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Summer entertainment returns to CNY theaters


Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in New York state, and long days in July and August mean summer fun can flourish as usual in central New York. Organizations will maintain a variety of security protocols which could include limited seating, masking for unvaccinated customers, and purchasing tickets online. Check each event’s website for details.

The local arts and music events in alphabetical order are as follows:


July brings a full program of music, poetry and visual art to the village of Cazenovia. The annual festival begins with a month-long curated exhibition of the work of 24 artists from central New York City and ends with a performance of new music by attendees at Young Composers Corner in Lakeland Park.

Elements of the annual celebration of the arts are incorporated into village activities, such as the weekly Cazenovia Farmers’ Market (new music from 10 am to noon), the 4th of July parade and local businesses. Patrick Lawler, along with Eric Evans and David Hitchcock of the YMCA Downtown Writers Center, will coordinate a poetry / writers event on July 13 and.

Paid events include “Libba Cotton,” a new opera to be performed July 17 at 7:30 pm at the Catherine Cummings Theater, and “New Music Strikes Gold,” July 25 at 4:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church.

Brochures with timetables will be available throughout the village. For more information, visit the website at [email protected]


Tribute concerts, children’s shows, musicals and Shakespeare fill a six-program season at the Pavilion Theater at the Cortland Repertory Theater in Little York Lake. The actors will perform on an outdoor stage 12 feet from the front row of the audience so that the actors do not need to be masked. No tickets will be sold at the door; no single ticket will be sold. Purchases should be made in advance in lots of two, three or four. Program information and biographies will be online and the refreshment tent will be open only before curtain time.

What: Nine performances outside the repertoire


“Pirate Schmirate! »July 8 – 11 at noon

“Close To You” July 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and July 10 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“The Honky Tonk Angles” July 15 – 23 (July 18 and 21 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)

“The Wizard of Oz” on July 16 and 17 at 10 am and 2 pm. (drive through the event)

The Adam Lee Decker trio July 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“The Integral Works from July 28 to 31 at 7:30 p.m. with a show at 2:00 p.m. on July 30

William Shakespeare “

“Goin ‘to the chapel” August 5 – 13 (August 6 and 8 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)

“How sweet” August 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and August 15 at 2 p.m.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from August 19 to 21 at 7:30 p.m. with a show at 2:00 p.m. on August 20

Tickets: Prices vary depending on the show, seats and special discounts. Call 607-756-2627 or visit the CRT website for details.

Or: Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd., Prebble.


In a nod to the pandemic season, “Glimmerglass on the Grass” has a new outdoor stage and offers seats to the public in “Festival Squares”. Each socially distanced space accommodates four people. Buyer must pay for the entire square and provide a low back chair or lawn seating cover. Masks are mandatory, except in this designated space, where guests can also eat home food or local take out. No food will be sold on site; the toilets will be open.

What: Six lyrical and musical productions of 90 minutes in the repertoire

When: “The Magic Flute” July 15 – August 17

“To the world” July 16 – August 8

“Songbird” July 30 – August 13

“Il Trovatore” from August 1 to 14

“Gods and Mortals” August 13 – 16

“The Passion of Mary from August 5 to 13

Cardwell Dawson “

Or: 7300 St. Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York

Tickets: Website or ticket office, 607-547-2255

Price: Festival seats can accommodate up to four people and sell for between $ 80 and $ 350 per performance depending on the zone chosen; must buy the whole place.

To note: Details of weather and refund / exchange policy are on the website. The Covid protocols are explained on the “FAQ” page of the site.


Founded in 1938, the Oswego Players Theater continues its tradition of summer productions with a show that was ready to go when pandemic protocols closed all venues in 2020. With the return of most of the cast, the troupe will feature stage the show in August.

A special invitational performance on August 4 will raise funds for the Patrick Carman Joyful Heart Theater Fellowship.

The Oswego Youth Performing Arts Academy will soon be announcing a program of summer activities for young people.

What: “Dearly Departed”, a comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

When: August 6, 7; August 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and August 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Or: Francis Marion Brown Theater in Fort Ontario, Oswego

Tickets: $ 15 adults; $ 10 students and seniors

To note: Free parking around the red brick building


After wrapping up “Troilus and Cressida” with a sold-out show on June 13, SSITP continues in the Thorndon Park Amphitheater with six performances in August of “The Comedy Of Errors,” the bard’s story of two pairs of twins. identical separated at birth. The reunion of the two aristocrats and their servants in the Greek city of Ephesus and the whimsical misadventures that ensue make this first play an ideal place for outdoor summer entertainments.

What: “The Comedy of Errors”

Or: Thornden Park Amphitheater, Thornden Park Dr., Syracuse

When: August 6 – 15, Friday and Saturday at 5.30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets: Lawn seats are free, but must be reserved in advance on the SSITP website

Premium: For $ 30, customers have reserved front seats and food vouchers.

Food: Beer Belly Deli and Gannon’s Isle will sell food on site; people can bring food


A range of events will be taking place August 3-28 at the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, Mandana Barn and locations to be announced.

Skanfest U, an educational opportunity focused on “Voices Unheard: Composers at the Margins” will be coordinated by Aaron Wunsch, a faculty member at the Juilliard School and co-artistic director with his wife, Julia Bruskin, of the Skaneateles festival. These will take place virtually on August 3, 10, 17 and 24, providing a context for the music that will be played during the festival.

Performance details are online at skanfest.org and will be updated as the season evolves.

What: 42nd Skaneateles Festival lakeside music season


Dover Quartet August 12 at 8 p.m.

Bill Charlap Trio August 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.

“The inner voice” August 26 8 p.m.

Time For Three August 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. (also a morning for children)

Tickets: Season tickets cover four concerts and range from $ 125 to $ 175; Skanfest U is included. Tickets for the Saturday series cost from $ 70 to $ 100. Single ticket prices are $ 30 to $ 60; two youth 18 and under can attend free with adult purchases in Section B. Call 315-685-7418 for information on VIP seating and ticket upgrades.


Outdoor concerts are part of the Symphoria tradition, and more events will be announced as communities and sponsors respond to the lifting of restrictions in New York State.

What: Central New York Orchestra and Professional Ensembles

When and where:

Wind Quintet July 9 at 7 p.m. Lorenzo State Historic Site (chairs provided)

Chamber music July 22, 8 p.m. Serre Carol Watson

Orchestra July 23, 7 p.m. Fort Ontario

Orchestra July 24, 7:30 p.m. Beard Park, Fayetteville

Honor America Pops July 31 at 8 p.m. Ft. Stanwix, Rome (Fireworks)

Tickets: Release; some concerts require registration before the event.

Details: experiencesymphoria.org for Covid protocols and ticket information

Seats: Exterior; take blankets or low-back chairs to sit on


New to the summer theatrical scene, this company will present its first production in July at the New York State Fairgrounds. Founder JR Westfall will lead; Ben Borenstein will be the musical director. Written by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, the show will reveal six crossover stories of characters who each run away from something.

What: “Fugitive Songs”

Or: Empire Theater at NYS Fair

When: July 23 8 p.m. – July August 1 3 p.m.

Tickets: $ 28 for seats; $ 18 general admission; reductions for seniors and students.

Details: Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 315-395-9973 for more information.


(formerly merry-go-round)

New name for Auburn’s historic Merry-Go-Round playhouse, The Rev Theater Co. continues to produce large-scale professional musical performances at the Preston H. Thomas Theater in Emerson Park. Three productions are scheduled for 2021. According to the organization’s website, HVAC has been modified to produce a continuous flow of air and a purification system ensures optimum air quality for staff, actors and the public. See the guidelines on the organization’s website for specific attendance requirements.

What: “Broadway in the Finger Lakes”

When: Check the website for times on the following dates:

“42e Rue” June 30 – July 28

“Footloose” from August 4 to September 1

“Almost paradise” from September 8 to 29

Or: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn

Tickets: Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to arrival. Single tickets cost $ 53 to $ 65; group rates available. For details call 315-255-1785


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