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Sunday Rock Legacy Project revolves around one-room schoolhouses this summer

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COLTON - The Sunday Rock Legacy Project brings together the Colton Historical Society, Colton-Pierrepont Central School and Grasse River Players to pursue projects of historical, educational and theatrical interest.

The theme this year, revolving around one-room schoolhouses, is Abracadabra - Schoolhouse Magic.

An original musical revue, School Day. will be presented at 7 p.m. June 20 by the Grasse River Players (GRP). This will officially open the Colton Museum’s exhibition “One Room Schoolhouses.” Interspersed among songs like “Take the A Train,” “B-I-N-G-O” and “Y-M-C-A” will be excerpts from oral histories of people who attended one-room schoolhouses in the Colton-Pierrepont School District.

The Sunday Rock Legacy Project will present the Tony award winning musical, “25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” under the direction of Kimberly Busch, vocal music teacher at Canton Central School, during Colton Days in mid-July.

Open community auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School. All ages of community thespian singers are invited to audition. Six kookie students all compete in the Bee run by three quirky adults. The unusual aspect of the show is that four audience members are invited to join the cast on stage and compete in the Bee. Some of the songs are “The I Love You Song,” “I’m Not That Smart,” and “Magic Foot Playoff.”

Annually the expenses for all aspects of the collaboration total about $20,000 with the stage production in July being the most costly. This year the project, in part, is made possible with a $5,000 grant from the Decentralization Program administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The three organizations are now ramping up their efforts to raise the additional $15,000. Diverse fund raising activities are planned, including a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The Pratt Falls Library Mystery by Art Johnson will be performed May 13 as a GRP dinner theatre at Mike’s South of the Rock Inn in the hamlet of South Colton.

“Who dun it?” That will be the question guests will ponder as they slurp their soup. Dinner and show cost $30 with part of the proceeds supporting The Sunday Rock Legacy Project. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant (315-262-2178).

Businesses, organizations, families and individuals also can contribute in other ways—remembrance gifts for $50; ads of various sizes costing $100-400 for the Show Program & Historical Guide; and major sponsorships for $500 resulting in a full-page ad in the Program/Guide plus additional recognition leading up to and during the stage production in July. Contributions are made to the Colton Historical Society.

Anyone interested in learning more about options for contributing can call Ruth McWilliams (315-262-2450) or Scott Muller (315-244-9956). Additional information about the School Days Revue and the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is available from Elaine Kuracina (315- 265-0864) and on the GRP website (www.grasseriverplayers.com).

Updates on the entire project are posted on The Sunday Rock Legacy Project page on Facebook.

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