The Depot Theatre 1994: Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! (1994)

Whether it’s the theatre, museums, concerts or dance, what was your earliest encounter with the arts?

As a shy second grader, I pursued my dreams by joining the chorus. That fateful year, the annual concert focused thematically on musical theatre. Sadly, I did not make the cut for any solos and my singing career lasted just one year. But I did get a nice, foundational repertoire of songs, from Phantom of the Opera, to Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more. This year, while looking through the Depot’s production history, a lot of songs drift through my head, and consequently get stuck there.

One of these songs just happens to be the title number “Oklahoma,” from Oklahoma!, a bright musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This musical is an old classic from 1943 that the Depot Theatre performed in 1994. Looking back through the Depot Theatre’s playbill and photographs, I realized one of the settings is the Skidmore Ranch. As I happen to go to Skidmore, and our mascot is a horse, I felt that my second-grade experience with chorus truly came full circle. While “Oklahoma” is a catchy song, there are a lot of great ones, including “Oh What a Beautiful Morning!”

Click on any image below to enlarge and begin a slideshow of cast photos and images of the playbill for the Depot Theatre’s 1994 production of Oklahoma!

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About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

Note: The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!

 

The Depot Theatre’s Lucky 13th Season

Nunsense, 1991

Happy Friday the 13th!

This Friday we have an unlucky holiday coming up—Friday the 13th.  While we only have a day of the unlucky number this week, the Depot Theatre took on its auspicious 13th season in 1991. Luckily, it was an exciting season with lighthearted comedies and musicals. Nobody seems to have broken a leg.

One of the musicals that stuck out to me is Nunsense, a musical comedy written by Dan Goggin. It follows the antics of five nuns from The Little Sisters of Hoboken. The musical seems perfectly suited for the Depot Theatre, as it happens to take place in a depot train station as well! Take a look through the amusing photographs of the nuns, and reviews of the musical. And this Friday, be careful not to walk under any ladders, break mirrors, and try to avoid black cats.

Click any image to enlarge and start a slideshow. 

Note: The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!

Follow the Depot Theatre on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

Note: The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!

Depot Theatre to host informational gathering for BRTF children’s theatre program

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre invites all interested participants and families to attend an informational gathering at the Whallonsburg Grange at 6 p.m. on April 25 to learn all about the 2018 Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) children’s theatre program. 
 
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. 
 
The Depot Theatre has taken the program under its wing, and beginning in 2018, will be featuring the BRTF children’s theatre as their signature education and outreach program.
 
In addition to 2018 program information, the gathering will serve as an opportunity to introduce Diana McGuigan George as the BRTF Program Coordinator, as well as to meet the other program staff, including longtime BRTF director Gigi Mason, who will serve in an advisory role this summer.
 
Diana has extensive experience working with theaters and with youth, primarily as Director of the theater and drama program at Camp Dudley, and as Drama Advisor at Westport Central School. In addition to her own acting experience in London, New York and Los Angeles, she is adept at directing, teaching acting, coordinating set, costume, lighting and sound design. 
 
The 2018 BRTF program will be held from July 23- August 19, 2018. Junior program rehearsals begin July 23, with performances on August 10, 11 and 12. The senior program will begin rehearsals on July 30, with performances on August 17, 18 and 19.
 
For more information about the Depot Theatre and BRTF, visit depottheatre.org.
 
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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.
 
PHOTO: Whallonsburg Grange

Early Renovations at the Depot Theatre

Building a Better Future:

The Depot Theatre is unlike any other—the formation and evolution of the theatre was and has always been a community generated effort. To an outside perspective like my own, I was surprised when I first heard about the Depot Theatre and intrigued by the story.

To take the long view, it all began in 1876, with the construction of the Westport train station. A little over a hundred years later, in 1978, Westport came together to save the historic site from demolition. That year, the Depot Theatre began presenting theatre within the space, while retaining its rich heritage as a station.

Since its inception, volunteers, staff, and members of the community have made this unique space Westport’s own. Within the archives, there is evidence of the help and hard work that ensures the Depot Theatre’s continued success. There are a few pictures of the train station’s renovation, which is tentatively estimated to be from 1998. If you recognize any faces, please contact us so that we can give credit where credit is due!

Check out More History Below:

http://depottheatre.org/backstage/production-history/

Follow the Depot Theatre on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

Note: The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!