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Performing Arts

The 153-seat Taylor Theater is actually a converted carriage house, or more accurately, the stable which housed the carriage horses, and its original, rough-hewn beams and ceiling add a unique flavor to the experience. The Theater is located directly behind the Kenan House at 433 Locust Street. Regular and wheelchair access is from the north side of building. Ample parking is located behind the theater. The Theater and adjacent Meeting Room are both available for rental.


MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. See the Calendar for upcoming dates. Click here to visit their website.


Tidings of Comfort & Jazz with The Buffalo Jazztet,
December 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Buffalo Jazztet will perform a special evening of holiday-themed music at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, December 2, 2017. “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” is the fourth concert in the Kenan Center’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Series, featuring jazz players and recording artists who are well respected on a national level. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the Taylor Theater, a 153-seat converted carriage house on the Center’s campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert will feature two full sets of music. Refreshments will be available.

The Buffalo Jazztet, led by trumpeter Mark Filsinger, features Bobby Militello on alto saxophone, John Hasselback on trombone, pianist George Caldwell, bassist Jim Colemon, and John Bacon on drums. This marks the third concert appearance at the Taylor Theater for Filsinger, Militello and Bacon who performed to packed houses over the course of the 50th Anniversary Jazz Series.

“Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” will feature seasonal standards, classic Christmas carols and other holiday favorites. From the popular “Charlie Brown” compositions by Vince Guaraldi to Irving Berlin’s classic, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” to Bob Wells and Mel Torme’s romantic “A Christmas Song,” all of the music will showcase jazz arrangements created by the Jazztet.

Tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by calling 433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended. The 50th Anniversary Jazz Series is produced by Kathleen Rooney in collaboration with the Kenan Center.

December 8, 9 & 10 and 15, 16 & 17

Barbara Robinson’s classic tale The Best Christmas Pageant Ever comes to the Taylor Theater stage this December, directed by Peg Merrill, who directed the same play on the same stage nearly twenty years ago. In this hilarious Christmas story, Grace and Bob Bradley (Allyson Quader and Chris Sherman) struggle to produce their church Christmas pageant after the bossy grand dame of their congregation (Betsy Ross) breaks her leg just before rehearsals begin. The Bradley siblings Beth (Emma Flatau), who narrates the story, and her brother Charlie (Nico Radwanski) reluctantly get roped into the production, and find themselves and their church friends working with the Herdmans, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. It’s fun and mayhem when the Bradleys and the Herdmans collide to bring the Christmas story to the stage. Over a dozen children from Niagara and Erie counties, as well as some busybody “church ladies” and the pastor, round out the cast. This is a play for the whole family, one that comically and reverently celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. All take place in the Kenan Center Taylor Theater. Ample free parking is available onsite. Tickets are $14/$12 members; for children age 12 and under, $10/$8 members. Presented by The Carriage House Players in partnership with the Kenan Center.

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.