(The following is the first in a season-long series showcasing articles, materials, and photos from the first 40 years at the Depot Theatre as part of the 40th Anniversary Archival Project!)
Throwback: 1980 at The Depot Theatre
In the Depot Theatre’s 1980 season, they put on TEN shows, including Blythe Spirit. This comedic play by Noel Coward includes seances, socialites, and the ghost of a first wife.
The energy and antics of these photographs caught my eye as I looked through the earliest records of Depot productions. The actors tangled up in a web, and their facial expressions during the seance made me smile. These photographs capture the humor of the story in just a few shots. Plus, the white blazer on the character of Charles Condomine, socialite and novelist, appears to foreshadow the larger shoulder pads to come in the decade.
Enjoy this photo gallery from that production!
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-Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.
NOTE about the Depot Theatre 40th Anniversary Archival Project:
The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!
The Archive Project:
As the Depot Theatre nears its fortieth anniversary season, I have had the privilege of looking through its past—in the form of photographs, playbills, press releases, and much more.
The Depot Theatre and Skidmore College began the project of archiving past materials in the spring of 2017, with the MDOCS (John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative) class “Archival Storytelling,” taught by Jordana Dym. The class recovered extensive archives from the Depot Theatre, and began the process of cataloguing and interpreting the story of the organization. Senior Geoffrey Greene continued the project over the summer of 2017. He has played a fundamental role in scanning and digitizing the collection, which beings in 1978, forty years ago.
I am excited to continue this project in 2018, and share the archives online. As the Depot Theatre celebrates forty years of history, be on the lookout for releases of archival material, both through the website as well as social media!
Meet the Intern:
Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.
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