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On December 7th and December 14th the Air Pirates celebrate the holiday season with Herb Marks Freelance: It Ain’t Such a Wonderful Life. Performing for the first time in two new venues the Pirates will be at Brothers Barbeque in New Windsor and at the Meadows in Middletown. The Air Pirates embrace the Christmas spirit with one of their trademark comedy mysteries.
The Christmas Special, It Ain’t Such a Wonderful Life, is a holiday mystery from the Herb Marks Freelance series. The Holidays are not Herb’s favorite time of year even though he’d rather hide out until the festivities are over he finds himself embroiled in a retail nightmare. As always the audience will be supplying the sound effects for these live radio theater performances.
Here’s how it works …
The Air Pirates Radio Theater begins with four actors portraying all the characters in original radio scripts and audiences making all the sound effects, crowd noise and any other noise needed. Prior to the performance the audience is auditioned and given all the necessary props and a review of what they are to do. The Cue Card Girl lets the audience know when it’s time to slam a door, make the footsteps and even shoot the guns (props, thank you) during the shows. The audience also supplies sound effects for the commercials in the broadcast.
The Air Pirates Radio Theater cast includes MaryLee Shorr, Brian Nieves, Alan Andrews, Kate Brannan, & Lindsey Graham – and of course the audience.
Listeners can go to the website http://www.airpirateradio.com to hear podcasts of the live shows or download the episodes. “We are heard in exotic places like England, Turkey and Texas,” said Paul Ellis Producer/Director. “If you’re looking for something different and are not afraid to be part of the action, The Air Pirates are ready for you to join the show.”
On December 7th The Air Pirate are at Brothers Barbeque on Route 32 in New Windsor and on December 14th at The Meadows 270 Schutt Road in Middletown. All performances are at 8pm tickets are $20. For more information or for tickets call 845-469-7563 or visit online at www.airpirateradio.com/tickets.
Shakespeare in the Garden at the Seligman Center for the Arts
The Young Actors Program at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation finishes its summer 2013 performance workshop with a production of Shakespeare in the Garden.
Throughout the summer students have been learning and refining the craft of acting while work shopping the works of William Shakespeare the result of which is a production exploring Love and Romance throughout the works. The piece entitled Shakespeare in the Garden is a compilation of scenes, monologs, verses and couplets relating to the Bards view on Love and Romance. Eight young actors perform pieces from Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet all surrounded by verses from other plays and sonnets making a full production.
The play is presented in the gardens of the Seligman Center and the audience will follow the action through the gardens not only being entertained but also experiencing the beauty of this magnificent locale. The play is being staged with the unique nature of the property in mind. The audience will follow the cast through the park like setting of the Seligman Homestead to encounter scenes as they unfold in their site-specific locations. This summer’s workshop will include a study of location and how it impacts the performance.
The six- week workshop is designed to allow these young actors to explore the acting process while working toward a full production. This summer involved some intense vocal work, script analysis and character development. The theater process begins with the script. The playwright defines the structure of the play by answering the questions Who, What and Where. The characters in the play, the plot or story (including themes, style, etc.) and the time and place of the play are the concerns of the writer. This is done through dialog and relationships.
Once the actor understands Who the people in the play are and what they have to do the question then becomes How and Why. Things like how a character lives and functions during the play and how the character walks and talks become the role of the actor. Motivation, emotion, rhythm, and psychology come to play in why a character does what he does.
“Shakespeare’s works are classics for a reason and though the language, at first, may seem challenging; it offers the perfect opportunity to study a script with no preconceptions. Because of the language we have to deeply understand how and why these characters do some of the craziest things that no one would normally do,” said Paul Ellis, director of the workshop.
Instructor Paul Ellis has forty-five years of experience in the theater business. He studied theater with Lee Strasberg, Peter Brook, Julian Beck and play writing with Jean Claude Van Ittallie. Ellis has directed over one hundred plays and produced numerous concerts and festivals. He presently directs and produces the Air Pirates Radio Theater. His past students have been accepted to the finest acting conservatories including NYU, Purchase, Pace and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts many have appeared in major films and stage productions including American Idiot, Law and Order, Argo and Off Broadway and independent films.
Performances are scheduled for August 17 & 18. For information call 845-469-7563 or visit www.airpirateradio.com/tickets.
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Live broadcast from the Pine Bush UFO Festival April 27,2013. The Air Pirates performed the original version of this classic story for the Pine Bush UFO Festival live from Fort Knox Bagels.
A Six- Week Workshop for Serious Theater Students
Refine the Craft of Acting while work-shopping a new production of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 9-August 18
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18
For more information about the classes contact instructor Paul Ellis at 845-469-7563 and to register on line visit
The six-week performance workshop program begins July 9 and takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Sugar Loaf.
Throughout the summer students will be learning and refining the craft of acting while rehearsing a new production. This year the workshop will focus on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The theater process begins with the script. The playwright defines the structure of the play by answering the questions Who, What and Where. The characters in the play, the plot or story (including themes, style, etc.) and the time and place of the play are the concerns of the writer. This is done through dialog and relationships.
Once the actor understands who the people in the play are and what they have to do the question then becomes How and Why. Things like how a character lives and functions during the play and how the character walks and talks become the role of the actor. Motivation, emotion, rhythm, and psychology come to play in why a character does what he does.
This summer’s workshop is designed to answer the question of How and Why. Using William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for this workshop offers the students the perfect opportunity to answer these questions. “Midsummer is a classic for a reason and though the language, at first, may seem challenging it offers the perfect opportunity to study a script with no preconceptions. Because of the language we have to deeply understand how and why these characters do some of the craziest things that no one would normally do. It’s a fantasy but it’s also a very relevant story for young people,” said Paul Ellis director of the workshop.
For information call 845-469-7563
To register visit www.airpirateradio.com/pep/workshops/upcoming-workshops/
Performances are scheduled for August 17 & 18.
While trying to mind his own business Herb gets himself dragged into the underworld of espionage. By following the wrong guy in the right place for the wrong reasons our pint sized PI winds up the number one suspect in a murder he didn’t even know took place. With help of his loyal friend Smokestack El Ropo Herb brings it all to a neat but hysterical close.
We are in the NY Post today www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/aargh_thar_be_pirates_7VsKq1ntU0xg4Z5DWolTBL
On April 13 the Pirates present Time Wounds All Heels, which takes the diminutive detective Herb Marks into the bizarre world of cults and secret societies. The comedy-mystery begins as Herb is hired to locate the missing heir to a lingerie fortune.