Bristol Valley Theater Returns to Indoor Performances


Bristol Valley Theater, the Finger Lakes’ award-winning live professional theater, is returning to indoor performances with its Donald and Skippy Raines Fall for the Arts series.

In compliance with guidance from the CDC and New York State, BVT will require proof of vaccination (vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or NY Excelsior pass) and masks for entry to all events.

“After a successful summer outdoors, we are so excited to welcome our audiences back into the theater!” says Bristol Valley Theater Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “We’ve just installed UV light filters throughout our HVAC systems which will kill viruses as air passes through them. Your safety is truly our top priority. And we can’t wait to see each of you this fall!”

The 2021 Fall for the Arts Series kicks off on September 18th at 7pm with a concert by Paulsen, Baker & Chaapel. This regional favorite folk band combines country, folk, rock n’ roll and bluegrass for an evening of “good time music.” Long time fans of the group take note: in addition to special guest Warren Paul, original band member John Garvey will join the band for a few numbers.

On October 8th and 9th, BVT will offer Mystery Radio Theater, three old fashioned mysteries from the Golden Age of Radio. This popular series featuring Ken Corey, Leah Corey, David Dial, Jim Ditmars, Katelyn Machnica, Morgan Montgomery and Mark Poppleton, with foley artist Rich Miller on the sound effects – will bring to life three new tales of terror and suspense.

Finally, in collaboration with the Naples Historical Society and the Naples Library, BVT will present a staged reading of The Hero by Gilbert Emery on October 24th at 2pm. Emery, born in Naples in 1875, made Naples history when this play opened on Broadway in 1921. Both the Historical Society and the Library will offer additional enrichment programs in October highlighting Emery’s life and career, including a showing of one of his many screen appearances. The reading will feature a cast of noteworthy locals, including Blanche Warner, Linda Starkweather, Patrick Elwell and Andrea Hotelling Leach.

General admission tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 585-374-6318.

In the event that any Fall for the Arts programs are canceled due to changes in state mandates for live, indoor performances, all ticket sales will be refunded. Bristol Valley Theater’s Fall for the Arts Series is named for Donald and Skippy Raines, long time supporters of BVT and the Naples community.

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