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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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Depot Theatre Announces Fan Favorites for 40th Season

Three hits from the past 39 years are set to headline the Depot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season!

The main stage season, which includes a tribute to a legendary country singer, a fast-paced whodunit, and a sassy musical celebration of a jazz great, was selected by the Depot’s Producing Director, Kevin Cochran, whose choices were inspired by an informal survey of audiences last year.

“We’re excited to present what will be both a high-quality and crowd-pleasing lineup,” said Cochran. “These shows are a perfect backdrop to a season-long celebration of the Depot’s longevity and significance as part of the robust Adirondack arts community.”

The season opens with Always…Patsy Cline, from June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29. The popular musical comes complete with down home country humor, heartfelt emotion, and even some audience participation. More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically young in 1963, the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Musical performances include many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.”

The season ramps up with The 39 Steps, from July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20. The hilarious play is a combination of a Hitchcock masterpiece and a juicy spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python added in. This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning show is 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 final production of the main stage season is a revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’, which will be on stage from August 11-26, with a $20 Preview on August 10. Winner of the 1978 Tony® Award for Best Musical and a well-crafted musical review, audiences will love this celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller, complete with a live band.

“We’re looking forward to a summer full of fan-favorite shows and special events to celebrate this Anniversary Season,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre’s executive director. “Look for upcoming announcements about additional special presentations and be sure to save the date for our 40th Anniversary benefit celebration on June 30!”

Auditions will be held regionally and in New York City in the spring.

Group and single tickets will go on sale in late spring, and season subscriptions will be available for sale online in February at depottheatre.org.

Depot Theatre 2018 Main Stage Productions*

ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE

June 30 – July 15, with a $20 Preview on June 29

Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley — based on a true story.
Author: Ted Swindley
Author’s Representative: Joan Kovats
Business Management: Melanie Clark
Original Music Director: Vicki Masters
Band and Vocal Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen, Tony Migliore
Legal Counsel: Clair G. Burrill, Richard Garmise, Sawnie R. Alderedge
LICENSED BY THE FAMILY AND ESTATE OF PATSY CLINE. All rights reserved.
ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM AVAILABLE ON MCA.

THE 39 STEPS

July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited
And an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’                            

August 11-26, with a $20 Preview on August 10

The FATS WALLER Musical Show
Conceived by RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and MURRAY HORWITZ 
Created and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
Original Choreography and Musical Staging by ARTHUR FARIA
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by LUTHER HENDERSON
Vocal & Musical Concepts by  JEFFREY GUTCHEON
Musical Arrangements by JEFFREY GUTCHEON &  WILLIAM ELLIOTT
Originally produced by The Manhattan Theatre Club
Originally produced on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organization, Jane Gaynor & Ron Dante

*ALL TITLES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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.