Insider Tips!

The Depot Theatre season is about to begin…

Just in time, we’ve put together a short list of insider tips for our patrons!

In no particular order, here at the top 4:

1. $20 Preview Nights sell out fast!

“Preview Night” performances for each main stage production occur on the first Friday (7:30PM) of that production’s run. A Preview Night is a fully rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances, and is offered at a lower price to ensure that theatre is more accessible for everyone. Tickets for Preview Night performances are $20.* Preview Night dates for 2019 are:  June 28, July 19, and August 9.  More Info

Many thanks to our Preview Night Sponsor: Emmet Carter Green Design!


2. Make it DINNER and a Show!


The Depot Theatre and participating area restaurants have teamed up to offer a great experience – and a terrific way to support professional theatre in the Adirondacks.

These partner restaurants are supporting the Depot in a variety of ways, from donating a percentage of the bill for the meal, to donating gift certificates, to preparing prix fixe meals specifically for Depot patrons, and other valued support!  

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?  Make a reservation!
Learn more and view the list of participating eateries HERE!

3. Want to save a couple bucks? Order tickets directly from the box office.

We’re all accustomed to the convenience of purchasing online, and it’s a primary mechanism for Depot Theatre ticket sales, too. However, you can save yourself some money by buying directly from the box office in person or by phone.

Here’s why: A processing fee may be added to tickets purchased online. This fee is charged by a third-party provider, PrintTixUSA, the company that provides the service for the Depot.

If you stop in or call the box office, you will still be charged the $2 facility and education fee, but will avoid the online fees. The Box Office is open from 1:00-4:00 every day EXCEPT Tuesday and on performance days it is open 1:00 to show time.

Stop in or call them at 518.962.4449!

4. Bring a “theatre sweater”

sweaterIt’s a good idea to bring an extra layer to the Depot, as the air conditioning in the theatre does a great job of mitigating the heat coming from the stage lighting, but can make the air in the audience cool enough to make temperature-sensitive folks a bit chilly. So bring a fleece, sweater, sweatshirt, jacket, blanket or cape to ensure that you aren’t distracted from the talented folks on stage!

Have any other questions? Send them to us HERE.

See you at the station!

*Policies & Fees: Seating is subject to availability. Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. Exchanges are always free for Main Stage Subscription holders. A $3 exchange fee applies to non-subscribers. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building and to support our educational programming, a $2 facility and education fee will be added to each ticket (that’s $2 per each show in a Subscription). A processing fee may be added to tickets purchased online. This fee is charged by a third-party provider, PrintTixUSA, the company which provides the service. Tickets are non-refundable. Dates, times and titles are subject to change. The age to qualify for the Senior Discount is 65. If you require any special seating accommodations please let the Box Office know when making reservations. 

Always…a dedication

Craig Johnson

The Depot’s 2018 production of Always…Patsy Cline is dedicated to Craig Johnson.

As you might have heard, The Depot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season will open with a super fan favorite from the past 39 years, Always…Patsy Cline.

What you might not have heard is that this year, the drumbeat behind Patsy Cline’s famous songs will resonate a little bit deeper than in past years’ productions.

Longtime Depot friend and drummer, Craig Johnson, passed away earlier this year. Craig was the drummer for several Depot productions over the years, including Always…Patsy Cline in 2009, in which the playbill lists the band in that show as “The Bodacious Bobcats Band.”

According to his wife, Tammy, Craig absolutely loved playing on stage at the Depot – it was his favorite gig. She has donated some of Craig’s drums and percussion accessories to the Depot, where they will be lovingly played on stage this year and for seasons to come.

The Depot Theatre’s 2018 production of Always...Patsy Cline is dedicated to our friend Craig Johnson. His on-stage presence will be missed, but the spirit of his talent, dedication and gentle kindness will remain forever present.


CLICK HERE to see the Depot’s entire 2009 Always…Patsy Cline Playbill!


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!