Performing Arts Series

Chuck and Al

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  • Chuck and Al

    written and performed by John Rengstorff 
    musically accompanied by Peter Clarke

    Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 8:00 pm 
     
    Cowell Chapel*
     
    John Rengstorff was raised and schooled in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1967 moved to New York City. He has lived there ever since, studying, performing, and writing within the rich fabric of the city’s theatre life. Although a New Yorker these many years, much of his heart remains in the Badger State. His Chuck and Al one-man show was created as a tribute to his father. “He was a man who spoke little of his past,” says John. “He died in 1973, long before I thought to inquire about his early life. With the knowledge of a couple of facts, I imagined the details of my father’s journey out west as a young man during the Depression years. Our history and heritage is vital to our growth and development, and to understanding ourselves and our relationship to the world. Filling in the blanks of my father’s life, even in this small way, contributes to my relationship with him long after we last sat together.”
     
    Peter Clarke, a graduate of Williams College and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, founded Creative School Solutions LLC in 2015 after 45 years of instructional and administrative leadership in both independent and public schools. He is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been performing his music in coffeehouses and clubs across the United States and Europe over the past 50 years. He is looking forward to playing again at Cushing Academy, where he taught for 10 years.
     
    *We regret that Cowell Chapel does not have wheelchair access.
      
    All performances in the Cushing Performing Arts Series are free to the public. Voluntary donations to support this Series and the performing arts at Cushing Academy are welcome and can be made in person at each event or online at www.cushing.org/give.

    To reserve your tickets, please e-mail reservations@cushing.org and include your name, contact information, and number of attendees. Please reserve early as some event venues have limited seating. Unclaimed  tickets will be released to the public 15 minutes prior to showtime.

    *We regret that Cowell Chapel does not have wheelchair access.
Our sincere gratitude to all who helped to make the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series at Cushing Academy a wonderful success. If you were unable to join us this year, you may browse the three professional events we offered earlier this academic year. 

We'll update this page as soon as we have more information on the 2017-2018 season! 

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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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