EPAC’s ‘Joseph’ is truly amazing

"Joseph" cast at EPACReviewed by Ralph Hall

Over the past eight years I have seen several Endicott Performing Arts Center productions, and without hesitation Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the very best. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical is uniquely produced with a cast representing the wide diversity of all those associated with EPAC, including the children’s chorus.

Director Patrick Foti has given the play its Broadway interpretation with the special addition of what only a talented community theatre can do in these economic times – a large cast.  Add to this the talent of several of the company’s lead performers, and you have an outstanding production. Read the rest of this entry »

EPAC keeps growing to bring arts to community

By Ralph Hall

EPAC as a work in progress

EPAC as a work in progress

Throughout the Americas and Europe, there are hundreds of community theaters, but there is only one Endicott Performing Arts Center (EPAC)! EPAC is a unique, comprehensive and community-committed not-for-profit organization serving the Broome County area and making a difference in economics, the arts and education. The activities of this company are so very diverse in serving many age groups, varied arts pursuits (i.e. acting, dance, backstage, etc.) in a setting that positively affects the economics of Washington Avenue, Endicott and Broome County.

The venue, formerly known as the Lyric Theater, was built 1916-1917 as a vaudeville theater, and a few years later was transformed to a motion picture theater. In 1993 the owners closed the theater, and it began to deteriorate. Fortunately for the community, Lou Ligouri (Executive Director) and Pat Foti (Artistic Director) met in 1991 and within a few years created a vision that was to become EPAC. The first performance in 1999 was Visions of Vaudeville, produced and performed with the St. Anthony Players. In 2010, the name of the theater was changed to “Robert Eckert Theatre” to honor Robert Eckert, an Endicott native who has been active in professional and community theater for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Snow, schmoe; the shows DID go on!

Sure there were a few cancellations or postponements, but the lively arts remained lively this past week, despite the storm. I caught a knockout performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Union-Endicott High School. Kudos to directors Jim Gleason, Joe Brainard and Chris Weber; to their production staff and to the very talented student cast. Do those kids (and all the kids in the audience) realize how lucky they are, in the age of synthesizers and recorded soundtracks, to hear a Broadway musical with a full orchestra?!?

How about you? Did you see “Joseph,” “Evita,” “The Wizard of Oz” or any other high school show this past weekend? Did you attend a concert or a reading or visit a gallery? Please join in the conversation.

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