Date: January 12-13, 2019
Time: TBA

FROM STAGE TO SCREEN: James & the Giant Peach

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.


Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 4pm

Artist reception

Saturday 1/12/19 at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm 9 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY. 

Date: December 17, 2018
Time: 7pm

Cocoon Theatre Presents: Trio Speak

Date: December 15, 2018
Time: TBA

Stage to Screen presents ANNIE Jr.

From Stage to Screen presents “ANNIE Jr.” 12/15 & 16.

Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 7pm

Star2B presents “ELF”

 Sat. 12/8 at 1 pm & 6 pm

12/9 at 1 pm

Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 & 5:30 pm

CreativesMX Panel Discussion

CreativesMX Panel Discussion 12:00 & 5:30 pm on Wednesday 11/28/18 at 12 Vassar St.

Date: November 17, 2018
Time: 6pm & 1pm

Seussical Jr. presented by Star2B

Sat. mat.11/17 is at 1 pm; Sat eve. at 6 pm and Sun.11/18 mat at 1 pm. 

Date: October 29, 2018
Time: 7pm

Cocoon Theatre’s Parlor Soiree

Cocoon Theatre’s Parlor Soiree series Monday 10/29 at 7 pm. Always a fun and delicious time!


Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 6pm

Spirit of Unity

This Saturday 10/20 at 6:00 pm the “Spirit of Unity” performs at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s VBI Theater 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie. They will be joined by other exceptional musicians in a concert well worth attending. $15 donation.


Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 7pm

The Thing in the Forest

Date: September 23, 2018
Time: 2pm

The Hudson Valley Folk Guild Presents

The Hudson Valley Folk Guild Presents

“Beyond a Simple Folk Song”

Sunday afternoon, Sept 23rd, at 2pm

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center 12 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tickets: $10 at the door & $8 in advance via this mailing only.

* Herstorians – Pat Lamanna and Sharleen Leahey are the Herstorians and will trace the history of the women’s suffrage movement through original and contemporary songs of struggle and triumph.

* Neil Okeson – will premiere Mdme. Olivia Toulon, an original song cycle about a fictional woman who lived in Paris in the early 1940’s. The character of Olivia is depicted as a chanteuse who endured Nazi occupation.

* Kevin Becker – has arranged songs written by four very creative women songwriters: Lori Cassels, Pat Lamanna, Jane March and Lu Anne Martucci.

* Helen Avakian – Helen’s program will include extraordinary instrumental arrangements as well as her own original material which will include some of her award-winning fingerstyle compositions and arrangements.

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TO RESERVE ADVANCE TICKETS AT $8 PER PERSON ($10 at the door), please fill out the following information & send your check made payable to Hudson Valley Folk Guild to: HVFG, P.O. Box F, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Date: September 15, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner

Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner
September 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents its annual Fall fundraiser- A Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner. A sumptuous dinner in the Grand Parlor is the scene for murder and the guests must figure out “Who dun it” before another falls victim. The mysterious guests behind masks find themselves in an intriguing suspense and if they can deduce the motive, then perhaps from the suspects, the killer will be revealed.

Prizes will be given for the best masks and for solving the mystery. Grand Prize is an overnight stay with breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Admission is limited. Tickets are $75 per person.

Avoid the processing fee by sending your check directly to CHAC 9 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Rossi’s Deli is partially catering with wine from Arlington Wine & Liquors and Southside Wine & Spirits.
Seating is limited, so please get your tickets today!

Thank you to our SPONSORS:
Rhinebeck Bank, Levine & Levine, William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank-a division of Salisbury Bank & Trust Company, Doris Adams, John & Sharon Gates, Mary Ann & Fred Lohrey, McCabe & Mack, Charles Porter Photography, Marshall & Sterling Specialty Risks



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Date: September 7, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

No Themers Art

Date: August 31 - Sept 2, 2018
Time: 7pm and 3pm

No theme performance festival

Date: August 27, 2018
Time: 7pm

Cocoon Theatre Presents Soiree in the Parlor


Date: August 5th - August 9th and August 12th - August 16th from 9 AM - 4PM (Early Drop Off is Available at 8 AM at $10/day) Some second week rehearsals will be from 12-8 @ Cunneen-Hackett.
Time: 9 AM - 4PM


Addams Family the Musical (young@part):

We are so excited to be offering our first ever Summer show camp! Get acting, voice, and dance lessons while rehearsing for a full-scale show with sets, lights, and costumes! 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Director/Acting Coach: Sally Kaplan, Music Director: Liz Toleno

Grades: Entering grades 7 – College for Fall 2019

Where: From Stage to Screen: 79 Vineyard Ave, Highland, NY 12528

When: August 5th – August 9th and August 12th – August 16th from 9 AM – 4PM (Early Drop Off is Available at 8 AM at $10/day) Some second week rehearsals will be from 12-8 @ Cunneen-Hackett.

Two Performances: August 17th @ Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

​Cost: $500 or Early Bird: $450 if non-refundable $100 deposit received by 1/15. (Because space is limited, a non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your spot in the camp.)

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Date: August 3, 2018
Time: 1pm & 7pm

Chicago: High School Edition

Date: July 30, 2018
Time: 7pm

Cocoon Theatre Soirees in the Parlor: Mamalama

Cocoon Theatre Soiree in the Parlor at Cunneen Hackett Arts Center presents Mamalama on July 30, at 7pm. Tickets $10 A listening experience that has been described as “like walking into a dream,” Mamalama seamlessly weaves together world music (Native American, Middle Eastern, Celtic), classical minimalism, early/sacred/renaissance, psychedelia, indie-chamber music, and vivid lyrical mysticism. Mamalama is an uncommon orchestration of harp and ethereal voice, hammered dulcimer, glockenspiel, melodica, tenor recorder, piano, tenor mandolin, quena, charango, panpipes, and choral voices. For information, contact Andres San Millan 845 663-6273

Date: July 13, 2018
Time: 8pm

The Big Band Sound: 25 Piece Jazz Orchestra

“Broadway’s Best, Big Band Style”: The Big Band Sound 25-piece jazz orchestra, including six vocalists and swing dance performers, present an evening of smash hits from Broadway, to benefit the Sparrow’s Nest local charity. Fri. 7/13 at 8 p.m., Sat. 7/14 at 8 p.m. and Sun. 7/15 at 2 p.m. Cunneen-Hackett Theater, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. General Admission: $20. Tickets:


The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie will be the venue for a swinging “Broadway’s Best, Big Band Style” show presented by The Big Band Sound 25-piece jazz orchestra to benefit the Sparrow’s Nest local charity. Performances are Friday, July 13th at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14th at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 15th at 2 p.m. General Admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased in advance at

“Broadway’s Best, Big Band Style” will feature The Big Band Sound 25-piece jazz orchestra, including six vocalists and swing dance performers, in a show spotlighting smash hits from Broadway. At the core of the Great American Songbook are timeless songs that originated on the Broadway stage or later made their way onto Broadway. In this show, songs will be performed from all of the greatest Broadway composers and lyricists, including Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Fats Waller, and Jerome Kern.  Plus, classic standards will be presented ranging from Broadway’s Golden Age, including “South Pacific”, “My Fair Lady”, and “West Side Story”, to more modern shows, including “Chicago”, “Cats”, and “Beauty and the Beast”.

What better way to enjoy a journey through Broadway favorites than in the most exciting setting of a live big band. Many of the selections to be presented in “Broadway’s Best, Big Band Style” were popularized by big bands and big band singers, including Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”, Frank Sinatra’s “Hello Dolly” with the Count Basie band, Ella Fitzgerald’s “Pick Yourself Up”, and Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing”, which has been featured in many Broadway dance shows. Also included will be the Andrew Sisters’ showstopper “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and the rousing anthem “Lullaby of Broadway”. 

The Big Band Sound 25-piece jazz orchestra has performed throughout the Hudson Valley for over 40 years and this “Broadway’s Best, Big Band Style” show will continue in the series of “Sinatra Sounds, Big Band Style”, “All-American, Big Band Style”, and “Hollywood, Big Band Style” shows they presented the past three summers to great acclaim. 

General Admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased in advance at Proceeds from this show will benefit the Sparrow’s Nest local charity. At last year’s show, $3000 was raised for the charity. Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley provides meals to the families of caregivers diagnosed with cancer. More information about Sparrow’s Nest can be found at

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie is at 12 Vassar Street and is a 501c3 not for profit Arts organization. Directions are available at For more information, visit, email or call 845-226-6072. 

Date: June 25, 2018
Time: 7pm

Cocoon Theatre Soiree in the Parlor


Cocoon Theatre Soiree in the Parlor

Presented the last Monday of every Month

Curated by local visual and performing artists,

with a focus on experimental forms and orginal works.

7 pm Monday June 25 2018 $10

845-452-7870, reservations encouraged

Post performance potluck dish customary

9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie

A non-profit organization