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July 11, 2013

Smithy, Glimmer Globe raising curtain on summer shows

For the second summer in a row, the Glimmer Globe Theatre and Acting Studio is bringing life and laughter to the Cooperstown Theatre Festival, with original productions of nationally-recognized shows.

Glimmer Globe, the performing arts division of Smithy Center for the Arts, was founded in 2010 by artistic director and SCA executive director Danielle Newell. This is its second year producing its own shows.

On July 14, at 3 p.m., Glimmer Globe’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]” will be shown at CTF (7163 State Highway 80). Directed by Newell, this three-man British comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, brings actors Steve Dillon, Michael Henrici and Jake Wansor to the stage for quirky renditions of Shakespeare’s dramatic works.

“It’s like Monty Python collided with Shakespeare and something terribly bizarre happened,” Newell said in a media release.

Slapstick and tongue-in-cheek humor drive the play from beginning to end.

“The joke is that it’s three men playing all the roles—ladies and gentlemen—and rather ineptly interpreting the plays at hyper-speed,” Newell said in the release. “The chemistry between the three of them ....  they’re riotous.”

Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” a more serious show, opens at CTF later this month on July 19 to 20, at 8 p.m., and July 21, at 3 p.m. Directed by Cooperstown Central School’s Rebecca Burk-Sciallo and featuring Coopersotown Central School graduates Jessi Haggerty and Caley Sharratt, “The Heidi Chronicles” follows Heidi Holland through a 30-year span of her life, from the ‘60s into the ‘80s.

“It speaks for an entire generation of women who were at the forefront, fighting for what it means to be a working mom, a single mother, the definition of equality,” Burk-Sciallo said in the release. “It’s a celebration of the fact that a woman can have it all.”

Tickets are available to purchase online at smithyarts.org, in person at the Smithy (55 Pioneer Street), via email or by phone at 547.8671. There are reduced rates for seniors, students, children and groups. Children 6 years old and younger get in free.

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