Special workshops with area potter Elizabeth Nields will take place in January, as well. A pottery mentoring program will be available, also, in which an experienced pottery student will be paired with a newcomer, to guide him or her through the first stages of learning the art.
Acting classes will be scheduled upon request, Newell said. And the Smithy’s writers’ group continues to meet every Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Newell said the Smithy’s subsidiary theater company, the Glimmerglobe, will tour “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, this winter and spring, at schools and other venues throughout central New York.
“It’s a hilarious show, a send-up of Shakespeare — with love,” Newell said.
The show will feature three actors, Steve Dillon, Michael Henrici and Tio Schluter IV. “They’re extraordinary,” Newell said.
Schools that book the production will receive a “comprehensive resource guide for teachers,” created by the Glimmerglobe, Newell said. She encouraged interested schools to contact her as soon as possible to arrange a booking.
Looking ahead to warmer days and nights, Newell said the Smithy’s gallery will be featuring art exhibits throughout the summer, and “a full season of theater,” with three full-length productions planned, as well as a visit by New York City’s American Renaissance Theater Company for two shows, a repeat of last summer’s “Midsummer Madness” Shakespearean acting workshop, and a 24-hour community play festival. In addition, summer will bring a concert series every Monday night, Newell said.
“We’ve got so much planned! I’m really excited,” said Newell.