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

Depot Theatre awarded grant from NYSCA; support increased 

Westport, N.Y. — The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $15,000 per year for each of the next two years. The multi-year general-operating support grant is the largest NYSCA award to the Depot in eight years.

NYSCA grants are awarded in 15 programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative in all 62 counties to support the creation of visual, performing, literary and media arts. The Depot Theatre is one of seven non-profit arts organizations (including two theatre companies) in Essex County to receive funding this year.

“This more than doubles our annual allocation over our previous grant,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Depot, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and, especially, the dedicated staff at NYSCA for their continued confidence in the mission and direction of the theatre.”  

“NYSCA recognizes and supports the importance of the arts to our communities,” said New York State Senator Betty Little, who is a member of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “The State’s continued commitment to the Depot Theatre, especially during its 40th anniversary season, is a testament to the organization’s significance in the overall cultural landscape in the Adirondacks.”

In 2017, the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre. The project was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA.

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.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018, the theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with educational outreach programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.

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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.

 

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.

Depot Theatre receives several grants to enhance artist housing

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has recently been awarded three grants to help prepare artist housing for year-round use.
 
In recent weeks, the Depot received a $2,000 grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation, a $2,000 grant from J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc., and a $2,000 grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.
 
These grant awards will be used to upgrade HVAC systems in the Depot’s facilities, allowing the organization the flexibility to expand programming into the winter months.
 
“We’re grateful for the vote of confidence in the form of financial support from these respected foundations,” said Amy McNamara, president of the theatre’s Board of Trustees. “Having facilities that can be used year-round ultimately provides increased opportunities for us to have a positive impact on the quality of life of our community through increased cultural and economic activities.”
 
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018, the Theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with education programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.
 
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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.

ABOUT THE CLOUDSPLITTER FOUNDATION

The Cloudsplitter Foundation is dedicated to improving the future for the flora, fauna, communities, and people of the Adirondacks. Over 70% of the grants made by the Cloudsplitter Foundation go to improve the environment, economies, and lives of the the people in the Adirondacks. The primary purpose of the Cloudsplitter Foundation is to improve the environment, both physical and cultural, in the Adirondacks and to make life easier, healthier, and more rewarding for the people who live there. While over 70% of the Foundation’s grants go to institutions in the Adirondacks, their secondary mission, to the extent that funds are available, is to aid other organizations dedicated to humanitarian causes, wilderness preservation, protecting civil liberties, and cultural development. http://cloudsplitter.org/

ABOUT THE J.M. McDONALD FOUNDATION, INC.

In the spring of 1952, J.M. McDonald established the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. This is a trust whose income is to be used as donations to deserving charities. Primary interests of the Foundation are education, humanities, health, and a variety of social and human services. As of the year 2014, 62 years after its inception, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. has grown many times over and is active in awarding grants primarily in upstate New York. Thanks to the foresight of J.M. McDonald, Sr., the Foundation will continue the charitable example he modeled years ago. http://www.jmmcdonaldfoundation.org/

ABOUT THE GLENN & CAROL PEARSALL ADIRONDACK FOUNDATION

The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation was founded in December, 2000, with the aim of improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondacks. The first funding cycle began with just 7 grants, totaling $10,000, and since then the value of our portfolio has seen growth through annual founder contributions and investment returns. This has enabled the Foundation to increase giving almost every year. In 2017, the Foundation awarded 36 grants. Since the Foundation was established, 402 grants have now been awarded to area not-for-profits, totaling over $653,000. The total awarded each year is normally equal to at least 5% of the portfolio value at that time. www.pearsallfoundation.org

Depot Theatre Welcomes New Executive Director Ahead of 40th Anniversary Season

The Depot Theatre announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization's new full-time Executive Director.

The Depot Theatre announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization’s new full-time Executive Director.

Just in time for the organization’s 40th anniversary season, the board of trustees of the Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y. announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization’s new full-time Executive Director.

A native of Westport, Kim is no stranger to the Depot, having lived in the region for the majority of her life and volunteered as a trustee of the Theatre. Most recently, she was the longtime Director of Communications for the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and her experience includes more than 20 years of marketing and communications.

Following a strategic planning session at the end of the 2017 season, the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees, with an eye toward sustainability and stability, launched a national search for a full time Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to announce that Kim will be the new Executive Director,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “She brings a wealth of talents to the Depot, including an intimate knowledge of the operations of the organization, strong ties to the community and a passion for the theatre. Together, with Producing Director Kevin Cochran, we know we’ve secured strong leadership for the Depot into its 5th decade and beyond.”

In her new role, Rielly will provide comprehensive theatre management and oversight of staff, budget, programs, fundraising, marketing, audience development and community relations. “I look forward to being an active participant in the tremendous momentum under way at the Theatre and in my hometown community of Westport,” said Rielly. “It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to increase the regional impact of this professional arts treasure.”

Rielly joins two other year-round staff, including Box Office Manager Katie Shepard, and the Theatre’s Producing Director, Kevin Cochran. Though she officially takes the helm in mid-November, both Kim and Kevin are already hard at work planning for the 40th Anniversary Season. Please join us in welcoming Kim. She is looking forward to meeting you and hearing from you about what makes the Depot Theatre such a special place. She can be reached by email at krielly@depottheatre.org.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. The Theatre offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with education programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.

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.” Funding for the Depot Theatre is provided 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.

Farewell & Congratulations to Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

On Friday, the Depot bid farewell to our business manager, Erin Harrington, who starts a new adventure this week at Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs.

Erin boarded the Depot in 2015 and helped facilitate infrastructure upgrades at the theater including new seats, expanded Wi-Fi service, and the replacement of our lighting grid.

“Erin was an incredible help to me during my first couple years here at the Depot. Her knowledge and her skills (and her calm demeanor!) will all be sorely missed,” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director.

We wish Erin all the best in her new position at HMT! https://homemadetheater.org/

Meet The Cast of THE LAST ROMANCE

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Meet The Cast of

THE LAST ROMANCE

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Bonnie B. Brewer

An Adirondack Stage Rats Production

At the Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

August 31 @ 5:00 pm

September 1 @ 8:00 pm

September 2 @ 3:00 pm

On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph impulsively takes a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. This laugh-filled comedy adroitly explores relationships between men and women in their golden years, as well as how the invisible ties of family often tie our hearts harder and faster than any love affair.

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Kathleen Recchia, Annie Scavo, and Jordan Hornstein in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia, Annie Scavo, and Jordan Hornstein in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Jordan Hornstein (Ralph) Jordan made his acting debut as a baby chicken, at P.S. 249 in Brooklyn, in 1952, for which he received a gold star (he has received no gold stars since). The Last Romance marks his debut with Adirondack Stage Rats. He was seen on stage in Saranac Lake last summer in Pendragon Theatre’s production of Art, and will be appearing there this summer in Deathtrap. He will also be in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ production of A Walk in the Woods, in July. He wishes to thank Karen and Beth for creating the Stage Rats and this opportunity. It has given him a chance to work once again with his favorite director, Bonnie, and two wonderful actors, Annie and Kathy. He lives in Long Lake with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two theatrically-inclined cats, Willie and Gracie.

Kathleen Recchia as Carol and Jordan Hornstein as Ralph in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia as Carol and Jordan Hornstein as Ralph in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia (Carol) Kathy is delighted to be part of Adirondack Stage Rats. She was Peggy in the company’s premiere production of The Fourth Wall, has toured with Pendragon Theatre’s The Seagull (Polina) and Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman) and has performed The Belle of Amherst (Emily Dickinson) throughout the North Country. She has been in regional TV commercials and has co-written two originial musicals – Road to Dannemora and Pride & Prejudice.

Annie Scavo as Rose in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Annie Scavo as Rose in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Annie Scavo (Rose) This is Annie’s debut performance with the Adirondack Stage Rats and she wishes to thank Karen, Beth, and Bonnie for the opportunity to play Rose and to work with such a talented and generous group of artists. Annie was last seen as Louella in the Recovery Lounge’s production of Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.

Pidge (Peaches) At the age of twelve, Pidge, a Cairn-Terrier, Pomeranian mix, lives with her humans, John and Virginia Santy of Gabriel’s, NY. Pidge enjoys chasing squirrels and cavorting with her male friend and next door neighbor, Brutus, a portly Chihuahua. Pidge has been anxiously awaiting her first role in the theatrics and wishes to thank all of her supporters, especially Aunt Sue and Uncle Dave, in this new adventure in her life.

Tiny Vyssotsky (Peaches) Tiny, age 16, hails from Queens, NY. Although originally from Greenville, SC, she considers herself a real city dog. Her hobbies include eating scrambled eggs, arguing with cats, and sleeping. Her favorite vacation spot is the Adirondaks. Which she considers “heaven on earth.”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Bonnie B. Brewer (Director) Bonnie has been working the professional theatre circuit for 30 years now. Directing projects include: Almost Maine, Agnes of God, Other Desert Cities, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, The Gin Game, Evita, Sylvia, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, All My Sons, Wait Until Dark, Evita, Death of a Salesman, and Lend Me A Tenor. Most recently she directed Fiddler on the Roof for the Saranac Lake High School. Light and set designs include: The Little Mermaid, Amadeus, Chicago, Other Desert Cities, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Murder for Two and SHOUT! She is grateful for the opportunity to direct for the Adirondack Stage Rats. Thank you to Karen, Beth, Jordan, Annie and Kathy for all their hard work and support.

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For more information, updates and program announcements, visit http://depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.

All 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.

Copy of depot-extracted-240x141ABOUT 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 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.

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 depottheatre.org/upcoming-events 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.

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 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

SOUVENIR
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.

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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 www.LarryDaggett.com

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.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

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 OvertimePhotoBooth.com. 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!

SOUVENIR
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

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For more information, updates and program announcements, visit http://depottheatre.org 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.