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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Isaiah Sheffer

Selected Shorts Tours the Far West: Part 3 of 3

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on November 26, 2009

This is the third in a three-part series of entries. Read part one here, and part two here. Trip #2: Whitefish, Montana A few days of Thalia Follies rehearsal in NYC and then it was back on the road, or rather the airways, this time to be the guest of Montana Public Radio.  Our earlier [...]

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Selected Shorts Tours the Far West: Part 2 of 3

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on November 10, 2009

This is the second in a three-part series of entries. Read part one here. The next morning, at crack of dawn, I make the drive back down through the desert to Albuquerque, a drive that is beautiful in a different way in the morning sunlight.  I return the rental car and embark on my trip [...]

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Selected Shorts Tours the Far West: Part 1 of 3

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on November 4, 2009

“Oh give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above Don’t Fence Me In…” This was one of the tunes incorporated in the post-intermission interactive audience-participation Singalong Quiz that was part of each stop on our recently completed tour of Western and Southwestern cities where Selected Shorts is popular on the local public radio [...]

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Photos from Selected Shorts in the Berkshires

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on July 22, 2009

Hello friends! I wanted to let you take a peek at some photos from our recent Selected Shorts performance with Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen and Tony Award nominee Charles Keating at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA on Sun, July 12. It took place the day after Tony and Emmy Award [...]

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Making a Wall to Wall

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on March 13, 2009

Since we tend to alternate the annual subject of our Wall to Walls between classical composers and musical theatre composers, and since last year’s theme was Wall to Wall Bach (in honor of the 30th anniversary of the first Wall to Wall Bach that gave birth to Symphony Space), we decided to make this year’s show Wall to Wall Broadway, in celebration of the Broadway musical.

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America Reborn?

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on January 26, 2009

Way back last spring, when we were writing and editing copy for the big Season Brochure, I was charged with creating the titles for the three editions of The Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret that we were planning for the season: one in late October, not long before Election Day; the second in late February, a month after Inauguration Day; and the third in early June.

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Moonlighting at Lincoln Center

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on December 4, 2008

Happy holiday season, everyone. In between my Symphony Space duties, I have been moonlighting over the past couple of weeks, preparing for my Lincoln Center singing and dancing debut. Let me tell you about it.

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The Power of Art in a Democracy

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on November 7, 2008

Wow, what a ride it has been for all Americans, these weeks leading up to Election Day—and especially for those few Americans silly enough to be attempting political cabaret! Who has had time to blog?

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Can we keep the comedy current?

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on September 22, 2008

Now, after Labor Day, the opening of school, the start of college semesters, the political conventions, the annual collapse of the Yankees and Mets, and the arrival in the mail of your Symphony Space season brochure—that handsome 48-page volume of cultural treats that will last you into NEXT summer—we can finally say with certainty that the endless summer is over, and fall is falling.

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Pet Peeves

By Isaiah Sheffer
Published on July 18, 2008

Happy summer, blog readers. Greetings from the dunes of Cape Cod, where I am recuperating from Symphony Space’s 30th Anniversary Season and preparing for Season #31, which doesn’t have to have any special milestone celebrations, just the usual sustained artistic excellence!

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