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• What a thrill! Flower City Vaudeville got to hang out with internationally renowned juggler, Viktor Kee, for Play Ball, a glamorous fund-raising event at Strong Museum of Play at which we were performing. Viktor was the headliner.

• Ted was one of several performers to appear on Evan Dawson’s broadcast previewing the Sixth Annual Rochester Fringe Festival.

• Richard and Ward represented Flower City Vaudeville at Strong Museum’s Have a Ball Weekend, June 24 and 25, 2017. They were on site from 1 – 4 pm each day to entertain and have fun with museum visitors. Needless to say, everyone had a ball!

• May 9, 2017 put us in Naples, NY for a Slapstick Science show at the Bristol Valley Theater. We were excited to make the acquaintance of these folks and to support their efforts to bring quality theater to the area.

• Congrats to the Cobblestone Arts Center upon the completion of their new performance space! We were pleased to help to help break it in on April 22, 2017 with our Working Together show.

• We can now say that Flower City Vaudeville has done Shakespeare! That’s right,  Philip Frey, director of The Shakespeare Company of Greater Rochester, invited us to join the cast of his production of The Tempest. Our job was to portray the roles of Prospero and Ariel and to inject a healthy dose of slapstick comedy. We think it is fair to say that we stole the show!

• The Fifth Annual Rochester Fringe Festival was a blast. A Night in Towanda (our sequel to The Road to Towanda) featured a bicycle act, two musical numbers, a daring escape act, and more! Our thanks to Ralph, the custodian at the Towanda American Legion Hall, for all his assistance in making this show a success.

• Flower City Vaudeville had the pleasure of entertaining at a gala fundraiser for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra  as part of their Carnevale inspired evening of high culture! We even performed our Baroque Wind Ensemble for them. So far, we’ve not had any offers to join the RPO on stage, but you never know!

• We took a bite out of the Rolling Thunder Food Truck Festival in August! What fun it was to perform for families and foodies at this event in Ellison Park. Dozens of food truck vendors, kids’ karaoke, a brief shower, and comical mayhem by Flower City Vaudeville. Put it on your calendar for next year!

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• We’re in a podcast! George Sapio interviewed us for his theater podcast, Onstage/Offstage. We make each other laugh and tell about how we work together and how we create our material. Ted describes the journey that led him to hammock walking. Richard talks about Judo and how it helps him to perform Hobo Joe. Ward get some ribbing for his special ability to pick audience volunteers. Download episodes of Onstage/Offstage free in iTunes (we are episode 75) or listen here.

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• We performed a short opening act for Penfield Players production of Sneakypete Underhand’s Devious Dealings to full capacity audiences. They liked us so much they threw popcorn at us!

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• Flower City Vaudeville attended the 39th Annual RIT Juggle-In, performing at the Saturday morning show and participating in workshops and open juggling:

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• We have been accepted once again to perform at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September! Our new show, A Night in Towanda,  premiered at the Ithaca Fringe in April where it was a great success. Read our reviews here. This new show is a sequel to our award winning The Road to Towanda. It’s got some musical numbers (yes, real live music!), a new three-person juggling routine, and because our audience demands it: a clown bike routine!

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More details to come about where and when to see it. Meanwhile, here are some news items from 2015:

• We had a blast performing at the 2015 Rochester Fringe Festival in September! Thank you to RAPA (Rochester Association of Performing Arts) and SOTA (School of the Arts) for hosting us, and a big thank you to our audiences for coming out to see us perform The Road To Towanda. See more photos of our show here.

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photo by Avi Pryntz-Nadworny

• Look who was on the cover of (585) Magazine! Ward had four pages inside with some nice photos of his ceramic instruments by Kyra Krenitsky and an article about his career in the arts by Kay Thomas.

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• In other news, we have learned that Aria da Capo received a “runner up” award for “Best Local Musical Theater Production” in City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester 2015 readers’ poll. This was the performance run that allowed Flower City Vaudeville to preview bits from The Road To Towanda as a pre-show. We are proud of Melyssa Hall and her crew.

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Our very own Richard Hughson and fellow actor Jeff Moon as Corydon and Thyrsis.

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