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12/06/17 Highlights of this week's edition...


BeaconArts to host Christmas tree and Menorah lighting

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

(Continued from cover) Speaking of the tree, none other than sculptor Ed Benavente will be back to show his latest version of ‘Bicycle Tree’. The sculpture, which has doubled in size since its inaugural appearance in 2011, is fabricated entirely of recycled bicycle parts.

“Bicycles, like communities, are powered by people,” Benavente said.
Benavente has also created a bicycle laden Chanukah menorah. The annual ‘Illumin8’ candle lightings, in collaboration with Beacon Hebrew Alliance, will be lit at 5:30 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 12 through the Dec. 19, with the exception of Friday, Dec.15. The new location is the Beacon Building, 427 Main Street.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.


‘Elf Jr., The Musical’ comes to Beacon


The Beacon Performing Arts Center will present “Elf the Musical Jr.” at Beacon High School on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9.
-Courtesy photo

By Kristine Coulter

See what has become a current holiday classic come to life on the Beacon High School stage. “Elf The Musical Jr.,” will be Beacon Performing Arts Center’s first main stage production. Performances are scheduled for: Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Pete & Toshi Seeger Theatre in BHS, 101 Matteawan Road.

Tim Grady, Beacon Performing Arts Center, said there are approximately 35 children from the local area in the production.

“We all say it’s a modern Christmas classic,” said Grady. “It’s a show about family,” he said. It is a show for audiences of all ages.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is about Buddy the Elf. He grew up with elves, but then travels to New York to find his birth father. What he finds in New York City is his true identity and the true meaning of Christmas.

Grady, along with couple Kate Vander Linden and Jake Vander Linden, began the non-profit BPAC earlier this year. Their new location at 327B Main St. opened this past summer. Grady and Kate Vander Linden were in the First National Broadway Touring Company of “Elf, The Musical.” This show is choreographed, music directed and directed by Grady and the Vander Lindens.

“It’s amazing [being] on the other side of the table,” remarked Grady. They see the discoveries of character development in the young actors, he said.
 
“It’s been really rewarding overall,” commented Grady.


Also in the Dec 6-12, 2017 issue:

  • Rombout Middle School students complete mural project


Panoramic image of Rombout Middle School 8th grade students who worked on the mural project in the gymnasium entryway.
- Courtesy photo


 

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