01 October 2012

EMBARK/PEEKSKILL Performing & Literary Arts Festival, 5th, 6th, and 7th October, Peekskill, NY

EMBARK | PEEKSKILL, Performing & Literary Arts PRESENTS 3 DAYS OF PERFORMANCES - Oct. 5, 6 & 7 in Downtown Peekskill

Embark|Peekskill, Performing & Literary Arts, a not-for-profit coalition of performing and literary artists and companies from Peekskill and surrounding communities will host its second Performing & Literary Arts Festival over the weekend of October 5, 6 & 7.  Performances will occur at multiple locations in downtown Peekskill and at Peekskill’s state of the art Middle School Theater.  Local presenters include: YCP TheaterWorksHand to Mouth Players,Andrea Elam’s Synapse Dance Company,Antonia Arts’ The Wiz KidzMark Sinnis,Raygull, and Matt Norris.  Literary offerings will feature Antonia’s South Street Poets and local writers Andrew AcciaroCindy Beer-Fouhy,Ian BergerPatrice Klubnik, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Natalia Ortega-Brown,Dan Shapiro, Maureen Winzig and Elocin Yrneh

On Friday, Oct. 5, Teatro SEA, a returning guest company from NYC, will present their award winningbilingual musical, VIVA PINOCHO! A Mexican Pinocchio with Peekskill’s own and returning guest artist Magician Margaret Steele as the opening act on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm at Peekskill’s Middle School Theater.  Tickets at the door $20 Adults, $10 Kids under 12 or for $12 & $8 when purchased in advance through the Dual Language Program or the Oakside School-PTO (contact: 917-692-2372).  Join us at our Festival Opening Night Party featuring Antonia’s South Street Poets and Mary Crescenzo and Friends, featuring David AugustPaul Mesches and Brian Delma Taylor.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, Alyssa & Peter Reit of Singing Harp will entertain families with their rendition ofThe Ugly Ducking.  Fusion-belly dancer, Chantal Mariani and local dancer/choreographer, Andrea Elam will capture us with their dances followed by our Literary Director Ian Berger’s SECOND CHANCE, an interactive event featuring local writers while local actress/director, Marilyn Heberling,is performing the one woman comedy Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet at Kathleen’s Tea Room.  Beale Street Barber Shop will host WINE & JAM with a cool line up of musicians including his owner, singer/songwriter, Mark Sinnis while Dylan’s Cellar and Gleason’s provide wine tasting and pizza sampling.  Hand to Mouth Players and YCP TheaterWorks will perform an evening of one acts. The Bitchy Waiter, a returning guest artist, whose hilariously biting blog has landed him a large internet following and a recent spot on the Dr. Phil show, will share his musings with the post-theatre cocktail crowd during Night Cap Variety at the Division Street Grill at 9:00 pm, also featuring, R&B group The Nippy Thieves and storyteller/puppeteer for adults, Sarah W. Young.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, in addition to Hand To Mouth PlayersYCP TheaterWorks encore presentation, we are excited to present from NYC new Guest Artist, Willfull Pictures who will amuse us with their one act, O Feel Ya, a spoof on Shakespeare’s Hamlet at EMC.  12 Grapes will host a Cabaret featuring Embark’s Executive Director, actress/singer/director Katie Schmidt Feder’sLonging, Leaving and Loving and dancer Barbara Nadel’s Sounds of Joy: A Tap Cabaret.  Join us for our FREE Festival Finale CONCERT on North Division Street featuring The Wiz Kidz, Rising Stars, Chordsmen, G-21 Soul and Brian Delma Taylor & Chaka Ngwenya.  Enjoy the theater & music on the showmobile and the restaurants on this Columbus Holiday Weekend!

See performance schedule for times & venues, ticket prices and the amazing individual and family packages.  Many offerings will be FREE of charge.  Also, tickets can be purchased individually at the door of each performance or online at brownpapertickets.com (search by PEEKSKILL).  For more info, visit www.embarkpeekskill.com or email us at embarkpeekskill@gmail.com or Embark|Peekskill on Facebook.

 EMBARK | Peekskill is a coalition of performing and literary artists and community members committed to the establishment and development of a Performing and Literary Arts Center for Peekskill as a home and venue.  It is our goal to be a partner and collaborator with artists, arts alliances, and supporters of the arts.  EMBARK seeks to encourage understanding of the role the arts play in building community and in celebrating diversity.

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