below is Richard Glazier's web page:

*At the above web page there's a description of tonight's show as follows:
"Richard Glazier Salutes the American Popular Song"

"Award winning pianist and master storyteller, Richard Glazier, takes audiences on a musical tour of the 20th century in this fascinating program dedicated to the American Popular Song.
Using his piano as a time machine, Glazier starts when Ragtime was King and continues through the decades that followed, with stops in Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Glazier’s exciting piano performances are made even more meaningful with fascinating inside stories and rare film and audio clips.
"Whether he’s playing the music of Joplin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Kern or a host of other Golden Era composers, Glazier brings new life to old favorites, and his narration never fails to dazzle an audience---so real and deep is his passion for the music. Concluding each program with the complete solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue, Glazier gives audiences an evening to remember."

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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments On 2/3/12 at The Wood, we enjoyed a performance of the musical, "Annie", presented by the SMSA Community Players of St. Mary's-St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School. See the Post-Star article at:

Excerpts from above web page:
"Under the direction of Mickey Luce, the Broadway classic will find new life for three sold-out shows Friday and Saturday at the Charles R. Wood Theater."

The "principal of St. Mary's-St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School" [Kate Fowler] ... plays ... Ms. Hannigan, the maniacal matriarch of the Municipal Girls Orphanage..."

"In addition to Fowler, the cast features students, including Abigail Mason in the title role, and Dave Miele, the SMSA religion teacher, as Daddy Warbucks. Friends and supporters of the school fill in the numerous supporting parts."

The play was well-done and fun to watch. The talent of the performers was impressive. Watching non-professionals do such a great job sometimes seems more amazing than watching professionals. We take for granted that professionals will be good but when non-professionals put on a wonderful show, our appreciation may be greater.

It was a feel-good night for us.

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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Last night, 5/19/11, we went to The Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls and enjoyed The Lake George Community Band which presented its "Armed Forces Day Concert." It was directed by John Jay Hilfiger, Acting Music Director.

At the end of the concert, they played a medley called "American Salute". As each song of each branch of the services was played, they asked anyone in the audience who was a member of that branch to stand. It was very touching because it made you think of all the men in the armed forces who didn't return.

Below is the band's website:
The website announces the "8th Annual Festival of Community Bands on the shores of Beautiful and Historic Lake George, NY." It will take place at the Park Band Shell on the following dates:
Friday, July 13, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012

According to the above web page, the band's schedule includes:
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Concert - 8:00 pm - Shepard Park - Free
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Concert - 8:00 pm - Shepard Park -Free

July 13, 2012 - LG Festival of Bands - TBA - Shepard Park - Free

July 14, 2012 - LG Festival of Bands - TBA - Shepard Park - Free

(LGCB last band to perform)

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Concert - 8:00 pm - Shepard Park -Free
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - Concert - 8:00 pm - Shepard Park -Free

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Concert - 8:00 pm - Shepard Park -Free

See the webpage for confirmation and further info.

message 5: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 27, 2012 05:59PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Last night, Ed & I saw "Black Tie", a comedy at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls.
Very enjoyable. Wonderful cast. Funny dialogue. Great staging. The theme of the plot is the generation gap, familiar to us all.
"Adirondack Theatre Festival Presents: Black Tie Presented by A.R. Gurney"
PLOT: "The father of the groom simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he can raise his glass, he must defend not only his outfit, but the time-honored traditions of his past. The generation gaps widen and laughter grows in this charming comedy by one of America’s most prolific and accomplished playwrights."

"David Bunce, left, Thom Christopher, center, and Brenny Rabine star in the Adirondack Theater Festival’s production of ‘Black Tie,’ which opens Tuesday [June 26] and runs through June 30 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls."


INFO: The Adirondack Theatre Festival presents “Black Tie,” a comedy by A.R. Gurney, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [June 26] through June 30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls.
Tickets, which range from $25 to $40, are available online at or at the Wood box office and by phone at 874-0800.

All the cast was excellent, but, for me, Thom Christopher stole the show. He plays a dignified and cultured elderly man whose spirit comes back to advise his son as to how to behave as the father of the groom at the rehearsal party. (In other words, he's the grandfather of the groom; he's advising the groom's father.) He's in for a great shock as he realizes that the old traditions have changed dramatically. Problems ensue. :)

I got his autograph! :)

About Thom Christopher:

Hometown: Pine Plains

Acting Training/degrees and school: High School of the Performing Arts, Ithaca College, Neighborhood Playhouse.

Most Unusual “Day Job”: An associate producer for network TV game shows.

Favorite Roles Performed:
Noel Coward in “Two Keys”
Appollodorus in Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” on Broadway
Picasso in “A Picasso” on the Barrington Stage
The Hawk on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”
Carlo Hesser in “One Life to Live” on TV.

Awards/Honors: One Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations. Clarence Derwent Award and Theatre World Award.


Here's the Wiki page on Thom Christopher:



message 7: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 28, 2012 06:15PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments PPS: Below is a link to a wonderful video featuring Thom Christopher being interviewed on 6/20/12 about the play, "Black Tie":
He has so much charisma and is so articulate! A very wise man.

And a review of the play:
"The soap star has old school charm to spare and he wears the role even better than his bespoke suit. And his voice rings through the room like a cello."

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