Baldwinsville It runs in the family. Baldwinsville residents Harlow Kissselstein and daughter, Kate, will appear in the musical “Man of La Mancha” opening at Salt City Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 14 at the New Times Theatre in the State Fair Grounds. Harlow’s other daughter, Lisa, also a singer and actress, was the original Belle in Pat Lotito's first production of “A Dickens of a Christmas.”
Kate got her start in Salt City's production of “Phantom.” She has spent the last 12 years in Boston where favorite shows included “Singin’ in the Rain” (Mrs. Simpson), “Beauty and the Beast,” “I Remember Mama” (Trina Halvorsen) and “Secret Garden” (Claire/Mrs. Shelley). This is her first time on stage with her dad.
In “Man of La Mancha,” Harlow is cast as a guard and the understudy for the Captain of the Inquisition. Other credits include “Into the Woods” (Cinderella's father), “The Wedding Singer” (Uncle Al), “Forum” (Erronius), “1776” (George Reed), “Footloose” (Officer Jim), “Hello Dolly” (Judge) just to name a few.
Both father and daughter have credits working back stage. Harlow was part of the TANYS award winning costume team for Appleseed's “1776” and has done set design, set pieces and stage managing for Salt City Center. Kate has worked as an assistant costume designer and props assistant.
Lisa, an instructor in music theatre at SUNY Oswego, also teaches voice privately.
Harlow, Kate, Lisa and wife, Bonnie, recently moved to 13 E. Oneida into a house dated 1838 or older, which Harlow is busy restoring when he's not at rehearsal or onstage.
“Man of La Mancha” stars Bob Brown (who also directs), Cathleen O'Brien and Bill Ali. Music director is Fred Willard. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22 and $20; call the box office at 479-7469 for reservations.