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June 6, 2013

Smithy has lots to offer this summer season

The Smithy Center for the Arts, at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown, is working year-round to fulfill its mission of bringing the arts to all members of the community, inviting them to be appreciators and creators of virtually all art forms, according to Danielle Newell, the Smithy’s executive director.

But summer 2013 has Newell especially excited.

“The performing arts are really a huge component of our summer season,” Newell said.

“I anticipate this being our best season yet,” she said.

Newell said that the arts center’s summer theatre offerings will be “bigger and better,” with the Smithy’s own Glimmer Globe Theatre Co. & Acting Studio mounting productions of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a parody of the Bard’s plays written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, July 10 to 14; Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy/drama “The Heidi Chronicles,” July 19 to 20, and a theatrical adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ science fiction novel “Flowers for Algernon,” Aug. 23 to 25. All productions will take place at the Cooperstown Theatre Festival at 7163 state Highway 80.

Auditions are still available for several roles in “The Heidi Chronicles” and “Flowers for Algernon,” Newell said.

When selecting plays for performance by the Glimmer Globe, Newell said she and her fellow directors seek to present works that go beyond typical community theatre fare, that address timely issues and are “challenging and exciting” for audiences and performers.

The American Renaissance Theater Company, of Manhattan, will present two shows in its production “SummerWorks 2013” Aug. 16 to 18 at the Cooperstown Theatre Festival. According to its website, the ARTC supports theatre artists in their creative development.

For its second summer season, the Smithy will offer a Shakespeare Acting Intensive workshop Aug. 3 and 4 for teens and adults, giving community members an opportunity to learn about Elizabethan theatre and perform a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Also, Children’s Theatre Camp will be held Aug. 5 to 10. Newell said the camp program focuses on “creative dramatics” for younger children, and will include improvisational activities, with a showcase performance on Aug. 10.

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