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Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse <i>Picasso at the Lapin Agile</i>.  The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players
Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" in Edwards

Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar: that's the premise of the Grasse River Players community theater production this weekend.

Todd Moe talks with director Morgan Hastings and cast members Jeff Griegel and Jennifer Freego for a preview of Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the historic Edwards Opera House.  Go to full article
David Fox and R.H. Thomson play brothers Calum and Alexander in "No Great Mischief".  The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.  Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse
David Fox and R.H. Thomson play brothers Calum and Alexander in "No Great Mischief". The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse

Preview: "No Great Mischief"

Love, loss, family history and Scottish ancestry are at the heart of a play that opens Friday night in the Springer Theatre at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario. No Great Mischief is based on the novel by Alistair MacLeod. It's the story of two brothers, Calum and Alexander, who seek to reconcile their past.

Todd Moe spoke with Canadian actor R.H. Thomson, who plays Alexander MacDonald, in the show. He says it's a memory play that takes viewers from a squalid rooming house in Toronto to Cape Breton to the deep mines of Elliot Lake.  Go to full article
Members of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company act out a scene from the play, <i>Celtic Fairy Tales</i>, for youngsters in the Adirondacks this summer.  Photo:  Adirondack Shakespeare Company
Members of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company act out a scene from the play, Celtic Fairy Tales, for youngsters in the Adirondacks this summer. Photo: Adirondack Shakespeare Company

A dose of Shakespeare in the Adirondacks this fall

The Adirondack Shakespeare Company celebrated its fourth summer season in Schroon Lake, but they're not packing up the scenes and sonnets just yet. The company is gearing up for its first foray into autumn programming, and is planning a full production of Love's Labour's Lost in Schroon Lake, Glens Falls, Upper Jay and Essex next month.

Budget constraints forced the troupe to cut back on productions this summer. Artistic Director Tara Bradway told Todd Moe that they focused on children's programming. But, it'll be back to the Barb this fall.  Go to full article
Three Fairies: Famecia Ward, Cali Moore, Iris Elton  Photo: Angel Wuellner
Three Fairies: Famecia Ward, Cali Moore, Iris Elton Photo: Angel Wuellner

Theatre Review: "Funked Up Fairy Tales" in Westport

The Depot Theatre in Westport is currently running the new musical Funked Up Fairy Tales. This lively and entertaining new musical plays through August 25.  Go to full article
Mr. Darcy and Lydia Bennet (Sam Balzac and Liza Amirault) in the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre production of <i>Pride and Prejudice: The Musical</i> in Keene Valley this weekend.  Photo: Book & Blanket Players.
Mr. Darcy and Lydia Bennet (Sam Balzac and Liza Amirault) in the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical in Keene Valley this weekend. Photo: Book & Blanket Players.

Preview: "Pride and Prejudice: The Musical" in Keene Valley

This year marks the bicentennial of the publication of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, and a summer youth theater group in the Adirondacks will present an original musical adaptation of the story this weekend.

The production, presented by the Book and Blanket Players Youth Theatre, will be performed Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at Keene Central School in Keene Valley.

Todd Moe talks with director Kathy Recchia and some of the young cast about putting the show together during one intense week of learning lines, songs, and English Country dances.  Go to full article
Kevin Scott and Leanne Brunn at a rehearsal of "Hairspray." Photo: Claire Woodcock
Kevin Scott and Leanne Brunn at a rehearsal of "Hairspray." Photo: Claire Woodcock

"Hairspray" a sign of big changes at Potsdam's Community Performance Series

For two decades, the Community Performance Series in Potsdam has provided the North Country with musical performances and arts education opportunities. CPS is a college-community partnership with SUNY Potsdam that stages a musical theatre performance each summer. This season, CPS is producing not one, but two musicals. But that's not the only change.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre

How bingo built the Depot Theatre

It was a series of bingo games at a historic train depot that spawned a community theatre and eventually professional theatre in Westport. The Depot Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with two world premiere musicals and opportunities to mingle with world-class theatre professionals. Following the success of the musical romantic comedy "Route 66" earlier this summer, the Depot Theatre opens "Funked-Up Fairytales" on August 9.

Todd Moe spoke with managing director Angel Wuellner, who used to work in theatre in New York City before relocating to the Champlain Valley and the Depot Theater. They talked about how professional theatre in Westport grew from funds raised during community bingo games.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport
The Depot Theatre in Westport

Theatre Review: "Boeing Boeing" at the Depot Theatre

The madcap farce "Boeing Boeing" is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport through August 4. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night performance.  Go to full article
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.  Photo: Todd Moe
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton. Photo: Todd Moe

Colton remembers its WWII history with music, dance, stories

The Sunday Rock Legacy Project continues in Colton this summer. It's a collaboration of the Grasse River Players, Colton Historical Society and Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Last summer, the three organizations produced Sunday Rock - The Folk Musical, written by Colton resident Evelyn Riehl. The project is committed to presenting a theatrical performance addressing an important historical era reflected in the local community. A two-part show opens Thursday night at Colton-Pierrepont Central School that will include vintage music, dance and local stories from World War II. Todd Moe spoke with Karen Wells, director of The 1940's Radio Hour.  Go to full article

Adk Theatre Festival kicks off 19th season

The Adirondack Theatre Festival's 19th season opens next week in Glens Falls, and includes the world premiere of Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, by John Meyer. The new musical opens next Wednesday night in the Charles Wood Theatre. Todd Moe spoke with Artistic Director Mark Fleischer about ATF's upcoming summer season.  Go to full article

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