Depot Theatre to Present New Adirondack Awards at Summer Fundraiser

Gold StarThe Depot Theatre invites you to attend an evening of summer fun to support the theatre AND some very special people!  On Thursday, August 3, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the home of a board member in Westport, NY, supporters, staff, and casts of The Depot Theatre will gather to enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks (provided by My Cup of Tea Catering), music from the show The Taffetas, and to inaugurate the presentation of two new distinguished awards. The Adirondack Arts Leadership Award honors someone who has made a significant contribution to the arts in the North Country, and The Adirondack Community Service Award honors someone for service done in the larger community.

“We wanted to expand our annual awards from simply honoring those who had assisted the Depot Theatre in some way, to those who have contributed to the community and the arts in a larger capacity,” said Amy McNamara, President of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees.

The first Adirondack Arts Leadership Award will be presented to Connie Meng, announcer and former theatre critic of NCPR. Connie served as the theatre critic-at-large for NCPR for 19 years. Putting in countless miles and hours traveling to theatres, Connie was and continues to be a champion for theatres large and small all over the North Country, parts of Canada and Western Vermont.  After a successful career on and off Broadway as an actor and conductor, Connie relocated to her hometown of Canton.

The first Adirondack Community Service Award has two recipients:  William Hollister, Sr. Manager, Government Affairs, Amtrak and Jay Green, District Manager, Station Operations, Amtrak.

Together, Bill and Jay, through their work at Amtrak, enhance the vitality of our region by connecting communities from New York City to Montreal and everywhere in-between.  The presence of daily train passenger service to Westport and the greater Adirondacks, provides residents and visitors with opportunities to experience the natural beauty and culture that exists year-round in our towns and villages.

Tickets for the event can be obtained online at or by calling the Box Office 518.962.4449. Single tickets are $75. Also available is the Silver Sponsor for $250 (includes 2 tickets) and Gold Sponsor for $500 (includes 2 tickets).  Please RSVP by July 28. The event address will be provided to those who register.


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.

Cast Announced for Souvenir at Depot Theatre

Meet The Cast of

A Fantasia on the Life of
Florence Foster Jenkins

By Stephen Temperley
Directed by Kevin Cochran

Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

July 28 – August 6

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.


Larry Daggett

Larry Daggett


LARRY DAGGETT (Cosme McMoon). Depot debut. New York theatre credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (NYC Opera). Regional: My Fair Lady (Doolittle/Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Quixote/Carrasco), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Follies (Ben Stone), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake), Amadeus (Salieri u/s), This Wonderful Life (36 characters), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Bernadette), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Sunset Boulevard (Max), The Full Monty (Harold), Big River (Duke), Show Boat(Frank), Annie (Rooster),The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Crisparkle), 1776 (R. H. Lee), Oliver! (Fagin), H.M.S. Pinafore (Capt. Corcoran), Carousel (Mr. Snow), and more, at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Barrington Stage Co., Barnstormers, Cape Fear Regional, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Judson Theatre Co., Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony, North Shore Music Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, Sierra Repertory, Tennessee Shakespeare Co., Theatre League of Kansas City, White Plains PAC, among others. Graduate of the Asolo Theatre (M.F.A.), the Grove School of Music (Piano/Composition major), and the Lehman Engel Workshop for the development of new musicals. For more information visit

Annette Michelle Sanders

Annette Michelle Sanders

ANETTE MICHELLE SANDERS (Florence Foster Jenkins) is delighted to be here at the Depot Theatre for the first time, and to be working once again with Kevin Cochran (Fingerpainting In A Murphy Bed, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Last of the Red Hot Lovers – all at GTC in CA). A native of Los Angeles, she is now very happy to call New York home. She lives in Manhattan with her highly ridiculous dog, Oliver. Her most recent NY appearances include Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park and Sylvia Sylver in Insomnia (best musical, best supporting actress MITF ’16). Broadway/National Tours include Mamma Mia! (Rosie) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden (Auntie Who – also at The Old Globe). Favorite regional credits include Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party (Mariette – original cast with Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Len Cariou, Frances Conroy and Veanne Cox) at the Mark Taper Forum and Kennedy Center, Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman – w/ Amanda McBroom and George Ball), Jon Maras’ A Raw Space (Susu – original cast), King Lear (Goneril), and has apparently found a niche playing Elaine in three different productions of Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She recently shot a very silly web series called “Community Theatre” (Nan), which will be coming soon to a small screen near you. Anette has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1997.


KEVIN COCHRAN (Director) has been Artistic Director of Grove Theater Center in Burbank, California since 1994. Plays directed there include Blake…da Musical! (L.A. Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director) and Eternal Equinox (also its Off-Broadway premiere). Kevin wrote and directed Bobby & Matt at GTC and FringeNYC (Pick of the Week in Back Stage NY). He is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative whose first project premieres October 2017 in LA and Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in March 2018. Kevin graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design and circus arts from Yale University.

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, community, and professional theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ, the Lake Champlain Sea Monster. Jim and his family run Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant and Bar. In addition, he creates memories with Jim is a 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 is a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

DEBBI HOBSON (Costume Designer) is a NYC based costume designer who has worked in New England and New York for the past 18 years in both theatre and film. She is currently the Staff Designer at the TDF Costume Collection, and has been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, and an instructor at Boston University.

KELLIE MCMENEMON (Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of the 2017 summer season at Depot Theatre! Most recently Kellie has been a part of the world premiere of Beatsville at Asolo Repertory in Sarasota Florida. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep, FL), the 2016 summer season at Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY), Butler and Alabama Story (Florida Studio Theatre, FL), Almost Maine (Two Roads Theatre, CA) and Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief (Edinburgh, Scotland). Kellie would like to thank her amazing family, Matthew, Beth and Karen for their support as well as her super adorable puppy, Henley!

By Stephen Temperley
Directed by Kevin Cochran
With Larry Daggett and Anette Sanders
Costume Design by Debbi Hobson
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Kellie McMenemon

Sponsored by  Emmet Carter Green Design
July 28- August 6, 2017



For more information, updates and program announcements, visit or contact the box office at 518.962.4449All dates, titles and showtimes are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable.

The 2017 Season is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina.