Previewing Buffalo’s 31st Annual Curtain Up!

September 13th, 2012 at 6:57 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Buffalo offers its unique welcoming embrace to the live theatre season on Friday, September 14th, 2012, the 31st Annual Curtain Up!  Once again this year it is our pleasure here at News 4 to provide a preview of the theatre season.  You’ll see some of the plays, meet the actors, and even tour a new restaurant for the Theatre District.  Don Postles and I were joined by co-founder of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Vincent O’Neill, in this half-four production.  You’ll see it on Channel 23, WNLO, on Thursday, September 13th at 10:30 p.m.

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Don Postles, Vincent O’Neill and I were shooting some scenes for our Curtain Up! special after dark on Main Street in Buffalo. This is where the after-party will be on Friday night during the Curtain Up! celebration.

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Veteran actor Vincent O’Neill only had a quick look at his pages for our special before we recorded. He’s such a pro — he didn’t need any rehearsal time!

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This is the view through the front window of the Irish Classical Theatre Company as we prepare to shoot a scene in the lobby.

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Vincent O’Neill talks to Don Postles as Assistant News Director Pamm Lent works on scripts and timing in the background.

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Don and I are shooting these scenes in between the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news.

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Vincent O’Neill explains a scene from the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production of “Next to Normal” which stars soprano Jenn Stafford in the background.

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News 4 Videographer Boe Baker adjusts a microphone on soprano Jenn Stafford before she sings a selection from “Next to Normal.”

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News 4 Producer Shannon Ross looks like she’s ready to snuggle with her bunny, but that’s actually a prop for one of our scenes!

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Working on a special like Curtain Up! gives us a brief break from hard news — but I had to change my clothes and get back to the newsroom right after this.

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