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Favorite Depot Alums back for The 39 Steps

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

Jonathan Hadley

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

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

Missy Dowse

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

Katrina Michaels

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

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

Lori Funk

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

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

For its 40th Anniversary, the Depot Theatre brought back favorite shows from the past, and The 39 Steps was previously performed at the Depot Theatre in 2010. The 39 Steps was adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance, The 39 Steps is on track to be a favorite at the Depot yet again!

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

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Cast Announced for Depot Theatre’s ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Production Information

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

Sponsor: The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina

 

 

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Always…a dedication

Craig Johnson

The Depot’s 2018 production of Always…Patsy Cline is dedicated to Craig Johnson.

As you might have heard, The Depot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season will open with a super fan favorite from the past 39 years, Always…Patsy Cline.

What you might not have heard is that this year, the drumbeat behind Patsy Cline’s famous songs will resonate a little bit deeper than in past years’ productions.

Longtime Depot friend and drummer, Craig Johnson, passed away earlier this year. Craig was the drummer for several Depot productions over the years, including Always…Patsy Cline in 2009, in which the playbill lists the band in that show as “The Bodacious Bobcats Band.”

According to his wife, Tammy, Craig absolutely loved playing on stage at the Depot – it was his favorite gig. She has donated some of Craig’s drums and percussion accessories to the Depot, where they will be lovingly played on stage this year and for seasons to come.

The Depot Theatre’s 2018 production of Always...Patsy Cline is dedicated to our friend Craig Johnson. His on-stage presence will be missed, but the spirit of his talent, dedication and gentle kindness will remain forever present.

 

CLICK HERE to see the Depot’s entire 2009 Always…Patsy Cline Playbill!

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The Depot Theatre 1994: Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! (1994)

Whether it’s the theatre, museums, concerts or dance, what was your earliest encounter with the arts?

As a shy second grader, I pursued my dreams by joining the chorus. That fateful year, the annual concert focused thematically on musical theatre. Sadly, I did not make the cut for any solos and my singing career lasted just one year. But I did get a nice, foundational repertoire of songs, from Phantom of the Opera, to Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more. This year, while looking through the Depot’s production history, a lot of songs drift through my head, and consequently get stuck there.

One of these songs just happens to be the title number “Oklahoma,” from Oklahoma!, a bright musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This musical is an old classic from 1943 that the Depot Theatre performed in 1994. Looking back through the Depot Theatre’s playbill and photographs, I realized one of the settings is the Skidmore Ranch. As I happen to go to Skidmore, and our mascot is a horse, I felt that my second-grade experience with chorus truly came full circle. While “Oklahoma” is a catchy song, there are a lot of great ones, including “Oh What a Beautiful Morning!”

Click on any image below to enlarge and begin a slideshow of cast photos and images of the playbill for the Depot Theatre’s 1994 production of Oklahoma!

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About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

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: 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 Depot Theatre’s Lucky 13th Season

Nunsense, 1991

Happy Friday the 13th!

This Friday we have an unlucky holiday coming up—Friday the 13th.  While we only have a day of the unlucky number this week, the Depot Theatre took on its auspicious 13th season in 1991. Luckily, it was an exciting season with lighthearted comedies and musicals. Nobody seems to have broken a leg.

One of the musicals that stuck out to me is Nunsense, a musical comedy written by Dan Goggin. It follows the antics of five nuns from The Little Sisters of Hoboken. The musical seems perfectly suited for the Depot Theatre, as it happens to take place in a depot train station as well! Take a look through the amusing photographs of the nuns, and reviews of the musical. And this Friday, be careful not to walk under any ladders, break mirrors, and try to avoid black cats.

Click any image to enlarge and start a slideshow. 

Note: 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!

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About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

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: 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!

Early Renovations at the Depot Theatre

Building a Better Future:

The Depot Theatre is unlike any other—the formation and evolution of the theatre was and has always been a community generated effort. To an outside perspective like my own, I was surprised when I first heard about the Depot Theatre and intrigued by the story.

To take the long view, it all began in 1876, with the construction of the Westport train station. A little over a hundred years later, in 1978, Westport came together to save the historic site from demolition. That year, the Depot Theatre began presenting theatre within the space, while retaining its rich heritage as a station.

Since its inception, volunteers, staff, and members of the community have made this unique space Westport’s own. Within the archives, there is evidence of the help and hard work that ensures the Depot Theatre’s continued success. There are a few pictures of the train station’s renovation, which is tentatively estimated to be from 1998. If you recognize any faces, please contact us so that we can give credit where credit is due!

Check out More History Below:

http://depottheatre.org/backstage/production-history/

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About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

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: 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 Odd Couple, 1986

The Odd Couple, 1986

A Couple of Thoughts:

In the past four years as a college student I’ve had quite a few living arrangements. I’ve been in singles, doubles, apartments with three other people, and apartments with five other people. Moving in with someone new can be an overwhelming experience—it can be challenging to adjust to living with people with different habits and outlooks than you. I won’t get into roommate horror stories, but I’ve been fortunate to meet some great people and make amazing friends.

I think any soon-to-be college student should watch The Odd Couple, a hilarious take on what happens when two totally different personalities collide. The neat, uptight Felix Unger moves in with his sloppy friend Oscar Madison during marital troubles, only to discover that living with one another is not easy either. Although this play premiered on Broadway in 1965, it remains timeless. For those who haven’t seen it, look through these beautiful black and white photographs of the Depot Theatre’s production of The Odd Couple in 1986.

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About the Depot Theatre Archival Project:

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: 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!