Depot Theatre takes Boquet River Theatre Festival under its wing

BRTF 2017 production of “Madagascar”

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it will be featuring the Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) children’s theatre as their signature education and outreach program beginning in 2018.

Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in musical theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall during August.

Ginene Mason, who has been with BRTF for 20 of its 25 years, took over as director/producer in 2006, and now intends to transition out of her directorial role. Mason approached the Depot in the spring of 2017 to discuss options for collaboration to ensure the sustainable future of the program.   

“I’m thrilled about this outcome, as the Depot Theatre is a natural fit,” said Mason.“Of course, I am devoted to the ongoing success of the BRTF, and in order to affect a smooth transition, I have offered to remain in a consultant role for at least the duration of 2018 summer program.”

The Depot plans to mirror the existing BRTF model as closely as possible, including cost for participation, continuing to include both a junior and senior musical, and continuing to utilize the Whallonsburg Grange Hall as the program’s rehearsal and performance space.

“The Grange is excited to work with the Depot and will continue our longstanding support for this wonderful program now and into the future,” said Andy Buchanan, president of the Whallonsburg Grange Hall Board of Directors.

“The Depot is committed to ensuring the ongoing success of the BRTF as an integral part of the Theatre’s program of work,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre board of Trustees. “The timing is ideal, as we have recently hired a full-time Executive Director, assuring focused oversight and continuity, plus it will be a wonderful addition as we celebrate the Depot’s 40th anniversary season!”

Questions regarding the BRTF transition will be welcomed by Kim Rielly, executive director at the Depot Theatre, at krielly@depottheatre.org. Program updates and details regarding the 2018 BRTF program will be sent to existing participants and posted on the Depot Theatre’s website: www.depottheatre.org as they become available.

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   PHOTO: 2017 BRTF production of “Madagascar” at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

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