CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM FOR 38TH SEASON OPENER ANNOUNCED

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SHOUT!

The Mod Musical

Co-created by Philip George and David Lowenstein
Directed by Amy Griffin
With Sarah Corey, Missy Dowse, Cristina Farruggia, Krista Kurtzberg, and Ashley Sweetman
Choreography by Lexie Frare

Music Directed by Joe Schermann
Scenic Design by Bonnie B. Brewer
Lighting Design by Margaret Swick
Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation

At the Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

July 1 – 17, 2016

The Depot Theatre’s 38th season begins with “Shout!: The Mod Musical.” SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. With its heart on its sleeve (and its tongue planted firmly in its cheek), SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as To Sir With Love, Downtown, Son of a Preacher Man & Goldfinger.

This production of Shout is sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. The 2016 Season is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina.

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

Sarah Corey

Sarah Corey

SARAH COREY (Orange Girl) Sarah Corey is delighted to be making her Depot Theatre debut fresh off a stint as Barbara DeMarco in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. Off-Broadway: Love and Real Estate, Illyria, Souvenir Stories, MapQuest, Museum Pieces. International: Death For Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company.) Selected Regional: In the Book Of (Alabama Shakespeare Festival),Love/Sick, Beau Jest (Public Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Little Night Music (Prospect), Twelfth Night (Mountain Playhouse), Around the World in 80 Days(Oldcastle Theatre Company), Evita, Sisters of Swing (Worcester Foothills), Lippa’s Wild Party (New Repertory Theatre, Best Supporting Actress IRNE), Caroline, or Change (Speakeasy Stage), A Grand Night for Singing (Gloucester Stage), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Totem Pole Playhouse), Tommy, Cole Porter’sYou Never Know (Stoneham Theatre). Upcoming: I Call My Brothers at Forum Theatre. Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and the Shakespeare & Company Conservatory for Classical Acting. www.sarah-corey.com

Missy Dowse

Missy Dowse

MISSY DOWSE (Blue Girl) “Dont Sleep in the Subway” was Missy’s favorite song as a kid, and she is super excited to sing it this summer. National Tour: Gypsy(Louise) Regional: East Coast premiere of Summer of Love (Holly), Young Frankenstein (Inga), The Producers (Ulla), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca). TV: SMASH.

Cristina Farrugia

Cristina Farruggia

CRISTINA FARRUGGIA (Green Girl) Cristina Farruggia is thrilled to be making her Depot Theatre debut! She is a graduate of Rider University where she was an honors student on a four-year, full tuition acting scholarship.  She received her MA from King’s College London where she studied Shakespeare in conjunction with the Globe Theatre in London.  At sixteen, she appeared as Fantine in the final performance finale of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theater on Broadway.  Recent credits include An American Christmas Songbook(Lead Performer) at Bristol Riverside Theatre, Grease (Rizzo) for The Summer Theatre of New Canaan and South Pacific (Dinah) at Delaware Theatre Co. Besides performing, Cristina co-wrote the show, On the Air, with her brother, Robert.  Most recently it had an industry reading at the York Theatre in NYC directed by Hunter Foster.www.cristinafarruggia.com

Krista Kurtzberg

Krista Kurtzberg

KRISTA KURTZBERG (Red Girl) Originally from Atlanta, received her BFA in theater from Wright State. Krista was last seen at the Depot Theater in 2010 as Debbie Reynolds in What a Glorious Feeling. Other favorite credits include: Cat in the Hat in Seussical (tour and off broadway). Penny in Hairspray, Gymslip Who in the first national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ariel in Footloose, Hope inAnything Goes, and Ruby in Dames at Sea. Krista has performed in theaters all over the country and in Russia. She lives with her husband in Long Island and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.kristakurtzberg.com.

Ashley Sweetman

Ashley Sweetman

ASHLEY SWEETMAN (Yellow Girl) is thrilled to be making her Depot Theatre debut! Favorite regional credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Pattie), Baby (Lizzie),The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsy Mae), and Next Thing You Know(Lisa). She was recently seen in the ensemble of Dogfight, Ghost: The Musical, andLes Miserables at The Media Theatre. Other credits include Rocky Horror andAlmost, Maine at Flat Rock Playhouse. Ashley has a BM in Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt. www.ashleysweetman.com

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

AMY GRIFFIN (Director) is delighted to be making her Depot debut. Recent directing credits include: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (White Plains Performing Arts Center); Peter Pan (Riverside Theatre Arts); Little Women, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and The Little Mermaid (Antrim Playhouse). Amy has appeared on Broadway in How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (original cast, cast recording); Off-Broadway in The English Bride, Mr. President, Infertility, Forbidden Broadway, Newsical, and Once Upon A Mattress (starring Jackie Hoffman); and in the First National Tours of Seussical The Musical and Grinch. Favorite regional roles include: Sally in Talley’s Folly (Bickford and Oldcastle Theatres); Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd(Finger Lakes); Celia in As You Like It(Grove Theater Center, directed by Kevin Cochran), and seven (!) flights as Peter Pan(Independent Theatre Award). Northwestern University graduate (Excellence in Theatre Award). www.Amy-Griffin.org

LEXIE FRARE (Choreographer) Lexie is thrilled to work on her first Depot Theatre production with her dear friend  Amy Griffin. Lexie is the choreographer of The White Plains PAC where she has worked on the regional premieres of The Little Mermaid, Spring Awakening, Tarzan and Disney on the Record. Other credits include Millbrook Playhouse, Lee Strasberg Institute and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Lexie is currently a Teaching Artist with Disney Theatrical Group as well as the Resident Director/ Choreographer at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre in Nyack NY.  She is working towards her Masters in a Educational Theatre.

JOE SCHERMANN (Music Director) is thrilled to be returning to the Depot after music directing The Bikinis and Savin’ Up for Saturday Night last summer, My Way and Pete ‘N’ Keely in 2014, as well as music directing and performing in its productions of Riffin’ and Tappin’ and Wicked City back in 2011. Joe has acted as musical director and supervisor for numerous cabarets and workshops in New York City as well as regional productions of Guys and Dolls, Batboy, White Christmas, Best Little Whorehouse…, Smokey Joe’s Café and Grease. In 2012 he wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the award-winning indie film musical How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song?. Other composer/lyricist credits include Seeking Sondheim (WVMTF, NYC, Jerron Herman lyricist), Training (Elements Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA), as well as Roulette and Dark Passenger: The Musical, which each had their first reading and workshop respectively in New York City last summer (the latter of which also featured Joe in the lead role of Dexter Morgan).

BONNIE B. BREWER (Scenic Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit for more than a quarter of a century. Professional Stage Manager & Company Member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she is also a Director of more than 20 shows, and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights and creating props for close to 150 productions throughout upstate NY. She has even had the occasion to make a few rare on-stage guest appearances – sometimes on purpose, other times out of necessity. Recently she found herself teching two shows simultaneously on opposite sides of the mountains: Man of La Mancha at Pendragon, and My Way at The Depot.

MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning for her third 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.

Shout! Special Events

Celebrate Opening Night on July 1 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, July 10, for a moderated discussion about the show.

Full Production Information:

SHOUT!
Co-created by Philip George and David Lowenstein
Directed by Amy Griffin
With Sarah Corey, Missy Dowse, Cristina Farruggia, Krista Kurtzberg, and Ashley Sweetman
Choreography by Lexie Frare

Music Directed by Joe Schermann
Scenic Design by Bonnie B. Brewer
Lighting Design by Margaret Swick
Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation

At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993

July 1 – 17, 2016

ABOUT: SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. With its heart on its sleeve (and its tongue planted firmly in its cheek), SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as To Sir With Love, Downtown, Son of a Preacher Man & Goldfinger.

CAST:

  • Orange Girl: Sarah Corey
  • Blue Girl: Missy Dowse
  • Green Girl: Cristina Farruggia
  • Red Girl: Krista Kurtzberg
  • Yellow Girl: Ashley Sweetman

CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Co-created by Philip George and David Lowenstein
  • Director: Amy Griffin
  • Choreographer: Lexie Frare
  • Music Director: Joe Schermann
  • Scenic Designer: Bonnie B. Brewer
  • Lighting Designer: Margaret Swick
  • Sound Designer: Jim Carroll
  • Back Stage Apprentice: Scarlett Moore
  • Producing Director: Kevin Cochran
  • Business Manager: Erin Harrington

PLAN YOUR VISIT

TICKETS: Tickets for Shout! The Mod Musical are $30 ($28 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 for June. As of July 1st the Box Office will be open every day, except Tuesday, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. until showtime on performance days.

shout performance calendar

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 2016 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/. The 2016 Season is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina

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 2016 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.

Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Theatre Improvements

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure which will enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140 year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area, as well.

“While there is a nostalgic fondness for the existing seating, we believe our patrons deserve to experience professional theatre in modern comfort. And, NYSCA agrees!” said David Howson, president of the theatre’s Board of Trustees.

The matching-grant, which is in addition to $6,000 in annual operating support from NYSCA, will also provide for dedicated accessible and companion seating sections for patrons with disabilities. The theatre will begin a campaign this summer to raise the matching funds and installation of the new seats is anticipated to be completed before the opening of the theatre’s 39th season in 2017.

“I have no doubt these new seats will be put to very good use,” said Senator Betty Little, a member of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “We’re fortunate to have some really unique cultural assets in the North Country, including the Depot Theatre in Westport. I am grateful the New York State Council on the Arts is offering financial support to ensure this theatre remains the jewel it is so that it may be enjoyed by area residents and tourists in the years ahead.”

The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Depot Theatre with a grant of $11,000 for stage technology improvements including new lighting and sound equipment. “Though our historic venue was built in 1876, today’s theatre artists and stage technicians need state-of-the-art sound and lighting,” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director. “I’m thrilled that the Charles R. Wood Foundation can make these upgrades possible for us.”

Located in the historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., the Depot Theatre operates under an agreement with the Town of Westport to lease the property as a theatre and art gallery. “Over the years, the Board of Trustees and staff of the Depot Theatre have been tremendous stewards of the train station,” said Ike Tyler, supervisor of the Town of Westport. “We are fortunate to have such partners who are dedicated to the preservation of both this historic building and one of the greatest arts institutions in the entire region.”

The Trustees and Staff of the theatre are grateful to NYSCA and the Charles R. Wood Foundation for their support. For more information about the Depot Theatre and the 2016 season, visit depottheatre.org.

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 2016 Season, its 38th, 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.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson (president), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (vice president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia, Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.