Genesee Community College's Upcoming Art and Theatre Events

The Genesee Center for the Arts is pleased to announce upcoming events for the month of May, as well as the introduction of a Summer Theatre Youth Camp. All events will take place in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College.

Lobby Art Gallery Featuring Annual Student Exhibit The annual Student Art Exhibit featuring students from Genesee's Fine Art, Digital, and Photography programs opens on Thursday, May 4 with a free artists' reception from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. in the Lobby Gallery. Art instructor Alan Gordon organized the exhibit which features a variety of 2-D and 3-D designs rendered in watercolor, oil, pen and ink, ceramics, and mixed media. The exhibit will be displayed throughout the summer. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Dynamic Musical Duo Team Up with GCC Faculty and StudentsSpecial guest and musical star, Darin Byrd teams up with the GCC Singers as music professor Ann Reid conducts the ensemble on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Genesee dance students will also perform during the concert. Byrd, currently starring in The Lion King in Germany will also conduct two workshops. He will present "Auditioning for Musical Theatre" on Tuesday, May 2 and "Working the Business, Show Business" on Thursday May 4. Both workshops take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Rehearsal Studio in the Arts Center.

Cave Life on Stage in a Community and College Collaboration Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee, directs the Forum Players in Cave Life, on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. The play, by David Steven Rapporport, is presented in conjunction with the Genesee County Mental Health Association, Inc. Cave Life is a play about a young woman with a history of mental illness, who hallucinates visions of a Neanderthal caveman named Enki. Through sharp-edged humor, Cave Life explores despair, pain of life, and ultimately, recovery.

Sue Gagne, assistant director of the Mental Health Association says, "The Mental Health Association received a Decentralization Grant through GO ART! to produce this play as part of our annual meeting. Ms. Arena and her students were interested in a partnership so it worked well."

"Voices", a peer-run wellness management group from the Mental Health Coalition in Monroe County, met with students to share experiences and coping skills used in day-to-day life with the students so they could get a feel for what it's really like to hear voices. "I think that experience will lend a genuine quality to their performances and ensure that the subject is portrayed accurately," Gagne added.

Cave Life is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be served following the performance. The program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

Summer Theatre Program for Children Ages 9 - 13Maryanne Arena is also leading a two-week Summer Theatre Camp for area youth ages 9 - 13. In a fun-filled, active environment, students will not only receive hands-on instruction in acting, voice, movement, dance, and improvisation-but they will also enjoy working, learning, and acting on a professional stage. They will have tours of the College's set design shops, professional dressing rooms, and the costume shop as well as see some of the technical "behind the scenes" components.

"This two-week workshop is an ideal primer for young people who have an interest or want to expand their experience of live theater," Arena said. "Batavia and surrounding communities are so active and supportive of theater and musicals that we felt this program targeted to the younger audience would be a terrific opportunity for the all the young actors and actresses who will have roles in upcoming Rotary Shows and other programs. I hope to help them hone their craft and have a lot of fun doing it!"

The Summer Theatre Camp runs July 17 - 28th, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will conclude with a small production featuring camp participants. The production will be open to families and friends. The cost of the camp is just $100. Interested participants should sign up immediately to ensure their seat. There are only 20 seats available and registration deadline is June 9.

For additional information, call Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814 or Maryanne Arena at 585-343-0055 x 6439.

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