Stars of stage and screen come to Great Camp Sagamore

RAQUETTE LAKE - Great Camp Sagamore will be host to several well known public figures from Friday, Aug. 21 to Saturday Aug 22.

Steve Hayes, actor and comedian will join with folk pop musician Catie Curtis to bring a taste of nationally-renowned and award-winning talent to the local arena.

Hayes will perform his one-man, knock down, laugh-out -loud comedy entitled Hollywood Reunion at 8 pm on Friday. The performance is a hilarious investigation of a man's obsession with the classic screen divas and sirens of the 1940s and '50s. "The belly laughs alone are worth the price of admission," says NYTheatre.com.

Steve Hayes won Outstanding Actor at the International New York Fringe Theatre Festival in 2006 and is most well-known for his role in Trick with Tori Spelling and Christian Campbell, which was nominated for Best Picture at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

As a comedian, Steve is a nine-time nominee and three time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs MAC Award for Outstanding Comedian and Characterization. He is also the recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award for Comedy Performer of the Year.

He is a six time recipient of the ASCAP Popular Music Award and most recently he was seen playing the role of "God" in the hysterical Off-Broadway hit The Big Gay Musical (2009). Recently he has taught comedy at The Cabaret Convention at Yale University and served as a professor of theatre arts at Cazenovia College. He currently resides in New York City.

The lawn at Great Camp Sagamore will come alive on Saturday at 7 pm with Curtis' musical styling. With her intoxicating brand of folk pop music, smart and enduring lyrics and engaging personality, Curtis has created a dedicated following that has grown steadily over the course of her 15-year career.

With 9 albums, the latest called Sweet Life and recognition that includes a 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has proven that she's the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force.

There's never been anything remotely jaded about Catie Curtis. From the first time she picked up a guitar -- an instrument given to her gratis by a neighbor who asked only that she promise to learn to play it -- the native of rural southern Maine has used music as a sort of sonic superglue to bring people together.

The option to stay at Great Camp Sagamore, the historic vacation estate of the Vanderbilt family for this entire arts and music weekend is available. Visit adirondackarts.org or call 518.352.7715 for information on this and other events of the weekend.

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