HOLLOWVILLE: An American Ghost Story

Just in time for Halloween, the Creative Place presents Hollowville: An American Ghost Story!

Thurs. Oct. 27 - Sat. Oct. 29 at 7:30pm  & Sun. Oct. 30 at 2pm
Tickets: $25 adult/$15 student (w/ valid student ID)
All performances at the Riggi Theater in the National Museum of Dance.
tickets available at: hollowville.bpt.me
telephone reservations: 518-584-7780

Somewhere in the middle of the Hudson Valley, theres a hamlet called Hollowville. At the center of Hollowville is a dusty and forgotten hotel where the residents speak of bygone eras as they wait for the mysterious Big Thunder Day. Part séance and part ghost story, Hollowville is an atmospheric hymn to America that touches on images as diverse as Rip Van Winkle and the atom bomb. Join for this original supernatural tale of loss and redemption.



ENCORE! The Reunion is coming this September 23-25!

ENCORE! The Reunion

featuring Gary Aldrich, Betsy Riley and Michael Clement

Directed by Dick Feldman

After an absence of nearly 30 years from local stages, The Creative Place International reunites Gary Aldrich and Betsy Riley for a celebration of American pop and musical theatre tunes!

fri. sept 23 & sat. sept 24 at 7:30pm & sun. sept 25 at 2pm

tickets: $25 adult / $15 student (w/ valid student ID)
tickets available online at: http://bpt.me/2587034

Telephone reservations: 518-584-7780





by Dr. Selma Nemer & Gabrielle Nemer
Adapted & Directed by Mary Jane Hansen

July 21*, 22 & 23 at 7:30pm & July 24th at 2pm
Tickets: $25 adult / $10 child
*Special performance to benefit the Mother Susan Anderson Emergency Shelter
All performances at The Riggi Theater in The National Museum of Dance

Two teenaged girlfriends discover a mysterious book that teaches them the ways of good and evil and how one may overcome the other. A struggle of the forces of dark and light brings them to a new understanding of life, love, & the infinite capacity of the human spirit. A spectacular adventure of dazzling light and magical sounds sure to enchant audiences young and old.

Based on the book by Saratoga's Dr. Selma Nemer and her granddaughter Gabrielle, this stage production of Guardians of the Treasure is being presented by Saratoga theatre company The Creative Place International (CPI) with the National Museum of Dance.

A short pre-performance author talk and book signing with Selma and Gabrielle Nemer, authors of the book "Guardians of the Treasure" will be presented by Northshire Books on Sunday, July 24th at 12pm in the Riggi Theater lobby prior to Sunday's performance.

Tickets available by logging on to: www.guardiansofthetreasure.bpt.me

Telephone reservations: 518-584-7780




The Creative Place International & The National Museum of Dance present
CRAZY SWEDES live in concert with special guest AMPEVENE
Start your Jazz Fest weekend early with a dose of the capital district's best fusion music under the stars at Saratoga's National Museum of Dance. A special benefit concert for The Creative Place International.

Friday, June 24th at 8pm
National Museum of Dance
99 South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Tickets: $10 advance / $14 at the door




Presenting our new season of Professional Theatre at The National Museum of Dance


Crazy Swedes live in concert w/ special guest Ampevene - (Fri. June 24th at 8pm) Start your Jazz Fest weekend early with a dose of the capital district's best fusion music under the stars at Saratoga's National Museum of Dance. A special benefit concert for The Creative Place International.

Guardians of the Treasure - (July 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm / July 24th at 2pm)   A story of two young girls who discover a mysterious book that takes them on a magical journey. Adapted from the book written by Saratoga's Dr. Selma Nemer and her grand daughter Gabrielle, this production will enchant audiences young and old. 

Encore: The Reunion - (Sept. 23rd & 24th at 7:30pm / Sept. 25th at 2pm)   Gary O. Aldrich and Betsy Riley return in this cabaret-style extravaganza directed by Dick Feldman. 

Hollowville: An American Ghost Story - (Oct. 28th & 29th at 7:30pm / Oct. 30th at 2pm)   Just in time for Halloween, join us as we uncover the ghosts of the past in this supernatural play by Mary Jane Hansen.  

Master Class - (Nov. 18th & 19th at 7:30pm / Nov. 20th at 2pm)   Opera diva Maria Callas is back by popular demand in Terrence McNally's acclaimed play!

The Naughty List - A FREE Holiday Play Reading - (Dec. 16th at 7:30pm)   'Tis the season to get even! A free holiday play reading of The Naughty List written by Thom Cammer.



POP SHAKESPEARE - Free Playreading Double Feature

William Shakespeare's Star Wars - Fri. April 1st at 7:30pm

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - Fri. April 15th at 7:30pm at NMD / Sun. April 17th at 6:30pm at Putnam Den

Join The Creative Place International as they present POP Shakespeare - a free play reading double feature. Don't miss this Shakespearian/Pop Culture mash-up!  A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...William Shakespeare's Star Wars on April 1st at 7:30pm! Followed by Two Gentlemen of Lebowski (based on the Coen Brothers cult classic film) on April 15th at 7:30pm and a special reprise of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski at Putnam Den in downtown Saratoga on Sunday, April 17th at 6:30pm! Limited seating, so arrive early!





by Eve Ensler

The National Museum of Dance and The Creative Place International present The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.  A unique, funny and moving theatre event in celebration of International Women's Day. Don't miss this tour de force performance by acclaimed actress Mary Jane Hansen, back by popular demand. Performances: Friday, March 4th at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 5th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Call the Dance Museum to reserve your ticket now at (518) 584-2225 x3001 


by Terrence McNally

The opera diva Maria Callas, a glamorous, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue is holding a voice master class at the Julliard School. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. The NY Times called, MASTER CLASS “an unembarrassed, involving meditation on Callas' life and the nature of her art. Such subjects are not easily dramatized, certainly not with this brio." Don’t miss this exciting night of drama at the Riggi Theater.

Performances: Thursday, Nov. 19th, Friday, Nov. 20th & Saturday, Nov. 21st at 7:30pm and Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 2pm


Available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2433023

or call The Creative Place International at: 518-584-7780


FREE Halloween play reading event! One night only! Join us Friday, October 30th at 7pm in the Riggi Theater! The Creative Place International & The National Museum of Dance present

by Mary Jane Hansen
based on the classic Washington Irving story
A headless skeleton is unearthed in Sleepy Hollow reopening an old mystery and a few unsettled grievances.  But trespassing into forbidden territory is likely to reawaken something far more menacing, and perhaps inhuman.  Attorney and former Vice President Aaron Burr enlists the help of a burgeoning man-of-letters, none other than Washington Irving, to bring order to the village and offer an explanation for some rather curious phenomena. Set in early 19th century New York, A Legend of Sleepy Hollow celebrates the rich history of the time and offers a fictional genesis and a look at the inspirational forces behind one of America’s most celebrated and original tales.





A Tribute to Astrid Lindgren & Pippi Longstocking

Join us for this fun-filled theatrical experience for kids of all ages! One particularly miserable day, a young woman befriends a talking duck on a trip to the park. Together they find a mysterious letter which leads them on a fantastic adventure around the world in search of the elusive white elephant. Along the way they encounter various characters from Astrid Lindgren’s most beloved stories. Audience members will delight in this magical journey through some of the finest children’s literature. Letters From A Window In The Sky is currently available to travel to your school. For more information call 518 584-7780. 



The Creative Place International presents OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY by Jerry Sterner, a cautionary tale on capitalism from the 80's, the play follows the drama of a hostile takeover which poses the question, "Are corporate raiders creatures of greed and avarice or just realists?" Join us for an evening of thought provoking theatre at the Riggi Theater starting August 13th! Tickets are available online or via phone at 518 584-7780. See below for more info.

Get your tickets for OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY. Available now at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1668207 or call 518-584-7780 to reserve your seats. Performances of will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 13 - 15 at 7:30pm & Sunday, August 16 at 2 pm in the Riggi Theatre at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. LIMITED SEATING. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or can be reserved at 518 584-7780 or online. Proceeds from the 2 pm Sunday, August 16th performance will benefit The Yaddo Garden Association. Tickets are $35 for this special performance and are also available online.





Attention aspiring actors & actresses! The National Museum of Dance (SOA) is pleased to continue our collaboration with The Creative Place International (CPI), a Saratoga-based non-profit theater arts organization. This exciting upcoming theater arts program will include two workshops this October, 2015:

  • Acting for Adults will be held every Monday from 7pm to 9pm for ten weeks from October 5 through December 7
  • Provides an intellectual, emotional and physical approach to creating a character through script analysis and fundamentals of acting. The focus will be on preparation of a monologue and scene study work.
  • Creative Dramatics will be held every Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm for ten weeks from October 6 through December 8 
  • Interactive drama guiding children through improvisation and role playing. Designed to teach acting skills and encourage self-confidence.
  • The tuition cost for each session is $250. Miminum enrollment: 10 All classes are held in the Southeast Gallery.
  • For more information about any of the SOA/CPI Theatre Workshops and other classes at the SOA, please email school@dancemuseum.org or call 518-584-2225 ext. 3008.



Due to popular demand The Creative Place International and the National Museum of Dance School of Arts brought back Pinocchio for a limited engagement in December. Our special live stage version of the beloved tale follows Pinocchio on the fantastic journey that takes him from puppet to boy. Capturing the lively spirit of the classic Carlo Collodi story with authentic Italian flair and music, this new Pinocchio was featured on the front page of the Saratogian newspaper. Read the story here:





CPI presents workshops for young playwrights and performers at the Museum of Dance.  Master teachers for previous sessions included Broadway director and choreographer Patricia Birch and Tony Award winner Ron Holgate. 

Some comments by previous students on their experience:

“I liked working on a monologue and specific scenes—it was nice to channel our skills into specific presentations…” 

“…when Pat Birch came in and we did the bus improvisation…”

“I liked making our own characters…and the master classes…”

“I liked writing the stories and then writing lines for the scenes…” 

“I liked meeting new people and it was interesting to see what different things they brought to the workshop…”

“I learned a lot and it was sooo much fun!” 

“I really like meeting the master teachers and having them talk with us…”

“I liked everything!”



THE CREATIVE PLACE INTERNATIONAL, INC.  P.O. Box 99 Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

For more information call: 518 584-7780