(Westport, N.Y.) The Depot Theatre’s 37th season continues with “New York Water,” a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy by Sam Bobrick, known for his work on numerous TV sit-coms including The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Get Smart and Saved by the Bell, among others.
“New York Water explores the effects of an environment on a relationship,” says director Misti Wills. “The play leaves us wondering who we are and if there’s really no place like home.”
This production of New York Water is sponsored by Skidmore College.
Audience advisory: This play contains adult language and may not be suitable for all audiences.
ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)
JULIANE GODFREY (Linda) is delighted to make her Depot debut! New York Credits: Top Hat (Lab, Dir./Chor. Christopher Gattelli), Volleygirls (Katie Kavett; NYMF “Best of Fest” winner/Workshop/
Reading). Regional: Holiday Inn (Louise US/Ens.; The Muny/Goodspeed Opera House World Premiere), How to Succeed (Krumholtz, Stages St. Louis), A Chorus Line (Bebe, Sacramento Music Circus), Oliver! (Charlotte, Paper Mill), The Great American Mousical (Dir. Julie Andrews) & Good News (Goodspeed), The Music Man (Zaneeta, Arena Stage), A Wonderful Life (Engeman Theatre), Anything Goes (Erma, Woodstock Playhouse).
MATT MUNDY (Albert) is excited to make his Depot Theatre debut as Albert. A New York resident, a few of his recent credits in the city include Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF); The Baby Dance, Othello (Barrow Group Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado (Pearl Theatre Co.); In a Heartbeat (Schicker Prod.); Irrationals (Shenango Prod.); Killgore! (Upright Citizens Brigade). Other fun regional and touring shows include Brighton Beach Memoirs (Portland Stage), Red, The Last Five Years, Foxfire (South Carolina Rep.); Reel Music (Florida Studio); I Hate Hamlet (Cape May Stage); Pirates Of Penzance (Weathervane Playhouse); WB Concerts’ European Tour of Grease! Matt is a founding member of the Core Artist Ensemble in NYC. A voice over artist, he also has a few silly characters floating in commercials around the country. Mattmundy.com
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
MISTI WILLS (Director) Off-Broadway: In Search of Euphoria (New World Stages), Tempest (La MaMa, Assistant Director), Twilight the Musical (New World Stages, Assistant Director) Off-Off Broadway: The Drunken City (Jump for Joy Productions, NY Workshop Theatre), Afterlight (Cherry Lane, 2009 NY Fringe Festival), Songs for a New World, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Sister Company), The Pearl Merchant, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Fave Regional Credits include My Fair Lady (Forestburgh Playhouse) and a national tour of The Imaginary Invalid. Misti holds a Master of Arts degree from Emerson College and has trained with Anne Bogart, David Mamet, Michael Mayer and Kristin Linklater. She has assistant directed Karin Coonrod, Scott Schwartz and Gabriel Barre. Misti has taught acting at the NY Film Academy and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn. Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.mistiwills.com
BONNIE BREWER (Scenic Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit for more than a quarter of a century. Professional stage manager and company member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she is also lauded as a director of more than 25 shows and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights and creating props for close to 150 productions throughout upstate New York. She has even had the occasion to make a few rare on-stage guest appearances – sometimes on purpose, other times out of necessity. Bonnie is happy to return to Depot again this year. Recent credits: Death of Salesman (director), Other Desert Cities (director and production designer).
JOEY HAWS (Costume Designer)
MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning for her second season at the Depot Theatre. While exploring options at Plattsburgh State, she decided to become a lighting designer. Since graduation, Margaret has been doing local theatre throughout the North Country as well as freelancing with I.A.T.S.E. Local 919 in Vermont.
JIM CARROLL (Sound Designer) Jim’s love of technical theatre that started when he was in Middle School. Challenging a severe case of stage fright, he made his acting debut as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors for Essex Theatre Company in 2005. Jim has been Technical Director or provided support for over 150 shows since 1998 with various local and community theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ. Jim and his family run ShipStore.com and Westport Marina. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a new member of the Board of Trustees for the Depot Theatre and continues his work with the Boquet River Theatre Festival, the NYS Theatre Education Association and as a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.
SARAH OVERTURF (Stage Manager) Sarah returns for her fourth season at the Depot Theatre. Most recently she was a part of the installation team for the Carnival Freedom cruise ship as well as NY and regional productions across the states.
New York Water Special Events
Celebrate Opening Night on July 31 with a toast immediately following the performance with the cast and crew, staff and board. (While the toast is free, tickets to the performance are required.)
Depot Dialogue: Join the cast and crew after the 5:00 performance on Sunday, August 2, for a moderated discussion about the show. Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.
Full Production Information:
NEW YORK WATER
Written by Sam Bobrick
Directed by Misti Wills
With Juliane Godfrey and Matt Mundy
Scenic Design by Bonnie Brewer
Lighting Design by Margaret Swick
Costume Design by Joey Haws
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Sarah Overturf
At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993
July 31 – August 16, 2015
ABOUT: New York Water, a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy that documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the mid-west and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success. Is love enough? Will a change of location shore it up or will ambition shake its foundation? Join this unusual – and very funny – duo as they seek the answers.
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This play contains adult language and may not be suitable for all audiences.
Linda: Juliane Godfrey
Albert: Matt Mundy
Written by Sam Bobrick
Director: Misti Wills
Scenic Designer: Bonnie Brewer
Lighting Designer: Margaret Swick
Costume Designer: Joey Haws
Sound Designer: Jim Carroll
Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf
J.M. McDonald Foundation Apprentices: Tommy Maron and Scarlett Moore
Interim Producing Director: Jonathan Hadley
Business Manager: Erin Harrington
PLAN YOUR VISIT
TICKETS: Tickets for New York Water are $29 ($27 seniors/students) and are based on availability. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining our historic theatre.
Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Phone and Window hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.
For full details about the 2015 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/
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 2015 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. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.
[This theatre review of “The Bikinis” by Diana Chase was published by Adirondack Family Time as “Review: DIVE RIGHT IN: DEPOT THEATRE’S “THE BIKINIS” IS A SWIMMINGLY GOOD TIME!” on July 15, 2015.]
What: Created and Written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, the musical “The Bikinis” joins together an all girl band from the 60s that are reunited over a vote to either save or sell the Sandy Shores Mobile Home (Beach Resort). Upbeat songs from the 60s through the 80s move the story from under the boardwalk through various events in the lives of the band members.
Where: Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, New York 12993, 518-962-4449,
Ticket price: $29/adult, $27/senior/student, group discounts are available.
When: Westport NY: July 17,18,20,24,25 at 8 pm and July 19,23,26 at 5 pm.
(WESTPORT) Rain or shine, a fun beach romp this year is at the Depot Theatre’s production of “The Bikinis,” showing through July 26th. This musical treat transports the audience to the sandy shore with over 25 songs performed by an all-girl 60s beach band reunited to perform at a Florida beach resort, 20 years after breaking up.
I sit in the sold-out audience and enjoy the old-fashioned feel of the set created by Scenic Designer Bonnie Brewer. Brewer’s set conjures up the feeling of campy beach movies of the 60s with vintage slides projected in the background. She cleverly hides the musicians behind the beach sand fence and fills the stage with bright primary colors and wide vertical stripes. She playfully extends the set throughout the theatre, filling the walls with flip-flops, sand buckets and beachwear.
The musical is set in two acts (Yup, it’s a two piece.) with the first act introducing the audience to the present day women, long retired from their Jersey Shore girl band days. Brought together at a fundraiser for the Sandy Shores Trailer Park Association, two sisters (Annie and Jodi), their cousin (Karla) and a friend (Barbara) reminisce about how their singing group started at the beach in the summer of 1964.
The women mock their former beach bodies and tease the audience about how the girl group won’t be seen in their bikinis with songs like “Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”
It’s a strong ensemble cast that Director Katy Blake has pulled together. Blake’s cast of equity actors demonstrate their professional acting chops with every move. Whether harmonizing or performing a solo, these four women fill the stage with song. There are numerous cute bits like when they sing “Under the Boardwalk” and “Where the Boys Are” and banter about their mutual crush for Lifeguard 23 or sing “The Twist” and pull out some retro dance moves like the Monkey.
Jane Cooke is dynamic as ditsy cousin Karla, adding blasts of perfect comedic timing that help move the story along. Annie Edgerton plays emotional older sister Annie who is lobbying hard for the residents to hold onto to their beachfront properties. A vibrant Edgerton uses song and dance to conjure beautiful images of a simpler time.
Jeneen Terrana (sister Jodi), as the unsentimental lawyer, tries to convince the owners of the renamed Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort to sell to developers. Terrana seamlessly switches back and forth between her carefree past character and unhappy present day self. Johnetta Alston Lake (Barbara) flaunts her gospel roots with every motion, adding depth to this beach fest.
The first act moves quickly with some rapid-fire costume changes. Alston Lake channels her inner “Bond, James Bond” with “Secret Agent Man” while Edgerton brings out laughs with a flamboyant version of “These Boots are Made for Walkin’.”
The second act has “the Bikinis” remembering when they “traded in our two pieces for a new peace” recollecting the Kennedy assassination, Woodstock and even Lifeguard 23’s draft into the Vietnam War. There is a lot of flower power with commanding renditions of such classics as “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “What Have They Done To My Song.” The women transition through the 80s and 90s to the current beach club fundraiser where they rekindle friendships and resolve the reasons for the breakup of their all-girl band.
This musical is great fun for the whole family. Kick off your shoes, sit back or dance in the aisles. This bubblegum frolic is like a good beach read, not a lot of plot but a lot of entertainment. “The Bikinis” is summertime fun without the sandy feet.
The Bikinis’ Cast/Crew:
Director/Choreographer: Katy Blake
Karla: Jane Cooke
Annie: Annie Edgerton
Barbara: Johnetta Alston Lake
Jodi: Jeneen Terrana
Musical Director: Joe Schermann
Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf
Scenic Design: Bonnie Brewer
Lightening Design: Margaret Swick
Sound Design: Jim Carroll
Technical Director: Kati Long
Drummer: Craig Johnson
Songs from “The Bikinis”
It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
Itsy Bitsy … Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Be My Baby
Under the Boardwalk
Where the Boys Are
Chapel of Love
Hava Nagilia (surfer version)
Remember (Walking in the Sand)
60’s Dance Crazy Medley
Beach Blankets (Boards and Balls)
You Love Me
Secret Agent Man
These Boots are Made for Walkin’
Shakin’ in the Sand
In My Bikini
Time of the Season
Incense and Peppermints
Dedicated to the One I Love
Look What You’ve Done to My Song, Ma
Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
Simple Song of Freedom
When Will I be Loved?
I’m Every Woman
I Will Survive
It’s Raining Men
(Theatre review via Adirondack Family Time)
[This theatre review of “The Bikinis” by Connie Meng was aired and published by North Country Public Radio as “Theatre Review: ‘The Bikinis’ at the Depot Theatre” on July 15, 2015. Listen to the story.]
Jul 13, 2015 — “The Bikinis” provides a terrific musical time machine trip back to the 60s – the days of go-go boots, through disco to flower power – and sun, sand, lifeguards, and romantic evenings “Under the Boardwalk.”
The jukebox musical “The Bikinis,” created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, opened the Depot Theatre’s season with a bang. The loosely constructed plot concerns a 60s pop girl group reunited 30 years later at a benefit to save their beloved New Jersey beach settlement Sandy Shores from developers. The 26 familiar songs plus a couple of originals tell the stories of the group’s career and their lives with some entertaining twists. It’s great fun, especially for anyone who remembers that decade.
The four ladies are powerhouse singers and performers with a great vocal blend. On the group vocals their voices blend so well it’s difficult to tell who’s singing the solos. Music Director/Pianist Joe Schermann did a terrific job and Jim Carroll’s sound is excellent – never over-miked. Craig Johnson’s tasty drumming adds to the proceedings.
As the business-like lawyer, Jeneen Terrana does a surprisingly funny Elvis impersonation on “Secret Agent Man,” while Annie Edgerton as her sister Annie gives a hilarious performance of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Jane Cooke is excellent as the slightly dim housewife Karla and shines as an elderly Mafioso in the section about singing at ethnic weddings. As Barbara, Johnetta Alston Lake has great fun with “Heat Wave” and just about blows out the back wall on “I Will Survive.”
Bonnie Brewer’s colorful beach set works very well. There are two small changing tents with a dune fence between them hung with props and costume pieces, and a low platform in front of the fence for the mikes. No designer is credited for the costumes, but they are great and very clever. Margaret Swick’s lighting is very good and I liked the projections of photographs that carry us from the twist through flower power.
Director/Choreographer Katy Blake did a splendid job and the pace never lags. Her back-up choreography is terrific and the staging of “Be My Baby” and the disco section are especially good. I loved the 60s dances and remember them both well and painfully, since I worked a week as a go-go dancer. (A week was all I could take!) The surprise curtain call is fun and clever.
All in all “The Bikinis” is great summer fare. There is nothing wrong with fluff, especially when it’s this well done. The play even manages to work in “Beach Blanket Bingo” and Frankie Avalon. The audience had a great time and so did I.
On a scale of one to five, the Depot Theatre production of “The Bikinis” gets five boxcars. For North Country Public Radio I’m Connie Meng.
(Theatre review via North Country Public Radio)
In addition to its main stage shows, The Depot Theatre offers La Depot Dangereuse for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting-edge drama and comedy, with samples of what’s hot on and off-Broadway, read by local and New York City-based talent. The performances are sit-down or semi-staged readings, which are then followed by a moderated audience discussion with the director and actors.
Thanks to Bob Grady and the Plattsburgh Press Republican for printing this great editorial! “If you live in the North Country, or even just visit from time to time, you know about the unsurpassed beauty provided by the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. You probably know the profound contributions the region has made to American […]