The CIA and Half Moon Theatre Announce a New Partnership Designed to Combine the Performing Arts and the Culinary Arts Under One Roof in the College’s New Marriott Pavilion
Program to Bring Equity Actors from New York City to the Hudson Valley for Exclusive Engagements in the New 800-Seat Ecolab Auditorium
Managing Director, Half Moon Theatre
Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America and Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley’s leading year-round professional
theatre company, are excited to announce a partnership that will bring New
York-style theatrical performances to the Hyde
Park campus of the world’s premier culinary college. The CIA’s new
800-seat, state-of-the-art Ecolab Auditorium in the Marriott Pavilion makes it possible for visitors
to enjoy a meal in either the The Bocuse Restaurant, American Bounty, or Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici prior to experiencing one of Half
Moon Theatre’s productions.
The CIA will offer a special pre-show, three-course, prix
fixe menu prior to each performance, for $39 per person. As many of the
productions will feature food themes, the CIA’s chefs will create unique menus for specific
performances, giving diners an enhanced overall experience.
Now entering its eighth season, Half Moon Theatre (HMT) is a
Hudson Valley-based company of local actors, directors, playwrights, designers,
and producers, who have also worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, and
at regional theaters around the country. HMT has produced world premiere plays,
Broadway hits, an original children’s opera, and an annual 10 Minute Play
Half Moon Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with an
esteemed institution like The Culinary Institute of America to combine the arts
of gastronomy and theatre into a unique cultural experience. Molly Katz, executive
director of HMT says, “We are honored to be invited by Dr. Tim Ryan to fill the
beautiful Marriott Pavilion with music, theater, and top-notch entertainment.
We will be providing dynamic, accessible programming—suitable for all
ages—which we hope will enrich campus life at the CIA as well as enhance a
popular attraction for local residents and visitors to the Hudson Valley.”
Ms. Katz continues, “Nowhere else could we find a
magnificent venue that provides an exceptional culinary experience coupled,
Broadway-caliber talent, and a spectacular view of the Hudson River. We are
excited about the myriad of creative possibilities that this collaboration will
Half Moon Theatre’s season at the CIA will kick-off with the
Inaugural Benefit Gala on October 25, 2014. The Gala features Tony
Award-winning actress Cady Huffman, who will perform her show And She Can Cook Too!, which debuted at Broadway cabaret hotspot 54 Below in New York City. Cady is
best known for originating the role of Ulla in The Producers opposite Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. She was
also a judge on Iron Chef America for
10 years. Cady’s duel passions for food and theater make her the ideal guest
performer to headline Half Moon Theatre’s new partnership with The Culinary
Institute of America.
Half Moon Theatre will continue the season in The Marriott
Pavilion with the following exciting productions:
The World Goes Round, a musical revue of Kander and Ebb’s greatest Broadway hits. It’s A Wonderful Life, the 1946 live
radio play that is a holiday show perfect for the entire family. Fully Committed, a hilarious one man comedy
about the “behind the scenes” drama at Manhattan’s top restaurant.
Tickets are $35–$45 and are available at www.halfmoontheatre.org or by calling
To make reservations for lunch or dinner at The Culinary
Institute of America please visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com or call 845-471-6608.
Additional information about the shows:
The World Goes Round is a stunning revue of the
music of Tony Award-winning songwriters Kander and Ebb. From Cabaret to
Chicago, the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including
“All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and “New York, New York,” seamlessly
interwoven into an up-tempo evening of musical theatre. November 1–16, 2014.
It’s a Wonderful
Life: The 1946 radio play adapted by Anthony Palermo. Family members ages
eight to 80 will love this timeless tale of love and redemption. With six
actors playing 25 roles, the production features a live sound-effects person
encouraging audience participation by kids and adults alike. Reserve a table at
one of the CIA’s extraordinary restaurants, and you have the perfect family
holiday tradition, right here in the spectacular Hudson Valley! December 5–20, 2014.
Committed by Becky Mode. This devastatingly funny comedy follows a
day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work
actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's top restaurant. This
hilarious show features one versatile actor who plays 40 wildly diverse
characters including the maître ’d, the chef—and a variety of scheming
socialites and celebrities—who all want a table at the number-one restaurant in town.
January 16–25, 2015.
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image
Denise Summerford, Molly Renfroe Katz, and Lisa Sabin rehearse for Half Moon
Theatre's upcoming production The World
Goes Round, a musical revue of Kander and Ebb's greatest hits, at the CIA's
Marriott Pavilion in Hyde Park, NY. (Photo
credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent,
not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in
culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, applied food studies, and culinary
science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage
studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought
leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world
cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network
of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy
Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also
offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting
services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry.
The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.
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