When the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
first opened its doors in 1994, its doors were made of tent flaps. It was a traditional summer stock theater with performances only during the warm, summer months. But since 1998, with the opening of its permanent theater building, a barn designed to complement the nearby rural landscape, the Center has welcomed over 300,000 performance attendees and 16,000 artists for about 2,000 different productions. And theater-lovers ranging in age from 4 to 80 years old have been trained in all aspects of the theater arts.
This summer features a fractured fairy tale, a fun-filled puppet show with lots of audience participation, a journey down the rabbit hole, an exotic Arabian adventure, and a quirky candy manufacturer who stages a contest. “This summer we’re directing the spotlight on young actors who work so hard to perfect their theater skills,” says the Center’s Education Director, Babette Fasolino. Productions of Unhappily Ever After
, Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
, and Willy Wonka, Jr.
will showcase aspiring talent as performance and musical theater summer camps take the stage for the Center’s award-winning Saturday morning family series. The camps are taught by certified instructors and run anywhere from two days to three weeks. Aside from the six performance camps (three of which will be performing during the series), there are also technical camps where kids can learn about sewing and costuming, voice, dance, hair and makeup, and lights and sound.
New this year to the Center’s summer lineup is puppetry. They’re bringing back the popular Puppet People for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk
on July 23rd. And on July 19th and 20th, intermediate students can learn the ins and outs of puppeteering.
The Center is a comfortable place for children with kid-friendly concession and brunch options and an outdoor space with picnic tables in a grove of trees. Saturday morning shows run just under an hour, and families can reserve tickets online to ensure seats in the aisle or near exits, if they wish.
The Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck: All performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length. All ages. Tickets may be reserved in advance online for a $3 fee or bought at the door one hour prior to the show at $7 for children, $9 for adults. For more information, call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080 or get tickets online. For more information about summer camps, visit the Center’s website, where you can register online or call Babette Fasolino, 845-876-3088, ext. 13.