Though the quiet pastures on our hillsides with languid livestock grazing on them might fool you to think otherwise, you don't have to search hard to find the bright limelight of performing arts in this rural region. Whether inspired by the setting or just a lucky gathering of creative minds, our lively community centers and professional arts organizations provide year-round programs of high culture and entertainment for all ages and tastes.
For well over 20 years, Franklin Stage Company (25 Institute St, Franklin, NY, 607.829.3700) has been on a radical mission to bring free professional theater to the community with exciting and imaginative productions both classic and new. Truly a must-visit for even the most discerning theater lover. Nationally acclaimed guest artists, productions and exhibits will also be featured in the admission-free program. www.franklinstagecompany.org
Recently reaching its 40th year in operation, the Roxbury Arts Group (5025 Vega Mountain Rd, Roxbury, NY, 607.326.7908) is a multi-arts organization that offers versatile programming for both adults and children. http://roxburyartsgroup.org
Tri-Town Theatre (Sidney, NY) is a community theatre celebrating over five decades of family-friendly plays and musical performances. facebook.com/TriTownTheatreInc
The Open Eye Theater (960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, 845.586.1660) has a rich history of vibrant live theater, educational programs, concerts and other events, all aiming to inspire the community and spark a passion for performing arts. http://www.theopeneyetheater.org
West Kortright Center (49 West Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith, NY, 607.278.5454) hosts an exciting array musical guests, artists and other performers on their historic church site and its idyllic surroundings. A theatrical highlight each summer is “Shakespeare in the Valley”, a fully staged outdoor performance by Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops while the audience enjoys a picnic on the lawn. http://westkc.org
Liberal Arts Roxbury (3525 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY) opened in the much beloved 8 Track Museum space in 2018. Since they opened, they have been hosting multidisciplinary exhibits and events. https://www.liberalartsroxbury.com