Encore Players, Conservatory present cabaret

Guilaine Senegal (left) and Danny Trippett rehearse for “Dark Hearts: A Villian’s Cabaret,” coming to the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts this weekend.
Guilaine Senegal (left) and Danny Trippett rehearse for “Dark Hearts: A Villian’s Cabaret,” coming to the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts this weekend.
Photo provided by Danny Trippett

The Encore Players and the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) are partnering to present “Dark Hearts: A Villain’s Cabaret,” this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. This is the first collaboration between TCFA and the Encore Players, who historically perform in the Trumansburg High School auditorium.

This test run is a great way for the conservatory to see if and how it can accommodate theater programming in the future. Encore Players writer and co-director of “Dark Hearts” Danny Trippet said the collaboration has been an enjoyable one.

“It’s been great,” he said. “Mark Costa [executive director of TCFA] has been so helpful and he is really excited about finally having an Encore/Conservatory relationship. It’s great for the conservatory because they have always wanted to do a piece of theater on that stage. It’s just a matter of getting it technically running. There are no lights, no sound. We are running all the technical equipment from the balcony. It’s Costa’s chance to see if it will work to take it back to the conservatory board [for future collaboration].”

“Dark Hearts” is an adult production and provides a perfect venue for a Valentine’s date night.

According to the Encore Players website, “The cabaret features local actors and singers portraying famous Broadway villains, who take the stage to share their deepest desires, untold to us in their original story lines and sing the songs they have always wanted to sing. The result is a comedic romp into the minds and hearts of each villain, with hysterical twists and turns!”

The Encore Players will be donating all proceeds from the production to TCFA. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online. Ticket price includes a variety of decadent desserts and fruit, with complimentary local wines and cheese.

Tburg’s Gemm Shop celebrates half a century

It was never meant to last this long, but a beloved Trumansburg institution is celebrating a 50th anniversary of supporting community students and local not-for-profits.

The Gemm Shop celebrates its semi-centennial anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon, when shop officers and workers will join for a ribbon cutting at the storefront at 17 W. Main St.

They’ll be joined by Mayor Rordan Hart, members of the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village Board, Trumansburg Central School District’s Board of Education, shoppers and friends. The Trumansburg High School Band, the original incentive for the shop’s founding, will provide music and refreshments will be served following the festivities.

The Gemm Shop, founded as a one-year project to raise money for School District band uniforms, set up shop on Feb. 27, 1970, by founders Ruth Bates, Doris Dunlop, Janet Elder, Margaret Huckle, Lanetta Husted, Margaret Northrup, Betty Reynolds and Millie Tubbs, all of whom had children in the high school band.

That group also started the Music Boosters Fruit Sale that continues to this day. The shop furnishes reasonably priced clothing and housewares to the community and provides a carefully curated outlet for folks who are clearing out their closets or downsizing. Its earnings support scholarships for Trumansburg and South Seneca students and local community efforts.

According to one of the original founding members, Margaret Northrup, over the years, it has served not only as a resource for clothing, housewares, books and crafts materials but also a place for youngsters to buy gifts for their parents and a beloved costume resource for local theater groups and especially for Halloween.

A series of events celebrates the semi-centennial anniversary, including a luncheon and Gemm Shop fashion show at the Ulysses Historical society on Saturday, May 9, and surprise-filled participation in the 2020 Firemen’s Parade on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The all-volunteer shop is staffed by 50 volunteers, and board members are Karen Powers, chair, Gail Zabawsky, treasurer, Pat Ditmars, Linda Judd, Carol McLaren Sharm Robinette and Nancy Uyeno. Pam Postle is the volunteer coordinator. The shop can always use a few more volunteers for three-hour desk shifts or as price markers. Call 387-5678 or stop by the shop to learn more.


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