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CenterStage Theatre

RISE, A New Musical
By Joshua Daniel Hershfield
July 9–17, 2022
JCC Hart Theater
Past and present collide in this world premiere inspired by true stories of young women resistance fighters during the Nazi regime. A modern rock score highlights the ultimate acts of resistance with the ultimate music of rebellion. Winner of the Bela Zarhi Prize from the Ghetto Fighters’ House in Israel. 
Gilbert and Sullivan’s
The Pirates of Penzance
August 11–14, 2022
Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the JCC
Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved musical comedy about a roguish Pirate King, his adventurous young charge, a bevy of clever maidens and a “Modern Major General” is as wildly entertaining as when it premiered in 1879. A reimagined Tony Award-Winning Broadway Revival in 1981 and subsequent film prove the enduring appeal G&S’s most popular musical.

Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage

Concerts, Theatre, and more!
The JCC of Greater Rochester’s very own outdoor venue, the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage, is back!
This summer, experience an amazing lineup of concerts featuring local tribute bands, Grammy Award-winner Jon Cleary, the return of Music of Cream and Livingston Taylor, and more!

Special Events

Church & State
Monday, July 11, 2022 at 7pm
A fundraising benefit for the Buffalo 5-14 Survivors Fund

In 2016, JCC CenterStage presented the World Premiere of Jason Odell William’s play Church & State a comedy-drama which explores the political gridlock that prevents common sense gun laws in America. Church & State made its NYC debut at New World Stages and received an Off-Broadway Alliance Nomination for Best New Play. Church & State was subsequently licensed by Dramatist Play Services and with over 68 productions in 34 states and Canada.
Free Admission – Donations appreciated.

The Calamari Sisters – On Broadway!
Saturday, July 23
Two shows:
4:30pm (Buffet opens at 4pm)
8pm (Buffet opens at 7:30pm)

Well, you got trouble, paisans!  With a capital “T” and that rhymes with “C” and that stands for “Calamari”! THE CALAMARI SISTERS: ON BROADWAY will take you on a tour de force of the last 80 years of musicals with showtunes featured in everything from Kiss Me Kate to Les Miz to Hamilton!

Delphine & Carmela will be up to their usual antics as they sing and dance their way down Broadway while you enjoy a delicious Summer Chicken BBQ Buffet by The Hideaway! Games, prizes, and a chorus line of laughter await you!

CenterStage 2022–23 Subscription Series

Subscription packages available now for our 46th Season! Click below for details and to subscribe today!

Covid-19 Policy

Hart Theater (Indoors)
All patrons welcome regardless of vaccination status.
Masks encouraged, and may be required depending on Covid conditions at the time of the event.

Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage (Outdoors)

All patrons welcome regardless of vaccination status. Masks not required.

Requirements may vary when hosted by an outside organization.
Please check the event details.

Support the Arts

It’s no secret that the arts were severely impacted by the pandemic. Even in normal years, ticket sales only cover around half of our total expenses. It’s our subscribers, sponsors, and donors that make it possible for us to present the high quality programming you have come to expect from CenterStage.
Gifts of $1,000 or more receive two subscription packages for all five season shows. Please contact us about show sponsorships and other underwriting opportunities. All donors over $100 receive listings in all season playbills and access to the Lipson Lounge for season performances. 

Actor: $100+
Friend: $250+
Patron: $500+
Supporter: $1,000+
Bronze: $2,500+
Silver: $5,000+
Gold: $10,000+

E-mail centerstage@jccrochester.org with any questions, or click below to give today!

Crafted from the actual testimonies of Rochester-based Holocaust Survivors, CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester commissioned this new play to put a human face on this important time in history. A cautionary tale on the risks of normalized hate, this inspirational and uplifting play ensures that the voices of our Survivors will never be silenced.

2021–22 CenterStage Season Sponsors:

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2021 can be obtained by emailing andreaharrington@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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