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GENEVA -- Theatre444 is proud to bring you the Regional Premiere of a new, Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary rock musical Next to Normal.  Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

 Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression and bi polar disorder for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

 With a talented cast hailing from multiple cities, audiences can expect to see pieces of themselves in these characters.  Laura D. Feligno(Geneva) and Nick Bessette(Auburn), play married couple Diana and Dan Goodman. Joe Gonzalez(Geneva) plays their son and Hannah Fox (Victor) plays their daughter Natalie.  Damon Fletcher(Seneca Falls) plays Natalie’s boyfriend Henry and Jarrod Jones(Phelps) plays the Doctor. This talented and experienced group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza and Vocal Director Meredith Beckley assisted by Pianist Annie Bachman and Conductor Hilary Chaya.  Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager and Properties are put together by Jane Stobie and Theresa Hashem-Gage. Lighting Designers RJ Rapoza and Garrett Coons, Costume Designer Kasi Krenzer-Marshall, Media Designer Cole Ruffalo, Master Carpenter Bill Stobie and Technical Director Craig Deisering round out the crew.  

 Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2cnd, 3rd and 4th at 8pm. Sunday May 5th at 2 pm.  A Talk Back Panel will discuss the production themes of mental health, wellness, and pharmaceuticals after the Friday and Saturday evening performance.  Join us for a hearty discussion. All performances are at the Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road Geneva, NY 14456. Visit www.theatre444.com  to purchase tickets. For more information on Theatre444, visit www.facebook.com/theatre444 and like our page!  


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Five New Ideas From Geneva Students

GENEVA – Five entrepreneurial ideas have made it through to the finals of the Annual Panther Pitch competition which will take place Wednesday evening at the Geneva Community Center.
A new wave coffee shop, an ethnic understanding center and a local bike sharing service are among the ideas hatched by young Genevans for this competition.
Each of the five final groups will present their ideas before a panel of local business people starting with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center’s Pat Collins Black Box Theater at 160 Carter Road. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Entry is free. The event is being sponsored by Red Jacket Orchards and Community Proud Apparel.
This year’s pitches include:
 Coffee Stain Café: A collaborative work space, small library and coffee shop conceived of by Alejandra Agosto-Perez and Georgedalize Lopez-Guevara.
 Danceability: An integrated dance studio specializing in helping kids with special needs to be created by Ellie Aliperti and Ryann Shultz.
 FLX Multicultural Center: A space committed to bridging the disconnect between various ethnic groups through the teacher of their respective cultures in order to unite the community presented by Fadly Kafrawi.
 FLX Ride: A bike-sharing company whose goal is to provide transportation for the people of Geneva to be created by Natalie Berg-Pappert and Darby Bleakley
 Market on the Move: A mobile farmers market that travels around providing direct access to fresh produce for Geneva neighborhoods as conceived by Kate Equinozzi and Lauren Schmit.

These finalists were judged to be among the best of ideas produced by students studying business and economics at Geneva High School. The students work with participants of Hobart and William Smith Colleges “Pitch Contest” in honing their presentations. Finalists receive commemorative T-shirts from Community Proud Apparel and cash prizes. Red Jacket Orchards provides thank you gifts for the evening’s judges.

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Princeton Prof Will Give Dove Lecture

GENEVA -- The First Annual Arthur Dove Memorial Lecture will be presented on Saturday Ajpril 27th at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

The lecture -- "Arthur Dove's Music Pictures or How To Make A Painting of Sound" -- will be delivered by Rachael DeLue of Princeton University. DeLue is a member of the board of the group working to create a living memorial to Arthur Dove, a now-famed American painter who did much of his groundbreaking work in the Dove Block building at the corner of Castle and Exchange streets in Geneva.

The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. on the 27th in the First Screening Rjoom of the Gearan Center, which is located just south of the corner of Pulteney and Hamilton streets. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

The Dove Group intends to hold an annual lecture examinging Dove's work. The group hopes to open a Community Gallery in Dove's honor on the first floor of the Dove building, which is currently undergoing renovations.

More information on the lecture is available from Kathryn Vaughn of the Dove Group at kathrynvaughn65@gmail.com. CLICK HERE for the group's website.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Lakes Environment

GENEVA -- Click on the graphic above for a good update on a key environmental issue facing the Finger Lakes. The sourge of landfills spewing odor through the wine country promises to become an increasingly contentious issue as the permits for the landfills raking in money in Seneca and Ontario counties move closer to expiration.

 

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Geneva Community News

Colleges Fight Back At Winter 

GENEVA -- The landscape along Geneva's St. Clair Street literally changed overnight as crews working for Hobart and William Smith Colleges managed to inflate the new, massive indoor sports field that will allow the colleges to take a swipe at Geneva's famous winter weather.

Crews from the Minneapolis company creating this newest element on Geneva's southwestern city scape Sunday said they expect to immediately begin installing lights and readying the new field for use. The sports turf is already installed.

The structure, held up by air pressure, features special entrances that allow athletes and spectators to enter through airlocks that keep the main structure from losing pressure. The new field will allow year-round protection from the elements, which, coincidentally, reared their ugly heads recently with sub-zero temperatures and wind-chills it took a math major to calculate. The facility will be air-conditioned in the summer.

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Auditions for Next To Normal, a FLX Premiere!

Theatre 444 is looking to cast their upcoming production:  Next To Normal

March 11 or 12  @ 7pm

St. Michael's Orthodox Church, 98 Genesee St Geneva, NY 14456

Roles for 2 women & 4 men
*Bring a prepared song in contemporary musical theater style*

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score.

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