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NACL Theatre opens its 2014 season

In “Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace!” a dog tries to adapt after a hurricane impacts his life.
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June 11, 2014

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY—NACL Theatre kicks off its 14th season of new and innovative performances on Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. with “Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace!” a family show for all ages. Created by Superhero Clubhouse of New York City, this 55-minute play portrays a dog as he attempts to adapt after a hurricane that has washed him (and his house) out to sea. The story, created in collaboration with climate scientists from Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is inspired by Charles Shultz’s iconic beagle and by predictions of increasing extreme weather events due to climate change. This delightful, humorous and thought-provoking call to action is for families and children of all ages. Tickets cost $20, $5 for kids.

July performances

“Mr. Choade’s Perfect Storm,” presented by The Slipper Room (New York, NY)

Saturday, July 12, doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30

The Slipper Room, New York City’s Palace of Variety, returns to NACL after its sold-out show last year, for a weather-themed extravaganza, blowing through Highland Lake for one night only. Come prepared to be amazed, amused, titillated and highly entertained. Adults only; cost, $20

Puppetry workshop for families, with Ramona Jan

Sunday, July 13, 1 to 4 pm

In this free event, Ramona Jan will help children and their parents build marionette doves, which will be operated by the children who created them in August during The Weather Project Community Play.

August performances

The Weather Project Pageant

Saturday, August 9

The highlight of the NACL season, this free event begins at 5 p.m. with an animated exhibition of art, science, and sustainable local community projects and businesses, and follows at 6:30 p.m. with an extravaganza/show at the Yulan ballfield, Yulan, NY. The outdoor pageant play, about the weather and climate change, features 100 community participants including choirs, stilt walkers, dancers, musicians, actors, scientists, visual artists and residents from all walks of life. Bring a blanket, the whole family and your picnic supper. The play is being directed by NACL Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk in collaboration with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies climate scientist Elaine Matthews.

“Blood Wedding,” presented by Orange Theatre (Phoenix, AZ)

Saturday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.