Professional theatre to add new seating and carpeting upgrades

to historic train station venue

The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the launch of a new capital campaign to upgrade audience seating in its historic 1876 train station theatre.

The new seats, upholstered with 100% recycled fabric, will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. Dedicated wheelchair accessible seats with companion seating are part of the upgrade, as well as LED aisle lighting. Additionally, new commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area. Plans are underway to install the new seats by the opening of the 2017 summer season.

The Depot Theatre, located in Westport on Lake Champlain, is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks.

The launch of the campaign is an important requirement to the recently awarded matching gift grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure which will enhance the patron and artist experience.

“We’ve been receiving huge rounds of audience applause since first mentioning this at the start of our new season!” said David Howson, President of the theatre’s Board of Trustees. “We’re excited about formally launching this campaign and are aiming for a sold out show of seats by the end of the campaign.”

Each new seat can be sponsored by contributing $500 per seat, which includes a personalized name plate on the seat, as well as choice of seat (on a first come, first serve basis).

Recognition on Front Row seats has been especially reserved for donors wishing to contribute $1,000+ per seat.

All contributions of $250+ will provide recognition to the campaign on permanent display, and all contributors will be recognized in the theatre’s programs for the coming 3 years.

“Put your name permanently on a seat, or in honor of a family member or friend!” said Lawrence Masle, Board of Trustee Member and Chair of the Capital Campaign. “This limited time opportunity is a very unique way to further ensure the long term viability of professional theatre in the Adirondacks.”

The campaign has literally just kicked off, and donors are already making contributions and choosing seats with their names on them. For further information, direct online contributions, and the latest about the 2016 season, please visit


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 2016 Season, its 38th, 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.


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


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