Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

The CSI Center for the Arts presents another fan favorite this season with Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny!

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both feature whimsical animal puppets, stunning scenic effects, and evocative music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3pm at the Center for the Arts (CFA) in the Williamson Theatre. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1p-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm; Saturday, noon to 3pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787), www.cfashows.com. In Goodnight Moon, a young rabbit goes through a bedtime ritual of saying goodnight to every object in sight and in his imagination, from the pictures on the walls to the brush and comb, to the moon and stars, to the old lady whispering “hush.” In The Runaway Bunny, a young bunny tells his mother he wants to run away. “If you run away,” says his mother, “I will run after you.” And so begins an imaginary game of chase. Whatever the little bunny declares he will change himself into—a fish, a rock, a bird, or a boat,—his mother replies that she, too, will change herself so that she can always keep her little bunny safe and protected. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Leo Lionni, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch, and Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love You. On tour since 2008, the acclaimed Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny continues to attract new and returning fans. To date close to 200,000 spectators throughout Canada and the US as well as in Hong Kong and Macau had applauded more than 375 performances.

The Center for the Arts presents… Michael Amante!

Michael Amante will perform at the CSI Center for the Arts.

Come and listen to Michael Amante, renowned classical singer, as he and his orchestra spend the evening performing Italian Songs, pop love standards, your classical favorites, and original songs! Amante will capture the soul of pure romance and melt the hearts of his audience.

This musical master has been hailed “the next Mario Lanza” by Tony Bennett and “the 4th tenor” by Regis Philbin.

Michael Amante and company’s performance will be on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm at the Center for the Arts (CFA) in the Springer Concert Hall. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1p-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm; Saturday, noon to 3pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787), www.cfashows.com.

Michael Amante is affectionately known as the “People’s Tenor.” He has been crowned the “Prince of High C’s” for his remarkable ability to hit and sustain one of the highest notes a tenor can. That in combination with romantic charm and emotionally charged singing, Michael has wowed audiences everywhere, including PBS Television for which he received an Emmy Nomination.

Once cognizant of his versatility as a vocalist who is equally at home and powerfully persuasive in classical opera, pop rock, gospel, Jazz and Broadway styles; it may be that listeners are responding less to technical virtuosity than to the near-palpable soul emerging from Michael’s every sung note. As Amante puts it, “Love must be a vital part of who we are and how we view life. It colors our world view, and it is the greatest of the gifts we receive and the most precious gift we can give those around us.”

Growing up as one of five children in an Italian-American family in Syracuse, NY, Michael Amante knew from early childhood that he wanted to be a singer. It was from his father that he would learn his love of classical composers as well as a strong sense of pride in his American heritage. His first performances ranged from the choirs at his church and Catholic school to local rock bands where his tenor voice helped him sing covers of Kansas, Foreigner, and Journey songs. After years of training, that diverse background still shows through in his light, clear voice which is suitable both for operatic roles and for the leads that he has played in shows like West Side Story, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more. His broad range helped earn him a job singing the national anthem for the Mets during their 2000 playoff season and also served him on his self-titled debut album, which was released by Medalist in the summer of 2001.