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The State Theatre of Ithaca is host to over 60 events each year, including concerts, theatrical productions, Broadway tours, dance performances, lectures, readings, and community performances.

State's Schedule:

M&T Bank Summer Concert Series Schedule 2011

Concerts are Thursday from 6-8pm unless otherwise indicated.

June 16 - The Ithaca Concert Band (7-8pm)

Ithaca's community band since its founding in 1976, composed of a diverse group of people. (

June 23 - El Rumbon

8-Piece group that started up in 2008, performing live salsa and merenge music in the Ithaca area. (

June 30 - Radio London

An Ithaca Band that has played together for over 20 years, playing versions of popular songs from the 60's. (

July 7 - The Double E

"Original country rockin' rollin' waltzin' dancin'"

July 14 - The Makepeace Brothers

4 brothers from Ithaca, playing upbeat songs with positive messages, combining jazz, country, African and Brazilian styles, as well as others. (

July 20 (Wed) - Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band

A band that mixes the sounds of zydeco (a type of folk music influenced by Creole culture) with hip-hop, R&B, rock, and pop music.

July 21 - The Ithaca Concert Band (7-8pm)

Ithaca's community band since it's founding in 1976, composed of a diverse group of people.

July 28 - The Horseflies

Band formed in the late 1970's that puts a unique spin on fiddle music and folk rock. They combine traditional and modern through their poetic, original songs. (

August 4 - GoGone

A rock band playing distinct original songs that range from ballads to "raucous and rockin' tales of adventure." (

August 11 - The Blind Spots

An Ithaca-based rock band playing a variety of creative, energetic original songs.(

August 18 - Gunpoets

New School live hip-hop group that incorporates pop, rock, soul, and funk into their unique, positive, energetic songs. (

August 25 - The Destination

A 9-piece dance band that performs a wide range of popular songs, from Disco and R&B, to Swing music. (

September 1 - The Downtown Summer Block Party

A fun, family friendly event welcoming everyone back to Ithaca for the fall. Will have games, food, beverages, information booths on local non-profits and more. A great way to close out the summer!



Archive Link to for the season of 2007 - 2008. Ithaca Entertainment.

2009-2010 SEASON
September 2009
Railroad Earth with guests The Ryan Montbleau Band – a DSP Event
The Laurie Berkner Band
Outback Concerts Presents
Rodney Carrington
October 2009
They Might Be Giants – a DSP Event
Second City
Justin Roberts
Built To Spill – a DSP Event
Beatlemania Now
Ithaca Ballet: Babar
Ithaca Ballet: Babar
November 2009
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Brian Regan
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band – a DSP Event
Ani DiFranco – a DSP Event
Dark Star Orchestra – a DSP Event
December 2009
An Evening with Hot Tuna – a DSP Event
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Ithaca Ballet: The Nutcracker with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra
Ithaca Ballet: The Nutcracker
Ithaca Ballet: The Nutcracker
January 2010
Light In Winter Festival - Spherus
Light In Winter Festival - The Klezmatics
February 2010
Greg Behrendt
Strega Nona
Ithaca Ballet: Contemporary
March 2010
The Three Irish Tenors
April 2010
Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Ithaca Ballet: Giselle
Ithaca Ballet: Giselle
May 2010
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
June 2010
Michael Feldman's 'Whad'ya Know?'

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Casting Announced for Hangar Theatre’s Dirty Blonde

APRIL 6 (ITHACA, NY) The Hangar Theatre has announced the cast for its summer production of Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde.

Carbonell award winning artistic director Peter Flynn directs the play, to run June 3-13 at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York.

Tony award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show, Dinner at Eight, The Full Monty, and Jekyll & Hyde) leads the cast that also includes Joe Kinosian and Kevin Carolan. Skinner plays the legendary actress Mae West whose wit and audacity made her America’s first sex symbol.

Flynn says, “Dirty Blonde is an irrepressible look at icons, idolizers and how our perception of ourselves is shaped by others. The company we’ve assembled brings a great balance of hilarity, sensitivity, and heart.”  Shear’s Dirty Blonde received Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Play in 2000.

This is Flynn’s inaugural season as the artistic director of the Hangar Theatre.  He previously directed the Broadway concerts of Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg and Idina Menzel, and Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney, as well as creating three nationally-acclaimed musicals for TheatreworksUSA.  Flynn will also direct the Hangar’s political farce November, which runs July 8-18.

The design team for Dirty Blonde includes Kent Goetz (sets), Deborah Constantine (lights), Greg Robbins (costumes), and Eric Watkins (sound), all of whom are returning artists to the Hangar. 

Tickets for Dirty Blonde at the Hangar Theatre go on sale beginning May 1 at the Ticket Center at Clinton House, 116 North Cayuga St., Downtown Ithaca, call (607) 273-4497 or online at  For more information about the Hangar Theatre or to purchase a season subscription, visit

Simrat Applebaum, Marketing Manager - 607-273-8588 x402,

Hangar Theatre Welcomes Families to
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


December 1, 2008 (ITHACA, NY) – Just in time for the holidays, the Hangar Theatre invites families to attend the performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium on Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm.


The classic book for children by C.S. Lewis and adapted by le Clanché du Rand is brought to life in this play for young people.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follows Peter and Lucy as they act out their story, sharing the magical adventure that begins by stepping through a wardrobe and ends with a fierce battle for freedom in the land of Narnia. This is a very special winter tale of wonder that celebrates the power of children’s imagination and courage.


Tickets are $5, including a $1 Ticket Center fee, and may be purchased in advance by calling (607) 273-4497 and by visiting the Ticket Center at Clinton House at 116 North Cayuga St. Tickets may also be  purchased at the door before the performance.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tours to local schools this December and is sponsored by C.S.P. Management.  For more information about the Hangar Theatre’s public performance at Kulp Auditorium in the Ithaca High School please visit or call (607) 273-8588.

The Hangar Theatre will offer a special weekend workshop for adult actors entitled Audition Intensive: Working with the Pros on November 1st and 2nd.  Students will learn the latest audition methods from Stephanie Yankwitt of the New York City-based Bernard Telsey Casting, Hangar Theatre associate artistic director Wendy Dann, and newly appointed artistic director Peter Flynn.     


The program’s goals are to help adult actors find dramatic and musical material specific to their abilities and develop a poised audition that accentuates their unique qualities. Students will boost their confidence on-camera and learn how to effectively use résumés and cover letters to meet with agents. This special, weekend-long audition “boot camp” culminates with an audition for Yankwitt, Dann and Flynn with feedback. Each teacher in Working with the Pros is currently casting projects in both Ithaca and New York City. Are you looking to break into the industry? “The Pros program offers specific, useful answers to questions about the entertainment industry and how to sustain a career in it,” says Peter Flynn.


Workshop coach Stephanie Yankwitt comes from New York City where she is a casting associate for Bernie Telsey Casting.  In addition to hundreds of commercials, Ms. Yankwitt has cast films, such as Across the Universe, Rent, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Part 2, as well as Broadway plays and musicals, such as Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Three Days of Rain (with Julia Roberts) and Glengarry Glen Ross (with Liev Schreiber).  Wendy Dann is the associate artistic director of the Hangar Theatre and the director and co-author of Sammy & Me, a new musical planning to hit Broadway in 2009.  Peter Flynn is an award-winning Manhattan-based director. His credits include directing the Broadway concerts of Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg and Idina Menzel, and Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney, as well as creating three nationally-acclaimed musicals for TheatreworksUSA.


Space is limited and can be reserved by calling the Hangar Theatre’s business office at (607) 273-8588 ext. 440 or by e-mailing  Tuition is $100 for college students; $150 for adult non-students.  The Hangar Theatre’s Audition Intensive: Working with the Pros will be held at the Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College on November 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm. 


Kitchen Theatre Auditions to be held November 5th

Auditions for actors and actor/singers 16 years and older will be held by appointment on Monday, November 5th from 5pm to 6:30pm.

We are casting a limited number of roles for this season, but we encourage new-to-the- area theater professionals to take this opportunity to introduce yourself to the Kitchen Theatre Company.

To make an appointment, please call the Kitchen Theatre office at 272-0403

Non-singing actors prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue. Actor/Singers prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and 16 bars of a song to be sung a capella. Bring a resume and headshot with you to the audition. We are casting a limited number of roles for this season, but we encourage new-to-the- area theater professionals to take this opportunity to introduce yourself to the Kitchen Theatre Company.

For this season we are casting:
4 singer/actor roles for EMMETT & ELLA'S BIG APPLE ESCAPADE (adults and 16+)

Actors for the 48-Hour Playwriting Marathon and the Teen Extreme Playwriting Contest and Marathon (16 + and adults)

Dancers of all ages will be needed for SCOOT, SIZZLE & SLIDE later this season. Auditions for this production will be held in February 2008. If you are interested in this project, please email with a resume of your dance experience.

Rachel Lampert
Kitchen Theatre Company

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The Ithaca College W___i___n___d Ensemble

The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble was founded in 1981 and is the premier wind band at the School of Music.  Following in the rich tradition of Patrick Conway and Walter Beeler, the ensemble, conducted by Stephen Peterson, presents some 10 concerts annually both on and off campus, including such venues as Lincoln Center. The Ensemble presented a highly successful tour of England and Ireland in 1998, and will return to Ireland in the spring of 2007.  Through a demanding schedule of concerts, tours, and recordings, the ensemble has developed a broad reputation for performing excellence, innovative programming, and commitment to new music. Concert programs include a wide variety of music including wind band classics, chamber works from a variety of historic periods, new commissions, and those newer works that serve to expand the evolving repertoire for the wind ensemble.

Guest conductors and composers from around the globe who have worked with the ensemble include Samuel Adler, David Amran, Frank Battisti, Warren Benson, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Lukas Foss, Arnald Gabriel, John Harbison, Robert Jager, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Ron Nelson, Larry Rachleff, Carl St. Clair, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Richard Strange, Frank Ticheli, and John Whitwell.

Membership in the 48-member ensemble is determined by audition in the fall of each academic year. The wind and percussion players in the Wind Ensemble are among the most talented in the School of Music.

Please click on "Documents" to the left to hear samples of the Wind Ensemble's performances..


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