Depot Theatre Academy

The Depot Theatre Academy is an education and outreach program for artists ages 8 and older, led by theatre professionals from the only professional Equity theatre in the Adirondack Park.

“We believe that youth and families exposed to theatre and the arts are enriched in important ways that add value to their lives in the early stages of learning development as well as later in life.”


The Depot Theatre Academy summer program will culminate with three performances of MATILDA JR. at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

Tickets are limited and available in advance only. Performances will be held on Friday, August 4th at 7pm, and Saturday, August 5 at 7pm, and Sunday, August 6th at 2pm.

The Depot Theatre Academy Outreach and Education Program is underwritten by the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation, with a sponsorship from the Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation, Trail North Federal Credit Union, and a Stewart’s Holiday Match.





  • JUNIORS: ages 8-11      
  • SENIORS: ages 12 and older and enrolled in school (inclusive of home school and college)

Three weeks of rehearsals and workshops with professional teaching artists culminating in three performances of the full length musical production incorporating all actors ages 8 and up.

LOCATION: Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg, NY

DATES: July 17- August 6, 2023
PROGRAM DAY SCHEDULE: Rehearsals July 17-August 3, Monday through Fridays 9:30am – 3pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday, August 4th at 7pm, and Saturday, August 5 at 7pm, and Sunday, August 6th at 2pm.


  • Workshops led by Equity professionals in acting, voice, and dance, culminating in performances of this year’s production, MATILDA JR..
  • 2 tickets to each performance of MATILDA JR.
  • Live musical accompaniment for rehearsals and performances.
  • Opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting professional theatre personnel.


AUDITIONS for the 2023 summer program will be held JUNE 4, 2023 AT THE WHALLONSBURG GRANGE HALL.

Ages 8-11: 10am-noon
Ages 12 and older: 1-3pm

Audition attendance is not required but is highly encouraged. Any actor that wants to be considered for a speaking/singing role who cannot make auditions must submit a video singing a song of their choice (a capella is fine) to Video submissions must be submitted prior to the June 4th auditions.

Questions? Contact Gigi Mason, Academy Director of Outreach and Education.

The Depot Theatre 2023 Season  is generously sponsored by the ROGERS-CARROLL FAMILY FOUNDATION.

The Depot Theatre Academy is underwritten by the BROOKS AND JOAN FORTUNE FAMILY FOUNDATION.

The 2023 Academy Summer Program is sponsored by TrailNorth Federal Credit Union.