Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The show opens up on April 18, with two from East Greenwich in the cast.
The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, starting on Thursday, April 18. This production will feature several graduating seniors who have dazzled audiences for most of their years in Kingston. The show is scheduled for April 18-20 and April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus. General admission for the performance is $20; $15 for seniors and URI staff; and $12 for students. Call 401-874-5843 or or visit www.uri.edu/theatre for tickets. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy in which the intelligent, witty Beatrice matches wits with the dull, cynical Benedick. Two of …
Friday, February 1, 2013
There are shows Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.
They aren't using the old barn out back, but kids and some adults at East Greenwich High School are putting on a show this weekend – Fiddler on the Roof. Come see the more than 75 students who are part of this production. Here's what Wikipedia says about the musical: Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Saturday's re-opening concert – featuring Chris Jason and his big band among many others – brings a live-music venue back on line after years of darkness.
The street outside the Greenwich Odeum was pulsing with big band sounds. I knew what was going on – I'd been invited to the rehearsal. But for the couple walking down Main Street last Sunday night, it was an invitation. They poked their heads in the door long enough for vocalist Chris Jason to call out, "Come on in." Jason and his band were there trying out the stage and figuring out the acoustics for their performance on Feb. 16. Jason is also performing solo in Saturday's grand re-opening concert. In addition to Jason, performers include Phoebe Madden, Skip Healy, Ritchee Price, and more. For more information about the performers, click here. East Greenwich resident Charles (a.k.a. "Smiles") Kalajian was on drums on Sunday. He'll be …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Among the acts scheduled in 2013 are Greg Abate and Cherish the Ladies.
For possibly the final time, the East Greenwich Town Council Monday night extended property tax relief to the Greenwich Odeum until Jan. 26, as it readies to open for performances by then. The theater's return to performance venue status has been years in the process, with a raft of volunteers working to make it happen. Odeum board president Frank Prosnitz calls the Saturday, Jan. 26, date "the actual grand opening." Local singer Phoebe Madden and other Rhode Island artists will perform that night, he told the Council. The Greenwich Odeum held an earlier "grand opening" fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 1. According to Prosnitz, more than 150 people attended the event, which incorporated live music, a silent auction, food and beverages. They …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Three years – and many delays – after board members first said they would reopen the Main Street theater, the first event is a silent auction.
It's been a very long road to reach the Greenwich Odeum's second act – and there is still some distance yet to travel – but the theater has a reopening date. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Odeum will open for the first time since 2008 for a Grand Reopening Silent Auction. "It will give people an opportunity to see what it looks like," said Odeum board president Frank Prosnitz. He acknowledges it's hard to see that any progress has been made from the outside. "A lot of stuff you don’t see from the street, but everything’s moving along and we’re pretty much on schedule inside," he said. During a recent visit, while visible progress had been made – including a new stage wall, recovered seats, new floor and fresh paint in many places – it was …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The language in the note says Erinakes heirs are owed $500,000 “whether at or after maturity.”
There is an apparent discrepancy between the language in a 1991 promissory note for the Odeum theater and what Odeum board member and lawyer Jeff Gladstone said last month about the board's obligation to pay off that note. “At this point there is no legal obligation to pay back the note," Gladstone said in July. "We are the owners of the property. There is no question to a certainly that we own the property." The promissory note filed with the $500,000 mortgage for the Odeum theater on Dec. 31, 1991, does not have an expiration date. EG Patch obtained copies of the note and mortgage deed from the Town Clerk's office. According to the note, payments must be made until the sum is paid “at or after maturity.” (The full text of the note is …
Monday, July 16, 2012
After two-plus years of extensions, Council expresses frustration.
It was two and a half years ago the town first notified the Odeum Corp. it had lost its nonprofit status and taxes were due. The Town Council decided later that same year (2009) the Odeum would not have to pay the taxes if it reopened. Since then, the group has been granted several extensions in its quest to reopen. The latest extension was passed last Monday, July 9, when the Council said the Odeum Corp. now had until Oct. 31 to open or pay the back taxes. “We seem to be doing this on a regular basis,” said Councilman Mark Gee. “It seems that we have had some false starts,” said Councilman Jeff Cianciolo. “I recognize there’s been some significant progress [but] every quarter we get another, ‘Hey, we’re almost … ‘ I would just like a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The contractor's work at the Main Street theater has helped it come closer to opening.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Greenwich Odeum is getting ready to reopen after a sustained effort to come into compliance with our new state fire codes. A critical enabler to this effort has been the support we have received from both residents and businesses within the community. We clearly appreciate all of the volunteer help we’ve received from board members, other volunteers, and the financial support we’re receiving from so many individuals and businesses buying seats and attending our fundraisers. We’re also grateful to many of the vendors for working with us and, in some cases, providing exceptional pricing – and outstanding workmanship – that is getting us closer to reopening. Toward that end, we would like to thank and recognize Martone Painting Co. of …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Town Council gets update on the Main Street theater — March 31 deadline not possible.
Good things are happening at the Odeum Theatre on Main Street, but they aren't happening quickly enough to meet the March 31 deadline imposed by both the Town Council and the Fire District Commissioners in January. It looks like a more realistic timetable might be June 1. Odeum board president Frank Prosnitz told Council members at their meeting Monday night that the theater seats are ready to be shipped back from the Michigan company refurbishing them, and that the ceiling and walls have been completed. The floor remains unfinished. The plan is for the floor to get a coating of epoxy, a stronger finish than the paint currently there, while the seats are still out. And the board has hired a new contractor, Bowerman Associates of …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Main Street theater plans to reopen this spring, but is looking for volunteers to help make that happen.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Greenwich Odeum will hold a volunteer kick-off brunch on Sunday morning, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Varnum Armory on Main Street. All past, current and prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend and learn of the variety of opportunities. As the renovation project continues, volunteer needs range from jobs related to physically preparing the building to reopen and handling administrative tasks to a number of opportunities once the theater reopens this spring. “During the 13 years we operated as a very successful performing arts venue, we relied solely upon volunteers for virtually all our needs,” said Frank Prosnitz, Odeum president. “We were one of the best volunteer stories in Rhode Island, and we will be again. Volunteers have …