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Forever Plaid at Mac-Haydn Theatre

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Forever Plaid. One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, Forever Plaid is a deliciously fun revue, chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Take a trip back to the 1950s as we follow four young singers as they take the stage for their final gig. When high school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis – the “Plaids” – are killed in a car accident on the way to their first big gig, the young men linger in limbo as “astro-technical” phenomena allows them to return to Earth, perform their final concert, and hopefully win a place in Heaven – and the deluxe plaid dinner jackets of their dreams.

The “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, and we are so excited to bring them back to the Mac-Haydn stage. With a program of beloved songs and delightful patter you will be rolling in the aisles when you’re not humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s.

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: September 22 – October 1, 2022
Sep 22 – 7:00PM Thursday
Sep 23 – 2:00PM Friday
Sep 24 – 2:00PM Saturday
Sep 28 – 7:00PM Wednesday (Pay What You Can)
Sep 29 – 2:00PM Thursday
Oct 1 – 2:00PM Saturday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays

 

 

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Mac-Haydn Theatre Annual Event: ShowStoppers

The Mac-Haydn theatre’s annual fundraising event returns and this time you have four chances to see it! Join your favorite Mac-Haydn cast members as they deliver show stopping performances of musical theater’s greatest hits. From classic to contemporary, it’s the ultimate show tunes revue.

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders will lead the performance, curating an hour-long program. “Showstoppers is a chance to celebrate the extraordinarily talented company members of our 2022 season,” said Saunders. “With hit numbers from hit shows, Showstoppers promises to be a program packed with songs both old and new to delight audiences.”

“Showstoppers” will feature the 2022 Resident Company, as well as various surprise special guests, performing solo and group numbers from all corners of the musical theatre canon. Eric Shorey leads from the pit as the Music Director.

Saunders spoke further about the contribution this program makes to the Mac-Haydn’s season: “Every season, this show gives us the chance to do what the Mac-Haydn does best – and that’s to present both great classical and contemporary musical theatre. You won’t want to miss this chance to see this eclectic selection of songs featuring Mac-Haydn favorites and the new stars of the 2022 resident company.”

Director John Saunders
Music Director Eric Shorey
Lighting Designer Kevin Gleason
Sound Designer Sean McGinley

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: September 3, 14, 21, 28, 2022

Sep 3 – 12:00PM Saturday
Sep 14 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Sep 21 – 7:00PM Wednesday
Sep 28 – 2:00PM Wednesday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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The 2022 Columbia County Fair Starts This Week! Aug 31 – Sep 5

The Columbia County Fair starts Wednesday, August 31st and runs through Monday, September 5, 2022. The six-day Columbia County Fair offers variety, excitement and family fun in a charming setting, at a comfortable pace. Featuring nightly grandstand entertainment including demolition derby, monster tractors, rodeo, live music, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more!

DATESTIMES: Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, September 5, 2022
Wednesday: NOON to 11pm
Thursday-Monday: 10am-11pm

ADMISSION:

LOCATIONColumbia County Fair Grounds
182 Hudson Avenue
Chatham, NY 12037

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‘The Full Monty’ at Mac-Haydn Theatre, Aug 18 – Sep 4

The 2022 season continues at Mac-Haydn theatre with The Full Monty opening this week.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and possibly the most highly anticipated closing number of any show in history…

This grin and bare-it comedy tells the story of six average-looking, unemployed steelworkers on the verge of a bold plan to get themselves out of debt, and make amends with those they love. When the men spy their wives going crazy over a group of male strippers, they decide to make some quick cash by forming their own act – a team of male strippers with ‘real’ bodies. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.”

After its smashing Mac-Haydn debut in 2014, The Full Monty is back to bare it all for three weeks! This highly-anticipated return is guaranteed to have you on your feet and feeling inspired to embrace your true self.

Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

Aug 18 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 18 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 19 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 20 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 21 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 21 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 24 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Aug 25 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 25 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 26 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 27 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 27 – 8:00PM Saturday
Aug 28 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 28 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 31 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Sep 1 – 2:00PM Thursday
Sep 1 – 8:00PM Thursday
Sep 2 – 8:00PM Friday
Sep 3 – 4:00PM Saturday
Sep 4 – 2:00PM Sunday
Sep 4 – 7:00PM Sunday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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