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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
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/4555317827/">Steve Rhodes</a>, CC some rights reserved
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: Steve Rhodes, CC some rights reserved

Preview: Vagina Monologues at SLU

The Vagina Monologues, a celebrated play about female empowerment, will be performed at St. Lawrence University this weekend. The performances are Friday and Saturday night, 7 pm, in the Winston Room of the Sullivan Student Center. This year marks the 15th anniversary of V-Day Campaign, a national movement to end violence against girls and women. V-Season was inspired by the play, which debuted in New York City in 1996, and includes a wide variety of events, from local theatrical productions to film screenings and workshops.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is noted for its central literary device: a series of actors giving solo speeches on topics such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth and orgasm. The monologues are based on interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women. Todd Moe talks with Haley Feickert and Anne Clements, co-producers of the St. Lawrence University performances. The local cast includes 16 women of varying ages and backgrounds.  Go to full article
SLU students Claude Mumbere as the Lion, and Sara Cushing as Maggie in "Hush: An Interview with America".  Tickets are free. To reserve a seat: 315-229-5748. Photo: Charlie Pepiton
SLU students Claude Mumbere as the Lion, and Sara Cushing as Maggie in "Hush: An Interview with America". Tickets are free. To reserve a seat: 315-229-5748. Photo: Charlie Pepiton

Preview: "Hush" at St. Lawrence University

The spring theater production at St. Lawrence University this week examines the challenges of growing up, the power of the media and the struggle to remain unique in an interconnected world. Hush: An Interview with America, opens in Gulick Theatre tonight.

In the play, Maggie Parks, an imaginative 12-year-old blind girl, senses an unexplained presence in her backyard apple tree. Her "vision" captures the imagination of a national news personality. Todd Moe talks with director Charlie Pepiton and some of the cast for a preview of the show.  Go to full article
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.

Preview: "Road to Dannemora" in Keene Valley

A North Country teen spent most of his summer vacation working on an original musical. Road to Dannemora debuts at Keene Central School on Saturday night. 16-year-old Sam Balzac wrote the music and worked with his mother, Kathy Recchia, on the lyrics. They're both long time members of the Book and Blanket Players, a community theater group in Jay. Todd Moe spoke with Sam and Kathy about the process of creating a musical.

"The Road to Dannemora" will be performed at the Keene Central School Auditorium this Saturday night, 7pm. Free admission. Donations Accepted.  Go to full article

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