Travel to The Snow Queen with the Library and Senior Center

UPDATE: Our trip to The Snow Queen is cancelled but the show will go on at Ancram Opera House. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are providing free transportation to the Ancram Opera House for its production of The Snow Queen. Ancram Opera House is generously providing all attendees with deeply discounted tickets ($5) for this inaugural cultural trip. The van is provided by the City of Hudson Youth Department.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 8. Depart from library at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm.

Audience/Registration: This staged concert is for adults and younger audiences, ages 9 and up. Attendees will meet at the library/senior center at 1pm. There are a limited number of seats available, so registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, visit the main desk at the library, or call 518-828-1792 x101. Continue reading

Free Summer Teen Theatre Program w/ Teaching Artist Carol Rusoff Begins This Week!

Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.
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Get free tickets to the Bridge Street Theatre

We are pleased to add productions at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill to our list of establishments offering free passes at the library. The theatre will be supplying two free tickets for each night of every production for Hudson Area Library cardholders. Tickets may be reserved by phone or in person at the library. Then stop by the library main desk to pick up your free tickets before the show. Stage works include comedies and dramas and are presented Thursdays through Sundays throughout the year.

The first production, The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade by award–winning playwright Kieron Barry, has its world premiere on April 20. Reserve your free tickets today! Call 518-828-1792 or stop by the library sometime this week. First come, first served!

For more information on Bridge Street Theatre, click here to access their website. For more information on the Hudson Area Library Museum Pass program, made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, click here.

Still Time to Sign Up for Free Teen Theatre Classes with Carol Rusoff!

This fall, teens ages 13+ are invited to join independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, for “From the Page to the Stage” a hands-on, engaging theatre program. The program will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, Now through December 13, culminating in a free performance on December 13 for the entire community. Participants will explore literary works and will choose selections to adapt as performance pieces. The rehearsal process will stretch the participants’ abilities as they divide the tasks at hand among themselves and together produce works of theatrical art.

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The program is free and open to all teens 13+. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email Brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk for a registration form.

This program is made possible in part with the generous support of the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar

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Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.

UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library

The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.

Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:

Friday, August 12, 7pm

Sunday, August 14, 3pm

Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.