Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Theatre Improvements

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure which will enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140 year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area, as well.

“While there is a nostalgic fondness for the existing seating, we believe our patrons deserve to experience professional theatre in modern comfort. And, NYSCA agrees!” said David Howson, president of the theatre’s Board of Trustees.

The matching-grant, which is in addition to $6,000 in annual operating support from NYSCA, will also provide for dedicated accessible and companion seating sections for patrons with disabilities. The theatre will begin a campaign this summer to raise the matching funds and installation of the new seats is anticipated to be completed before the opening of the theatre’s 39th season in 2017.

“I have no doubt these new seats will be put to very good use,” said Senator Betty Little, a member of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “We’re fortunate to have some really unique cultural assets in the North Country, including the Depot Theatre in Westport. I am grateful the New York State Council on the Arts is offering financial support to ensure this theatre remains the jewel it is so that it may be enjoyed by area residents and tourists in the years ahead.”

The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Depot Theatre with a grant of $11,000 for stage technology improvements including new lighting and sound equipment. “Though our historic venue was built in 1876, today’s theatre artists and stage technicians need state-of-the-art sound and lighting,” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director. “I’m thrilled that the Charles R. Wood Foundation can make these upgrades possible for us.”

Located in the historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., the Depot Theatre operates under an agreement with the Town of Westport to lease the property as a theatre and art gallery. “Over the years, the Board of Trustees and staff of the Depot Theatre have been tremendous stewards of the train station,” said Ike Tyler, supervisor of the Town of Westport. “We are fortunate to have such partners who are dedicated to the preservation of both this historic building and one of the greatest arts institutions in the entire region.”

The Trustees and Staff of the theatre are grateful to NYSCA and the Charles R. Wood Foundation for their support. For more information about the Depot Theatre and the 2016 season, visit depottheatre.org.

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 2016 Season, its 38th, 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 INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson (president), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (vice president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia, Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.

Depot Theatre Announces its 38th Season

Westport, N.Y. – With everything from a rockin’ look at the 60’s to a Tennessee Williams classic; from a romantic Irish comedy to a musical murder mystery tour de force, the Depot Theatre is pleased to announce its 2016 main stage lineup.

Shout! — The Mod Musical, a smashing blend of swinging British pop songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances from the 60’s opens the season July 1st.

Next up is Outside Mullingar.  Reminding us it’s never too late to take a chance on love, this laugh-filled Irish romantic comedy provides the perfect balance of heart and drama one expects from Pulitzer prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley (author of Doubt and Moonstruck).

Rounding out the season is the hit off-Broadway musical Murder for Two.  This tuneful whodunit tour de force is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

“This is a very exciting inaugural season for me at the Depot Theatre,” says new Producing Director Kevin Cochran. “From music to mystery to romance, there’s something that’s sure to delight everyone.”

As a special add-on to the season, the Depot Theatre presents a one-week engagement of Pendragon Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. This Great American play catapulted Williams to fame and is as haunting and treasured as memory itself.

The popular reading series Depot Dangereuse returns with four plays for discriminating playgoers seeking cutting-edge drama and comedy. The plays chosen are recent On or Off-Broadway critical hits, read by local and New York City-based talent.

Season subscriptions will be available for purchase in March. Single tickets go on sale to the public on June 1. For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.

ABOUT THE SEASON

SHOUT! – THE MOD MUSICAL

Co-created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein

July 1-17

SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. With its heart on its sleeve (and its tongue planted firmly in its cheek), SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger.”

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR 

By John Patrick Shanley

July 22-August 7

Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers in rural Ireland who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of John Patrick Shanley’s trademark dark humor, this tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

MURDER FOR TWO

Book & Music by Joe Kinosian

Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair

August 12-28

A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this tuneful whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. In this hilarious 90-minute show, one performer plays the detective and the second actor plays all 12 suspects. And they both play the piano! It’s a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

Special Presentation:

Pendragon Theatre presents

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

By Tennessee Williams

September 1-4

The play that catapulted Williams to fame is as haunting and treasured as memory itself. Based on elements of Williams’ own life, this classic drama moves from shimmering moments of warmth and humor to scenes of shattering heartbreak. This special 2016 Season offering is produced by the award-winning Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake.

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 2016 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.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson (president), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (vice president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Rechia, Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot Shamel.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.

Depot Theatre Welcomes New Producing Director

Kevin Cochran joins the Depot Theatre as its new Producing Director.

Kevin Cochran joins the Depot Theatre as its new Producing Director.

The Depot Theatre is pleased to welcome Kevin Cochran as its new Producing Director.

Cochran has a wealth of experience in theatre production, having co-founded and served as the Artistic Director and CEO of the Grove Theater Center (GTC) in Southern California since 1994, and serving as Producing Artistic Director for the Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative. He has also been a financial advisor to theaters across the country. Cochran graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design and circus arts from Yale University.

In his new role at the Depot, Cochran will define and implement the artistic mission and program goals of the Theatre in collaboration with the board and staff, and supervise artistic and technical staff and volunteers during the production season.

“I’m really looking forward to joining The Depot Theatre family,” said Cochran. “What impressed me most about the theater is its importance to the community, the quality of the artists who come to work there, and the dedication of the theater staff, board and volunteers. It will be very exciting to build upon The Depot’s many successes and help grow the organization into the future.”

“Kevin is a tremendous addition to the Depot,” said David Howson, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “His experience and passion for live professional theatre, along with keen financial acumen, is a perfect fit for our organization. I’m confident that our audience will be drawn in by his contagious enthusiasm!”

Cochran joins Erin Harrington, the Depot’s Business Manager, who will be entering her second season in the position.

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 2016 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.

#GivingTuesday

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You’ve heard of Black Friday, right? What about Cyber Monday? Or Small Business Saturday? Those are all dedicated shopping days that follow the annual day of thankfulness, Thanksgiving. Well, we’d like to tell you about another day more like the last one: #GivingTuesday!

Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (this year that’s December 1st), #GivingTuesday is a movement that celebrates and supports giving & philanthropy and kicks off the charitable season. Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday has become a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration.

“On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.” (www.givingtuesday.org)

The Depot Theatre will be showing support for #GivingTuesday by participating in an awareness campaign to help spread the word. We will be collecting photos of people holding a sign in support of #GivingTuesday (see examples at the bottom of this article) and sharing them across our social media channels and on our website.

We invite you to join the movement.

We hope you’ll join in! Download our #GivingTuesday sign. Once you have then sign, then take a selfie or a photo of your friends/family holding it and share  the photo on social media along with some words in support of giving back. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #DepotTheatre so we can find it!

How else can you help?

  1. Help spread the word to others. Start a conversation at work, at home, or with your friends.
  2. Use your social media. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.
  3.  Make donations to your favorite organizations and causes like the Depot Theatre. Make a donation online now or to donate by mail send your check to: Depot Theatre
    PO Box 414, Westport, NY 12993.

We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.


Here are a few photos we’ve already received for our awareness campaign (we’ll add more as we receive them):

 

Depot Theatre hosts Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre welcomed more than 20 students from Westport and Willsboro Central Schools for its pilot Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop on Monday, Oct. 5 in Westport, N.Y.

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Students from Westport and Willsboro Central Schools learn about technical production from Margaret Swick

The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop is part of the Depot Theatre’s education outreach programming. The workshop was a pilot program that followed the 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program; a fun, challenging professional theater training experience that began in July and culminated with performances in Elizabethtown and Westport of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by a group of local young actors on August 7-9.

The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop consisted of a day of hands-on workshops led by professional artists in various aspects of theatre, including technical production, Shakespeare and stage acting and audition/voice. The students were divided into three groups based on age, and rotated between each of the disciplines throughout the day. Workshops were held in spaces at the Depot Theatre, the Heritage House and at the Westport Hotel, where the group also enjoyed lunch.

Each workshop session was led by a Depot staff member or volunteer, including Lindsay Pontius, expert in theatrical training and education director at Town Hall Theater; Margaret Swick, master electrician & lighting designer; and Alisa Endsley, Broadway singer, actor, vocal teacher and Depot Theatre trustee. They were supported by Westport teacher Heather Olson and Willsboro teachers Derrick Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, and Erin Harrington, business manager for the Depot Theatre.

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Students sing at the Heritage House in Westport with instruction from Broadway singer and vocal teacher Alisa Endsley, accompanied by Jennifer Moore on keyboards

“The Depot is pleased to provide these important educational opportunities that connect our communities’ aspiring artists with professionals in the field,” said David Howson, president of the Board of Trustees. “This pilot workshop was a success in every way and furthers our mission to ‘entertain and educate our community through professional theatrical arts’.”

For more information about The Depot Theatre visit depottheatre.org.

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Lindsay Pontius teaches students about Shakespeare and stage acting in a room provided by the Westport Hotel.

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATREThe 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 2015 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 AND CREATIVE TEAM FOR SAVIN’ UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT ANNOUNCED

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(Westport, N.Y.) The Depot Theatre’s 37th season concludes with “Savin’ Up for Saturday Night, The Honky Tonk Musical” This high-steppin’ musical features returning Depot favorites and will have you dancing in the aisles. In the show, two best friends fall for the same lady, while a spit-fire ex-wife kicks up her heels threatening the harmony of “The Ready Bar & Fill” the town’s one-stop honky-tonk and auto body shop. The audience is in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that keeps the Depot jumpin’ till way past last call.

 

This production of Savin’ Up for Saturday Night is sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design.

 

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

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KATY BLAKE (Lucinda) Katy is happy to be returning to the Depot after making her directorial debut with The Bikinis earlier this summer! As an actor, Katy has toured around the country singing and dancing to ABBA music in the national tour of Mamma Mia, was was in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, played the title role of Eva in the 20th anniversary tour of Evita, and played Christine in the San Francisco Company of The Phantom of the Opera. At the Pasadena Playhouse she created the role of Sirocco in the world premiere of Mask, directed by Tony award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. She performed with Reba McEntyre in the Hollywood Bowl production of South Pacific, and played Grizabella in CATS at Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island and at North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts. Katy is a country music singer and songwriter and has a CD of her original music available on iTunes. Several of her songs have been recorded by various country artists and groups. She is currently working on an original musical which country artist Tracy Lawrence and hit country songwriter Flip Anderson. Love and thanks to Mom and Dad and to “my Bear.”

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JONATHAN HADLEY (Eldridge) most recently appeared on Broadway as “Bob Crewe” in the hit musical Jersey Boys, a role he then played for five years on the First National U.S. Tour, as well as in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. He was previously seen on Broadway channeling Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett in A Class Act and Off-Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow and Peg O’ My Heart at New York’s acclaimed Irish Rep. Tours include Into The Woods (with Cleo Laine), Joseph…(with Donny Osmond), Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway in the US and Australia. Favorite regional credits include leading roles in Dirty Blonde, Born Yesterday, Yiddle With A Fiddle (Boston Herald Award), Amadeus, Loves Labors Lost, Call Me Madam (starring Leslie Uggams), The Secret Garden and Captains Courageous. TV: “Another World”, “Kidsworld” & “Sex and the City.” Jonathan is a director and teaching artist with Camp Broadway, TADA!, the Yip Harburg Foundation’s “Rainbow Troupe” and BRAVO’s “On With the Show.” He directed Much Ado About Nothing and Tartuffe for New York’s Sonnet Repertory Theatre and Spring Awakening for Brooklyn College. 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.

 

BEN LOVING (Doc) is thrilled to be making his Depot Theatre debut in Savin Up  Some favorite roles include Pistol in Henry V , Tom in Fat Pig , and Jim in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Film and Television work include Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Amazon’  Alpha House . He has also appeared a whole slew of commercials. Ben is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University.

www.benloving.com


Maggie MAGGIE POLITI
(Patsy) is excited to be back on the Depot stage after appearing in My Way last season. New York Credits: Gay Bride of Frankenstein (World Premiere at 45th St. Theatre, I-Star Theatre Lab, Joe’s Pub, Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Dorian (NYMF workshop). Some regional credits include: The Producers (Ulla, The Springer Opera House), Chicago (Roxie, West Virginia Public, Prather Entertainment, Interlakes Summer Theatre), Dancing in the Street (Florida Studio Theatre), High School Musical (Sharpay, Roxy Regional Theatre), etc. She was just seen on “Brain Games” for National Geographic & she recently hosted the Artist Simply Human dance convention in Atlantic City. She’s excited to be the new voice for the Abby Lee Miller Dance Secrets App (“Dance Moms”, Lifetime).  Check out www.maggiepoliti.com for more info including her national commercial & voice over work.


JOE SCHERMANN (Music Director) returns to the Depot after music directing My Way and Pete ‘N’ Keely last summer, as well as music directing and performing in its productions of Riffin’ and Tappin’ and Wicked City in 2011. Joe has acted as musical director and supervisor for numerous cabarets and workshops in NYC as well as regional productions of Guys and Dolls, Batboy, White Christmas, Best Little Whorehouse…, Smokey Joe’s Café and Grease. In 2012, he wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the award-winning indie film musical How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song?. Other composer/lyricist credits include Seeking Sondheim (WVMTF, NYC, Jerron Herman lyricist), Training (Elements Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA), as well as Roulette and Dex A Killer Musical, which each had their first reading and workshop respectively in New York City last summer (the latter of which also featured Joe in the lead role of Dexter Morgan).

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

KATHRYN MARKEY (Director) was born on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain and is happy to be at the Depot! Directing credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Over The Pub, Around the World in 80 Days, Fox on the Fairway (St. Michael’s Playhouse) Deathtrap & Boeing, Boeing (Mason Street Warehouse) South Pacific & Carousel at the New London Barn, Ragtime at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and David & Goliath at Merkin Concert Hall. Performing credits range from Broadway (3 From Brooklyn) to many NYC and regional stages including The Alliance, Symphony Space, Bay Street Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Gayfest NYC, Northern Stage, The Emelin and Penguin Rep. On-screen: Law and Order, Premium Blend, All My Children, Filmic Achievement, DutchWest TV, CollegeHumor and Amateur Hour. Kathryn is the creator of the satirical country band The Chalks, seen and heard regularly in bars, on TV and the internet.

 

HADMAR DESIGNS (Scenic Designer)  is a newly created design co-operative thrilled to make its theatrical debut at the Depot.

DEBORAH HOBSON (Costume Designer) is a NYC based costume designer who has worked in New England and New York for the past 16 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.

 

MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning for her second season at the Depot Theatre. While exploring options at Plattsburgh State, she decided to become a lighting designer. Since graduation, Margaret has been doing local theatre throughout the North Country as well as freelancing with I.A.T.S.E. Local 919 in Vermont.

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 and community theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ. Jim and his family run ShipStore.com and Westport Marina. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a new 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 as a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

 

KATI LONG (Stage Manager) Kati is thrilled to be working with the Depot Theatre. Hailing from Arizona, she also works as a Stage Manager and as a Master Electrician. Previous stage management credits include: New York City – ZWERGE, Cymbeline, Purchase of Manhattan, Romeo & Juliet; Southwest Shakespeare Company – King Lear, As You Like It, A Christmas Carol, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Titus Andronicus. Lighting credits include: Mesa Arts Center – Phoenix Southwest Ballet, 2 Cellos, Gruffalo’s Child, Imagine Ocean, Potted Potter.

 

 

Savin’ Up For Saturday Night Special Events

 

Celebrate Opening Night on August 21 with a toast immediately following the performance with the cast and crew, staff and board. (While the toast is free, tickets to the performance are required.)

 

Depot Dialogue: Join the cast and crew after the 5:00 performance on Sunday, August 23, for a moderated discussion about the show. Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.

 

The Depot Theatre Hootenanny at The Hotel: August 29 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Westport Hotel and Tavern. This even will celebrate the Depot’s 37th season of bringing professional theatre to the Adirondacks and will include live entertainment. Tickets are $50.

 

 

Full Production Information:

 

SAVIN’ UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT

Written by Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson

Directed by Kathryn Markey

With Katy Blake, Jonathan Hadley, Ben Loving, Maggie Politi, and Joe Schermann

Music Directed by Joe Schermann

Scenic Design by HADMAR Designs

Lighting Design by Margaret Swick

Costume Design by Deborah Hobson

Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Stage Management by Kati Long

At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993

August 21- September 6, 2015

 

ABOUT: Savin’ Up for Saturday Night

Y’all know lovin’ ain’t easy in a small town. Two best friends fall for the same lady, while a spit-fire ex-wife kicks up her heels threatening the harmony of “The Ready Bar & Fill” the town’s one-stop honky-tonk and auto body shop. You’re in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that keeps the joint jumpin’ till way past last call.

 

 

CAST:

Lucinda: Katy Blake

Eldridge: Jonathan Hadley

Doc: Ben Loving

Patsy: Maggie Politi

Roddy: Joe Schermann

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Written by Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson

Director: Kathryn Markey

Music Directed by Joe Schermann

Scenic Design by HADMAR Designs

Lighting Design by Margaret Swick

Costume Design by Deborah Hobson

Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Stage Management by Kati Long

J.M. McDonald Foundation Apprentices: Tommy Maron and Scarlett Moore

Interim Producing Director: Jonathan Hadley

Business Manager: Erin Harrington

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT

 

TICKETS: Tickets for Savin’ Up for Saturday Night are $29 ($27 seniors/students) and are based on availability. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining our historic theatre.

 

Tickets may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. The Box Office is open every day from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is open until showtime on performance days. Closed Tuesday.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

 

SAVIN Performance Calendar

PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station.

 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.

 

For full details about the 2015 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/

 

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 2015 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.

The Depot Theatre Presents the next reading in its La Depot Dangereuse Playreading Series

(Westport, N.Y.) The Depot Theatre continues its La Depot Dangereuse Playreading Series Wednesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. with the dramatic comedy “Good People”.

 

A tough and tender comedy about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of a blue collar neighborhood in South Boston and those who are left behind.
A hit in NYC and London! New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award 2011.
Featuring:
Annie Edgerton
Josie Good
Jonathan Hadley
Johnetta Alston Lake
Kathryn Markey
Xavier Markey-Smith
and Sarah Overturf as Sister Mary Margaret Bartholomew
Adult situations; language 

La Depot Dangereuse 2015 Lineup 

 

4,000 MILES 
by Amy Herzog
July 15 at 8 p.m.
A cross-country bike trip leads 21 year old Leo to crash on the couch of his 91 year old grandmother in NYC. These unlikely roommates infuriate and bewilder each other on their personal journey to understanding. This dramatic comedy was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist & 2012 Obie winner!

 

GOOD PEOPLE 
by David Lindsay-Abaire
July 22 at 8 p.m.
A tough and tender comedy about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of a blue collar neighborhood in South Boston and those who are left behind. A hit in NYC and London! New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award 2011.

 

GOD OF CARNAGE 
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
August 5 at 8 p.m.
A comic study in the tension between the civilized surface and basic savage instincts of two very different couples as they meet to discuss their 11 year old sons’ fight. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award & 2009 Olivier Award! 

 

THE WHALE 
by Samuel D. Hunter
August 26 at 8 p.m.
Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places. Winner of 2013 Lucille Lortel Award & 2013 Drama Desk Award. 

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT
TICKETS: General admission tickets for each individual reading are $10 and are based on availability. A Playreading Pass is $20 and includes admission to all four readings. (A $1 facility fee will be added to each individual ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining the Depot’s historic theatre.) 
Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Phone and Window hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station. 
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.
For full details about the 2015 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/
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 2015 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 and Creative Team For New York Water Announced

 

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(Westport, N.Y.) The Depot Theatre’s 37th season continues with “New York Water,” a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy by Sam Bobrick, known for his work on numerous TV sit-coms including The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Get Smart and Saved by the Bell, among others.

New York Water explores the effects of an environment on a relationship,” says director Misti Wills. “The play leaves us wondering who we are and if there’s really no place like home.”

This production of New York Water is sponsored by Skidmore College.

Audience advisory: This play contains adult language and may not be suitable for all audiences.

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

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JULIANE GODFREY (Linda) is delighted to make her Depot debut! New York Credits: Top Hat (Lab, Dir./Chor. Christopher Gattelli), Volleygirls (Katie Kavett; NYMF “Best of Fest” winner/Workshop/

Reading). Regional: Holiday Inn (Louise US/Ens.; The Muny/Goodspeed Opera House World Premiere), How to Succeed (Krumholtz, Stages St. Louis), A Chorus Line (Bebe, Sacramento Music Circus), Oliver! (Charlotte, Paper Mill), The Great American Mousical (Dir. Julie Andrews) & Good News (Goodspeed), The Music Man (Zaneeta, Arena Stage), A Wonderful Life (Engeman Theatre), Anything Goes (Erma, Woodstock Playhouse).

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MATT MUNDY (Albert) is excited to make his Depot Theatre debut as Albert. A New York resident, a few of his recent credits in the city include Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF); The Baby Dance, Othello (Barrow Group Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado (Pearl Theatre Co.); In a Heartbeat (Schicker Prod.); Irrationals (Shenango Prod.); Killgore! (Upright Citizens Brigade). Other fun regional and touring shows include Brighton Beach Memoirs (Portland Stage), Red, The Last Five Years, Foxfire (South Carolina Rep.); Reel Music (Florida Studio); I Hate Hamlet (Cape May Stage); Pirates Of Penzance (Weathervane Playhouse); WB Concerts’ European Tour of Grease! Matt is a founding member of the Core Artist Ensemble in NYC. A voice over artist, he also has a few silly characters floating in commercials around the country. Mattmundy.com

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

MISTI WILLS (Director) Off-Broadway: In Search of Euphoria (New World Stages), Tempest (La MaMa, Assistant Director), Twilight the Musical (New World Stages, Assistant Director) Off-Off Broadway: The Drunken City (Jump for Joy Productions, NY Workshop Theatre), Afterlight (Cherry Lane, 2009 NY Fringe Festival), Songs for a New World, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Sister Company), The Pearl Merchant, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Fave Regional Credits include My Fair Lady (Forestburgh Playhouse) and a national tour of The Imaginary Invalid. Misti holds a Master of Arts degree from Emerson College and has trained with Anne Bogart, David Mamet, Michael Mayer and Kristin Linklater. She has assistant directed Karin Coonrod, Scott Schwartz and Gabriel Barre. Misti has taught acting at the NY Film Academy and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn. Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.mistiwills.com


BONNIE BREWER (Scenic Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit for more than a quarter of a century. Professional stage manager and company member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she is also lauded as a director of more than 25 shows and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights and creating props for close to 150 productions throughout upstate New York. She has even had the occasion to make a few rare on-stage guest appearances – sometimes on purpose, other times out of necessity. Bonnie is happy to return to Depot again this year. Recent credits: Death of Salesman (director), Other Desert Cities (director and production designer).

JOEY HAWS (Costume Designer)

 

MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning for her second season at the Depot Theatre. While exploring options at Plattsburgh State, she decided to become a lighting designer. Since graduation, Margaret has been doing local theatre throughout the North Country as well as freelancing with I.A.T.S.E. Local 919 in Vermont.

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 and community theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ. Jim and his family run ShipStore.com and Westport Marina. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a new 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 as a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

 

SARAH OVERTURF (Stage Manager) Sarah returns for her fourth season at the Depot Theatre. Most recently she was a part of the installation team for the Carnival Freedom cruise ship as well as NY and regional productions across the states.

 

New York Water Special Events

 

Celebrate Opening Night on July 31 with a toast immediately following the performance with the cast and crew, staff and board. (While the toast is free, tickets to the performance are required.)

 

Depot Dialogue: Join the cast and crew after the 5:00 performance on Sunday, August 2, for a moderated discussion about the show. Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.

 

Full Production Information:

 

NEW YORK WATER

Written by Sam Bobrick

Directed by Misti Wills

With Juliane Godfrey and Matt Mundy

Scenic Design by Bonnie Brewer

Lighting Design by Margaret Swick

Costume Design by Joey Haws

Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Stage Management by Sarah Overturf

At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993

July 31 – August 16, 2015

 

ABOUT: New York Water, a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy that documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the mid-west and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success. Is love enough? Will a change of location shore it up or will ambition shake its foundation?  Join this unusual – and very funny – duo as they seek the answers.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This play contains adult language and may not be suitable for all audiences.

 

CAST:

Linda: Juliane Godfrey

Albert: Matt Mundy

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Written by Sam Bobrick

Director: Misti Wills

Scenic Designer: Bonnie Brewer

Lighting Designer: Margaret Swick

Costume Designer: Joey Haws

Sound Designer: Jim Carroll

Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf

J.M. McDonald Foundation Apprentices: Tommy Maron and Scarlett Moore

Interim Producing Director: Jonathan Hadley

Business Manager: Erin Harrington

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT

TICKETS: Tickets for New York Water are $29 ($27 seniors/students) and are based on availability. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining our historic theatre.

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Phone and Window hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

NYW Performance Calendar

PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station.

 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.

 

For full details about the 2015 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/

 

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 2015 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.

Review: DIVE RIGHT IN: DEPOT THEATRE’S “THE BIKINIS” IS A SWIMMINGLY GOOD TIME!

[This theatre review of “The Bikinis” by Diana Chase was published by Adirondack Family Time  as “Review: DIVE RIGHT IN: DEPOT THEATRE’S “THE BIKINIS” IS A SWIMMINGLY GOOD TIME!” on July 15, 2015.]

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

What: Created and Written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, the musical “The Bikinis” joins together an all girl band from the 60s that are reunited over a vote to either save or sell the Sandy Shores Mobile Home (Beach Resort). Upbeat songs from the 60s through the 80s move the story from under the boardwalk through various events in the lives of the band members.

Where: Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, New York 12993, 518-962-4449,

Ticket price: $29/adult, $27/senior/student, group discounts are available.

When: Westport NY: July 17,18,20,24,25 at 8 pm and July 19,23,26 at 5 pm.

(WESTPORT) Rain or shine, a fun beach romp this year is at the Depot Theatre’s production of “The Bikinis,” showing through July 26th. This musical treat transports the audience to the sandy shore with over 25 songs performed by an all-girl 60s beach band reunited to perform at a Florida beach resort, 20 years after breaking up.

I sit in the sold-out audience and enjoy the old-fashioned feel of the set created by Scenic Designer Bonnie Brewer. Brewer’s set conjures up the feeling of campy beach movies of the 60s with vintage slides projected in the background. She cleverly hides the musicians behind the beach sand fence and fills the stage with bright primary colors and wide vertical stripes. She playfully extends the set throughout the theatre, filling the walls with flip-flops, sand buckets and beachwear.
The musical is set in two acts (Yup, it’s a two piece.) with the first act introducing the audience to the present day women, long retired from their Jersey Shore girl band days. Brought together at a fundraiser for the Sandy Shores Trailer Park Association, two sisters (Annie and Jodi), their cousin (Karla) and a friend (Barbara) reminisce about how their singing group started at the beach in the summer of 1964.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

The women mock their former beach bodies and tease the audience about how the girl group won’t be seen in their bikinis with songs like “Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

It’s a strong ensemble cast that Director Katy Blake has pulled together. Blake’s cast of equity actors demonstrate their professional acting chops with every move. Whether harmonizing or performing a solo, these four women fill the stage with song. There are numerous cute bits like when they sing “Under the Boardwalk” and “Where the Boys Are” and banter about their mutual crush for Lifeguard 23 or sing “The Twist” and pull out some retro dance moves like the Monkey.

Jane Cooke is dynamic as ditsy cousin Karla, adding blasts of perfect comedic timing that help move the story along.  Annie Edgerton plays emotional older sister Annie who is lobbying hard for the residents to hold onto to their beachfront properties. A vibrant Edgerton uses song and dance to conjure beautiful images of a simpler time.

 

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Jeneen Terrana (sister Jodi), as the unsentimental lawyer, tries to convince the owners of the renamed Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort to sell to developers. Terrana seamlessly switches back and forth between her carefree past character and unhappy present day self.  Johnetta Alston Lake (Barbara) flaunts her gospel roots with every motion, adding depth to this beach fest.

The first act moves quickly with some rapid-fire costume changes. Alston Lake channels her inner “Bond, James Bond” with “Secret Agent Man” while Edgerton brings out laughs with a flamboyant version of “These Boots are Made for Walkin’.”

The second act has “the Bikinis” remembering when they “traded in our two pieces for a new peace” recollecting the Kennedy assassination, Woodstock and even Lifeguard 23’s draft into the Vietnam War. There is a lot of flower power with commanding renditions of such classics as “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “What Have They Done To My Song.”  The women transition through the 80s and 90s to the current beach club fundraiser where they rekindle friendships and resolve the reasons for the breakup of their all-girl band.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

 

This musical is great fun for the whole family. Kick off your shoes, sit back or dance in the aisles. This bubblegum frolic is like a good beach read, not a lot of  plot but a lot of entertainment. “The Bikinis” is summertime fun without the sandy feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

The Bikinis’ Cast/Crew:

Director/Choreographer: Katy Blake

Karla: Jane Cooke

Annie: Annie Edgerton

Barbara: Johnetta Alston Lake
Jodi: Jeneen Terrana

Musical Director: Joe Schermann

Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf

Scenic Design: Bonnie Brewer

Lightening Design: Margaret Swick

Sound Design: Jim Carroll

Technical Director: Kati Long

Drummer: Craig Johnson

Songs from “The Bikinis”

ACT 1

It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

Itsy Bitsy … Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Heat Wave

Be My Baby

Under the Boardwalk

Where the Boys Are

Chapel of Love

Hava Nagilia (surfer version)

Remember (Walking in the Sand)

The Twist

60’s Dance Crazy Medley

Beach Blankets (Boards and Balls)

You Love Me

Secret Agent Man

These Boots are Made for Walkin’

Shakin’ in the Sand

In My Bikini

ACT 2

Time of the Season

Incense and Peppermints

Dedicated to the One I Love

Look What You’ve Done to My Song, Ma

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

Simple Song of Freedom

Midnight Blue

When Will I be Loved?

I’m Every Woman

I Will Survive

Last Dance

It’s Raining Men

Sandy Shores

(Theatre review via Adirondack Family Time)

The Bikinis: North Country Public Radio Review

[This theatre review of “The Bikinis” by Connie Meng was aired and published by North Country Public Radio as “Theatre Review: ‘The Bikinis’ at the Depot Theatre” on July 15, 2015. Listen to the story.]

Jul 13, 2015 — “The Bikinis” provides a terrific musical time machine trip back to the 60s – the days of go-go boots, through disco to flower power – and sun, sand, lifeguards, and romantic evenings “Under the Boardwalk.”

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

The jukebox musical “The Bikinis,” created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, opened the Depot Theatre’s season with a bang. The loosely constructed plot concerns a 60s pop girl group reunited 30 years later at a benefit to save their beloved New Jersey beach settlement Sandy Shores from developers. The 26 familiar songs plus a couple of originals tell the stories of the group’s career and their lives with some entertaining twists. It’s great fun, especially for anyone who remembers that decade.

The four ladies are powerhouse singers and performers with a great vocal blend. On the group vocals their voices blend so well it’s difficult to tell who’s singing the solos. Music Director/Pianist Joe Schermann did a terrific job and Jim Carroll’s sound is excellent – never over-miked. Craig Johnson’s tasty drumming adds to the proceedings.

Jane Cooke, Jeneen Terrana, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake  Photo: Depot Theatre

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY. “THE BIKINIS” Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Directed by Katy Blake. Cast: Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana. Set by Bonnie Brewer. Lights by Margaret Swick. Sound by Jim Carroll. Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf. Photograph by Overtime Photography.

Jane Cooke, Jeneen Terrana, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake Photo: Depot Theatre

As the business-like lawyer, Jeneen Terrana does a surprisingly funny Elvis impersonation on “Secret Agent Man,” while Annie Edgerton as her sister Annie gives a hilarious performance of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Jane Cooke is excellent as the slightly dim housewife Karla and shines as an elderly Mafioso in the section about singing at ethnic weddings. As Barbara, Johnetta Alston Lake has great fun with “Heat Wave” and just about blows out the back wall on “I Will Survive.”

Bonnie Brewer’s colorful beach set works very well. There are two small changing tents with a dune fence between them hung with props and costume pieces, and a low platform in front of the fence for the mikes. No designer is credited for the costumes, but they are great and very clever. Margaret Swick’s lighting is very good and I liked the projections of photographs that carry us from the twist through flower power.

Director/Choreographer Katy Blake did a splendid job and the pace never lags. Her back-up choreography is terrific and the staging of “Be My Baby” and the disco section are especially good. I loved the 60s dances and remember them both well and painfully, since I worked a week as a go-go dancer. (A week was all I could take!) The surprise curtain call is fun and clever.

All in all “The Bikinis” is great summer fare. There is nothing wrong with fluff, especially when it’s this well done. The play even manages to work in “Beach Blanket Bingo” and Frankie Avalon. The audience had a great time and so did I.

On a scale of one to five, the Depot Theatre production of “The Bikinis” gets five boxcars. For North Country Public Radio I’m Connie Meng.

(Theatre review via North Country Public Radio)