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Depot Theatre to Present New Adirondack Awards at Summer Fundraiser

Gold StarThe Depot Theatre invites you to attend an evening of summer fun to support the theatre AND some very special people!  On Thursday, August 3, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the home of a board member in Westport, NY, supporters, staff, and casts of The Depot Theatre will gather to enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks (provided by My Cup of Tea Catering), music from the show The Taffetas, and to inaugurate the presentation of two new distinguished awards. The Adirondack Arts Leadership Award honors someone who has made a significant contribution to the arts in the North Country, and The Adirondack Community Service Award honors someone for service done in the larger community.

“We wanted to expand our annual awards from simply honoring those who had assisted the Depot Theatre in some way, to those who have contributed to the community and the arts in a larger capacity,” said Amy McNamara, President of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees.

The first Adirondack Arts Leadership Award will be presented to Connie Meng, announcer and former theatre critic of NCPR. Connie served as the theatre critic-at-large for NCPR for 19 years. Putting in countless miles and hours traveling to theatres, Connie was and continues to be a champion for theatres large and small all over the North Country, parts of Canada and Western Vermont.  After a successful career on and off Broadway as an actor and conductor, Connie relocated to her hometown of Canton.

The first Adirondack Community Service Award has two recipients:  William Hollister, Sr. Manager, Government Affairs, Amtrak and Jay Green, District Manager, Station Operations, Amtrak.

Together, Bill and Jay, through their work at Amtrak, enhance the vitality of our region by connecting communities from New York City to Montreal and everywhere in-between.  The presence of daily train passenger service to Westport and the greater Adirondacks, provides residents and visitors with opportunities to experience the natural beauty and culture that exists year-round in our towns and villages.

Tickets for the event can be obtained online at depottheatre.org/upcoming-events or by calling the Box Office 518.962.4449. Single tickets are $75. Also available is the Silver Sponsor for $250 (includes 2 tickets) and Gold Sponsor for $500 (includes 2 tickets).  Please RSVP by July 28. The event address will be provided to those who register.

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 2017 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.

Cast Announced for Souvenir at Depot Theatre

Meet The Cast of

SOUVENIR
A Fantasia on the Life of
Florence Foster Jenkins

By Stephen Temperley
Directed by Kevin Cochran

Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

July 28 – August 6

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understand­ing of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly.

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Larry Daggett

Larry Daggett

 

LARRY DAGGETT (Cosme McMoon). Depot debut. New York theatre credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (NYC Opera). Regional: My Fair Lady (Doolittle/Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Quixote/Carrasco), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Follies (Ben Stone), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake), Amadeus (Salieri u/s), This Wonderful Life (36 characters), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Bernadette), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Sunset Boulevard (Max), The Full Monty (Harold), Big River (Duke), Show Boat(Frank), Annie (Rooster),The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Crisparkle), 1776 (R. H. Lee), Oliver! (Fagin), H.M.S. Pinafore (Capt. Corcoran), Carousel (Mr. Snow), and more, at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Barrington Stage Co., Barnstormers, Cape Fear Regional, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Judson Theatre Co., Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony, North Shore Music Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, Sierra Repertory, Tennessee Shakespeare Co., Theatre League of Kansas City, White Plains PAC, among others. Graduate of the Asolo Theatre (M.F.A.), the Grove School of Music (Piano/Composition major), and the Lehman Engel Workshop for the development of new musicals. For more information visit www.LarryDaggett.com

Annette Michelle Sanders

Annette Michelle Sanders

ANETTE MICHELLE SANDERS (Florence Foster Jenkins) is delighted to be here at the Depot Theatre for the first time, and to be working once again with Kevin Cochran (Fingerpainting In A Murphy Bed, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Last of the Red Hot Lovers – all at GTC in CA). A native of Los Angeles, she is now very happy to call New York home. She lives in Manhattan with her highly ridiculous dog, Oliver. Her most recent NY appearances include Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park and Sylvia Sylver in Insomnia (best musical, best supporting actress MITF ’16). Broadway/National Tours include Mamma Mia! (Rosie) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden (Auntie Who – also at The Old Globe). Favorite regional credits include Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party (Mariette – original cast with Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Len Cariou, Frances Conroy and Veanne Cox) at the Mark Taper Forum and Kennedy Center, Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman – w/ Amanda McBroom and George Ball), Jon Maras’ A Raw Space (Susu – original cast), King Lear (Goneril), and has apparently found a niche playing Elaine in three different productions of Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She recently shot a very silly web series called “Community Theatre” (Nan), which will be coming soon to a small screen near you. Anette has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1997.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

KEVIN COCHRAN (Director) has been Artistic Director of Grove Theater Center in Burbank, California since 1994. Plays directed there include Blake…da Musical! (L.A. Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director) and Eternal Equinox (also its Off-Broadway premiere). Kevin wrote and directed Bobby & Matt at GTC and FringeNYC (Pick of the Week in Back Stage NY). He is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative whose first project premieres October 2017 in LA and Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in March 2018. Kevin graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design and circus arts from Yale University.

JIM CARROLL (Sound Designer) Jim’s love of technical theatre that started when he was in Middle School. Challenging a severe case of stage fright, he made his acting debut as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors for Essex Theatre Company in 2005. Jim has been Technical Director or provided support for over 150 shows since 1998 with various local, community, and professional theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ, the Lake Champlain Sea Monster. Jim and his family run Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant and Bar. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Depot Theatre and continues his work with the Boquet River Theatre Festival, the NYS Theatre Education Association and is a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

DEBBI HOBSON (Costume Designer) is a NYC based costume designer who has worked in New England and New York for the past 18 years in both theatre and film. She is currently the Staff Designer at the TDF Costume Collection, and has been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, and an instructor at Boston University.

KELLIE MCMENEMON (Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of the 2017 summer season at Depot Theatre! Most recently Kellie has been a part of the world premiere of Beatsville at Asolo Repertory in Sarasota Florida. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep, FL), the 2016 summer season at Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY), Butler and Alabama Story (Florida Studio Theatre, FL), Almost Maine (Two Roads Theatre, CA) and Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief (Edinburgh, Scotland). Kellie would like to thank her amazing family, Matthew, Beth and Karen for their support as well as her super adorable puppy, Henley!

SOUVENIR
By Stephen Temperley
Directed by Kevin Cochran
With Larry Daggett and Anette Sanders
Costume Design by Debbi Hobson
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Kellie McMenemon

Sponsored by  Emmet Carter Green Design
July 28- August 6, 2017

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For more information, updates and program announcements, visit http://depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449All dates, titles and showtimes are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable.

The 2017 Season is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina.

Cast and Creative Team Announced for East Coast Premiere of A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity

The Depot Theatre’s 39th season begins with the east coast premiere of “A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity”. Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the FedEx, DHL or UPS Delivery man? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother!

This production of A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity is sponsored by Skidmore College.

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

Jack Herholdt

JACK HERHOLDT

JACK HERHOLDT (King) Depot Theatre debut! Off Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory; That Physics Show! (Drama Desk Award-Unique Theatrical Experience); King Lear. National Tours: Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol. Regional: Greater Tuna, The Importance of Being Earnest (Savannah Rep) Out at Sea (John Drew Theatre); How to Succeed… (BAPA); The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. As playwright: Bacchae Redux, Little Stories, Falling in Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas.

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN (Fantasy Man) is making his Depot Theatre debut, and is very pleased to be working with Kevin again. They first collaborated on Eternal Equinox at the 59E59 Theatre in NYC. Other NY credits include The Fabulous Kane Sisters (Cherry Lane), Vieux Carre (The Pearl), Another Vermeer (Abingdon), and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (3LD). Regionally, Christian has performed at Cleveland Play House, Rep St. Louis, Geva, Arkansas Rep, Maltz-Jupiter, NJ Rep, and most recently in Cloud Nine, directed by Michael Kahn at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. TV appearances include The Good Wife, Fringe, Damages, Royal Pains, and recurring roles on One Life to Live. Next month he will head West to perform in Once at South Coast Rep. www.christianpedersen.com

RICHARD ROWAN

RICHARD ROWAN

RICHARD ROWAN (Roquefort) played General Genghis Kahn Schmitz in the First National Tour of Seussical the Musical with Cathy Rigby and appeared in the world premiere of Disney’s When You Wish. His many New York and regional credits include Sister Act (Monsignor O’Hara), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Douglas Panch), Crazy for You (Eugene), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus), The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas), Kiss Me Kate (First Gangster) and The School for Scandal (Joseph Surface). He also appeared on the final season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Richard is a graduate of Northwestern University.

AUBREY SAVERINO

AUBREY SAVERINO

AUBREY SAVERINO (Julia) is a New York based actor with an MFA from The Old Globe/USD. OFF BROADWAY/NYC credits include: Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Dixon Place); Antigone, Mend (Epic Theatre Ensemble); Brewed (NYC Fringe) Absolution (St. Luke’s) and more. REGIONAL credits include: Regan in King Lear, Maria in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Lady Percy in Henry IV, Viola in Twelfth Night (Independent Shakespeare Company); Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (Capital Repertory Theatre); Catherine Givings in In The Next Room (San Diego Repertory Theatre); additional credits include Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Furious Theatre Company, Chester Theatre Company, various commercial work and more. In addition to her acting work, Aubrey is also a published playwright and co-creator of the award-winning series, The Digressions (www.thedigressions.com). IG: @AubreySaverino. www.aubreysaverino.com

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY (Albert) is thrilled to be a part of this incredibly fun new show. From southern Ohio, Whitney has since appeared in several NYC, regional, and collegiate productions, including: Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, Off- Broadway (Stefan); The Video Games, Off-Broadway (Scorpion/DK swing); Henry V (Henry V); Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde); Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock Holmes); One Man Two Guvnors (Stanley Stubbers); The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack); He has also appeared in several web series, music videos, video games, and advertisements. Many thanks to his very supportive family, and all his amazing friends. BFA, Acting: Ball State University. ​

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

KEVIN COCHRAN (Director, Set Designer) has been Artistic Director of Grove Theater Center in Burbank, California since 1994. Plays directed there include Blake…da Musical! (L.A. Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director) and Eternal Equinox (also its Off-Broadway premiere). Kevin wrote and directed Bobby & Matt at GTC and FringeNYC (Pick of the Week in Back Stage NY). He is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative whose first project premieres October 2017 in LA and Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in March 2018. Kevin graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design and circus arts from Yale University.

BONNIE BREWER (Lighting Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit for more than a quarter of a century. Professional Stage Manager & Company Member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she is also a Director of more than 20 shows, and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights and creating props for close to 150 productions throughout upstate NY. She has even had the occasion to make a few rare on-stage guest appearances – sometimes on purpose, other times out of necessity. Recently she found herself teching two shows simultaneously on opposite sides of the mountains: Man of La Mancha at Pendragon, and My Way at The Depot.

JIM CARROLL (Sound Designer) Jim’s love of technical theatre that started when he was in Middle School. Challenging a severe case of stage fright, he made his acting debut as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors for Essex Theatre Company in 2005. Jim has been Technical Director or provided support for over 150 shows since 1998 with various local, community, and professional theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ, the Lake Champlain Sea Monster. Jim and his family run Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant and Bar. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Depot Theatre and continues his work with the Boquet River Theatre Festival, the NYS Theatre Education Association and is a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

KELLIE MCMENEMON (Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of the 2017 summer season at Depot Theatre! Most recently Kellie has been a part of the world premiere of Beatsville at Asolo Repertory in Sarasota Florida. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep, FL), the 2016 summer season at Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY), Butler and Alabama Story (Florida Studio Theatre, FL), Almost Maine (Two Roads Theatre, CA) and Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief (Edinburgh, Scotland). Kellie would like to thank her amazing family, Matthew, Beth and Karen for their support as well as her super adorable puppy, Henley!

A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity Special Events


Catch a special preview July 7 at 8pm. The performance is a fully-rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances of the production. Preview Night tickets are $20, plus the $1 per ticket facility fee.* No other discounts apply.

Celebrate Opening Night on July 8 with a toast immediately following the performance with the cast and crew, staff and board. (While the toast is free, tickets to the performance are required.)

Depot Dialogue: Join the cast and crew after the 5:00 performance on Sunday, July 16, for a moderated discussion about the show.

Full Production Information:

A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
By James McLindon
Directed by Kevin Cochran
With Jack Herholdt, Christian Pederson, Richard Rowan, Aubrey Saverino, and Jonathan C. Whitney
Lighting Design by Bonnie Brewer
Set Design by Kevin Cochran
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Kellie McMenemon
Sponsored by Skidmore College

At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993
July 7-23, 2017

CAST:
King: Jack Herholdt
Fantasy Man: Christian Penderson
Roquefort: Richard Rowan
Julia: Aubrey Saverino
Albert: Jonathan C. Whitney

CREATIVE TEAM:
By James McLindon
Director: Kevin Cochran
Lighting Designer: Bonnie Brewer
Sound Designer: Jim Carroll
Stage Manager: Kellie McMenemon
Back Stage Apprentice: Libby Morehouse
Producing Director: Kevin Cochran
Business Manager: Erin Harrington

PLAN YOUR VISIT

TICKETS: Tickets for A Brief History of Penguins & Promicuity are $30 ($28 seniors/students) and are based on availability. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining our historic theatre.

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Phone and Window hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.

For full details about the 2017 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/

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 2017 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.

The Depot Theatre Kicks Off New Seats with Celebration!

Depot Theatre, Wesport, NY (Credit: Shawn Michener)

Depot Theatre, Wesport, NY (Credit: Shawn Michener)

Westport’s Depot Theatre will be hosting an open house on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm for the public get their first look at the theatre’s new capital improvements. These include a new wifi system; new lighting grid; new flooring and carpeting in the theatre; and brand new seats complete with aisle lighting! These improvements were made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, and generous donors from the community who contributed to the Depot’s capital campaign.

Visitors will explore the theatre in depth, including back stage tours. Works by local artist Linda Smyth are on display in the lobby. Alisa Endsley, Depot Theatre trustee and experienced Broadway singer, will guide visitors in a celebratory sing-along. Light refreshments will be provided.

“We hope everyone can join us and help us celebrate all the new improvements to the theatre. It’s also a great opportunity to see some of the backstage areas not normally open to the public,” says Producing Director, Kevin Cochran.

The event is free. For more information, updates, and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the Box Office at 518.962.4449.

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 2017 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.

The Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program Offers a Well-Rounded Theatrical Experience in a Professional Setting

(RIGHT: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2015. Photo courtesy of Jill Edde Lobdell. LEFT: The Hobbit, 2016. Photo courtesy of Scott Gibbs.)

(RIGHT: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2015. Photo courtesy of Jill Edde Lobdell. LEFT: The Hobbit, 2016. Photo courtesy of Scott Gibbs.)

The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce their Young Actor Apprentice Program for aspiring artists from ages 11 to 15.  The program runs from June 27 to August 3 with rehearsal/workshops held Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with several additional Depot Special Event dates (all dates posted on the Depot website). Participants will learn about a wide range of theatrical areas including playwrighting, set and costume design, voice and movement, improvisation, acting and performance.

Throughout the program, the apprentices will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the professional artists working at the Depot Theatre this summer. They’ll also be invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the season’s first play as well as the preview performance.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to keep the inspired leadership of Scott Gibbs and Lindsay Pontius who have guided the program so successfully for many years,” says Depot Producing Director Kevin Cochran. “On top of that, we’re also creating many new opportunities for our apprentices to interact with our professional performers, designers, directors and playwrights. It makes the Apprentice Program an experience that’s truly unique in the area.”

The program will finish with 3 public performances that will showcase the honing of the young artists’ skills. It will be a memorable and enjoyable summer experience that emphasizes acting skills and other theatrical knowledge in a professional environment.

Students can register online at www.depottheatre.org/apprentice-program or simply call the Depot Theatre Box Office at 518.962.4449. There is a $50.00 registration fee per student with work/study scholarships available on request.

Our 2017 Young Actors Apprentice Program is assisted by a Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant.


depot-logo-2016ABOUT 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 2017 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.

2017 Single Tickets on Sale Now!

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The Depot’s 39th Season ​kicks off with a hysterical​ new comedy (​featuring​ penguins​ AND promiscuity?!)​ followed by​ the true​ and touching​ story of​ infamous “singer” Florence Foster Jenkins​ who scales operatic heights (often off-key). The season​ reaches a harmonic and hilarious conclusion with an aspiring girl group’s​ musical tour (de force)​! We’re​ also pleased to announce ​our​ new reading series ​”​page2stage​” featuring new and developing works. ​Come share the joy and passion of the season in the comfort and style of our new seats!

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Our 39th Season is Sponsored by
The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina


penguin-logo-1000x571A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity

Written by James McLindon
July 7 – 23
Sponsored by Skidmore College

A rollicking new comedy about a love that dare not squawk its name!

Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the FedEx, DHL or UPS Delivery man? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother! The LA Times named it a Best Bet that “yields plenty of laughter!”


souvenir-logo-1000x571Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Written by Stephen Temperley
July 28 – August 6
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

Never has so little talent given so much joy, amazement & laughter!

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understand­ing of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly.


taffetas logoThe Taffetas

Conceived by Rick Lewis
Add’l material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical & Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis
August 11 – 27
Sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation

It’s 1957 and The Taffetas are making their National Television debut!

This four woman girl group sings hit after hit of the 1950’s as they desperately try to get chosen for The Ed Sullivan Show. Songs include such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Where the Boys Are”, “Sincerely” and many, many more!


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Come and be part of developing the plays of the future with the Depot’s new play reading series, page2stage. The playwright of each script will be present and your com­ments, questions, thoughts and reactions may lead directly to changes in the next draft! It’s a great opportunity to experience new works as they develop and to help the writer make them even better! This year, to enhance the Depot’s commitment to serving its artists, each of the play­wrights is someone already associated with the Depot Theatre.

Portraits by Karen L. Lewis
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 8:00 PM

Bobby & Matt by Kevin Cochran
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Rite of Intervention by Erin Nicole Harrington
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00 PM

Keep an eye on our website for more information about the reading series!


SINGLE TICKET INFORMATION

  • Musical Ticket: $32 (Senior/Student $30) – Souvenir and The Taffetas
  • Play Ticket: $30 (Senior/Student $28) – A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
  • Preview Night Ticket: $20*
  • Page2Stage Reading: Free admission

*For the first time, the Depot is offering a special Preview Night performance for each main stage production on the first Friday of that production’s run at 8PM. Preview Night dates for 2017 are: July 7, July 28, and August 11. A Preview Night performance is a fully-rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances, and it is offered at a lower price to make theatre more accessible for everyone in the community.

Policies: Seating is subject to availability. Tickets are non-refundable. There is a $3 fee for ticket exchanges. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket. Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. A processing fee may be added to tickets purchased on-line. This fee is charged by a third-party provider, PrintTixUSA, the company which provides the service.

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There’s still time to buy a subscription!

The flexible 3-Show Subscription ($83 Adult; $77 Senior/Student) includes one ticket to each main stage show and you choose the performance dates. As always, exchanges are free for 3-Show Subscribers.

Our Preview Night Subscription ($60) offers one ticket to each producution on the first Friday of that productions’s run at 8PM. Date for 2017 are: July 7, July 28 and August 11.

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Policies: Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. Exchanges are always free for 3-Show Subscription holders. A $3 exchange fee applies to non-subscribers. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket (that’s $1 per each show in a Subscription).There are no refunds. Dates, times and titles are subject to change.

After purchasing a subscription(s), please contact the Box Office at 518.962.4449 or tickets@depottheatre.org to choose performance dates and reserve your seats if you did not do so during your order.

For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.


 

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 2017 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.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Awards the Depot Theatre with Grant for Theatre Improvements

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The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received a grant for theatre improvements from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has awarded the Depot with a grant of $6,710 to replace the theatre’s aging lighting grid. “The new lighting grid will improve and expand the theatre’s technical capabilities for our designers and technicians,” said Kevin Cochran, the Depot’s Producing Director.

The grant provides half of the funds for the project, of which the remainder will come from the theatre’s recent theatre improvement fundraising campaign, which began last summer. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds for infrastructure improvements including new seats, new carpeting, aisle lighting, expanded WiFi service and other projects. “Improvements such as these allow us to fulfill our mission of producing professional theatre for our community,” said Erin Harrington, business manager at the Depot.

“We are so pleased that the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has decided to support this important project,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. Donors to the theatre improvement campaign include numerous individuals from the community, the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org.

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 2017 Season, its 39th, 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.

ABOUT THE ALFRED Z. SOLOMON CHARITABLE TRUST

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was established to benefit nonprofit scientific, medical, educational, cultural, religious, and charitable organizations by funding project and programs in memory of the Trust’s founder, Alfred Z. Solomon. Mr. Solomon, a leader in the fashion industry, a horse racing enthusiast, and a philanthropist in Gansevoort, N.Y., and New York City, died on Sept. 4, 2004, at the age of 104, and founded the Trust in his Last Will and Testament.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson, Daniel Keegan, Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia (vice president), Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.

 

Westport’s Depot Theatre Announces 39th Season Promising Laughs, Love, Music…and Penguins

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The Depot Theatre has announced the details for its 39th Season. The main stage lineup will be filled with lots of laughs, love and music as it presents three productions: a hilarious new comedy (with penguins!?); the true story of the infamous “singer” Florence Foster Jenkins; and a musical tour of 1950’s with an aspiring girl group.

“I wanted to create a season that would deliver a journey without leaving the station and I know we’ve succeeded!” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director. “The summer of 2017 is definitely going to be a summer to remember,” said Cochran, who is also the Creative Director of the Grove Theater Center in Burbank California.

Opening the season on July 7th in its East Coast Premiere, A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity is an outrageous new comedy in which Victorian literature, Penguin musk, shotguns, fantasy men, and French waiters all collide in this racy look at paternity. “We’re excited that the playwright, James McLindon will be onsite working with us to make the show as crazy and unpredictable as possible,” stated Cochran.

Next up, Souvenir is a funny and touching look at the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t — at all! This amazing and true story about her awful, off key recitals became a sensation in the late 1930’s and early 40’s with everyone in on the joke except her (this story was told in a different way in the recent movie starring Meryl Streep and in the 2005 film Marguerite).

Closing the season, The Taffetas takes us down a musical memory lane through the fabulous fifties as we experience the story of a four woman girl group desperately trying to get on The Ed Sullivan Show. They’ll sing such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, and many, many more!

In addition, the new reading series, page2stage, will feature new works and the playwrights will be in attendance at each reading to hear your feedback and answer your questions. Come and be part of developing the plays of the future!

“We are looking forward to an entertainment packed summer. Our fearless Producing Director, Kevin Cochran, and the Depot team have put together a novel lineup of shows and play readings. And this year, you can sit in air conditioned comfort in our brand new seats!” said Amy McNamara, Depot Theatre Board President.

Season subscriptions will be available for purchase in March. Single tickets go on sale to the public on June 1. For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.  Our season sponsor is The Galley Restaurant and Marina in Westport, NY.

DETAILS ABOUT THE SEASON

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PENGUINS & PROMISCUITY
Written by James McLindon
July 7-22

A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity, is an outrageous new comedy by Boston playwright James McLindon. Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the Fedex, DHL or UPS Deliverymen? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother! The LA Times named it a Best Bet that “yields plenty of laughter!”

SOUVENIR
Written by Stephen Temperley
July 28-August 6

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the true story of a New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t– at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understanding of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly

THE TAFFETAS
Conceived by Rick Lewis
Additional Material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical & Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis
August 11-27

This four woman girl group sings hit after hit of the 1950’s as they desperately try to get chosen for The Ed Sullivan Show. Songs include such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Where the Boys Are”, “Sincerely” and many, many more!

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, 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. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre’s 2017 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.

All Aboard for 2017! Season Sneak Peek!

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This past year was filled with excitement and triumphs onstage and off! Now we’re asking you to help ensure 2017 is even better!

Our stage was graced by the top quality, professional artists you expect at the Depot – talented women sang, emoted, and triumphed in Shout!; incredible men made Murder for Two seem like a cast of dozens, the outstanding ensemble of Outside Mullingar transported us to Ireland and Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake loaned us their wonderful Glass Menagerie.

And these shows were only part of the Depot’s success! Behind the scenes we kicked off a major campaign to replace our tired old seats and carpeting, formed a plan to change-out the aging lighting grid, and welcomed a new, year-round Producing Director (since I am he, I shall refrain from self-aggrandizing adjectives.  But seriously, I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to join you in the Depot family)!

You might be tired of hearing the generalization that ticket sales cover only a portion of the expense of producing quality theatre, so I want to put it in black and white: at the Depot, if we had to cover all our expenses with box office revenue, we’d have to raise our ticket price from $30 to $69.76. Yep, read that shocker again.

This is why we have to reach out to you, our Depot family, to help cover this difference between ticket prices and production costs. To stay true to The Depot Theatre’s mission to create the highest quality, professional entertainment possible at an affordable price in order to reach the largest audience possible.

As the Polar Vortex hovers over Westport, I thought that a sneak peek at our 2017 summer season might bring some warmth to you and yours. The season is taking shape and promises to be packed with fun! Shows I’m considering include:
  • A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
    The East Coast Premiere of an outrageous new comedy! Victorian literature, Penguin musk, shotguns, fantasy men and French waiters all collide in this racy look at paternity!
  • Souvenir
    A funny and touching look at the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1940’s with everyone in on the joke except her (this story was told in a different way in the recent movie starring Meryl Streep).
  • The Taffetas
    This four woman girl group, desperately trying to get on The Ed Sullivan Show, takes us on a musical journey through the fabulous fifties including Mr. Sandman, Johnny Angel, Dedicated to the One I Love, Where the Boys Are, and many more!
  • New Playwright Reading Series
    Our play reading series this year will feature NEW plays still under development (and the playwrights will be there to take part in our discussion!).

So please, if you can, make a contribution today – of any amount.  Help us keep the Adirondacks’ premiere professional theatre, The Depot, alive with stirring music, hysterical comedy, and indelible characters!  Your generosity makes the magic possible. (And all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law!)

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Thank you and see you at the theatre this summer!

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Kevin Cochran
Producing Director

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#Giving Tuesday 2016

giving-tuesday-logo-2017Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (this year that’s November 29th — tomorrow), #GivingTuesday is a movement that celebrates and supports giving & philanthropy and kicks off the charitable season. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday has become a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration.

“#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.”(www.givingtuesday.org)

Thankful boardThe Depot Theatre will be showing support for #GivingTuesday again this year by participating in an awareness campaign to help spread the word. We will be collecting photos of people holding a sign in support of #GivingTuesday and sharing them across our social media channels and on our website here.

amy-guglielmo-giving-tuesdayOn November 29, we invite you to join the movement by taking a selfie or a photo of your friends/family holding this sign (or make one of your own!) and share it on social media along with some words in support of giving back. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #DepotTheatre so we can find it!

How else can you help?

1. Help spread the word to others. Start a conversation at work, at home, or with your friends.
2. Use social media. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.
3. Make donations to your favorite organizations and causes like the Depot Theatre. Visit us online to make a donation now or to donate by mail send your check to:

Depot Theatre
PO Box 414,
Westport, NY 12993

We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

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