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Depot welcomes new Board Trustees

The Depot Theatre Board of Trustees welcomed new members to its ranks at its annual meeting in October.  

“We’re pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Hadley and Alex Stephens to our Board of Trustees,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Board. “They both have strong ties to the organization and the community, and bring valuable perspectives to the board.”

Hadley and Stephens join recently-elected trustee Liz Spitler, who filled an open position on the board over the summer months, and the rest of the Board of Trustees: Amy McNamara, president; Cheri Phillips, vice president; Daniel Keegan, treasurer; Maureen Carlo, secretary; Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Lawrence Masle, Kathleen Recchia, and Shirley Bacot Shamel.

The Depot Theatre Board of Trustees expresses heartfelt gratitude to two long-time trustees, Beth Glover and David Howson, whose final terms were complete at the 2018 fiscal year end. 

To learn more about the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees, visit this page.

 

 

 

Depot Theatre announces appointment to new Producing Artistic Director position

Westport, N.Y. — Depot Theatre Executive Director Kim Rielly is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenney M. Green as the new Producing Artistic Director, charged with defining and implementing the artistic vision and program goals of the organization.

Kenney M. Green has been appointed Producing Artistic Director at the Depot Theatre.

Green takes on an expanded artistic role at the Depot, as outlined in the organization’s new strategic plan, approved by the Depot’s Board of Trustees in early 2018. Among other priorities, the strategic plan calls for increased engagement through youth and family programs, and for ultimately extending the theatre’s cultural and economic impact by offering year-round programming.

Former Depot Theatre Producing Director Kevin Cochran has left the Depot and will continue in his role as Artistic Director and CEO of the Grove Theater Center (GTC) in Southern California and as Producing Artistic Director for the Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative.

“We are deeply grateful for Kevin’s contributions to the Depot over the past three seasons, and wish him the best as he concentrates on his other artistic projects,” said Rielly. “Kenney’s experience and energy will ensure a smooth transition during this exciting time at the Depot.”

Green is no stranger to the Depot, with a decade of experience at the theatre, most recently as director and choreographer for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ last summer as part of the 40th Anniversary Season main stage lineup. His Depot credits include FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in 2008, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE and ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE in 2009, and WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING in 2010.

Originally from Fresno, California, Green moved to New York City in 1999 where he attended The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. He joined the European Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2000 and has been working in some aspect of the theatre ever since. 

Green has extensive experience as a choreographer, musical director, and director at venues that include New Harmony Theatre in Indiana, Lake Dillon Theatre in Colorado, Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire, Emelin Theatre in New York and the RPI Young Actors’ Guild in New York. Green also directed and choreographed the children’s musical pre-show program for the Good Company Players in Fresno, CA for three years. He has a long list of acting roles, is a longtime performer at New York’s Marie’s Crisis Pop Piano Bar, and produces the Marie’s Crisis annual International tours in London and in Sydney, Australia. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

“This unique performance space, the people, and this community are very special,” said Green. “I’m thrilled to take on this creative role at the Depot, and look forward to enhancing the organization’s contribution to the quality of life in the Adirondacks.”

The Depot Theatre will be releasing more information about the 2019 season and new initiatives over the next several months. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit www.depottheatre.org.

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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 2018 Season, its 40th, was 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 Announced for Depot Theatre’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

Westport, NY — Triple threat New York City actor/singers/dancers are set to wow audiences with the dynamic songs of Fats Waller in the Tony Award winning Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Depot Theatre.

The Depot Theatre continues its fan-favorite 40th season with a glorious, joyous, sultry romp through the 1920’s during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. With a mix of Depot alums and new faces, the five-person cast will take audiences on a journey through the timeless music of Fats Waller.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is directed and choreographed by Kenney Green, a Depot Theatre alum. “I am thrilled to be returning to the Depot Theatre for my 10-year anniversary which began with Five Guys Named Moe in 2008,” said Green. “Having directed and performed in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at other theatres around the country, it is wonderful to help bring this show to life on the Depot stage.”

Philip Hall

Philip Hall is the Musical Director/pianist for Ain’t Misbehavin’

Green’s previous Depot shows include Smokey Joe’s Café, What a Glorious Feeling, and Always Patsy Cline. He just directed an acclaimed run of Topdog/Underdog at the Lake Dillon Theatre in Silverthorne, Colorado. As an actor…Off-Broadway: Finks! (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination), Growing Up 70’s starring Barry Williams (Luther). National/European Tours: Smokey Joe’s Café starring Gladys Knight (Victor/Dance Capt.), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music of Andrew Llyod Webber (Ensemble).  Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Atkins), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Diva Diaries: The Musical [WORLD PREMIERE] (Young Randee Jean), Ain’t Misbahavin’ (Milwaukee Rep./Arkansas Rep), The Music Man, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Once on This Island, and many more. Directing Credits: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Godspell, The Wiz, Full Monty (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Emelin Theatre), Almost Connected: The Music of Jimmy Webb, The Wiz, Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Hairspray!  Kenney is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Yvette Monique Clark

Yvette Monique Clark will play Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Although new to The Depot Theatre, Musical Director and pianist Phillip Hall is no stranger to Ain’t Misbehavin’. This production marks the eleventh time he’s been affiliated with the show as a pianist and/or musical director. He has also served as musical director for productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz and Smokey Joe’s Café. Prior to venturing into professional theatre, Phillip worked in the Houston public school system. He’s had the distinct pleasure of playing with Aretha Franklin, jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno and for Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Phillip was selected to accompany a choir assembled to commemorate the 90th birthday of South African President Nelson Mandela. Currently, Phillip is the program director of Music Doing Good in Service, a non-profit entity based in Houston, Texas, and is the founder/accompanist of the eponymously named Phillip Hall Singers.

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield will play Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Yvette Monique Clark (Nell) is happy to be returning to the Depot Theatre since her debut there in the World Premiere of Route 66. She has been busy during her time away, performing in productions of The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evilene and Glinda), the World Premiere of UniSon (Momma, Terror #7), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), and Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ) to name a few. She is ecstatic to be reprising her role as Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

James Roberts IV

James Roberts IV will play Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield (Ken) returns to the Depot where he performed in Five Guys Named Moe in 2008. A Southern dreamer with an intense passion for comedy, storytelling, and song, he’s thrilled to be part of this dynamic cast and back in Westport. He received a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Catawba College and moved to NYC shortly after. Some favorite professional regional shows include Five Guys Named Moe, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Jekyll and Hyde, Godspell and Fiddler on the Roof.

Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson will play
Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

James Roberts IV (Andre) is thrilled to be working with this wonderful director and cast! His stage credits credits include: Hair (Intl. Tour, Dir. Diane Paulus), The Producers (Natl. Tour), Pageant (AZ Broadway), Kiss Me Kate (STONC), Memphis (Arkansas Rep), …Spelling Bee (Jenny Wiley), and Hairspray (STONC). James also hosts a YouTube vlog series called Take the Stairs.

Katelyn Bowman

Katelyn Bowman will play Charlaine in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Anna Anderson (Armelia) is excited to join The Depot Theatre for its 40th season. Ms. Anderson has taken center stage most recently as Mary/Faith in Grab and Grace (NYC), Anne Chovie in The Great Pie Robbery (NYC), Janice in The First Lady (NYC), Bobbie in Ha! the Musical (NYC), and Billie Holiday in the Arizona Onstage production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Katelyn Bowman (Charlaine) is thrilled to be part of this production. Her credits incude: National Tour: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! (Miss Elaina/Teacher Harriet), International Tour: Legally Blonde (Pilar). Regional: Grease (Frenchy), The Color Purple (Squeak), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), and Hairspray (Lil’ Inez).

The production is sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. Performances run August 11 – August 26, with a $20 Preview on August 10. For more information and tickets, call 518.962.4449 or visit DepotTheatre.org.

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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 2018 Season, its 40th, 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.

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!