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In Memoriam Sammy Dallas Bayes, 82 July 9, 1939 – May 12, 2022

In Memoriam

Sammy Dallas Bayes, 82

July 9, 1939 – May 12, 2022

Sammy Dallas Bayes

COOPERSTOWN – Sammy Dallas Bayes, a Tony Award nominee whose career as a director, choreographer and writer in musical theater, television and movies passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, May 12, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 82.

Born July 9, 1939, in Wasco, California, Sammy was the son of Sam Tony Bayes and Zana Marie Frost Bayes. Raised in Pueblo, Colorado, he attended Centennial High School where he was part of his first ever musical, playing Tommy Albright in “Brigadoon.” After graduating in 1957 he attended college locally, and then from 1958 to 1964, Sammy proudly served his country in the United States Army both as active duty and the reserves.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Sunday Theatrical Productions 03-20-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MARCH 20

Sunday Theatrical Productions

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SENIOR PLAY – 2 p.m. CCS Junior Senior class presents ‘Puffs’ about 7 increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic. Cost, $5 at the door. Cooperstown Central School. 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org/article/682833?org=cooperstown-csd

THEATER – 3 p.m. The 2022 NEXT! Staged Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights series continues with ‘Fall: The Tragedy of the Faerie Queen and Her Councillors’ by Joseph Scott, in which a premature autumn and unnatural twilight paralyze the enchanted forest and, as the denizens search for a solution, they realize the problems are as much from within as from without. Streaming free on Facebook. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.facebook.com/GlimmerGlobeTheatre/

THEATER – 3 p.m. Orhpeus Theater presents production of ‘Newsies Jr.’ Set in turn of the century NYC the play follows the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly and his teenage gang ‘newsies’ as they fight big publishing, stand up for what’s right, and ‘seize the day.’ Cost, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta Concert Series returns with  The Lysander Piano Trio 03-18-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 18

Oneonta Concert Association returns
with The Lysander Piano Trio

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CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta Concert Association presents a performance of the Lysander Piano Trio who won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and has been praised for “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas, and a wide palette of colours.” Tickets, $25/person. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit oneontaconcertassociation.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Benefit Run/Walk 07-18-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 18

Benefit Run/Walk

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SUNDAE RUN/WALK – 8 a.m. Support local community center and get outside for 5k, 10k run, or a 2 mile walk followed by opportunity to make your own ice cream sundae, 50/50 raffle, more. Cost, $25/person. Register the day of from 7 – 8 a.m. Richfield Springs Veterans Club, 13 Lake St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-3200 or visit runsignup.com/Race/NY/RichfieldSprings/RSCCRunWalk

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta Tenor Competes in Boston Early Music Festival 06-20-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 20

Oneonta Tenor Competes
in Boston Early Music Festival

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VIRTUAL CONCERT – 4 p.m. Tune in for virtual performance of sacred songs from 1574 to 1655 performed by Oneonta Tenor Fred Chrislip, accompanying himself on the Lute. Performance for the Boston Early Music Festival which promotes historical musical performance. Visit BEMF Fringe Concerts channel on Youtube to view.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta Tenor Competes in Boston Music Festival 06-20-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 20

Oneonta Tenor Competes
in Boston Early Music Festival

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VIRTUAL CONCERT – 4 p.m. Tune in for virtual performance of sacred songs from 1574 to 1655 performed by Oneonta Tenor Fred Chrislip, accompanying himself on the Lute. Performance for the Boston Early Music Festival which promotes historical musical performance. Visit BEMF Fringe Concerts channel on Youtube to view.

Curtain’s up again on live theater in the region

Curtain’s up again on
live theater in the region

By MICHAEL FORSTER ROTHBART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — It has been a dark time for theater in Otsego County.

In 2020, the Glimmerglass Festival and Fenimore Art Museum each canceled its summer performance seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Oneonta, Foothills Performing Arts Center went 14 months without a live show, according to Operations Manager Geoff Doyle.

High schools and both Oneonta colleges experimented with streaming virtual theater, performed live without an audience. Local troupes such as the Catskill Puppet Theater and Orpheus Theatre cancelled shows, while Stuff of Dreams Productions pre-recorded performances for later broadcast.

This summer, stage by stage, the lights are back on and theaters are reopening — albeit with some modifications for COVID safety. Theaters have been operating at 33% capacity, with mask requirements in place, but that will change going forward, with an easing of most pandemic requirements from the state.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

Celebrate The Life Of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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CELEBRATION – 2 – 4 p.m. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with NAACP featuring songs from the Civil Rights movement, speech from Gary Herzig, NY Attorney General Letitia James, the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, more. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/Oneonta-Area-NAACP-183152115619038/

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