Depot Theatre Play Reading Series concludes with THE GRADUATE on Aug 27

Depot TheatreWestport, N.Y. – The last in the Depot Theatre’s summer series, La Depot Dangereuse, will be a reading of THE GRADUATE on Wednesday August 27 at 8:00 p.m.

La Depot Dangereuse play reading series is a showcase of what’s HOT on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, and London’s West End. Read by local and NYC talent these works are for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting edge drama and comedy. (Material is NOT suitable for children!)

The reading will star Sam Balzac, Beth Glover, Jessica Kemp, George Davis, Fran Yardley, Burdette Parks, and Eunice Ferreira. Directed by Jonathan Hadley. All readings take place onstage at The Depot Theatre.

This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson. California in the 60s. Benjamin’s got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him..A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life.

Tickets are available online at www.depottheatre.org or at the Box Office. $10 Suggested Donation.

THE GRADUATE, adapted by Terry Jonson, Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.”  The Depot Theatre’s 2014 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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MUSICAL PETE ‘N’ KEELY CAPS DEPOT THEATRE’S 2014 SEASON

Limited engagement features only 8 performances!

Pete 'N' KeelyWestport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre 2014 season concludes with a limited engagement of PETE ‘N’ KEELY which runs from August 22-31.

In this upbeat musical, the Depot turns back the clock to 1968 and transforms itself into a NBC studio where America’s favorite singing duo Pete ‘n’ Keely reunites in this “live” television broadcast. Despite their recent acrimonious divorce these brave, talented kids are only coming back to please their fans. This musical from the director of When Pigs Fly and the producer of The Mystery of Irma Vep features unforgettable renditions of the era’s popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times. Tunes, hilarity, and sparks are guaranteed to fly!

The show is directed by Vermont native, and NYC-based actor/director Kathryn Markey (Regional: Fiddler on the Roof, Over the Pub, Deathtrap, South Pacific, Carousel) and stars Katy Blake (Broadway tour of Mamma Mia) and the Depot’s own interim producing director Jonathan Hadley (Broadway & International Tour of Jersey Boys). Joe Schermann returns to the Depot a second time this summer as the musical director, having just completed the smash-hit My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra last month. The final production of the Depot Theatre season is sponsored by Skidmore College.

Prior productions of PETE ‘N’ KEELY have received rave reviews including:

“Campy [with] nostalgic belly laughs.” – The New York Times

“A rattling good time.” – New York Magazine

“The brightest, happiest, and most entertaining little show in town.” – New York Observer

“A sequined, bell bottomed parade of escalating fabulousness!” – Newsday

ABOUT THE CAST

Jonathan Hadley and Katy Blake rehearse for Depot Theatre's "Pete 'N' Keely"

Jonathan Hadley and Katy Blake rehearse for Depot Theatre’s “Pete ‘N’ Keely”

KATY BLAKE has been singing and dancing since she was four years old when she debuted as “child #2” in The Elixir of Love – an opera in which her mother and father both performed with the Virginia Opera Society. She’s been hooked ever since. Most recently, Katy was seen at the Signature Theatre in the new musical, Sweetie, directed by the legendary Pat Birch. Last summer, she performed the role of Grizabella in CATS at Theatre by the Sea and at North Shore Music Theatre to rave reviews. She created the role of Jesse in the Off-Broadway NYMF production of Greenwood and originated the role of Pam in the pre-New York tryout of The Last Smoker In America. Audiences around the country have seen her singing and dancing to ABBA music in the national tour of Mamma Mia. Before that, she was at the Pasadena Playhouse creating the role of Sirocco in the world premiere of Mask, directed by Tony award winner Richard Maltby, Jr., written by Oscar winner Anna Hamilton-Phelan, and music by Grammy winners Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill. She performed with Reba McEntyre in the Hollywood Bowl production of South Pacific, and was in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Katy played the title role of Eva in the 20th anniversary production of Evita, and played Christine in the San Francisco Company of The Phantom of the Opera. Katy has also performed in many different theatres off-Broadway and regionally. She has been in industrial shows around the country for such clients as IPOP, The Wynn Las Vegas, The Bellagio New Year’s Eve, Shaklee, and The Grammy Awards After Party, to name a few. Katy is an accomplished country singer/songwriter and has a CD of her original music available at www.katyblake.com

JONATHAN HADLEY most recently appeared on Broadway as “Bob Crewe” in the hit musical Jersey Boys, a role he then played for five years on the First National U.S. Tour, as well as in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. He was previously seen on Broadway channeling Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett in A Class Act and Off-Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow and Peg O’ My Heart at New York’s acclaimed Irish Rep. Tours include Into The Woods (with Cleo Laine), Joseph…(with Donny Osmond), Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway in the US and Australia. Favorite regional credits include leading roles in Dirty Blonde, Born Yesterday, Yiddle With A Fiddle (Boston Herald Award), Amadeus, Loves Labors Lost, Call Me Madam (starring Leslie Uggams), The Secret Garden and Captains Courageous. TV: “Another World,” “Kidsworld” & “Sex and the City.” Jonathan is a director and teaching artist with Camp Broadway, TADA!, the Yip Harburg Foundation’s “Rainbow Troupe” and BRAVO’s “On With the Show.” He directed Much Ado About Nothing and Tartuffe for New York’s Sonnet Repertory Theatre and Spring Awakening for Brooklyn College. Jonathan holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – KATHRYN MARKEY

Pete ‘n’ Keely marks KATHRYN MARKEY’s directing debut at the Depot Theatre. Directing credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Over The Pub, Around the World in 80 Days, Fox on the Fairway (St. Michael’s Playhouse) Deathtrap & Boeing, Boeing (Mason Street Warehouse) South Pacific & Carousel at the New London Barn, Ragtime at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and David & Goliath at Merkin Concert Hall. Performing credits range from Broadway (3 From Brooklyn) to many NYC and regional stages including The Alliance, Symphony Space, Bay Street Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Gayfest NYC, Northern Stage, The Emelin and Penguin Rep. On-screen: Law and Order, Premium Blend, All My Children, Filmic Achievement, DutchWest TV, CollegeHumor and Amateur Hour. Kathryn is the creator of the satirical country band The Chalks, seen and heard regularly in bars, on TV and the internet.

Tickets for all 2014 performances are $29 with discounts for seniors, groups and students. Evening, early-evening and matinee performances are available. Additional information and tickets are available online at depottheatre.org, or by contacting the box office at 518.962.4449.

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.”  The Depot Theatre’s 2014 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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"Pete 'N' Keely" schedule

Depot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program Celebrates Its 12th Season with 12th Night

Depot Theatre Shakespeare in the Park Program

Depot Theatre Shakespeare in the Park Program

Westport, New York – The Depot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park is celebrating its 12th season appropriately with William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

This rollicking and poignant comedy involves mistaken identity, unrequited love, a humorous rivalry between generations, capped off with a perfect comic ending consisting of many marriages that leaves you with a longing for the good ‘ole days.

“Our approach to Shakespeare is playful, physical and accurate to his intent and meaning,” says Co-Director Scott Gibbs. “This shortened version of Twelfth Night will feature both traditional and modern music performed by our actors, who are a diverse group of local high school and college students as well as theatre professionals.”

Depot Theatre Shakespeare in the Park ProgramGibbs’s production partner, Lindsay Pontius, always keeps their young cast on their toes. You might see one unexpectedly climbing a tree or surprising the audience by delivering lines already perched from a tree in the park.  The co-directors are adept at helping their students grasp exactly what the Bard had in mind and demonstrating that for audiences.

The Depot’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council CAP Grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

 


Adirondack locations for performances of Twelfth Night will be:

  • August 7 at 5pm onstage at The Depot Theatre in Westport 
  • August 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Ballard Park in Westport 
  • August 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown 
  • August 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater at the Jay Village Green

All performances are FREE and open to the public. No reservations required.

The Depot Theatre summer season continues with Greater Tuna on the main stage until August 17. On August 22, the musical, Pete N Keely opens running through the end of the month.
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2014 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information about Depot Theatre productions call 518-962-4449 or visit depottheatre.org.

Greater Tuna: North Country Public Radio Review

[This theatre review of “Greater Tuna” by Connie Meng was aired and published by North Country Public Radio as “Theatre Review: ‘Greater Tuna’ at the Depot Theatre in Westport NY” on August 04, 2014. Listen to the story.]

The two-man comedy “Greater Tuna” opened Off-Broadway in 1982 to rave reviews. It’s been an audience favorite ever since. It runs at the Depot Theatre through August 17.

Chan Harris as Mr. & Mrs. Bumiller, Trip Plymale as Jody & Charlene (Photo: Depot Theatre)

Chan Harris as Mr. & Mrs. Bumiller, Trip Plymale as Jody & Charlene (Photo: Depot Theatre)

“Greater Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears is a show that provides the opportunity for a tour de force by the two actors involved.  Amidst the laughs and giggles it has some pithy things to say.  Although it’s set in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, similar characters exist in rural areas throughout the country.  They just may not have that Texas drawl.

The framework for the piece is a local radio show hosted by Arlis Struvie played by Tripp Plymale and Thurston Wheelis played by Chan Harris, who also directed.  Through call-ins, interviews and commercials we meet several Tuna residents.  The two actors play town big-wigs and the members of a dysfunctional family – young, old, male, female, and even a very noisy dog.

Bonnie Brewer’s simple set of two tables with chairs and a big cabinet radio up center is backed by a nice three-part painting of east Texas fields.  Margaret Swick’s lighting is just fine.  I assume the multitude of costumes were a group effort and work very well.  Kudos to whoever’s backstage helping with the lightning fast changes.

Chan Harris is very good as Pearl Burras, local chicken farmer and dog poisoner.  I love the scene in the funeral parlor with Pearl’s serenade to the dead Judge and the comment, “You look so…waxy.”  As the energetic Reverend Spikes he gives a very funny eulogy made up entirely of platitudes and song lyrics.  He’s also excellent as Bertha Bumiller, harassed mother of three.  We know exactly how she feels about her husband when we watch her chop vegetables. By the way, he also plays her husband.

Mr. & Mrs. Bumiller, Jody & Charlene onstage (Photo: Depot Theatre)

Mr. & Mrs. Bumiller, Jody & Charlene onstage (Photo: Depot Theatre)

Tripp Plymale is terrific as snippy Vera Carp, head of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order who plan to clean up the high school dictionaries. Her reactions to Reverand Spikes are hilarious.  He’s excellent as gentle Petey Fisk, protector of lost animals including ducks.  Mr. Plymale gives all his characters unexpected depth and three-dimensional humanity.  This is especially so with the three Bumiller children: forlorn young Jody whose only friends are the dogs who follow him around, overweight Charlene, shy amateur poet and failed cheerleader, and fresh out of reform school Stanley, his edgiest character.  Stanley’s powerful scene with the dead Judge takes a sudden twist and ceases to be funny.

The juxtaposition of prayers in Act II is funny, chilling and touching by turns.  That of Elmer Watkins, NRA member, reminds us that bigotry isn’t always to be laughed at, while that of Petey Fisk is very moving.  Director Harris has also chosen great songs that perfectly set up the atmosphere.

“Greater Tuna” is a very funny play with some wonderful serious moments.  Mr. Harris and Mr. Plymale have brought out all the nuances of the piece.  Its mixture of affectionate comment and dark satire provides a solid evening’s entertainment at the Depot Theatre.

On a scale of one to five the Depot Theatre’s production of “Greater Tuna” gets four and five-eighths box cars.  For North Country Public Radio I’m Connie Meng.

(Theatre review via North Country Public Radio)