Saturday, November 15, 2008

Troll La La - At Arts on the lake


There's a Tornado Watch in effect for our region until 9PM this evening so assuming we're all not in Munchkin Land tomorrow there's a great event at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel hosted by Arts on the Lake:


Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m.

A concert reading of a full-length folk musical based on Norwegian folktales.

Book and lyrics by Tony Howarth

Mr. Howarth has written numerous plays such as "Billy Bubblehead" which was produced on the stage by the Axial Theatre Company and written up in the New York Times and "Dream City Twosome" which ran Off-Broadway in 1999. He is also known for writing the filmscript for the 1994 indy film, "Slings and Arrows", which was voted Best Film of the Avignon Film Festival in New York City.

Mr. Howarth has received grants from the Death in America Foundation and the Drama League; he was playwright-in-residence for the Mint Theatre, in New York City, from 1991 to 1995. Professional productions include: Thornwood, presented all over the U.S. and overseas, and Sundown, presented at the Sonora Playhouse, Sonora, California; Maiden Voyage, presented at the Westbeth Theater Center, New York City; His one-act play, Sally in the Middle, was presented in Amsterdam in 2001.

As a director, he has worked on countless productions; a recent gig was Carnival, for the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Mass. He conducted a workshop for young playwrights for five years at the Westbeth Theater Center in Greenwich Village all before coming to work with Arts on the Lake.

With a cast that includes: Corinne Baker, Sarah Best, John Grieco, Christopher Henry, Lauren Luciano, Molly Prout, Fred Rueck, Michal Salonia

Music by award winning composer Sheldon Gartner

Mr. Gartner is a versatile composer and songwriter who has had a taste of success in many genres. Recently, his musical "Adding Machine" was chosen and presented by TRU for their annual musical reading series. He also wrote the music for "Kerouac" which ran just short of a year at Theatre East. He has written many instrumental themes, published by music libraries and featured in several live dramas and student films. He writes music and lyrics for songs as well as collaborating with several outstanding lyricists. His influences include Dave Grusin, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, John Williams, and Billy Joel. He is currently composing on the spot at the Westchester Dance Theatre where he plays his own music for their ballet and modern classes. He is equally comfortable tickling the ivories and tinkling with the latest recording software.

Guitar accompaniment by Steve Kirkman. Fiddle accompaniment by Midhat Serbagi.

Children from 8 to 108 welcome.
Suggested Donation: $10 ($5 for young people, trolls and AotL Members).
Reservations: or (845) 228-AOTL (2685).

The play is cute as hell, the cast is great and the songs are sharp! Really, what more could you ask for?

It's going to be windy and cold Sunday afternoon so what better way to spend an hour and a half than in Norway?

See you there!