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The Fortieth Anniversary Archival Project

 

The Archive Project:

Just a sampling of Depot Theatre materials archived by Skidmore students.

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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Depot Theatre hosts Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre welcomed more than 20 students from Westport and Willsboro Central Schools for its pilot Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop on Monday, Oct. 5 in Westport, N.Y.

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Students from Westport and Willsboro Central Schools learn about technical production from Margaret Swick

The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop is part of the Depot Theatre’s education outreach programming. The workshop was a pilot program that followed the 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program; a fun, challenging professional theater training experience that began in July and culminated with performances in Elizabethtown and Westport of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by a group of local young actors on August 7-9.

The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop consisted of a day of hands-on workshops led by professional artists in various aspects of theatre, including technical production, Shakespeare and stage acting and audition/voice. The students were divided into three groups based on age, and rotated between each of the disciplines throughout the day. Workshops were held in spaces at the Depot Theatre, the Heritage House and at the Westport Hotel, where the group also enjoyed lunch.

Each workshop session was led by a Depot staff member or volunteer, including Lindsay Pontius, expert in theatrical training and education director at Town Hall Theater; Margaret Swick, master electrician & lighting designer; and Alisa Endsley, Broadway singer, actor, vocal teacher and Depot Theatre trustee. They were supported by Westport teacher Heather Olson and Willsboro teachers Derrick Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, and Erin Harrington, business manager for the Depot Theatre.

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Students sing at the Heritage House in Westport with instruction from Broadway singer and vocal teacher Alisa Endsley, accompanied by Jennifer Moore on keyboards

“The Depot is pleased to provide these important educational opportunities that connect our communities’ aspiring artists with professionals in the field,” said David Howson, president of the Board of Trustees. “This pilot workshop was a success in every way and furthers our mission to ‘entertain and educate our community through professional theatrical arts’.”

For more information about The Depot Theatre visit depottheatre.org.

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Lindsay Pontius teaches students about Shakespeare and stage acting in a room provided by the Westport Hotel.

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATREThe 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 2015 Season 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.

 

Depot Theatre Receives NYSCA Grant for 2014 Season

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre has received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to support its 2014 Season. The funds are designated for general operating support in the amount of $9,960.

“All of us at the Depot are grateful to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and, especially, the folks at NYSCA for this vote of confidence in our mission and the work that we do,” said David Howson, President of the Board of Trustees. “We thank NYSCA for its continued support of the arts in the North Country.”

This summer marks the Depot Theatre’s 36th season. More information, subscriptions and tickets are available on the Depot Theatre website, 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 2014 Season 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.

Start Spreadin’ the News! Sinatra hits the Depot Theatre Stage on July 11

Depot Theatre presents My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

The Depot Theatre 2014 season begins July 11-27 with “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” a fresh, entertaining evening of great music that distills the nearly 1,400 songs that Sinatra recorded down to 56 selections.

Paul BinottoThe show will be directed and choreographed by Evan Pappas (Broadway: “Parade,” “My Favorite Year,”) and stars four seasoned and enthusiastic professional actors. It is sponsored by the Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant & Bar.

Paul Binotto most recently played Peter in The Pittsburgh Public Theater production of “Company.” Paul’s Broadway credits include: “Dreamgirls,” “Hair”, “Starlight Express,” “One Night Stand,” “King of Schnorrers” and “It’s So Nice to be Civilized.” Off-Broadway credits include: “Enter Laughing”, and “Forever Plaid”, for which, along with his fellow cast mates, he gave a command performance at The White House.

Tiffan Borelli

Tiffan Borelli

Tiffan Borelli is delighted to be making her Depot Theatre Debut. Her credits include Goldie in “Two By Two” at The York Theatre with Jason Alexander, Martin Charnin’s “Something Funny’s Going On at 54 Below”, Kate in “Kiss Me Kate” with The Staten Island Philharmonic, and as Sondra Lee in “Far Out!” at Minetta Lane.

Erik Keiser

Erik Keiser

Erik Keiser will also be making his Depot Theatre debut! He recently originated the role of Keith Partridge in “The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge & Brady” at the NY Fringe Festival and for the show’s recent Off-Broadway run this past spring. Other past credits include the NYC production of “Mama & Her Boys”, Ren McCormack on the 10th Anniversary National Tour of “Footloose”, “How to Succeed in Business” at Theatre-by-the-Sea, “Legally Blonde” at STAGES St. Louis, “Sail Away” with Musicals Tonight!, “Hairspray”, and “High School Musical” (Troy).

Maggie PolitiThe musical production also serves as an Adirondack homecoming for Maggie Politi, who is grateful to be back in the mountains where she grew up. Favorite past roles include: Daphne in the world premiere of “Gay Bride of Frankenstein” in NYC, Roxie Hart in “Chicago” (West Virginia Public, Prather Entertainment) and Mayzie in the “Seussical” tour.

“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” is followed by the fast-paced, costume-changing hilarity of “Greater Tuna” from August 1-17. The musical comedy “Pete ‘N’ Keely” caps the season with performances from August 22-31.

Tickets for all 2014 performances are $29 with discounts for seniors, groups and students. Evening, early-evening and matinee performances are available. Subscriptions for the three-show season are $78. More information, season subscriptions and tickets available online at depottheatre.org, or by contacting the box office at 518.962.4449.

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“MY WAY: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

Created by David Grapes and Todd Olson

Book by Todd Olson

Original Production Directed by David Grapes

July 11 – 27, 2014

Sponsored by the Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant & Bar

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 2014 Season 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.