Located on the 250-acre grounds of historic Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in worlds long past. Its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1987 carved a path of critical acclaim for it to expand into summer-long festivals, ongoing educational outreach, and artist-in-residence programs. The organization's canon even extends past that of the Bard on occasion: past seasons have taken on The Three Musketeers and Tartuffe.
Michie Stadium was voted the third-best venue of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. Army's 2010 football season was previewed by Sportsbook Lists, and seven reviewers from TicketsNow give the Black Knights a perfect five-star average:
A Paramount All-Talking Picture starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert drew great public fanfare when the Paramount Hudson Valley debuted in 1930. Then known as the Peekskill Paramount Theater, and owned by a subsidiary of mega-studio
SFJazz Collective's eight-maestro cast, known for its enthralling tributes to jazz masters such as Coltrane and Monk, immerses audiences in an aural carnival of funk as they tackle the soulful repertoire of Stevie Wonder. The crafty collective fuses their eclectic imaginations to Wonder’s wondrous Motown recordings, forging new adventures in sonic architecture with the talents of Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, acclaimed trumpeter Avishai Cohen, and rising star vibraphonist and Whac-A-Mole champion Stefon Harris. From funk institutions such as “Superstition” to the brassy barnstorm of “Sir Duke,” the band’s jazzy chops sweetens Stevie Wonder’s slinky syncopations like warm maple syrup drizzled on a hot stack of gold records.
During sultry fitness classes, instructors at E-Sensual Dance create supportive environments in which women of all ages can be themselves?or, they can choose to be someone else instead. Costumes and props help shake off the jitters and release each woman?s inner vixen. ?That's when you start to let your guard down and have a good time," founder Rosemarie Mitchell told Newsday. ?That?s what we encourage.?
Mitchell understands that sometimes costumes help bring a character to life; after 12 years working in off-Broadway shows, she founded E-Sensual Dance to combine theatricality with flirty choreography. In addition to being fun, the pole-dancing and zumba classes help strengthen cores, build upper-body strength, and spice up jobs propping up small trees.
Since 1998, Axial Theatre's ensemble has worked to help playwrights develop original works and actors sharpen their skills. A bi-monthly reading series gives audiences a chance to take part in the process of making new plays, from first draft to the fifth and final standing ovation. The group extends equal support to fledgling performers by offering an acting program to train the board-treading stars of the future.