Depot Theatre Academy

The Depot Theatre Academy is an education and outreach program for artists ages 8 and older, led by theatre professionals from the only professional Equity theatre in the Adirondack Park.

“We believe that youth and families exposed to theatre and the arts are enriched in important ways that add value to their lives in the early stages of learning development as well as later in life.”

2024 Academy Programming

The Depot Theatre Academy education and outreach program has a NEW expanded curriculum for 2024!

This year, young artists ages 13 and older participate in the same process as professional artists, including competitive auditions and demanding rehearsals, culminating in performances of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to open the season on the Depot Theatre’s main stage June 7-9.  


Expanded programming for 2024 will include



This program has reached participant capacity! Contact Gigi Mason at to be added to the wait list!


Children ages 5-8 who are new to the theater

Students will be introduced to theatre performance with a staged adaptation of the classic children’s
book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae, adapted by Amy Fitts.

DATES July 15- 19, 2024

PROGRAM DAY SCHEDULE Rehearsals July 15-July 19, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-12:00 noon,
at the Boquet Valley Central School (BVCS) Mountainview Campus Auditorium, Elizabethtown NY.


PERFORMANCE DATE Families and the BVYC (camp) will be invited to a sharing on Friday July 19th at 3:00
pm in the BVCS Mountainview campus Auditorium.


Auditions There are no auditions for this program. Capacity is limited and will be first come first served, with
no registrations accepted after June 30th. 

LOCATION Boquet Valley Central School District – Mountain View Campus, 7530 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 



JULY 15 – AUGUST 1, 2024
Three-week Academy summer program for ages 8-18, culminating in three performances of SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. on August 2-4.

 Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg, NY

AUDITIONS June 29, 2024, beginning at 10am at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall

NOTE REGARDING AUDITIONS Audition attendance is not required but is highly encouraged. Any actor that wants to be considered for a speaking/singing role who cannot make auditions must submit a video singing a song of their choice (a capella is fine) to

PROGRAM DAY SCHEDULE Rehearsals July 15-August 1, Monday through Fridays 9:30am – 3pm

 Friday, August 2 at 7pm, and Saturday August 3 at 7pm, and Sunday August 4
at 2pm

Registration includes

  • Workshops led by Equity professionals in acting, voice, and dance, culminating in performances of this year’s production, Shrek Jr.
  • 2 tickets to each performance of Shrek, Jr..
  • Live musical accompaniment for rehearsals and performances.
  • Opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting professional theatre personnel.

The registration fee is $350 per participant. For families with more than one child participating in the program,
the fee for the additional participants is $250/participant.

The registration fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship. To be considered for a scholarship, please contact Gigi
Mason at This information will be kept strictly confidential.

REGISTER NOW at the button below!

Questions? Contact Gigi Mason, Academy Director of Outreach and Education.

The Depot Theatre 2024 Season is generously sponsored by the ROGERS-CARROLL FAMILY FOUNDATION.

The Depot Theatre Academy is underwritten by the BROOKS AND JOAN FORTUNE FAMILY FOUNDATION.

The 2024 Academy Senior Program is sponsored by The Mill.

The 2024 Academy Summer Program is sponsored by TrailNorth Federal Credit Union.