Middletown actor stars in Off-Off-Broadway musical

NEW YORK CITY - Mario Morales, a 2013 graduate of Middletown High School, has the lead in a new musical “Madison Square Park,” at Medicine Show Theater, 549 West 52nd St., 3rd floor. Performances are 8 p.m. Aug. 16-18 and 3 p.m. Aug. 19.

Morales plays Joey, who works in Chelsea's Home Depot on 23rd Street, when he meets a young, genteel walking tour guide in Madison Square Park. She dreams of living in the Gilded Age. The two strangers find they have no common interests, but nonetheless a strong attraction for each other by the time they must part. Will they meet again? Their lives both change in the course of the show, described as an uplifting, heartwarming musical.

After graduating from Middletown High, Morales attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, studying theater. He had appeared in several musicals and plays in the New York City area since graduating.

Tickets for the 90-minute show are $25 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com, bpt.me/3433480 or 800-838-3006.

Humor and a benefit for the land

WOODSTOCK - Comedian Colin Quinn, a Saturday Night alum,  performs 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in a benefit for the Woodstock Land Conservancy at the Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Rd. The actor and comedian is no stranger to the region or the cause. He attended Woodstock Elementary School; his mother was a founding contributor to the Woodstock Land Conservancy and his aunt is a current board member.

Now celebrating its 30th year, the WLC remains committed to the protection, preservation and setewardship fo open lands, forest,s water resources, scenic are and history sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.

Tickets for Quinn's new show, "One in Every Crowd," are $25-$45; and VIP seating ($75) includes a post-show reception with light refreshments and the chance to chat with Quinn. Get tickets at Woodstockplayhouse.org or the box office. Info at 679-6900.

Roosters bring arts and community together

BARRYVILLE - Forty artists from the Barryville and Shohola areas have decorated fowl for the “Fly the Coop!” community art event designed to connect businesses, consumers, non-profits, art lovers and artists. Original creations are on display now at locations all across the area, including Candy Heiland’s “Not Chicken” at the Stickett Inn in Barryville and Mef Gannon’s “Chicken of the Sea” at the Silver Star Gallery in Milford, Pa.

All of the creations can be seen on the “Fly The Coop!” Event FaceBook page, where admirers can message in a bid for a bird. The bidding culminates at a Sept. 1 event from 4-6 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, Pa. Bidding closes at 5:30 p.m. that day.

The idea was the brainstorm of Event Coordinator Eija Friedlander of the Barryville Area Arts Association. Home Depot in Matamoras donated the plywood, and local carpenter Michael Parker donated his services to transform that into 40 plywood chicken cut-outs.

Then local artists went to work to decorate them, and local businesses agreed to display them.