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Peter D. Kramer
Capra Film Series Continues at the Schoolhouse Theater
Next Installment is “Meet John Doe”
CROTON FALLS. NY – The Schoolhouse will screen three more films as part of a four-part series of films directed by Frank Capra. “Meet John Doe” (1941), is next on deck on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m.

After “Meet John Doe,” will be: “You Can’t Take it With You” (1938), on March 10; and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), on May 12. Longtime Journal News entertainment reporter and editor, Peter D. Kramer, will moderate the series. He'll introduce each film and lead a post-screening discussion that is sure to entertain. Filmgoers who saw “It Happened One Night,” which opened the series, were treated to donuts and coffee – in the film Clark Gable’s character teaches Claudette Colbert’s character how to dunk a donut! 

“Peter made the whole thing feel homey. His commentary was interesting and gossipy – the fun kind. It felt like you were getting the inside scoop,” raved Schoolhouse manager, Bridget Thorne.
“Meet John Doe,” is Barbara Stanwyck and ‘The Coop’ Gary Cooper, at their irresistible best. A reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) writes a fictitious column about someone named "John Doe," who is distraught at America's neglect of the little people and plans to kill himself. The newspaper then hires a ballplayer-turned-hobo (Gary Cooper) to pose as John Doe. In a series of radio addresses written by a publisher with a populist bent, Doe captures the public's imagination. When he finally realizes he has been used, Doe comes to his senses and becomes the man he never knew he could be.
Frank Capra was born in Italy and settled in Los Angeles with his family when he was five years-old. He didn't mind that his hopelessly sentimental films were written off by critics as "Capra-corn.”  “As a filmmaker, Frank Capra brought an immigrant’s perspective to The American Dream,” said Kramer, a lifelong fan of the three-time Oscar winner - a dream that resonates still, today.  Kramer is looking forward to the next group of “Capraphiles.”  What treat might they be in for?  Come and find out.

Individual tickets are $10. Walk-ins are welcome. To purchase tickets, go to or call 914-277-8477.   
The Schoolhouse is located at 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, NY, just off exit 8 on I-684, and can be “Liked” on Facebook. 

Byram Grad to Step on Stage with Special Needs Kids

April 1, 2015
Gus Jacobson, a graduate of the class of 2008, is a talented and familiar face from the Byram Hills Stage. In his next act, Jacobson will perform in the Yellow Finch Project's “BOOKMARKS: Step into Spectacular Story Adventures.”

The show is a multi-sensory theatrical performance for children with special needs, especially autism. The two performances, on Saturday April 11 at 10:00 a.m. and noon, will be a unique theatrical adventure for participants, family and friends.

Pre-show questionnaires will ensure an enjoyable experience for every child. Materials will be available from the website to prepare children for the theatrical adventure.

The audience size will be limited so that there is a secure and engaging experience for the children and their families. A parent or caregiver must accompany the child.

Tickets are $20 (parent/caregiver and child). For additional parent or guests, the cost is $10 each. Reservations are required. No walk-ins, please.

The Yellow Finch Project was created to enhance the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social-communication issues through dramatic arts. Their mission is to provide opportunities to use imagination and explore emotions with a fun, and supportive group. This unique program will open doors for children to celebrate their creativity and cultivate new connections to the community.

The Yellow Finch Project is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. More information about the programs and upcoming events can be found on the website:

Two performances only: Saturday April 11 at 10:00 a.m. and 12 p.m.
For reservations call: (914) 432-2697 or email

The Schoolhouse Theater is located at 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, NY.