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CPS offering many special events for 2010-11 season

The Community Performance Series has announced its 2010-11 schedule, including a slate of special events sure to please the entire family, beginning in September and continuing until May, 2011.

To accompany the Guest Artist Series, CPS has announced a series of events suitable for all ages in their Meet the Artist series, including puppetry, modern dance, cultural music and movie score selections from The Orchestra of Northern New York (ONNY).

Several special events will take place this season, including the 11th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital, featuring Scott Dettra from Washington's National Cathedral; a holiday concert combining the talent of the American Boychoir with ONNY under the music direction of Kenneth Andrews, and two Shakespeare plays by The Acting Company.

Here is a look at the events scheduled for the 2010-11 season:


• Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents Frederick, Swimmy and Inch by Inch, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Sara M. Snell Music Theater: Drawn from Leo Lionni’s books, these stories feature innovative puppetry styles, imaginative lighting techniques and an original music score.

• Joanne Shenandoah, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Shenandoah is a Grammy Award and 12-time Native American Music Award-winning artist, and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy.

• The Orchestra of Northern New York, “Let’s Go to the Movies,” March 18 at noon in Hosmer Hall: Directed by Kenneth Andrews, this concert features selections from blockbuster film favorites like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic” and “Batman: Dark Knight.”

• Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents Darwin the Dinosaur, April 28 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Snell Theater: Modern dance, special lighting and visual effects make this show what the Detroit Music Hall calls “a truly unique and innovative theater experience.”


• 11th Annual L. Felix and Helen Miller Ranlett Organ Recital, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Scott Dettra is the prize-winning Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral.

• The American Boychoir with The Orchestra of Northern New York, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: The American Boychoir dazzles audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, effervescent spirit and ensemble virtuosity.

• The Acting Company presents “Romeo and Juliet,” Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater: The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 37 seasons and 133 productions of great classics, together with the best of contemporary theater and several world premieres. It will present two adapted plays by William Shakespeare.

• The Acting Company presents “A Comedy of Errors,” Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater: See for yourself what makes The Acting Company the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in the country.

Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the CPS Box Office, located in Snell Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus, by calling (315) 267-2277, or visiting Individual event tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 23. 

For more information on the 2010-2011 Season and artists, log on to or check out the CPS Facebook page at


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