Depot Theatre Announces Fan Favorites for 40th Season

Three hits from the past 39 years are set to headline the Depot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season!

The main stage season, which includes a tribute to a legendary country singer, a fast-paced whodunit, and a sassy musical celebration of a jazz great, was selected by the Depot’s Producing Director, Kevin Cochran, whose choices were inspired by an informal survey of audiences last year.

“We’re excited to present what will be both a high-quality and crowd-pleasing lineup,” said Cochran. “These shows are a perfect backdrop to a season-long celebration of the Depot’s longevity and significance as part of the robust Adirondack arts community.”

The season opens with Always…Patsy Cline, from June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29. The popular musical comes complete with down home country humor, heartfelt emotion, and even some audience participation. More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically young in 1963, the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Musical performances include many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.”

The season ramps up with The 39 Steps, from July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20. The hilarious play is a combination of a Hitchcock masterpiece and a juicy spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python added in. This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning show is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

The final production of the main stage season is a revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’, which will be on stage from August 11-26, with a $20 Preview on August 10. Winner of the 1978 Tony® Award for Best Musical and a well-crafted musical review, audiences will love this celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller, complete with a live band.

“We’re looking forward to a summer full of fan-favorite shows and special events to celebrate this Anniversary Season,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre’s executive director. “Look for upcoming announcements about additional special presentations and be sure to save the date for our 40th Anniversary benefit celebration on June 30!”

Auditions will be held regionally and in New York City in the spring.

Group and single tickets will go on sale in late spring, and season subscriptions will be available for sale online in February at depottheatre.org.

Depot Theatre 2018 Main Stage Productions*

ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE

June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29

Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley — based on a true story.
Author: Ted Swindley
Author’s Representative: Joan Kovats
Business Management: Melanie Clark
Original Music Director: Vicki Masters
Band and Vocal Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen, Tony Migliore
Legal Counsel: Clair G. Burrill, Richard Garmise, Sawnie R. Alderedge
LICENSED BY THE FAMILY AND ESTATE OF PATSY CLINE. All rights reserved.
ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM AVAILABLE ON MCA.

THE 39 STEPS

July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited
And an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’                            

August 11-26, with a $20 Preview on August 10

The FATS WALLER Musical Show
Conceived by RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and MURRAY HORWITZ 
Created and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
Original Choreography and Musical Staging by ARTHUR FARIA
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by LUTHER HENDERSON
Vocal & Musical Concepts by  JEFFREY GUTCHEON
Musical Arrangements by JEFFREY GUTCHEON &  WILLIAM ELLIOTT
Originally produced by The Manhattan Theatre Club
Originally produced on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organization, Jane Gaynor & Ron Dante

*ALL TITLES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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 2018 Season, its 40th, 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 takes Boquet River Theatre Festival under its wing

BRTF 2017 production of “Madagascar”

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it will be featuring the Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) children’s theatre as their signature education and outreach program beginning in 2018.

Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in musical theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall during August.

Ginene Mason, who has been with BRTF for 20 of its 25 years, took over as director/producer in 2006, and now intends to transition out of her directorial role. Mason approached the Depot in the spring of 2017 to discuss options for collaboration to ensure the sustainable future of the program.   

“I’m thrilled about this outcome, as the Depot Theatre is a natural fit,” said Mason.“Of course, I am devoted to the ongoing success of the BRTF, and in order to affect a smooth transition, I have offered to remain in a consultant role for at least the duration of 2018 summer program.”

The Depot plans to mirror the existing BRTF model as closely as possible, including cost for participation, continuing to include both a junior and senior musical, and continuing to utilize the Whallonsburg Grange Hall as the program’s rehearsal and performance space.

“The Grange is excited to work with the Depot and will continue our longstanding support for this wonderful program now and into the future,” said Andy Buchanan, president of the Whallonsburg Grange Hall Board of Directors.

“The Depot is committed to ensuring the ongoing success of the BRTF as an integral part of the Theatre’s program of work,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre board of Trustees. “The timing is ideal, as we have recently hired a full-time Executive Director, assuring focused oversight and continuity, plus it will be a wonderful addition as we celebrate the Depot’s 40th anniversary season!”

Questions regarding the BRTF transition will be welcomed by Kim Rielly, executive director at the Depot Theatre, at krielly@depottheatre.org. Program updates and details regarding the 2018 BRTF program will be sent to existing participants and posted on the Depot Theatre’s website: www.depottheatre.org as they become available.

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   PHOTO: 2017 BRTF production of “Madagascar” at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.