The Depot Theatre Kicks Off New Seats with Celebration!

Depot Theatre, Wesport, NY (Credit: Shawn Michener)

Depot Theatre, Wesport, NY (Credit: Shawn Michener)

Westport’s Depot Theatre will be hosting an open house on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm for the public get their first look at the theatre’s new capital improvements. These include a new wifi system; new lighting grid; new flooring and carpeting in the theatre; and brand new seats complete with aisle lighting! These improvements were made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, and generous donors from the community who contributed to the Depot’s capital campaign.

Visitors will explore the theatre in depth, including back stage tours. Works by local artist Linda Smyth are on display in the lobby. Alisa Endsley, Depot Theatre trustee and experienced Broadway singer, will guide visitors in a celebratory sing-along. Light refreshments will be provided.

“We hope everyone can join us and help us celebrate all the new improvements to the theatre. It’s also a great opportunity to see some of the backstage areas not normally open to the public,” says Producing Director, Kevin Cochran.

The event is free. For more information, updates, and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact 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 2017 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.

The Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program Offers a Well-Rounded Theatrical Experience in a Professional Setting

(RIGHT: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2015. Photo courtesy of Jill Edde Lobdell. LEFT: The Hobbit, 2016. Photo courtesy of Scott Gibbs.)

(RIGHT: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2015. Photo courtesy of Jill Edde Lobdell. LEFT: The Hobbit, 2016. Photo courtesy of Scott Gibbs.)

The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce their Young Actor Apprentice Program for aspiring artists from ages 11 to 15.  The program runs from June 27 to August 3 with rehearsal/workshops held Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with several additional Depot Special Event dates (all dates posted on the Depot website). Participants will learn about a wide range of theatrical areas including playwrighting, set and costume design, voice and movement, improvisation, acting and performance.

Throughout the program, the apprentices will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the professional artists working at the Depot Theatre this summer. They’ll also be invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the season’s first play as well as the preview performance.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to keep the inspired leadership of Scott Gibbs and Lindsay Pontius who have guided the program so successfully for many years,” says Depot Producing Director Kevin Cochran. “On top of that, we’re also creating many new opportunities for our apprentices to interact with our professional performers, designers, directors and playwrights. It makes the Apprentice Program an experience that’s truly unique in the area.”

The program will finish with 3 public performances that will showcase the honing of the young artists’ skills. It will be a memorable and enjoyable summer experience that emphasizes acting skills and other theatrical knowledge in a professional environment.

Students can register online at www.depottheatre.org/apprentice-program or simply call the Depot Theatre Box Office at 518.962.4449. There is a $50.00 registration fee per student with work/study scholarships available on request.

Our 2017 Young Actors Apprentice Program is assisted by a Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant.


depot-logo-2016ABOUT 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 2017 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.

2017 Single Tickets on Sale Now!

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The Depot’s 39th Season ​kicks off with a hysterical​ new comedy (​featuring​ penguins​ AND promiscuity?!)​ followed by​ the true​ and touching​ story of​ infamous “singer” Florence Foster Jenkins​ who scales operatic heights (often off-key). The season​ reaches a harmonic and hilarious conclusion with an aspiring girl group’s​ musical tour (de force)​! We’re​ also pleased to announce ​our​ new reading series ​”​page2stage​” featuring new and developing works. ​Come share the joy and passion of the season in the comfort and style of our new seats!

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Our 39th Season is Sponsored by
The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina


penguin-logo-1000x571A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity

Written by James McLindon
July 7 – 23
Sponsored by Skidmore College

A rollicking new comedy about a love that dare not squawk its name!

Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the FedEx, DHL or UPS Delivery man? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother! The LA Times named it a Best Bet that “yields plenty of laughter!”


souvenir-logo-1000x571Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Written by Stephen Temperley
July 28 – August 6
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

Never has so little talent given so much joy, amazement & laughter!

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understand­ing of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly.


taffetas logoThe Taffetas

Conceived by Rick Lewis
Add’l material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical & Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis
August 11 – 27
Sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation

It’s 1957 and The Taffetas are making their National Television debut!

This four woman girl group sings hit after hit of the 1950’s as they desperately try to get chosen for The Ed Sullivan Show. Songs include such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Where the Boys Are”, “Sincerely” and many, many more!


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Come and be part of developing the plays of the future with the Depot’s new play reading series, page2stage. The playwright of each script will be present and your com­ments, questions, thoughts and reactions may lead directly to changes in the next draft! It’s a great opportunity to experience new works as they develop and to help the writer make them even better! This year, to enhance the Depot’s commitment to serving its artists, each of the play­wrights is someone already associated with the Depot Theatre.

Portraits by Karen L. Lewis
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 8:00 PM

Bobby & Matt by Kevin Cochran
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Rite of Intervention by Erin Nicole Harrington
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00 PM

Keep an eye on our website for more information about the reading series!


SINGLE TICKET INFORMATION

  • Musical Ticket: $32 (Senior/Student $30) – Souvenir and The Taffetas
  • Play Ticket: $30 (Senior/Student $28) – A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
  • Preview Night Ticket: $20*
  • Page2Stage Reading: Free admission

*For the first time, the Depot is offering a special Preview Night performance for each main stage production on the first Friday of that production’s run at 8PM. Preview Night dates for 2017 are: July 7, July 28, and August 11. A Preview Night performance is a fully-rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances, and it is offered at a lower price to make theatre more accessible for everyone in the community.

Policies: Seating is subject to availability. Tickets are non-refundable. There is a $3 fee for ticket exchanges. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket. Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. A processing fee may be added to tickets purchased on-line. This fee is charged by a third-party provider, PrintTixUSA, the company which provides the service.

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518-962-4449

The Box Office is open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the month of June. Open from 1PM through showtime on performance days.


There’s still time to buy a subscription!

The flexible 3-Show Subscription ($83 Adult; $77 Senior/Student) includes one ticket to each main stage show and you choose the performance dates. As always, exchanges are free for 3-Show Subscribers.

Our Preview Night Subscription ($60) offers one ticket to each producution on the first Friday of that productions’s run at 8PM. Date for 2017 are: July 7, July 28 and August 11.

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Policies: Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. Exchanges are always free for 3-Show Subscription holders. A $3 exchange fee applies to non-subscribers. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket (that’s $1 per each show in a Subscription).There are no refunds. Dates, times and titles are subject to change.

After purchasing a subscription(s), please contact the Box Office at 518.962.4449 or tickets@depottheatre.org to choose performance dates and reserve your seats if you did not do so during your order.

For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact 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 2017 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.