The Tempest; A Brave New Theatre Experience



The Tempest; A Brave New Theatre Experience


Theatre444, is proud to bring you actors from all over the country to create our local version of William Shakespeare’s, The Tempest.  This will be Shakespeare as you have never seen it! This production will be a LIVE STREAM Event that you can watch in the comfort of your own home in real time. In addition to your streaming ticket, you can purchase a Party Box to play along.  Adventure, magical islands, festive cocktails, deserts, and special props will be delivered to your living room in this immersive livestream experience. Come for the Shakespeare but stay for the FUN!   


The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, and thought to be one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote alone. After the first scene, which takes place on a ship at sea during a tempest, the rest of the story is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, lives with his daughter Miranda, and his two servants—Caliban, a monster figure, and Ariel, an airy spirit. The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island. It explores many themes, including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family.


Theatre444 welcomes company members from all over the country!  Closeby are actors Pat Fegley from Clifton Springs and Abigail Reagan in Seneca Falls.  From the Syracuse Area is Brian O’Connor and Bob Frame from Auburn.  From the Rochester Area is Simon Moody, Olivia Banc, Madeline Utman, and Hilary Chaya in Webster.  Jenny Gibson-Sinicropi hails from Conesus, Mary Ann Reisdorf is in Varysburg, and John Bessette is in Rome, NY.  In the Raleigh, North Carolina area are Matthew Tucker, Lorelei Stephensen, and Hayden Tyler.  Rounding out our cast is Jake Ottosen in Portland, Oregon.  Theatre444 is thrilled to bring all these folks together on our virtual stage.  


This talented and experienced group is led by NYS Award Winning Guest Director Nick Bessette. Garrett Coons serves as Technical Director with production assistant Shawn Fenner.  Caitlin Friedberg and Margot Vengel are our Puppet Designers.  Mackenzie Wood leads as our Stage Manager to this virtual crew.  


 Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 26,27,28 at 7pm. All performances will be LIVE STREAMED.  Enjoy Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “The Tempest” as never before, streamed straight to your computer as you drink, dine, and laugh along. Order your party box while supplies last.  Get shipwrecked with us safely from home, because this year, we’re all in a brave new world!  Tickets can be purchased by Visiting . For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page.  

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Theatre444 welcomes company members Marilla Gonzalez of Geneva playing Jerusha and Damon Fletcher of Seneca Falls playing Jervis.  Newcomer Abigail Reagan serves as understudy for Jerusha. This talented and experienced group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza and Vocal Director Meredith Beckley. Garrett Coons serves as Technical Director with camera production crew Kelly Walker and Kathy Collins.  Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager and Costume Designer Paula Lipker round out the crew.  

Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th at 8pm and Sunday November 15th at 2 pm. All performances will be LIVE STREAMED from Fatzinger Hall at the Waterloo Library and Historical Society.  You will watch the production in real time from your home computer or other device.  Tickets can be purchased by Visiting . For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page.  


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Geneva Community News

Shortest Annual Dinner In History

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva was inspired to hold an Annual Dinner without the usual trappings. 336 people still paid for the honor of watching this video at home. Geneva is a giving place!


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Geneva Restaurant Week Planned

Sales Will Benefit Boys & Girls Club

GENEVA -- The Geneva BID launches the first-annual “#commit2geneva Downtown Restaurant Week” benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva. Participating restaurants will offer a range of specials, unique menu items, in addition to their traditional menu from October 31st to November 6th; and make a donation benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.

“The Geneva BID continues to find ways to promote safe events and activities that entice people to visit downtown as our businesses fight to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Geneva BID Executive Director, Michael P. Mills. “There are so many fantastic restaurants in Geneva, and we hope local residents and visitors will try more than one during the week – and beyond.”

Diners will be able to use a QR code to download the list of participating restaurants on posters around town, and on the Geneva BID website ( and Facebook page ( And diners are encouraged to post photos of their outings to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #genevadineweek. Those who post to social media will be placed into a drawing for one free ticket to an upcoming Geneva BID event.

The Boys and Girls Club were selected because of the critical role they play in our community, feeding and empowering young people. The work is outcome and data-driven and increasingly meaningful in the current COVID-19 climate and economy.

Participating restaurants include Bellia’s Sicilian Ristorante, Cam’s Pizzeria, The Elephant Geneva, F2T Kitchen at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, Geneva Gelato, Opus Café, Red Dove Tavern and Water Street Café. This year’s program allowed individual restaurants the choice of how to participate to encourage creativity and donation amounts that fit within their individual circumstances, which was paramount during tough economic times. Each business is approaching restaurant week as follows:

• Bellia’s Sicilian Ristorante: traditional menu and 10 percent of weekly sales
• Cam’s Pizzeria: donating $2.00 from every (non-discount) large pizza ordered
• The Elephant Geneva: open for lunch and dinner and will make a week-end donation
• F2T Kitchen at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront: open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and will offer customers a chance to donate $1, $5, or $10 and will match it
• Geneva Gelato: traditional menu and 10 percent of weekly sales
• Opus Café: open for breakfast and lunch and will donate five percent of weekly sales
• Red Dove Tavern: is open for lunch and dinner and will make a week-end donation
• Water Street Café: will offer a pumpkin pancake specials board, and donate 10 percent from those sales

“The Downtown Geneva merchants have always been a backbone of our organization, supporting us throughout the year in our work. Downtown is the heart and soul of this community and we look forward to helping fill the restaurants for this event,” said Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Executive Director, Chris Lavin.
This year’s restaurant week is named after the recently launched “#commit2geneva” campaign. This initiative let’s customers know our businesses are taking the necessary precautions to keep them and the staff safe; and asking visitors to do the same. The campaign, launched in July, is sponsored by Wegmans, LNB Bank and is powered by Geneva BID, 29 Design Studio and The Finger Lakes Times. Learn more about the campaign at

About the Geneva Business Improvement District
The Geneva BID Mission is to promote an attractive and viable downtown, and to manage an 18.5-acre business district that is high quality in appearance while maintaining an attractive environment for property owners, business people, tenants, shoppers and visitors. It also plans and coordinates events, promotes and markets businesses and provides support to merchants.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva is to connect and empower all people in our community, especially young people who need us most, to reach their full potential. Bringing Geneva Closer Together: The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva is dedicated to providing places that deliver superior, outcome-driven and responsive programs and opportunities to all segments of the Geneva community.

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Geneva Community News

 Club Hosting "Drive Through" Food Efforts

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva will partner with the City of Geneva, the Geneva Center of Concern and FoodLink of Rochester to operate monthly food distributions.
The effort, which was operated by the City fo Geneva since last spring, will move to the club's Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road where the longer driveway will facilitate distribution of the boxed foods.
Full details are on the poster below. This effort is being maintained to help families struggling with food insecurity because of the COVID-19 crisis.


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Club Will Offer Before School Care

GENEVA -- To aid Geneva's families and the City School District, the Boys & Girls Club will offer before school care starting at 7 a.m. every morning at its Geneva Community Center location. The service is free and open to any parents or gaurdians whose work demands require dropping students off earlier than the official start times at each school location. Before school care will not be available at school sites due to the COVID-19 virus protocols.

Parents will have to register for this service. Registration forms can be filled out at 160 Carter Road during regular business hours or can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

"COVID has forced us to re-think how our staff and facilities can best meet the needs of our members, their families and the greater community,'' said Chris Lavin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. "The challenges posed by new school schedules and procedures clearly requires that the whole community pitch in to make things work. Our club will be doing all we can.''

Students will be temperature screened upon arrival at the club each morning and will be required to wear masks at all times during these before-school hours. Breakfast will be served and students will be transported to their school buildings in club vans and buses in time for the start of the school day.

This is one of two special services being developed by the Boys & Girls Club to help Geneva's students adjust to the COVID-19 health requirements. The club will also operate a daily "Homework Haven" to assist 6th through 12th graders in adjusting to online learning techniques. Safe socially-distanced study carrels will be established and assistance with technology and reaching online classes and resources will be supplied from 7:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. daily. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Further information on this service can be obtained by calling the club's 160 Carter Road location at 315-759-6060.

To manage these new services and to meet Health Department requirements, traditional after-school child care will be limited at the club's two location to children in grades 1 to 5 only. Older club members will continue to be engaged by club staff through events and programs operated outside club locations.

"We need to have the space for social distancing and also need to assure that the youngest members, who can't be home alone after school, have access to the club locations,'' Lavin said. "Luckily, Geneva is a compact community and we will still be able to get out and make sure our older students have food and support too.''

Since the COVID-19 crisis closed schools in March, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva has been a major source of food throughout the Geneva community. The club delivered more than 70,000 meals as well as bi-monthly boxes of fruits and vegetables to more more than 400 Geneva families. Lavin said the club will not abandon that role.

"This crisis is not over,'' Lavin said. "With many families strill struggling to find work, we intend to keep feeding our members, their families and as many people in need as we can. Our food plans for the new school year are still taking shape, but will be announced soon.''

Lavin said staffing hours and food costs will continue to spiral for the club as this crisis unfolds.

"Our food costs jumped from $8,000 per month to more than $24,000 per month when this crisis hit,'' Lavin said. "But Genevans pitched in graciously and we've managed to keep it going.'' 

Donations can be made directly by CLICKING HERE



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6530475270?profile=RESIZE_584xHot Day For Community Service

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva was firing on all cylinders Thursday as it worked to maintain its food programs while readying to open for Emergency Day Care on Monday.
The club's Junior Staff did a hot day of community service, weeding the gardens at Pulteney Park while the club's crisis transportation team did a full day of deliveries: milk from Ithaca to Lyons and Geneva, fruit and vegetable boxes to 350 families in Geneva and Yates County as well as 420 dinners delivered to kids all over town in the evening.
Happy Fourth of July.

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4931603258?profile=RESIZE_584xSt. Peter's Arts Continue Online

By Phil Beckly

GENEVA – The show must go on, and so must the arts instruction … even in a pandemic.

The faculty at the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy has been able to continue teaching students by creative approaches. Arts for All continues, but many of the academy’s 300 students are learning online and at home, as shown by photos of students on the academy’s Facebook page.

In a recent letter to families and friends of the Community Arts Academy, the Rev. James Adams, Head of School, noted that following the governor’s orders on March 15, the academy shifted to on-line learning during the middle of the third academic quarter.
“It was heartbreaking for us to close our physical doors understanding how important the personal connection is when learning a dance technique, practicing notes and chords on an instrument or rehearsing a new song,” said Father Adams. “It is with gratitude that we recognize the extraordinary efforts of the faculty who rose to the challenge and began delivering their lessons remotely and creatively. With a show of continued commitment by the faculty, staff, parents and students, the on-line learning has continued into the fourth quarter.”
The Community Arts Academy offers lessons and performances in choirs, piano, violin, cello, organ, voice, dance and guitar for all ages. Until March 15 the lessons took place on the campus at 149 Genesee St., Geneva.

The experience of cello instructor Glenna Curren is a textbook example of making the best of a difficult situation.

“My students have been doing wonderfully,” Curren said. “We are all so grateful to be able to keep going. I have been able to continue my adult group classes, which honestly feels like a real treat to all of us. I think it is the highlight of everyone’s week! It’s difficult to play ensemble music over video, so we brainstormed other ideas, and the class has become a technique 'support group' where the students play their scales, etudes and ‘double stops’ for each other. I guess it’s more fun to work on the challenging parts of cello playing if you know you are all suffering through it together!"

"For private lessons I’ve been using mostly FaceTime and Google Duo, which both seem to have better sound than Zoom. While it took some time to get in a groove with my less-experienced students, we are figuring it out and it has been productive. I think everyone (especially adults) has been surprised by how effective video lessons can be. If anything, I think it has encouraged us all to be more engaged and to communicate more effectively — because we feel so far away from each other.”

Curren also has noticed another development. “I think the social interaction feels like a lifeline to all of us, as does having a meaningful hobby for the students. I am grateful that so many of my students have been awarded scholarships - I think it helps especially right now.”

Ben Ellis, guitar instructor, also noticed people finding “some peace and calm” in their music. “Remote teaching is going well. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of progress with the majority of my students. They must be getting some extra practice time in. Things are finally settling into a routine.”

Ballet School Instructor Alaina Olivieri said she is “teaching my regular schedule of dance classes over Zoom and supplementing with pre-recorded videos. My students have been wonderful about the transition. We all miss being in the studio together, but are happy to be able to continue dancing. Seeing each other at our regular time, wearing our class uniform and learning and rehearsing our recital dances has provided all of us with a sense of normalcy during this very abnormal situation. I am humbled by the dedication of all of my students and feel very fortunate to have them in my life.”

Wendra Trowbridge has dual responsibilities at the Academy. She is a voice instructor and the Director of three Community Arts Academy children’s choirs. She has continued teaching most of her voice students and says, “It’s been quite a learning experience doing lesson remotely by FaceTime and Zoom. I have made audio recordings for each of my student’s vocal exercises and accompaniments so that they can play them and sing along with them from home. This solved the “delay” issue with doing it live.”

Trowbridge has not been able to hold choir rehearsals because of the challenge of rehearsing large groups virtually. Trowbridge notes, “Noble attempts have been made to record ensembles in a virtual setting, including a small ensemble from one of the SPCAA choirs, but the result was inferior to live music making. Nothing will ever replace the synergy felt within a performing group. The rehearsals and performances of an ensemble are organic experiences that are ever changing and growing as you rehearse, build relationships and perform together. To say that this can be replaced by a virtual experience is just plain untrue and I am looking forward to the day when I can see everyone face-to-face again!”

Violin instructor Ellen Sonnenberg noted that “Online lessons have been going very well, and the students are enjoying them. I am really thankful for the technology we have during this time. One family informed me that they would not be able to continue lessons at this time, but would restart lessons once things return to normal. I am donating teaching hours to this family so they are able to continue with lessons. The priority is what is best for the students.”

“All the students in my studio have been continuing with their lessons and lessons are going well,” said Suzuki violin instructor Julianna Gray. “For many of the students, it seems the extra time at home has provided more practice time as they are sounding great. It’s been enjoyable for me to get this glimpse into their homes and many lessons include pets and pajamas. We’ve also shared many laughter-filled group classes as everyone seems to enjoy seeing one another. I look forward to the time I can see them in person, but they’re all continuing to play and improve despite the distance.”

Troy Slocum, piano instructor, found that group piano lessons presented challenges, but he has persevered and now has five half-hour Zoom group classes on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30. “Classes are focused on music theory instruction at various levels, he explained. Students will get an opportunity to play their pieces from their own home in a mini-performance for each other. Classes currently have three to eight students attending the Zoom sessions and for some students, this has provided an opportunity to be a part of the group class without the limitation of in-person class. I am grateful for their parents’ support and I am feeling good that we can still have a way to connect and learn music.”

Slocum has even been able to connect with a true “remote” piano student from Georgia.

Because some family incomes have been affected by the pandemic, the Arts Academy has arranged for interested people not affected to make a confidential donation toward providing a student the ability to take part in lessons through the rest of the season. Contact the Arts Academy at 315-789-0106 or send donations to St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, P. O. Box 266, Geneva, NY 14456.

Besides causing adjustments in the Academy’s instruction, the pandemic caused the postponement of the Academy’s main fundraiser, the Dinner with the Arts, from March 29 to Sept. 20.

The St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy offers lessons and performances in choirs, piano, violin, cello, organ, voice, dance and guitar for all ages and now serves more than 300 students from 16 area schools in a five-county area in large part due to the dedicated core of instructors and staff, all of whom are professionals in their field. Embracing its theme of “Arts for All,” the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy is open to students of all ages and levels of skill regardless of financial means or religious affiliation. Offerings will be expanded and enhanced in renovated space with a $4-million Capital Campaign currently under way. For donations or more information, check or

The accompanying photos of St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy students doing online learning at home appeared on the arts academy’s Facebook page.

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