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Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

Shrek: The Musical

post by Eric Traugott in families, musical theatre, musicals, Shrek

Encore! Theatre Arts presents a musical event for the whole family based on the DREAMWORKS motion picture.   Shrek: The Musical takes the characters and story you know and love and brings them to life on stage with stunning costumes and entertaining musical numbers!

Friday, November 22 at 7:30PM

Saturday, November 23 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM

Sunday, November 24 at 2:00PM


Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College

One College Road
Batavia, New York 14020


Tickets available October 15 online at www.showtix4u.com and in person, October 18 at Adam Miller Toys and Bicycles (CASH OR CHECK ONLY), 8 Center Street, Batavia, NY

$14 for Adults

$12 for Students and Seniors


For more information, call 585-615-8893 or email us at encoretheatrearts@gmail.com

Event Date and Time

November 22, 2013 - 7:30pm - November 24, 2013 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Le Roy High School presents 'Anything Goes'

Le Roy high schoolers Margaret Kovach, Erica Parker and Ben Neumann posed in character during a rehearsal of "Anything Goes," Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School's 2013 musical production. They will be playing Reno, Bonnie and Moonface Martin, respectively.

Jackie McLean, chorus teacher for the Le Roy schools and musical director for the play, described "Anything Goes" as an intricate, laugh-out-loud funny show with great characters.

More than 80 kids are involved in this production, including cast and crew members.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the show takes place on a cruise ship and features comic circumstances resulting from three love triangles.

Pictured Ashley Webb (Hope), Steven Farnholz (Evelyn) and Natalie Salphine (Mrs. Harcourt)

"The script is jam-packed with funny moments and intricacies," McClean said.

She also said that the cast, which is made up of students in grades seven through 12, "did a great job of making the characters believable."

Danny Weaver and Jayce Seeley play Mr. Whitney and Billy, respectively.

Having "believable" characters is a big change from last year's performance of "Cinderella," which had a fanciful fairy tale atmosphere. With "Anything Goes," the kids have switched to a more realistic setting.

"It was a challenge, but they've done a great job," McClean said. "It's a great group of kids."

For her part, McClean understands and appreciates the challenge of bringing these characters to life. She was in "Anything Goes" as a junior at Batavia High School, which put on its own performance of the show in 2001.

"I picked the show (for the 2013 musical) because I loved it when I was in it," she said. "I understand the challenges, and also the funny moments and the characters, because I lived it. That gives you a different perspective."

As for the music, McClean describes it as old-style jazz with a "huge choral involvement." So in addition to great sets and lots of humor, "Anything Goes" will also boast a large chorus.

Le Roy is known for setting a high bar when it comes to its school musicals. Each year, staff and students like to give audiences something new to look forward to.

This year, audiences can look forward to huge, elaborate tap dance numbers by the whole cast, as well as a six-foot platform of the cruise ship built by Patrick Patton, complete with the look of a real ship and lights that go on at night.

Patton, the father of a Le Roy High School student, has been building sets for these productions for seven years. McClean said he sets a new challenge for himself with each one.

"He's amazing," she said. "(His sets) get better each year."

Performances of "Anything Goes" will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, at 9300 South St. Road in Le Roy. All performances will begin at 7 p.m.

All tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door, via the district Web site or at the school's main office.

Supplemental Photos: Past Performances

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

The Sound of Music

post by Eric Traugott in encore theatre arts, musicals, theatre

The 2013 season for Encore! opens with “The Sound of Music” at  Batavia High School.  2 Evening and 2 matinee performances January 11-13.   A cast of over 50 will take the stage for the family-friendly production. “The Sound of Music” tells the semi-biographical story ofthe Von Trapp family, set in Austria during the rise of the Nazi party preceding World War II. Famous songs from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” include “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Director/Vocal Director Eric Traugott  is especially looking forward to working with the double cast of Von Trapp children and the Nun’s chorus of over 20 voices.


Performances at: Batavia High School 260 State Street Batavia NY

Friday January 11 at 7:30PM

Saturday, January 12 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM

Sunday, January 13 at 2:00PM


Tickets available in person:

 Adam Miller Toy Store

8 Center St, Batavia, NY

Or Online at:


For additional information:

 Contact: Eric Traugott



Event Date and Time

January 11, 2013 - 7:30pm - January 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Footloose: The Musical

post by Eric Traugott in Encore!, Footloose, musicals, theatre

Encore! Theatre Arts presents FOOTLOOSE: The Musical!

Friday, May 4 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 6 at 2:00PM
Batavia Middle School
39 Washington Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16 at www.showtix4u.com OR in person at Adam Miller's Toys and Bicycles
8 Center Street Batavia, NY (Cash or check only)

$12 for Adults
$10 for Students/Seniors

For more info/questions, call 585-615-8893 or email encoretheatrearts@gmail.com

Footloose tells the story of high schooler Ren, who moves from Chicago to the small farming town of Bomont. The dance-loving teen is greeted by a local ban on dancing set by the town’s Reverend, who is determined to “protect” the local youth from the evils of rock ‘n’ roll. No one could predict the Reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, would fall in love with Ren, making her current boyfriend jealous enough to ruin Ren’s reputation. The townspeople eat up gossip about the newcomer. Ren decides to challenge the ban before the Town Council, and the result will change Bomont forever.

Ren McCormack Steve Hazekamp
Ethel McCormack Jen Bradley
Rev. Shaw Moore Paul Gunderson
Vi Moore Kathy Johns
Ariel Moore Maureen Edwards
Lulu Warnicker Linda Conroy
Wes Warnicker Paul Spiotta
Coach Dunbar Joe Buckley
Eleanor Dunbar Meredith Smietana
Willard Hewitt Trevor Lee
Rusty Samantha Reed
Urleen Erica Parker
Wendy Jo Sydney Moag
Chuck Cranston Alex Kieffer
Lyle Nash Johns
Travis Anthony Giambrone
Cop Rich Conroy
Principal Clark Rich Edwards
Jeter Blake Carter
Bickle James Murphy
Garvin Mark Knitter
Cowboy Bob Paul Spiotta
Elizabeth Barcomb
Hannah Cline
Rebecca D'Hilly
Andrea Gilebarto
Jacob Hoffman
Theresa Jackson
Chelsea Jensen
Hayley Jensen
Margaret Marchese
Brigid McCormack
Paige Misiti
Fiona O'Connor

Direction/Choreography by Tara Kaczorowski
Music Direction by Eric Traugott
Assistant Directed by Birgitt Hammond
Orchestra Direction by Jeff Fischer


Event Date and Time

May 4, 2012 - 7:30pm - May 6, 2012 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Fooloose Tickets on Sale Soon!

post by Eric Traugott in Footloose, musicals, theatre
Encore Theatre Arts opens its 2012 season with the high-energy dance musical, FOOTLOOSE, opening Friday, May 4 - and playing through Sunday, May 6, 2012. Batavia Middle School Auditorium,39 Washington Avenue Batavia, NY. The season continues in July with the hilarious musical comedy Title of Show, at the SPACE, 1115 Main Street, Rochester, NY, July 13-15. "Footloose is the perfect summer musical. It is packed with high-spirited dancing, and a score full of the music that defined the ‘80s. It is simply a fun night at the theatre, and we all need that," says Vocal Director and Executive Director of Encore! Eric Traugott. Director and choreographer Tara Kaczorowski along with the creative team has assembled an outstanding cast of talented young and adult performers. Inspired by the wildly popular 1984 movie, FOOTLOOSE thrilled Broadway audiences for nearly two years. Based on the popular 80’s movie of the same name, the stage version of Footloose is a high-powered, exhilarating musical. With hit tunes right off the solid gold soundtrack such as “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let's Hear it For the Boy,” and “Almost Paradise,” this is one show guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat! Teenage Ren moves from the big city to a very religious and small farming town. Things heat up when he insists the high school hold a dance. Footloose blends teenage rebellion, the wisdom of youth, and an explosion of good old-fashioned, down-home dance. FOOTLOOSE, the stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. The musical features all the chart-topping music from the film ("Almost Paradise," "Holding Out For A Hero," "Let's Hear It For The Boy," etc.) mixed with new material written specifically for the stage musical. The score contains music and lyrics by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman. The cast of FOOTLOOSE will be led by Steve Hazekemp(Bishop, Les Mis, Benny, Guys and Dolls) as Ren McCormack and Maureen Edwards (Eponine, Les Mis) as Ariel Moore. Also featured will be audience favorite Paul Gunderson ( Franz Liebkind,The Producers) as Reverend Shaw Moore, Kathy Johns as Vi Moore, Jennifer Bradley as Ethel McCormack, Dr. Rich Edwards as Principal Clark, Trevor Lee (Msr. Thenadier, Les Mis) as Willard, Samantha Reed as Rusty, Paul Spiotta( Mr. Marks, The Producers) as Cowboy Bob/Uncle Wes, Sydney Moag(Hold Me Touch Me, The Producers) as Wendy Joe , Erica Parker as Urleen and Alex Kieffer as Chuck Cranston (Angie the Ox, Guys and Dolls). The company of FOOTLOOSE also includes the roles of Lulu Warnicker: Linda Conroy, Coach Dunbar: Joe Buckley, Eleanor Dunbar: Meredith Smietana, Lyle: Nash Johns, Travis: Anthony Giambrone, Cop: Rich Conroy, Jeter: Blake Carter, Bickle: James Murphy, Garvin: Mark Knitter and Betty Blast: Peggy Marone. Also an ensemble consisting of: Elizabeth Barcomb, Hannah Cline, Rebecca D'Hilly, Andrea Gilebarto, Jacob Hoffman, Teresa Jackson, Chelsea Jensen, Hayley Jensen, Margaret Marchese, Brigid McCormack, Paige Misiti, and Fiona O'Connor. FOOTLOOSE will be Directed and Choreographed by Tara Kaczorowski (Ulla, The Producers, Sharpay Disney High School Musical) . The creative team also includes Musical Director, Eric Traugott and Jeff Fischer, Orchestra Director. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16 at www.showtix4u.com (credit card) OR in person at Adam Miller's Toys and Bicycles, 8 Center Street Batavia, NY (cash or check only) or at the door one hour before show (cash or check only). $12 for Adults $10 for Students/Seniors (This musical is recommended for ages 12 and up.) For more info/questions, call 585-615-8893 or email encoretheatrearts@gmail.com, You can also visit at www.encoretheatrearts.com or find us on Facebook!
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Christmas Musical by St. Paul Lutheran Sunday School Children

Christmas Muscial

Presented by

the Sunday School Children at

St. Paul Lutheran Church

31 Washington Ave., Batavia

Sunday, Dec. 18

10:30 a.m.

Event Date and Time

December 18, 2011 - 10:30am
Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' to be performed at BHS

Batavia Players, Inc. presents "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," their 2010 Summer Youth Theatre production.

The play will be performed at Batavia High School, at 260 State St. in Batavia. Show dates are Thursday, Aug. 19, Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug 21. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.

"Seven Brides..." is the story of Adam Pontipee, a backwoodsman living in 1850s Oregon. He brings a new wife home one day and then, all of a sudden, his six brothers want to get married, too!

Filled with energetic dance numbers, great music, colorful costumes and the performances of 54 youth from Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, Monroe and Seneca counties (ages 4 to 21), this play is sure to please. Don't miss it!

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors. For more information, please call 343-9313, ext. 31.

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