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Danielle Henrici

Looking Past COVID, Glimmer Globe Plans Season

Looking Past COVID,

Glimmer Globe Plans Season

Michael and Danielle Henrici, co-founders of The Glimmer Globe Theatre, announced Saturday, April 3, that there will be live performances this summer at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum.

Glimmer Globe Theatre announced it will return to staging live performances this summer at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum.

Glimmer Globe founders Michael Henrici and Danielle Henrici and Fenimore/Farmers’ Performing Arts Manager Mike Tamburrino announced Saturday, April 3, that the company will stage outdoor theater this summer, following a year’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If all the world’s a stage, for heaven sakes, let’s get back on it,” Danielle Henrici said.

The performances will include main-stage performances of “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” at the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater at the Fenimore in the town of Otsego. The show will run from Wednesday, July 14, to Sunday, Aug. 22.

The play by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield was the first show performed by Glimmer Globe Theatre when it debuted a decade ago, the Henricis said.

“It means the world to us to return to this play as we return to the stage,” Danielle Henrici said.

“This is a show that appeals to everyone, even people who claim they don’t like Shakespeare,” she continued.

“It is also an incredible way to introduce children and teens to The Bard.”

HENRICI:  Marietta Brings Wisdom, Humor

HENRICI:  Marietta Brings Wisdom, Humor

To the Editor,

I am a political person who generally keeps her opinions to herself.  However, I don’t think I betray that persuasion in the least by endorsing Andrew Marietta for county rep – he is someone we can all stand behind with pride.

When I moved to Cooperstown nearly eight years ago, I began reaching out to anybody who was willing to listen, hoping to make connections and build a life here.  All roads led to Andy – he was seemingly involved in every aspect of public life.

Andy introduced me to the right people and I owe much of my success (if I can be so bold as to call it that) to his generosity.  Along my career path, Andy never wavered in his support, acting as an adviser and helping me get the exceptional training I needed to serve our community well.

And that’s really Andy’s objective:  He works hard every day to help make our community better and stronger.  It’s a simple mission and one to which he is wholly devoted.

That said, Andy is not someone filled with flowery inspiration or spouting pretty talk.  He is a man of precise action, strategy, and ethics.  Andy does his research and makes decisions based on practicality and the good of all people – the embodiment of a common-sense approach with heart.

Andy cannot be influenced by greed or power.  It’s not in his DNA.  He will always take the high road, even at his own expense.  He does not shy from a challenge, but he also chooses his battles carefully and errs on the side of a collaborative, peaceful approach.   Andy does what he says every day, applying his extensive knowledge and skills to make Otsego County a place where home and business thrive.

I am grateful to call Andrew Marietta a friend and colleague – his is a special mixture of wisdom, humor, expertise and dedication.  I encourage everyone to take a hard look at his credentials.  Whether you vote with your head or your heart (or both), you’ll know you made the right choice if you elect Andy.

DANIELLE HENRICI

Director of Education

Fenimore Art Museum

& The Farmers’ Museum

Henrici Elected President Of Cooperstown Chamber

Henrici Elected President

Of Cooperstown Chamber

100 At Annual Meeting At Otesaga This Evening
Danielle Henrici, NYSHA director of education, was elected president of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce board at the annual membership meeting. She is flanked by vice president Matt Schuermann, right, principal, Mohican Financial, and treasurer Andrew Marietta, NYCON regional director and a county board member. At left is outgoing president Ken Meifert, Hall of Fame vice president; at right, executive director Matt Hazzard.    Not shown is Stacey Grady, Springbrook, secretary.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Danielle Henrici, NYSHA director of education, was elected president of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce board this evening at the annual membership meeting at The Otesaga. She is flanked by vice president Matt Schuermann, right, president/owner, Leatherstocking Group Inc., and treasurer Andrew Marietta, NYCON regional director and a county board member. At left is outgoing president Ken Meifert, Hall of Fame vice president; at right, executive director Matt Hazzard.    Missing is Stacey Grady, Springbrook, secretary.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
New Chamber directors elected this evening are, from left, Jason Schiellack, Hall of Fame; Randy Smith, manager, Spurbeck's Grocery and Cooperstown Cigar Co., Susan Strandberg Green, Paperkite Creative;
New Chamber directors elected this evening are, from left, Jason Schiellack, Hall of Fame director of development; Fred Schneider, owner, Landmark Inn; Susan Strandberg Green, proprietor, Paperkite Creative, and Randy Smith, manager, Spurbeck’s Grocery and Cooperstown Cigar Co.  Missing is Alexandra Gunther, general manager, Mel’s at 22.  (AllOTSEGO.com)
For the Love of Scrooge

For the Love of Scrooge

By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal/HOMETOWN ONEONTA

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 25-26, 2014

Ebenezer Scrooge (Oneonta’s Gary Koutnik) is surrounded by his ghosts – from right, Christmas Past (Caley Sharratt), Christmas Present (Gary Kuch) and Christmas Yet To Come (Art Newell). (Jim Kevin/The Freeman's Journal)
Ebenezer Scrooge (Oneonta’s Gary Koutnik) is surrounded by his ghosts – from right, Christmas Past (Caley Sharratt), Christmas Present (Gary Kuch) and Christmas Yet To Come (Art Newell). (Jim Kevin/The Freeman’s Journal)

Gary Koutnik hasn’t just played Scrooge, he and his audience live the story of redemption together.

“Everybody knows the play,” said the actor, mutton-chopped for the time being. “They know what happens at the end. They’re waiting for it. I feel like I’m being swept along.

“The more emotion I’m feeling on stage in the character, the more I can help the audience feel. And the audience helps me do that, too.”

Koutnik, retired special-ed director at Oneonta schools and county representative from the city’s Ward 1-2, completed his second run as Charles Dickens’ famous Grinch on Saturday, Dec. 20.

“A Christmas Carol,” which the Glimmer Globe Theatre and Templeton Players, sponsored by Matt and Mary Margaret Sohns, performed for a second year at The Farmers’ Museum, filled four performances at the Louis Jones Center over two weekends.

Because of its universal message, “A Christmas Carol” has enduring appeal, said Danielle Henrici, NYSHA director of education and producer. For some families, including hers while growing up on Long Island, seeing “A Christmas Carol” is an annual tradition.

“There really is hope,” she said of its message. “Even if you’ve gone astray, you can correct yourself and be a good person. It’s really what the holidays are all about – remembering what really matters in life.”

For Koutnik, Scrooge was “a bucket-list role” (along with Dickens’ Fagan in “Oliver Twist”).

A docent at Hyde Hall, he had met Danielle then-Newell and her now-husband, Mike Henrici, when they conducted ghost tours together at the National Historic Landmark mansion.

When the couple asked him to play Scrooge, Koutnik quickly accepted, then realized his son, Randall, was getting married that same weekend. As arrangements proceeded, the son and bride Lily shifted the ceremony a week, and Scrooge Koutnik was born.

“Scrooge has to play the whole range,” the actor reflected. “Greed, unhappiness – then he has to be so joyous and giving. And that happens as the play progresses – it’s a great challenge.”

It seems there are many, many scripts based on “A Christmas Carol.” But the lines in this one, written by Mike Henrici, with contributions from Danielle, are the words Dickens used in the novel, an added attraction for Koutnik.

Otsego County’s Scrooge was raised on Long Island, and his interest in acting dates back to attending elementary school plays in Wantagh.

As a high school freshman, he was cast as a crowd member. The next year, he was Frederick, one of the Trapp children in “Sound of Music.” “That opened my eyes to what this all should be,” he said. “I just never stopped.”

After college, he joined ONC BOCES’ special-ed faculty, and after 14 years moved to the Oneonta City School District, but he continued to direct and perform. On the Oneonta theater scene, he was Arthur in “Camelot,” the baker in “Into the Woods,” and – his favorite role – Juror #8 in “Twelve Angry Men,” the role played by Henry Fonda in the movie.

In the special-ed field, he met wife Abbey, who is also an artist and performing clown. They have two sons, Randall, writing code in San Francisco, and Whitsun, at home.

Koutnik was recently elected to a second term on the county board. But his second term as Scrooge will be his last, as least for a while. “It’s a great thrill,” he said, but added, “I don’t want to play a lifelong Scrooge.” (The Henricis have recruited Dr. Don Raddatz to step in next year.)

Still, Scrooge is a hard role to let go. You can almost hear Koutnik shiver as he depicts Scrooge asking the black-shrouded Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come: “Show me someone who feels tenderness regarding a death.”

The Ghost shows him the mourning Cratchits.

“I’ve asked you to show me tenderness,” our Scrooge declares. “And you have.” A pause. “Take me away.”

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