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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.

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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/

Follow the Depot Theatre on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

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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Follow the Depot Theatre on Social Media!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

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 10th Season, Thirty Years Later

Biloxi Blues Program

1988: The Depot’s Tenth Anniversary

As the Depot Theatre approaches its fortieth anniversary season, I wanted to take a look at what other landmark anniversaries the Depot has celebrated. In 1988, the Depot Theatre kicked off its tenth season with a great repertory — Biloxi Blues, The Gin Game, Little Shop of Horrors, and Galileo. Biloxi Blues, the season opener, is the second installment in a series of semi-autobiographical plays by Neil Simon. The Depot Theatre put on the first play of Simon’s series, Brighton Beach Memoirs, the previous summer in 1987.

Look through the playbill of Biloxi Blues below to see if any familiar names stand out to you! The cast includes Sig Libowitz as Arnold Epstein, Roger Raines as Eugene Morris Jerome, and Ed Rice as Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey.

You can also check out what the Lifestyles section of the Press-Republican had to say about the play right before its opening night.  In 1988, the price of tickets for the Depot Theatre was $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. My favorite line of the article comes right at the end, “A word of warning: the Depot Theatre advises that some of the language in “Biloxi Blues” may be inappropriate for younger children.”

Follow the Depot Theatre on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

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!

Click any image to enlarge!

Depot Theatre awarded grant from NYSCA; support increased 

Westport, N.Y. — The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $15,000 per year for each of the next two years. The multi-year general-operating support grant is the largest NYSCA award to the Depot in eight years.

NYSCA grants are awarded in 15 programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative in all 62 counties to support the creation of visual, performing, literary and media arts. The Depot Theatre is one of seven non-profit arts organizations (including two theatre companies) in Essex County to receive funding this year.

“This more than doubles our annual allocation over our previous grant,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Depot, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and, especially, the dedicated staff at NYSCA for their continued confidence in the mission and direction of the theatre.”  

“NYSCA recognizes and supports the importance of the arts to our communities,” said New York State Senator Betty Little, who is a member of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “The State’s continued commitment to the Depot Theatre, especially during its 40th anniversary season, is a testament to the organization’s significance in the overall cultural landscape in the Adirondacks.”

In 2017, the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre. The project was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA.

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.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018, the theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with educational outreach programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.

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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.

 

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.

Follow the Depot Theatre on Facebook, and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/DepotTheatre/

https://twitter.com/depottheatre?lang=en

 

Depot Theatre Welcomes New Executive Director Ahead of 40th Anniversary Season

The Depot Theatre announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization's new full-time Executive Director.

The Depot Theatre announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization’s new full-time Executive Director.

Just in time for the organization’s 40th anniversary season, the board of trustees of the Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y. announces the appointment of Kim Rielly as the organization’s new full-time Executive Director.

A native of Westport, Kim is no stranger to the Depot, having lived in the region for the majority of her life and volunteered as a trustee of the Theatre. Most recently, she was the longtime Director of Communications for the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and her experience includes more than 20 years of marketing and communications.

Following a strategic planning session at the end of the 2017 season, the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees, with an eye toward sustainability and stability, launched a national search for a full time Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to announce that Kim will be the new Executive Director,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “She brings a wealth of talents to the Depot, including an intimate knowledge of the operations of the organization, strong ties to the community and a passion for the theatre. Together, with Producing Director Kevin Cochran, we know we’ve secured strong leadership for the Depot into its 5th decade and beyond.”

In her new role, Rielly will provide comprehensive theatre management and oversight of staff, budget, programs, fundraising, marketing, audience development and community relations. “I look forward to being an active participant in the tremendous momentum under way at the Theatre and in my hometown community of Westport,” said Rielly. “It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to increase the regional impact of this professional arts treasure.”

Rielly joins two other year-round staff, including Box Office Manager Katie Shepard, and the Theatre’s Producing Director, Kevin Cochran. Though she officially takes the helm in mid-November, both Kim and Kevin are already hard at work planning for the 40th Anniversary Season. Please join us in welcoming Kim. She is looking forward to meeting you and hearing from you about what makes the Depot Theatre such a special place. She can be reached by email at krielly@depottheatre.org.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. The Theatre offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with education programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 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.” Funding for the Depot Theatre is provided 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.

Farewell & Congratulations to Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

On Friday, the Depot bid farewell to our business manager, Erin Harrington, who starts a new adventure this week at Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs.

Erin boarded the Depot in 2015 and helped facilitate infrastructure upgrades at the theater including new seats, expanded Wi-Fi service, and the replacement of our lighting grid.

“Erin was an incredible help to me during my first couple years here at the Depot. Her knowledge and her skills (and her calm demeanor!) will all be sorely missed,” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director.

We wish Erin all the best in her new position at HMT! https://homemadetheater.org/

Meet The Cast of THE LAST ROMANCE

The Last Romance Show Logo

Meet The Cast of

THE LAST ROMANCE

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Bonnie B. Brewer

An Adirondack Stage Rats Production

At the Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

August 31 @ 5:00 pm

September 1 @ 8:00 pm

September 2 @ 3:00 pm

On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph impulsively takes a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. This laugh-filled comedy adroitly explores relationships between men and women in their golden years, as well as how the invisible ties of family often tie our hearts harder and faster than any love affair.

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Kathleen Recchia, Annie Scavo, and Jordan Hornstein in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia, Annie Scavo, and Jordan Hornstein in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Jordan Hornstein (Ralph) Jordan made his acting debut as a baby chicken, at P.S. 249 in Brooklyn, in 1952, for which he received a gold star (he has received no gold stars since). The Last Romance marks his debut with Adirondack Stage Rats. He was seen on stage in Saranac Lake last summer in Pendragon Theatre’s production of Art, and will be appearing there this summer in Deathtrap. He will also be in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ production of A Walk in the Woods, in July. He wishes to thank Karen and Beth for creating the Stage Rats and this opportunity. It has given him a chance to work once again with his favorite director, Bonnie, and two wonderful actors, Annie and Kathy. He lives in Long Lake with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two theatrically-inclined cats, Willie and Gracie.

Kathleen Recchia as Carol and Jordan Hornstein as Ralph in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia as Carol and Jordan Hornstein as Ralph in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Kathleen Recchia (Carol) Kathy is delighted to be part of Adirondack Stage Rats. She was Peggy in the company’s premiere production of The Fourth Wall, has toured with Pendragon Theatre’s The Seagull (Polina) and Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman) and has performed The Belle of Amherst (Emily Dickinson) throughout the North Country. She has been in regional TV commercials and has co-written two originial musicals – Road to Dannemora and Pride & Prejudice.

Annie Scavo as Rose in Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Annie Scavo as Rose in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (An Adirondack Stage Rats Production at the Depot Theatre)

Annie Scavo (Rose) This is Annie’s debut performance with the Adirondack Stage Rats and she wishes to thank Karen, Beth, and Bonnie for the opportunity to play Rose and to work with such a talented and generous group of artists. Annie was last seen as Louella in the Recovery Lounge’s production of Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.

Pidge (Peaches) At the age of twelve, Pidge, a Cairn-Terrier, Pomeranian mix, lives with her humans, John and Virginia Santy of Gabriel’s, NY. Pidge enjoys chasing squirrels and cavorting with her male friend and next door neighbor, Brutus, a portly Chihuahua. Pidge has been anxiously awaiting her first role in the theatrics and wishes to thank all of her supporters, especially Aunt Sue and Uncle Dave, in this new adventure in her life.

Tiny Vyssotsky (Peaches) Tiny, age 16, hails from Queens, NY. Although originally from Greenville, SC, she considers herself a real city dog. Her hobbies include eating scrambled eggs, arguing with cats, and sleeping. Her favorite vacation spot is the Adirondaks. Which she considers “heaven on earth.”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Bonnie B. Brewer (Director) Bonnie has been working the professional theatre circuit for 30 years now. Directing projects include: Almost Maine, Agnes of God, Other Desert Cities, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, The Gin Game, Evita, Sylvia, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, All My Sons, Wait Until Dark, Evita, Death of a Salesman, and Lend Me A Tenor. Most recently she directed Fiddler on the Roof for the Saranac Lake High School. Light and set designs include: The Little Mermaid, Amadeus, Chicago, Other Desert Cities, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Murder for Two and SHOUT! She is grateful for the opportunity to direct for the Adirondack Stage Rats. Thank you to Karen, Beth, Jordan, Annie and Kathy for all their hard work and support.

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

All 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.

Copy of depot-extracted-240x141ABOUT 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.