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WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
11 City Place, 3rd floor, (914) 328-1600, www.wppac.com

Membership:

Membership at White Plains Performing Arts Center is about more than discounts and opportunities. It is about a commitment to the arts. It is about an understanding that the arts are a valuable resource to our community. Members at WPPAC are making an investment in the future of the arts.

Membership at WPPAC does also come with a few perks:
• 10% Discount on all tickets at WPPAC (excluding guest productions and fundraising events)
• Exclusive access to WPPAC Pre-sale
• Recognition for your contribution in our playbill
• Invitation to special pre- and post-show talkbacks with members of the production

As a special incentive to our inaugural class of members, anyone who signs up for membership by September 1, 2014 will receive two complimentary tickets to each of our performances in our inaugural play reading series.

Total Cost: $100 for a 1-year membership

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Summer Theatre Academy at the White Plains Performing Arts Center for Students in Grades 5-12

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: July 28 – August 23 (Mondays - Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm)
Youth and teens who love musical theater can spend the dog days of summer acting, singing and dancing, while putting together a show on the mainstage at the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s Summer Theatre Academy. Students entering grades 5 – 12 (in the fall of 2014), spend their mornings in workshops with WPPAC Summer Academy Staff and special guest teachers learning about auditioning, makeup, prop design, playwriting and improv, and more. During afternoon sessions, student actors rehearse with production staff members for summer shows. Students learn to apply techniques taught in morning workshops towards their performance. Each session culminates with Friday and Saturday evening performances on the WPPAC stage.

Cost:
Register after April 30: $1,250.00 per 4-week session.
Multi-session and sibling discounts available.
Register: Go to www.wppac.com/ and click on “Buy Tickets Now” or call 914-328-1600.
For more information: Visit www.wppac.com/conservatory/summer-theatre-academy/ or call the Box Office at 914-328-1600.

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Select MainStage programming has been designated for special, members-only presale. These events, marked with an asterisk (*) below, have premium seating set aside for WPPAC Members. This seating will become available to the general public on September 1, 2014. Other seating options are available NOW, but to become a member and guarantee your favorite seats.

September 3 from 5 - 8 pm
Beer, BBQ & Music

Join us at the Broken Bow Brewery for Beer, BBQ & Music. Pints are $5/$6 with $1 per pint going to benefit WPPAC. Music to include a sneak preview of Dogfight. $25 per person includes food tastings and one non-alcoholic drink.


All proceeds to benefit the
White Plains Performing Arts Center
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In Session logoSeptember 5 at 8 pm and September 7 at 2 pm
In Session with Dr Mark Lerner

IN SESSION with DR. MARK LERNER featuring Firefighter Bobby Senn, marks the inception of Reality Theatre Productions™. It is an auspicious production in which Dr. Lerner presents as a psychologist and speaker. Bobby Senn presents as a patient and speaker who shares his story as a New York City Firefighter who survived the attacks on September 11th. This premier production will feature a special appearance by Broadway actor, singer and dancer, David Gabriel Lerner.

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September 6 at 8 pmJazzFest logo
JAZZFEST - A Tribute to Miles Davis

In this evening’s concert, master musicians of the Westchester jazz scene, under the direction of guitarist Wali Ali and pianist Bob Baldwin, pay homage to this legacy in a grand collaboration bringing many decades of experience and to the stage for a grand evening culmination of the 2014 White Plains JazzFest before the final Mamaroneck Avenue festival the following day.

See the BID website for full details.

 

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Marc CharninSeptember 8 at 8 pm
Creating Broadway - Martin Charnin
- Master Class: $20

For the third stop of WPPAC’s Composer Series, Tony-winning lyricist Martin Charnin, will demonstrate song technique with 4-6 performers while we learn by observation. This lecture-style class will provide techniques for rounding out songs for performance or audition.
Master Class performers will be selected, by audition, from ticket buyers at no additional fee. Performers must be 14 or older to audition; all ages are welcome to observe.

For information regarding auditions, please contact education@wppac.com

Charnin has been a director, lyricist, composer, librettist, producer or a combination thereof for over 85 theatrical productions. He is best known for his work as the conceiver, director and lyricist of the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie and its sequel, Annie Warbucks. During his extensive career, Charnin has received four Tony nominations, one Tony Award, seven Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Gold records, two Platinum records, six Drama Desk Awards and a Peabody Award for Broadcasting.
Come watch a Broadway veteran in action.

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NAKD STAGE READING -- September 12 at 8 pmDeath of a Saleman logo
Death of a Salesman

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty, Death of a Salesman remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

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September 18
WPPAC's 2014 Golf Outing

Join us for a day away from the office at Knollwood Country Club for golf, networking and a post-golf BBQ on the veranda. Round up your clients, friends and associates - this is a great way to entertain them and support the White Plains Performing Arts Center!

$325 per person • $1,200 per foursome
$150 Tee & Hole Signs • $100 BBQ & Open Bar Only

9:30 am Continental Breakfast • 11 am Shotgun Start
Carts, forecaddies & gratuities included
Refreshments on course
BBQ & Open Bar immediately following golf

To register: Email Kathleen@wppac.com or call Kathleen at 914.328.1600

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Dogfight
September 19-21

Presented by Harrison Summer Theatre
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.

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NAKD STAGE READING -- September 26 at 8 pm
Mr. Roberts

The title character, Lt. Doug Roberts, is chief cargo officer, patriot, champion of the common sailor, and a born leader. Mr. Roberts, as he is known to the crew, is continually butting heads with the ship’s nutty, cruel, and ambitious Captain. The two other main characters include Mister Robert’s bunkmate Ensign Frank Pulver, a quirky and somewhat lazy dreamer who’s also a great admirer of his bunkmate, and Doug’s close friend, the ship’s doctor. A plethora of minor characters adds to the funny, family aspect that occurs on one ship at sea.

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September 27 at 2 pm
The Bossy Frog Band Fall Fiesta

Come celebrate “FALL FIESTA” with The Bossy Frog Band! The award-winning 100% interactive children’s band will knock your family’s socks off with songs that get everyone singing, dancing and celebrating the change of seasons. The Bossy Frog Band includes Jeffrey on banjo, Alice the hula hooping fiddler, Joe on bass as well as Bossy Frog and Monkey IN COSTUME!!!

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September 27 at 8 pm
Well-Strung

Return engagement. Back by popular demand. All NEW show.

One Direction step aside, there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit. The all-male string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York after being workshopped at Ars Nova NYC in February. Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco. www.well-strung.com

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October 3 at 8 pm
NAKD STAGE READING - The Cocktail Party

This portrait of the age of anxiety in modern life searches the shadows of the soul that lie beneath the surface of human hearts and minds. In blank verse, poet and playwright T.S. Eliot portrays a society devoid of connection as “an undentified guest” appears at a cocktail party in the home of a man and wife who have fallen out of love with each other and the life of indulgent complacency.

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October 10 - 26
Sweeney Todd*

A musical thriller, Sweeney Todd tells the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the vile judge who robbed him of his family. This provocative, new production allows the audience a glimpse inside the psychosis of a man driven to the edge when he loses everything.

A new vision of a modern classic, reimagined and directed by WPPAC Producing Artistic Director Jeremy Quinn.

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November 7 - 9
Legally Blonde*

PRESENTED BY THE WPPAC CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

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November 15 at 6:30 pm
SAVE THE DATE!
WPPAC 2014 GALA - Vegas Night in White Plains

Roll the dice, play the slots and spin the wheel to benefit the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Elvis, Judy, Frank, Dean, Sammy and Marilyn invite you to play slot machines, roulette, blackjack and poker while listening to some of your favorite Vegas entertainment.

Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes, Food and Drinks will complete the perfect Vegas experience without having to fly out of town.

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November 20 at 8 pm
NAKD STAGE READING - The Diary of Anne Frank

Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theatre. Very few plays have moved the Broadway critics to write such glowing notices, receiving the unanimous acclaim of all the top New York reviewers.

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November 21 at 8 pm & November 22 at 2 pm
My Life on a Diet starring Renee Taylor


Hollywood legend, Renee Taylor returns to WPPAC and takes the audience on a trip through her 60+ year career from movies, The Tonight Show, Broadway, her iconic role as “Sylvia”, Fran Drescher’s over-bearing, food loving mother on the hit TV series,The Nanny and “Ted Mosby”’s neighbor, “Mrs. Matsen”, on How I Met Your Mother. Throughout this trip, her perseverance & dieting (as well as her 47 year marriage to actor/director Joe Bologna), have been the true constants in her life. The journey includes dieting advice she received from Hollywood stars including Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, as well as stories of many other stars she knew and with whom she worked. This is a hilarious and nostalgic tour de force show with video & slides that is not to be missed! Written by Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna. Directed by Joe Bologna (Bermuda Avenue Triangle, If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You, Lovers and Other Strangers).

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December 19 - January 4
DISNEY's The Little Mermaid*

NY Regional Premiere

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson's most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it's a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Disney's The Little Mermaid will capture your heart with its timeless tale and irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

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Support the WPPAC
If you appreciate live theatre, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the WPPAC.

Only 53% of their costs are covered by ticket prices. They need your help to cover the rest. For as little as $50, $100 or $150 a year, you can help support your hometown theatre.

White Plains Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization.
Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.