Cast Announced for Depot Theatre’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

Westport, NY — Triple threat New York City actor/singers/dancers are set to wow audiences with the dynamic songs of Fats Waller in the Tony Award winning Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Depot Theatre.

The Depot Theatre continues its fan-favorite 40th season with a glorious, joyous, sultry romp through the 1920’s during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. With a mix of Depot alums and new faces, the five-person cast will take audiences on a journey through the timeless music of Fats Waller.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is directed and choreographed by Kenney Green, a Depot Theatre alum. “I am thrilled to be returning to the Depot Theatre for my 10-year anniversary which began with Five Guys Named Moe in 2008,” said Green. “Having directed and performed in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at other theatres around the country, it is wonderful to help bring this show to life on the Depot stage.”

Philip Hall

Philip Hall is the Musical Director/pianist for Ain’t Misbehavin’

Green’s previous Depot shows include Smokey Joe’s Café, What a Glorious Feeling, and Always Patsy Cline. He just directed an acclaimed run of Topdog/Underdog at the Lake Dillon Theatre in Silverthorne, Colorado. As an actor…Off-Broadway: Finks! (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination), Growing Up 70’s starring Barry Williams (Luther). National/European Tours: Smokey Joe’s Café starring Gladys Knight (Victor/Dance Capt.), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music of Andrew Llyod Webber (Ensemble).  Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Atkins), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Diva Diaries: The Musical [WORLD PREMIERE] (Young Randee Jean), Ain’t Misbahavin’ (Milwaukee Rep./Arkansas Rep), The Music Man, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Once on This Island, and many more. Directing Credits: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Godspell, The Wiz, Full Monty (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Emelin Theatre), Almost Connected: The Music of Jimmy Webb, The Wiz, Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Hairspray!  Kenney is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Yvette Monique Clark

Yvette Monique Clark will play Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Although new to The Depot Theatre, Musical Director and pianist Phillip Hall is no stranger to Ain’t Misbehavin’. This production marks the eleventh time he’s been affiliated with the show as a pianist and/or musical director. He has also served as musical director for productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz and Smokey Joe’s Café. Prior to venturing into professional theatre, Phillip worked in the Houston public school system. He’s had the distinct pleasure of playing with Aretha Franklin, jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno and for Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Phillip was selected to accompany a choir assembled to commemorate the 90th birthday of South African President Nelson Mandela. Currently, Phillip is the program director of Music Doing Good in Service, a non-profit entity based in Houston, Texas, and is the founder/accompanist of the eponymously named Phillip Hall Singers.

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield will play Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Yvette Monique Clark (Nell) is happy to be returning to the Depot Theatre since her debut there in the World Premiere of Route 66. She has been busy during her time away, performing in productions of The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evilene and Glinda), the World Premiere of UniSon (Momma, Terror #7), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), and Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ) to name a few. She is ecstatic to be reprising her role as Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

James Roberts IV

James Roberts IV will play Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield (Ken) returns to the Depot where he performed in Five Guys Named Moe in 2008. A Southern dreamer with an intense passion for comedy, storytelling, and song, he’s thrilled to be part of this dynamic cast and back in Westport. He received a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Catawba College and moved to NYC shortly after. Some favorite professional regional shows include Five Guys Named Moe, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Jekyll and Hyde, Godspell and Fiddler on the Roof.

Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson will play
Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

James Roberts IV (Andre) is thrilled to be working with this wonderful director and cast! His stage credits credits include: Hair (Intl. Tour, Dir. Diane Paulus), The Producers (Natl. Tour), Pageant (AZ Broadway), Kiss Me Kate (STONC), Memphis (Arkansas Rep), …Spelling Bee (Jenny Wiley), and Hairspray (STONC). James also hosts a YouTube vlog series called Take the Stairs.

Katelyn Bowman

Katelyn Bowman will play Charlaine in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Anna Anderson (Armelia) is excited to join The Depot Theatre for its 40th season. Ms. Anderson has taken center stage most recently as Mary/Faith in Grab and Grace (NYC), Anne Chovie in The Great Pie Robbery (NYC), Janice in The First Lady (NYC), Bobbie in Ha! the Musical (NYC), and Billie Holiday in the Arizona Onstage production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Katelyn Bowman (Charlaine) is thrilled to be part of this production. Her credits incude: National Tour: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! (Miss Elaina/Teacher Harriet), International Tour: Legally Blonde (Pilar). Regional: Grease (Frenchy), The Color Purple (Squeak), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), and Hairspray (Lil’ Inez).

The production is sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. Performances run August 11 – August 26, with a $20 Preview on August 10. For more information and tickets, call 518.962.4449 or 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.

Boquet River Theatre Festival tickets now on sale


Whallonsburg, N.Y. – Tickets are now available for the Depot Theatre’s Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) 2018 performances.

Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. The Depot Theatre in Westport took BRTF on as its signature education and outreach program beginning this year. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

This year’s Junior production, directed by Cherie La Duke, will be WILLY WONKA JR., with performances on August 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and August 12 at 2 p.m.

Performances for the Senior BRTF production of PLAY ON!, directed by Jackie Robertin, will be held on August 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and August 19 at 2 p.m.

“Thanks to former director Gigi Mason’s continued advice, and our experienced directors, the program has made a seamless transition in its first year under the umbrella of the Depot,”  said Diana McGuigan George, BRTF Coordinator. “The kids have been working hard in rehearsals, and we are looking forward to some terrific, entertaining performances!”

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at 1610 NYS Route 22 in Essex, NY.  Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, (includes $2 facility and education fee per ticket), and are available online at depottheatre.org, or by calling the box office at 518.962.4449.

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BRTF junior actors rehearse for their upcoming production of WILLY WONKA JR. (Photo courtesy Jill Lobdell Photography)

Favorite Depot Alums back for The 39 Steps

Westport, NY — A mix of popular alumni and some new faces will take the Depot Theatre stage for The 39 Steps, the second main stage production of the theatre’s milestone 40th anniversary season. Depot alums Jonathan Hadley and Missy Dowse will be joined by Lori Funk and Katrina Michaels, both new to the Depot family.  The production will be directed by another Depot alumni, Amy Griffin, who has both directed and acted at the theatre in previous seasons. 

Jonathan Hadley

Depot audiences will remember Jonathan Hadley from his onstage Depot appearances in Born Yesterday, Pete ‘N Keely, and Savin’ Up for Saturday Night, and for his offstage work as the Interim Producing Director for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Hadley was seen on Broadway and in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys, as “Bob Crewe”, a role he eventually performed over 2000 times. Off-Broadway credits include Shaw’s Widowers Houses, Finian’s Rainbow and Peg O’ My Heart.  Other tours include The Bodyguard, Into The Woods, Joseph..., Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway. Jonathan holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. Hadley will be playing the role of Richard Hannay at the Depot in The 39 Steps this season. “I’m thrilled to be back at the Depot to help celebrate 40 years of theatre in the Adirondacks!” he said.

Missy Dowse

Missy Dowse is thrilled to return to the Depot for the second time after playing “Blue Girl” in SHOUT! The Mod Musical in 2016. She will be playing the role of Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in the Depot’s production of The 39 StepsHer credits include, National Tour: Gypsy (Louise). NYC: The Battles (Machiavelli). Regional: East Coast premiere of Summer of Love (Holly) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Young Frankenstein (Inga) and The Producers (Ulla) at Fulton Theatre, Gypsy (Louise), Young Frankenstein (Inga) and Mary Poppins at MSMT, The All Night Strut at Portland Stage, Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), Agnes of God (Agnes) with Talia Shire and Susan Sullivan. TV: SMASH.

Katrina Michaels

Katrina Michaels refers to the show as “a delightful romp” and her role as one of the Clowns as a fulfilling challenge. Katrina’s recent credits include Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher at Orlando Shakespeare, Ruth in Tribes and Logainne in Spelling Bee at Florida Repertory, Viola in Twelfth Night, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Pinkie in the World Premiere of Noel Coward’s Hoi Polloi at Theatre Row, Hermia/Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucy in Dracula, and Daisy in Rhinoceros. 

In her first show at the Depot, Lori Funk joins Michaels as the other Clown in this production of The 39 Steps. Her Off Broadway credits include Three on a Couch at SoHo Playhouse, Looking for the Pony at McGinn Cazale, Thirst at HERE, and, most recently, Stiff at The Barrow Group Theatre. TV: “Law & Order,” “SVU,” “Onion News,” “What Would You Do?” Film: FourEyes, Dirty Moonie, Acting Her Age, The Price. Web Series: Human Telegraphs. Her one-woman show, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, was last seen at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC.  

Lori Funk

Director Amy Griffin has taken a creative approach, casting women in the roles of the two Clowns, which are traditionally cast with male actors. “I can’t wait for audiences to see this dynamic cast perform this fast-paced, hilarious spoof,” she said. “It’s great to be able to be part of this fan favorite show for the Depot’s milestone season!”

Griffin’s directing credits include:  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (WPPAC); Blue’s Clues Live (Nickelodeon); Annie at the Engeman Theatre (as Associate Director); and both SHOUT! The Mod Musical and The Taffetas at the Depot. As an actor, she has appeared on Broadway in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original cast, cast recording); on the First National Tours of Seussical (starring Cathy Rigby) and Grinch; Off Broadway in The English Bride, Once Upon A Mattress (starring Jackie Hoffman) and Forbidden Broadway; and regionally as Loretta in Fly Me To The Moon (Public Theater) Alison in Fun Home (New England Regional Premiere); Sally in Talley’s Folly (Bickford/Oldcastle), the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and as Rosemary in Outside Mullingar here at the Depot.

For its 40th Anniversary, the Depot Theatre brought back favorite shows from the past, and The 39 Steps was previously performed at the Depot Theatre in 2010. The 39 Steps was adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. 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 39 Steps is on track to be a favorite at the Depot yet again!

The production is sponsored by Champlain National Bank. The 39 Steps performances run July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20. For more information and tickets, call 518.962.4449 or visit depottheatre.org.

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Cast Announced for Depot Theatre’s ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

Westport, NY — The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for Always…Patsy Cline, the first main stage production of its 40th Anniversary Season. The role of Patsy Cline will be played by Bethany Gwen Perkins, and Depot alum Kathryn Markey returns to play Louise.

Bethany Perkins makes her Depot Theatre debut as Patsy in the 2018 production of Always…Patsy Cline.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making my Depot Theatre debut,” said Perkins. “It is an honor and a joy to take part in sharing the work and life of the incomparable Patsy Cline!” Perkins’ NYC credits include Bernarda AlbaThe Light in the Piazza and new works by Ryan Scott Oliver, John Bucchino and Greg Pliska/Charles Morey.  

Markey is pleased to be back at the Depot in an acting role. “I’m delighted to be onstage at the Depot after directing Pete n Keely and Savin’ Up For Saturday Night in 2014/15,” she said. Markey’s acting credits include Broadway: 3 From Brooklyn Regional: Holidays with The Chalks (Alliance Theatre), MemphisA Christmas Story (Engeman), American Family in 3 Chords (Bay Street), Over The Tavern (Penguin Rep), God of Carnage, Dancing at Lughnasa (Northern Stage), Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, & the Brighton Beach trilogy (Saint Michael’s Playhouse) Selected Shorts (NPR), Moonlight & Love Songs (GayfestNYC), Separation (English Theatre of Stockholm.) On-screen: SVU, Law and Order, 99, Trip, Premium Blend, All My Children, Filmic Achievement, DutchWestTV, CollegeHumor, Amateur Hour. 

Kathryn Markey will pay Louise Seger in Depot Theatre’s 2018 production of Always…Patsy Cline.

Markey’s directing credits: Pitt Stages, Axelrod PAC, Mason Street Warehouse, Ocean State Theatre, White Plains PAC, Cortland Rep, NL Barn and 14 seasons at Saint Michael’s Playhouse. Kathryn is the resident director of In Your Face New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse and created the satirical country band The Chalks.”

The production will be directed by the Depot Theatre’s own Producing Director Kevin Cochran. Music Direction by Kimberly Weems. 

Patsy was created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, and it has been performed at the Depot Theatre two times in its 40-year history. When the Depot asked its audiences which past shows they would like to return for this anniversary year, Patsy was a top contender. 

More than a wonderful, song-filled tribute to the legendary country singer, Always is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston who met the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961.

Audiences are sure to sing along with “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.” This production of Always…Patsy Cline is dedicated to Craig Johnson, who frequently played the drums at the Depot, including during a previous Patsy production.

The production is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina. Patsy performances run June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29. For more information and tickets, call 518.962.4449 or visit depottheatre.org

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Production Information

Always…Patsy Cline
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley — based on a true story.
June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29

Sponsor: The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina

 

 

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Cast announced for BRTF Junior program production of Willy Wonka Jr.

Westport, N.Y. – Following auditions on June 9, the Depot Theatre’s Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) is pleased to announce the cast of the 2018 Junior production of Willy Wonka Jr.!

  • Willy Wonka/Candyman:  Cooper Halloran
  • Charlie Bucket: Liam Murray
  • Grandpa Joe: Katie Rondeau
  • Mr Bucket: Leo Hatch
  • Mrs Bucket: Jane Kimball
  • Phineus Trout: Cabryn McNaughton
  • Augustus Gloop: Addie Stanley
  • Mike Teavee: Sofie Fiegl
  • Violet Beauregard: Grace Stephens
  • Veruca Salt: Ella Lobdell
  • Mrs Gloop: Eloise Woolf
  • Mrs Teavee: Claire Reynolds
  • Mrs Beauregarde: Gabrielle Mazzotte
  • Mr Salt: Sylvia Staats
  • Grandma Josephina: Sophia Whalen
  • Grandma Georgina: Allie DeZalia
  • Granpa George: Grace Kullman
  • Jamie: Natalie McDaniel
  • Sophie: Olivia Hathaway
  • Dannie: Libby Murray
  • Matilda: Bela Meyer
  • Alfie: Sofie Brankman Gibbs
  • Billie: Elizabeth Olson
  • Oompa Lumpas: Kaya Olcott, Emma Olcott, Leo Hatch, Jane Kimball, Cabryn McNaughton, Sophia Whelan, Allie De Zalia, Grace Kullman.
  • Chorus of Cooks: Natalie McDaniel, Bela Meyer, Elizabeth Olson, Olivia Hathaway, Sophie Brankman Gibbs, Kaya Olcott, Emma Olcott, Libby Murray.

The  Junior program (ages 8-12) rehearsals for Willy Wonka begin July 23, with performances on August 10, 11 and 12.

For more information about the BRTF, visit depottheatre.org/outreach or contact program coordinator Diana McGuigan George at brtf@depottheatre.org.

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Enrollment open and auditions set for 2018 Boquet River Theatre Festival

BRTF program staff addressed participants at an informational gathering in April. (L-R: Diana McGuigan George, program coordinator; Jackie Robertin, senior show director; Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre executive director; Gigi Mason, advisor; Cheri La Duke, junior show director.) Photo by Overtime Photo Booth

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce that enrollment is open, and a date for auditions has been set for the Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) 2018 program.

Auditions for both the junior and senior BRTF programs will be held on June 9 beginning at 9am at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. Participants who enroll before or on June 9 can take advantage of the discounted registration fee of $185 per child. Regular registration is $200.

The 2018 BRTF Junior production, directed by Cheri La Duke, will be Willy Wonka, and rehearsals will start July 23 with performances August 10, 11, 12. The Senior production, directed by Jackie Robertin, will be determined after auditions, based on the number of cast members. Rehearsals for the senior program will start July 30 with performances  August 17, 18, 19.

“The Depot Theatre has taken BRTF under its wing to ensure that this incredible program and tradition carries on for young actors in our area. I am excited to be involved with the next chapter of this program,” said Diana McGuigan George, Depot Theatre Outreach Coordinator. “I’m so looking forward to working with everyone involved, and particularly excited that Jackie Robertin and Cherie La Duke will continue on as Directors and that Gigi Mason will continue to add her immense talent and knowledge to the program again this summer.”

Diana McGuigan George will be happy to answer any questions regarding the 2018 BRTF program. For more information email her at brtf@depottheatre.org or call 518.962.8072.  More information, downloadable Participant Guidelines and online registration is now available at www.depottheatre.org/outreach

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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 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.