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)

“LA DEPOT DANGEREUSE” PLAYREADING SERIES

(Westport, N.Y.) The Depot Theatre kicks off its second year of “La Depot Dangereuse,” a four-night play reading series that beginsWednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. with the dramatic comedy “4,000 Miles”.

In addition to its main stage shows, The Depot Theatre offers La Depot Dangereuse for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting-edge drama and comedy, with samples of what’s hot on and off-Broadway, read by local and New York City-based talent. The performances are sit-down or semi-staged readings, which are then followed by a moderated audience discussion with the director and actors.

“This series compliments the Depot’s traditional, popular main stage shows”, said Jonathan Hadley, Interim Producing Director. “These performances provide an opportunity for us to bring celebrated works to our stage that might otherwise not be available in the region, and to present them in a format that allows the audience to weave together the actors’ words with the images created in their mind’s eye.”
Audiences should be advised that the material and subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Parental discretion is advised.
 

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 37th Season Opener Announced

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Westport, NY- The Depot Theatre’s 37th season begins with “The Bikinis: A new musical beach party,” a non-stop celebration of classic songs including “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” that punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion.

It’s just such a fun time! The cast has a ball singing 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s hits and the audience has a ball because it’s songs they know and love!” says director and choreographer Katy Blake. “By the end of the night, everyone is dancing in the aisles!

This production of The Bikinis is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant at Westport Marina.

 

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

 

Jane Cooke

JANE COOKE (Karla) makes her Depot Theatre debut in The Bikinis. Select credits include Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas, US National Tour); West Side Story and Dracula (Stratford Festival); Beauty and the Beast (U.S. National Tour, Canadian Company); Cinderella (Stage West); Rockin’ in Paradise (Elgin Theatre).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Annie-Edgerton-200x300ANNIE EDGERTON (Annie) Her Broadway credits include playing Rosie in Mamma Mia! Also understudied and performed roles of Donna and Tanya on Broadway and the National Tour. Favorite regional and New York City roles are Laura Carew in Hazel Flagg; Goneril in King Lear; Mme. Thenardier in Les Miserables; Emma in Betrayal; Violet in 9 to 5; Nancy in Oliver!; Paulette in Legally Blonde; Camilla Parker-Bowles in Queen of Hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnetta-Alston-LakeJOHNETTA ALSTON LAKE (Barbara) makes her Depot Theatre debut with The Bikinis. Johnetta was a member of the Broadway Gospel Choir where her powerful God-given voice did not go unnoticed.She has worked with industry icons including Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, Galt MacDermot, Eric Krebs, Jason Robert Brown, and many others. Johnetta was part of the Broadway Workshops for Abyssinia, Parade and The Civil War!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JENEEN TERRANA (J​odi) is making her Depot Theatre debut. She has appeared as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Kate in the Central Florida Lyric Opera production of The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and several workshop productions in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

KATY BLAKE (Director & Choreographer) Katy is primarily a performer and has toured the country as Eva in Evita, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, and Whistle Down the Wind (dir. Hal Prince). Off-Broadway she has performed at the York Theatre, Signature Theatre, and in various NYMF productions. Katy created the role of Pam in CATCO’s and Off-Broadway’s The Last Smoker in America, and the role of Sirroco in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Mask (dir. Richard Maltby, Jr.). In Los Angeles, Katy was seen at the Hollywood Bowl in South Pacific with Reba McEntyre, and was directed by Jason Alexander in Sunday in the Park With George at Reprise! Katy also sings and writes country music and is working on writing her first musical – “Storming Heaven” based on the award-winning book by Denise Giardiana!

 

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 Dark Passenger: The 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).

 

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 20 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. Last summer she found herself teching two shows simultaneously on opposite sides of the mountains: Man of La Mancha at Pendragon, and My Way at the Depot.

 

MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) started in theatre during high school. While exploring options at Plattsburgh State, she decided to become a master electrician. 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.

 

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.

 

The Bikinis Special Events:

Celebrate Opening Night on July 10 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, July 12, for a moderated discussion about the show. Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.

 

Full Production Information:

 

THE BIKINIS

A new musical beach party

Created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman

Directed & Choreographed by Katy Blake

With Jane Cooke, Annie Edgerton, Johnetta Alston Lake, Jeneen Terrana

Music Direction by Joe Schermann

Scenic Design by Bonnie Brewer

Lighting Design by Margaret Swick

Sound Design by Jim Carroll

Stage Management by Sarah Overturf

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

July 10 – 26, 2015

 

ABOUT: The Bikinis are irresistible! The Jersey Shore girl group “The Bikinis” reunites after 20 years to take us back to their glory days of the swinging 60’s (and through the 80’s) sharing more than 30 songs they sang on (and under) the boardwalk in an attempt to raise money to save the “Sandy Shores Mobile Home (Beach Resort).” This non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will have everyone dancing in the aisles!

 

CAST:

Jodi: Jeneen Terrana

Annie: Annie Edgerton

Karla: Jane Cooke

Barbara: Johnetta Alston Lake

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Created & Written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman

Director/Choreographer: Katy Blake

Music Director: Joe Schermann

Scenic Designer: Bonnie Brewer

Lighting Designer: Margaret Swick

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 The Bikinis 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:

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/

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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. Its mission is to enrich, entertain and educate the community through professional theatrical arts in a historic train station. In addition to a 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. 

The Depot Theatre dedicates its 37th season to the memory of Gordon Decker, patron, friend, and trusted advisor whose guidance and counsel was vital to securing a financially sustainable future for one of the region’s most treasured arts institutions.  

Depot Theatre Apprentice Summer Program seeks Young Actors

Ballard Park

Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program at Ballard Park

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre is seeking young actors aged 11-14 to participate in its 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program, a fun, challenging professional theater training experience that begins July 7 and culminates with performances on August 7-9.

The Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program is dedicated to the professional training of young actors in classical theater. The 2015 program will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and will be directed by Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs, both experts in theatrical training and longtime associates of the Depot Theatre.

The program is offered free of charge, and will consist of rehearsals  beginning Tuesday, July 7, four afternoons (Mon. – Thurs.) a week from 4pm to 6pm at Ballard Park in Westport, N.Y, Ballard Park features an outdoor stage, a life-guarded beach, and places to grab a snack just a block away. The Young Actor Apprentice Program is sponsored in-part by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

In addition to the Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program, the Depot Theatre is also pleased to administer the JM McDonald Foundation Apprentice Program. The 2015 Summer Apprenticeship was awarded to Westport students Tommy Maron and Scarlett Moore, who will be completely immersed in the Depot Theatre’s summer theatre season, with responsibilities ranging from assisting with the building of sets, with costumes and props, to helping with promotion to conducting backstage support during performances. This program is supported with a grant from the JM McDonald Foundation.

“The Depot is dedicated to supporting arts education programs for aspiring theatre artists in our community,” said David Howson, president of the Depot Theatre board of Trustees. “We’re pleased to have two programs in place for the 2015 summer season.”

Young people interested in participating in the Apprentice Summer Program’s training and production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” should contact Scott Gibbs at gibbss@westelcom.com or 962-4916 for more information and to register.

Depot Theatre Announces 2015 Management Team

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y., is pleased to announce its new management team.

Erin Harrington, business manager

Erin Harrington, business manager

Erin Harrington accepted the role of the Depot’s new Business Manager in March, and has hit the ground running ever since. Erin is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a dual degree in theatre and English, with a focus on the study of dramaturgy. Erin’s ten minute play “Individual Toes” was produced this past summer at Unboxed Voices in New York City and at 20% Theatre in Chicago. 

Originally from the Adirondacks, Erin brings business acumen to the position with experience as a resort campground manager in the Lake George region. “It’s great to be able to work in my field in the Adirondacks, where I grew up,” said Harrington. “I’m very much looking forward to combining my business talent with my passion for theatre at one of the region’s most enduring cultural institutions.”

Popular and accomplished actor and director Jonathan Hadley returns this summer as Interim Producing Director. Jonathan, from New York City, is no stranger to Westport, having performed and worked at the Theatre, including last summer when he took both the role as Interim Producing Director and star of the main stage show “Pete & Keely.”

Jonathan Hadley

Jonathan Hadley returns to The Depot Theatre and Westport, N.Y.

Hadley 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 as 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 and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway in the US and Australia.

“I’m thrilled to return to Westport for the season,” said Hadley. “I’m looking forward to being part of both the ongoing, sustainable evolution of this wonderful professional theatre and one of my favorite communities in the world!”

Erin and Jonathan join the familiar face of Katie Shepard as box office manager.

“The board is thrilled to have this dynamic team in place,” said David Howson, president of the board. “They bring the perfect balance of professional experience, enthusiasm and skills that will support our mission and engage with our community.”

All are invited to experience this summer’s lineup for laughs and great music, and to meet and greet the team! Season subscriptions are now available online. For more information, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 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. Its mission is to enrich, entertain and educate the community through professional theatrical arts in a historic train station. In addition to a 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. 

The Depot Theatre dedicates its 37th season to the memory of Gordon Decker, patron, friend, and trusted advisor whose guidance and counsel was vital to securing a financially sustainable future for one of the region’s most treasured arts institutions.  

Broadway Veteran to direct Westport Central School Play

Westport, N.Y. – The show will go on for this spring’s Westport Central School Drama Club production of  “Our Miss Brooks”.

Jonathan Hadley

Jonathan Hadley returns to The Depot Theatre and Westport, N.Y.

With the director of the play unexpectedly unavailable, the status of the production was left in question with opening night looming.  

“I was speaking with members of Westport’s Depot Theatre board of trustees, who offered to try to help us resolve this time-sensitive situation,” said Cynthia Johnston, Superintendent of Schools. “And they came through with not only a director for us, but with a professional Broadway veteran with a familiar face!”

Popular and accomplished actor and director Jonathan Hadley, from New York City, will take the reins of director for the school play, along with support from Depot Theatre business manager Erin Harrington.

“When we heard about the situation, we knew we just had to help,” said David Howson, president of the Depot’s board. “The show must go on!”

Hadley is no stranger to Westport, having performed and worked at the Depot, including last summer when he took both the role as Interim Producing Director and co-star of the hit main stage show “Pete & Keely”. 

“It’s an honor to be able to give back to the strong, vibrant Westport community that has supported the Depot Theatre for an unprecedented 36 seasons,” said Hadley. “I can’t wait to start working with the cast and crew!”

Hadley 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 as 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 and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway in the US and Australia.

“Our Miss Brooks” takes the stage at Westport Central School from May 15-16.  

Depot Theatre's Jonathan Hadley directs Westport Central School's "Our Miss Brooks".

Jonathan Hadley begins rehearsals with the Westport Central School Drama Club

Depot Theatre Announces its 37th Season

Westport, N.Y. – Complete with classic songs from the 60’s, zany romantic comedy and toe-tapping honky tonk, the Depot Theatre is pleased to announce its dynamic 2015 main stage lineup.

 

“The Bikinis” opens the season on July 10. A non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion, and will have audiences dancing in the aisles!

 

The opening musical is followed by “New York Water!”. This quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy 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.

 

Rounding out the season is the Northeast regional premiere of “Savin’ Up for Saturday Night: The Honky-Tonk Musical”, with an energetic combination of showstoppers, cat fights and love quadrangles set in a one-stop honky-tonk and auto body shop.

 

“We’re looking forward to another summer of great theatre in Westport,” said David Howson, board president. “We are grateful to the community, our generous donors and volunteers for the amount of support that they continue to devote to the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.”

 

In addition to the main stage shows, the Depot’s popular play reading series “La Depot Dangereuse” will return for its second year. This four-night series is offered for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting-edge drama and comedy, with samples of what’s hot on and off-Broadway, read by local and New York City-based talent.

 

The Depot Theatre dedicates its 37th season to the memory of Gordon Decker, patron, friend, and trusted advisor whose guidance and counsel was vital to securing a financially sustainable future for one of the region’s most treasured arts institutions.

 

Season subscriptions are now available online. A three-show flexible subscription package is $78 per person ($75 for seniors). Single tickets go on sale to the public on June 1 and are $29 per person ($27 for seniors). For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 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 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.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Beth Glover (vice president), David Howson (president), John Klipper (treasurer), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (secretary), Cheri Phillips, Kimberly Rielly and Shirley Bacot Shamel.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL
Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Sharon Reynolds, Annie Scavo and Sally Struthers.

 

ABOUT THE SEASON

 

THE BIKINIS
Created and Written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman
July 10-26
Sponsored by The Galley at Westport Marina

 

The Bikinis are irresistible!  The Jersey Shore girl group “The Bikinis” reunites after 20 years to take us back to their glory days of the swinging ‘60’s (and through the 80’s) sharing more than 30 songs they sang on (and under) the boardwalk in an attempt to raise money to save the “Sandy Shores Mobile Home (Beach Resort)”.  This non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will have you dancing in the aisles!

 

 

NEW YORK WATER! 
By Sam Bobrick
July 31-August 16
Sponsored by Skidmore College

 

This quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy 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.  [Not suitable for children.]

 

 

SAVIN’ UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT: THE HONKY-TONK MUSICAL
By Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson
August 21-September 6
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

 

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.

Depot Theatre Celebrates a Successful Season and Looks to the Future

Depot Theatre board president presents 2014 Buchanan Award to Shirley Bacot Shamel

Depot Theatre board president presents 2014 Buchanan Award to Shirley Bacot Shamel

Westport, N.Y. – The Board of Trustees of the Depot Theatre is pleased to announce that the organization’s 36th season was an unquestionable success, ending the fiscal year in the black for the first time in four years thanks to high attendance and generous contributions from donors and volunteers. 

“It might come as a surprise to some that ticket sales cover only a small portion of the expense involved in running a professional theatre,” said John Klipper, board treasurer. “Earned revenue must be augmented with contributed revenue. We’re excited that our revenue goals were not only met, but surpassed!”

This news is especially gratifying given the financial shortfall that required the board to implement organizational changes at the close of the 2013 season in an attempt to secure a sustainable future for the organization.  

Following the expert advice of the New York Council on Non-Profits and a newly-formed Advisory Council of former trustees and friends, the board implemented a recovery plan that adjusted the length of the season and experimented with a seasonal staffing model that included a full-summer interim producing director and several essential part-time staff.  

Restructuring and cost cutting did not diminish the organization’s commitment to producing quality professional theatre. In 2014, all of the actors and stage managers were engaged on Actors’ Equity contracts and received pension and health contributions from the Depot.  

“Producing professional theatre in a small, rural community, while challenging, provides cultural and economic benefits to the entire region,” said David Howson, board president. “The board is committed to honing a mission-driven program that balances revenue and expenses along with a sustainable staffing model to ensure the long-term viability of the theater.” 

“We’re tremendously grateful to the community, its generous donors and volunteers for the amount of support they have given to secure the future of this theatre – the only theatre company in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association,” said Howson. 

The Depot Theatre is currently conducting a staffing search and plans to announce next year’s season lineup in early 2015.  For updates and more information, visit www.depottheatre.org.

The board extends its most heartfelt gratitude to Shirley Bacot Shamel, 2014 recipient of the Depot Theatre Buchanan Award, which was presented to her at the closing show of the season. Shamel, a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, continues to dedicate her expertise, time and resources to advance the Depot Theatre’s mission.

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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 2014 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, Beth Glover (vice president), David Howson (president), John Klipper (treasurer), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (secretary), Kimberly Rielly and Shirley Bacot Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Gordon Decker, Howard Fish, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Cheri Phillips, Jane Preston, Sharon Reynolds, Annie Scavo and Sally Struthers.

Depot Theatre Play Reading Series concludes with THE GRADUATE on Aug 27

Depot TheatreWestport, N.Y. – The last in the Depot Theatre’s summer series, La Depot Dangereuse, will be a reading of THE GRADUATE on Wednesday August 27 at 8:00 p.m.

La Depot Dangereuse play reading series is a showcase of what’s HOT on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, and London’s West End. Read by local and NYC talent these works are for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting edge drama and comedy. (Material is NOT suitable for children!)

The reading will star Sam Balzac, Beth Glover, Jessica Kemp, George Davis, Fran Yardley, Burdette Parks, and Eunice Ferreira. Directed by Jonathan Hadley. All readings take place onstage at The Depot Theatre.

This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson. California in the 60s. Benjamin’s got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him..A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life.

Tickets are available online at www.depottheatre.org or at the Box Office. $10 Suggested Donation.

THE GRADUATE, adapted by Terry Jonson, Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

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 2014 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.

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MUSICAL PETE ‘N’ KEELY CAPS DEPOT THEATRE’S 2014 SEASON

Limited engagement features only 8 performances!

Pete 'N' KeelyWestport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre 2014 season concludes with a limited engagement of PETE ‘N’ KEELY which runs from August 22-31.

In this upbeat musical, the Depot turns back the clock to 1968 and transforms itself into a NBC studio where America’s favorite singing duo Pete ‘n’ Keely reunites in this “live” television broadcast. Despite their recent acrimonious divorce these brave, talented kids are only coming back to please their fans. This musical from the director of When Pigs Fly and the producer of The Mystery of Irma Vep features unforgettable renditions of the era’s popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times. Tunes, hilarity, and sparks are guaranteed to fly!

The show is directed by Vermont native, and NYC-based actor/director Kathryn Markey (Regional: Fiddler on the Roof, Over the Pub, Deathtrap, South Pacific, Carousel) and stars Katy Blake (Broadway tour of Mamma Mia) and the Depot’s own interim producing director Jonathan Hadley (Broadway & International Tour of Jersey Boys). Joe Schermann returns to the Depot a second time this summer as the musical director, having just completed the smash-hit My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra last month. The final production of the Depot Theatre season is sponsored by Skidmore College.

Prior productions of PETE ‘N’ KEELY have received rave reviews including:

“Campy [with] nostalgic belly laughs.” – The New York Times

“A rattling good time.” – New York Magazine

“The brightest, happiest, and most entertaining little show in town.” – New York Observer

“A sequined, bell bottomed parade of escalating fabulousness!” – Newsday

ABOUT THE CAST

Jonathan Hadley and Katy Blake rehearse for Depot Theatre's "Pete 'N' Keely"

Jonathan Hadley and Katy Blake rehearse for Depot Theatre’s “Pete ‘N’ Keely”

KATY BLAKE has been singing and dancing since she was four years old when she debuted as “child #2” in The Elixir of Love – an opera in which her mother and father both performed with the Virginia Opera Society. She’s been hooked ever since. Most recently, Katy was seen at the Signature Theatre in the new musical, Sweetie, directed by the legendary Pat Birch. Last summer, she performed the role of Grizabella in CATS at Theatre by the Sea and at North Shore Music Theatre to rave reviews. She created the role of Jesse in the Off-Broadway NYMF production of Greenwood and originated the role of Pam in the pre-New York tryout of The Last Smoker In America. Audiences around the country have seen her singing and dancing to ABBA music in the national tour of Mamma Mia. Before that, she was at the Pasadena Playhouse creating the role of Sirocco in the world premiere of Mask, directed by Tony award winner Richard Maltby, Jr., written by Oscar winner Anna Hamilton-Phelan, and music by Grammy winners Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill. She performed with Reba McEntyre in the Hollywood Bowl production of South Pacific, and was in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Katy played the title role of Eva in the 20th anniversary production of Evita, and played Christine in the San Francisco Company of The Phantom of the Opera. Katy has also performed in many different theatres off-Broadway and regionally. She has been in industrial shows around the country for such clients as IPOP, The Wynn Las Vegas, The Bellagio New Year’s Eve, Shaklee, and The Grammy Awards After Party, to name a few. Katy is an accomplished country singer/songwriter and has a CD of her original music available at www.katyblake.com

JONATHAN HADLEY 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.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – KATHRYN MARKEY

Pete ‘n’ Keely marks KATHRYN MARKEY’s directing debut at the Depot Theatre. 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.

Tickets for all 2014 performances are $29 with discounts for seniors, groups and students. Evening, early-evening and matinee performances are available. Additional information and tickets are available online at depottheatre.org, or by contacting the box office at 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.”  The Depot Theatre’s 2014 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.

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"Pete 'N' Keely" schedule