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Dancing ‘Til Your Feet Hurt

With Allegro in full swing, we wanted to share some more perspectives from our creative team. From the first meeting, it was clear with this show that dance would play an important role in this production. With this large dance show, it seems most appropriate to spend time hearing from Choreographer, Christine O’Grady. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I’m […]

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Playmaking Round Two

On Thursday, a second group of Middle Schoolers from IS-10 will see the plays they created through Astoria Playmaking come to life onstage with the help of some professional actors and directors.  Susan Willerman, who is the force behind this great program, wanted to share some of her perspectives on this session of Astoria Playmaking. […]

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Creating a Set

When the pre-production process begins on a show, one of the first things that needs to be hashed out is the set design, it can set the location, create a color palette for the other designs, dictate what movement is possible, and tell a story on it’s own.  As we start rehearsals this week and […]

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The Dramaturg’s Point of View

Ben Coleman signed on as our Dramaturg on Allegro early in the process. We asked him to talk about the show and why he was so excited to be a part of it. The final result was a post full of the historical significance of this elusive show. __________________________________________________________________ In March of 1943 Richard Rodgers and Oscar […]

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An Insider’s Peek at Playmaking

Each year students from Horace Greeley Intermediate School (IS 10) participate in an after school program where they learn to write their own plays from Playmaking instructor Susan Willerman. These young playwrights then see their original works brought to life by professional actors and directors in a evening of staged readings. Each young playwright sees their […]

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Set Build – A Week in Pictures

The Cottage is moving forward, including the set being built. Last week, our staff and a few volunteers gathered to get a jump on building the set. We wanted to share some of what we’ve been up to and they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  ___________________________________________________________________________________  

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Costumes from The Cottage

Some actors say that the moment they first put on their costumes is when they can fully realize their characters, it adds a piece of the puzzle as to who the characters are.  Ryan Moller, costume designer from APAC’s The Secret Garden, is joining us again on The Cottage.  He is taking this opportunity to share with […]

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Dominating Ladies in a Male Dominant Genre

Tickets are being sold, postcards are being printed, actors are being cast, and a set is being budgeted. In many ways, we are already in full swing  for The Cottage – our first mainstage show, and we’re excited to see what the hard work of the next 5 weeks will bring to this devilishly funny script. […]

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Summer Stars – A Volunteer’s Perspective

On Saturday we wrapped up this year’s Summer Stars with APAC’s first performance of the season.  The 31 kids (all 8 to 13  years old) who participated this year did us proud, performing in an entertaining show that left our audiences abuzz.  We wanted to give you a behind the scene perspective on what the […]

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Behind the Scenes of Summer Stars – Kids Edition

It’s hard to believe but today is the last day of rehearsal for Summer Stars.  Before the two public performances tomorrow, we wanted to hear from the kids about some of their experiences these last two weeks. Three of our Summer Stars – Nicole Wengert, Olga Horbal, and Ella Shea gave you a sneak peek […]

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