Community Performance Series will kick off its Meet the Arts season with a fairy tale classic on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
Nationally acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez will perform his unique adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty,” with accompaniment by pianist Daniel Kelly.
Gonzalez’s spin on the beloved fairy tale incorporates multimedia aspects, as well as his uncanny ability to portray multiple characters. Pianist Daniel Kelly supports Gonzalez, both physically and with live accompaniment. With fun costumes, a lot of rhymed verse and a unique view on a renowned princess, this production is ideal for young families.
“It’s the combination of David’s charismatic personality and presence, his facial expressions and body language that makes the show a hit. He held the attention of the young audience, and they were spellbound by his storytelling,” said DC Metro Theater Arts critic Mike Spain, of Gonzalez’s performance at the Kennedy Center.
David Gonzalez is the recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence, and was also nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Experience, for his production of “The Frog Bride.”
“Sleeping Beauty” is the result of a co-commission by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College and The McCallum Theater. It premiered in March 2010 and has toured nationally, including a run at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This event coincides with the launch of the CPS Share A Story Book Drive campaign, a season-long drive to benefit area schools. In celebration of storytelling, CPS invites audience members to donate a new or gently used copy of their favorite book to be given to area schools later in the year. Donations will be accepted at the performance, as well as during CPS Box Office hours. All book donations will enter patrons in a drawing to win two season tickets to the 2013-14 Guest Artist and Meet the Arts Series.
Tickets for this event are $5 for youth and $10 for adults and can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Snell Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or online at www.cpspotsdam.org.
Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom, and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.
For more information about CPS’s special events, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.