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MISSION STATEMENT The mission of The Depot Theatre is to entertain, enrich, and educate through professional theatrical arts and related programs based in a historic train station. VISION STATEMENT The Depot Theatre will have a robust, regional, and year-round presence by creating the highest of quality programs, building strong partnerships, and enhancing community engagement while promoting diversity in all that we do.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ACCESSIBILITY: When making reservations, please let us know in advance if you will need accessibility accommodations or assistance with selecting a suitable seating location. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. PARKING: Parking is not permitted in the U-Haul lot across the street from the theatre. Vehicles are subject to towing. This is strictly enforced by the property owner. QUIET PLEASE: Please turn off all cell phones prior to the start of the performance. Please do not use your mobile device during the performance as the light emitted from the screen can be distracting to patrons seated around you.
NO SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited by federal, state and local regulations. When smoking outdoors, please maintain an appropriate distance from entrances and open windows. PLEASE NOTE: Feel free to “Follow” us later!
Taking photographs or video recording during the performance is STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY LAW.
LATE ARRIVALS: TEXT MESSAGING during the performance Latecomers are seated at the discretion of is not allowed. Please TURN OFF all mobile house management and may be seated in an devices. alternate location until an appropriate break in the performance. Depot Theatre Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 414 · 6705 Main Street · Westport, New York 12993 518-962-4449 · www.DepotTheatre.org
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS 2021 SEASON SPONSORS SEASON SPONSOR Casella THE MOUNTAINTOP The Galley Restaurant and Bar at Westport Marina WORKING: A MUSICAL Chazy and Westport Communications/Westelcom LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Mountain Lake PBS PREVIEW NIGHT SPONSOR Champlain National Bank DIGITAL MARKETING SPONSOR Arts Spark EXCLUSIVE AND EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT BEER SPONSOR Ledge Hill Brewing Company PLAYBILL SPONSOR International Paper DEPOT ACADEMY THEATRE PROGRAM SPONSORS UNDERWRITER Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation JUNIOR PROGRAM PERFORMANCE SPONSOR Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation ACADEMY SENIOR CABARET SPONSOR TrailNorth Federal Credit Union The Depot Theatre receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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2021 Season Dedication Shirley Bacot Shamel (1936-2020) The Depot Theatre lost a treasured friend and mentor with the passing of longtime board member Shirley Bacot Shamel in 2020. Of all of the organizations to which she dedicated herself, this little theatre in a train station has been, for decades, the grateful recipient of her generous support and expertise. Her larger-than-life presence and radiant smile is truly missed.
- The Depot Theatre Staff and Board of Trustees
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. The 2021 program, held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall August 9-22, will welcome both junior and senior participants, and it will include workshops led by Equity professionals in acting, voice, and dance, culminating in three performances of this year’s production: INTO THE WOODS, JR. Senior participants will also have the opportunity to perform in a Depot Cabaret. Learn more about upcoming youth, adult rep and other programs at www.DepotTheatre.org. Friday, August 20 7 pm Saturday, August 21 7 pm Sunday, August 22 2 pm
At the Whallonsburg Grange
Bring your own chair or blanket. Tickets: Donations welcome at performance.
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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT Dear Friends of the Depot, We’ve certainly had an interesting past 16 months and you know what they say about ‘living in interesting times’. The Depot has moved from a shuttered venue in 2020 to welcoming you back today. I commend the Depot Staff and Board for keeping heads down, focused on bolstering the Theatre in preparation for re-opening. All have worked hard to bring you the inspired 2021 Depot season. My hope is that you will find it thought provoking and entertaining, as well as exemplifying the professionalism you expect from Depot Theatre productions. As for you, our Patrons and Sponsors, well, we could not have weathered this period without your unflinching support. You are equal partners in all we do at the Depot Theatre and the Depot Theatre Academy. Actions speak louder than words and we hope that this season will prove a resounding ‘THANK YOU’ for all you have done for us. May this happy partnership continue. With gratitude.
Cheri Phillips Board President
The Depot Theatre employs members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks.
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THE ACTORS’ EQUITY DIFFERENCE Since 1988, the Depot has maintained an active relationship with Actors’ Equity Association – the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Depot Theatre is committed to bringing professional theatre artists – actors, directors, stage managers, technicians, choreographers, and designers – to the Adirondacks. By maintaining its Equity status, as well as being a Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) affiliated theatre company, the Depot Theatre has built a reputation for producing high quality performances in a unique performance space, in a very rural area in the Adirondacks. 2021 GUIDELINES This year, the Depot’s Equity affiliation also comes with strict health and safety guidelines required by Actors’Equity Association. The Depot staff will do our best to optimize your experience while meeting the new protocols, and thanks our patrons for your cooperation and support so that all can enjoy live performances at the Depot Theatre this summer! •
There will be no intermissions.
at www. DepotTheatre.org and outside the theatre.
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SUPPORT THANK YOU The Depot Theatre’s continued success is a testament to the support we receive from our subscribers, donors, sponsors, grantors, friends, local businesses and partners. We RELY on your generous contributions, just as you rely on us to deliver on our mission to “entertain, enrich, and educate through professional theatrical arts and related programs based in a historic train station.”
KEEP US STRONG 2020 illustrated the need for us to ensure that we can weather another unforeseen derailment AND continue to pursue our long-term strategic goals. By remaining financially secure, we can do both. Here are some ways for YOU to have a long-term impact on the Depot’s success: • Recurring Gift One of the simplest ways to support the Depot Theatre is to make a monthly recurring gift using a credit card. • Multi-Year Pledge We’d love for you to consider pledging a certain level of support for multiple years. A multi-year pledge is a great way to make a significant impact on the future of the Depot Theatre by strengthening our ability to plan budgets and programming. • Planned Giving - support the ongoing work of the Depot Theatre with a planned gift in your will or trust. QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Rielly, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 518.962.4449 x2. You, our investors, continue to help keep us strong, and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity!
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The Depot Theatre presents
at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson CAST Anna Anderson* - Billie Holiday Darnell White* - Jimmy Powers DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY KENNEY GREEN** Scenic/Props Design - BONNIE B. BREWER Lighting Design/TD/Master Electrician - MARGARET SWICK Sound Design - STEFANIE SENIOR Costume Design - KENNEY M. GREEN Stage Manager - JORDAN TANNEBERGER*
This production is generously sponsored by MOUNTAIN LAKE PBS There is no intermission. ** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
THE VIDEOTAPING OR MAKING ELECTRONIC OR OTHER AUDIO AND/OR VISUAL RECORDINGS OF THIS PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTING RECORDINGS OR STREAMS IN ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, A VIOLATION OF THE AUTHOR(S)’S RIGHTS AND ACTIONABLE UNDER UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT LAW, FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: concordtheatricals.com/resources/protecting-artists 10
ANNA ANDERSON Anna Anderson is honored to return to The Depot Theatre for this season’s production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Anna last embodied the soulful vibrance of Billie Holiday in Arizona Theatre Company’s Production of Lady Day, a role for which Anderson was honored with a MAC award nomination (Manhattan Association of Cabarets). Ms. Anderson also received a second MAC nomination for her outstanding performances at Don’t Tell Mama cabaret in NYC. Anna has also recently graced the stage at the iconic venues The Stonewall Inn and The Duplex. Other credits of Ms. Anderson include the off-broadway productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Grab and Grace, and The Great Pie Robbery. Anna would like to thank her daughter Cori and her eversupportive family as she continues along this adventure. DARNELL WHITE A native of the historical neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, Darnell White is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and The Juilliard School. A noted staple in New York City’s music scene, Darnell has developed a pristine reputation as a performer, composer, and musical director. As an MD he has collaborated with a number of noted artists including Melba Moore, Brian McKnight, Blaine Krauss, Amma Ossei, Willis White, Angela Birchett, David LaMarr, Carlton Jumel Smith and many more! Both as a performer and resident artist, Darnell’s graced the stages of New York’s major venues including 54 Below, The iridium, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Smokey Joe’s cafe, and Sid Golds to name a few. Darnell recently served as Musical Director for the off-Broadway show Revelation The Musical as well as the film adaptation of Gospel at Colonus (premiered November 2020). He is currently the MD for a few churches in the New York area and the chorus master for Trilogy: An Opera Company in Newark, NJ! Both as a vocalist & instrumentalist, Darnell is well versed in many genres as he believes music should always be approached first from a place of pure expression. It is indeed the desire to share his expressions through the gift of music that has left no style or genre outside his reach. Darnell is highly recognized as one of New York City’s top vocal coaches and is always accepting new talent into his studio. Take a journey without leaving the station 11
THE PLAYWRIGHT Lanie Robertson writes about iconic artists and the societal issues they faced in Nasty Little Secrets, The Insanity of Mary Girard, Back County Crimes, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which was produced on Broadway in 2014. His plays are widely produced nationally and internationally. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, East, and the Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.
Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), known professionally as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz and swing music singer. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by producer John Hammond, who liked her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson produced the hit “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”, which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia and Decca. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. She was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall. Because of personal struggles and an altered voice, her final recordings were met with mixed reaction but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis on July 17, 1959, at age 44. Holiday won four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumously, for Best Historical Album. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, though not in that genre; the website states that “Billie Holiday changed jazz forever”. Several films about her life have been released, most recently The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021).
SONG LIST “I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone” (music by Buddy Johnson; lyrics by Buddy Johnson)
“When a Woman Loves a Man” (music by Bernie Hanighen and Gordon Jenkins; lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
“What a Little Moonlight Can Do” (music by Harry Woods; lyrics by Harry Woods) “Crazy He Calls Me” (music by Carl Sigman; lyrics by Bob Russell) “Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)” (music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson)
“Baby Doll” “God Bless the Child” (music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.; lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
“Foolin’ Myself” (music by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin; lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin)
“Somebody’s on My Mind” (music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.; lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
“Easy Livin’” (music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin; lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin)
“Strange Fruit” (music by Abel Meeropol; lyrics by Abel Meeropol) “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” (music by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins; lyrics by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins)
“Don’t Explain” (music by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holiday; lyrics by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holiday)
“What a Little Moonlight Can Do” (Reprise) (music by Harry Woods; lyrics by Harry Woods)
“Deep Song” (music by George Cory and Douglass Cross; lyrics by George Cory, Douglass Cross)
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SUMMER MUSIC thursdays 7pm • free to all!
Ballard Park Westport, NY Studio Two 7.8 • Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet 7.15 Ray Vega 7.22 • Will Patton Ensemble 7.29 Va-et-vient 8.5 • Heard 8.12 Atlantic Crossing 8.19 ballardparkny.org/concerts Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from: Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program)* • Chazy-Westport Telephone Company • Cloudsplitter Foundation • Essex County Arts Council • Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation • Stewarts Foundation *This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
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DEPOT THEATRE STAFF KIM RIELLY (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) Rielly provides comprehensive theatre management and oversight of staff, budget, programs, marketing, audience development and community relations. Her experience includes more than 20 years of marketing and communications, most recently as the longtime director of communications for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, where she was an executive team member responsible for digital content development, copywriting, consistent brand implementation, staff oversight, and departmental budget management, and now, 3.5 years of executive directing at the Depot! A native of Westport, she is no stranger to the Depot, having lived in the region for the majority of her life, and volunteered for several terms as a board trustee, including one year as president.
attended The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. He joined the European Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2000 and has been working in some aspect of the theatre ever since. Green has extensive experience as a choreographer, musical director, and director at venues that include New Harmony Theatre in Indiana, Lake Dillon Theatre in Colorado, Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire, Emelin Theatre in New York and the RPI Young Actors’ Guild in New York. Green also directed and choreographed the children’s musical pre-show program for the Good Company Players in Fresno, CA for three years. He has a long list of acting roles, is a longtime performer at New York’s Marie’s Crisis Pop Piano Bar, and produces the Marie’s Crisis annual International tours in London, and Sydney, Australia. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). In October 2020, Kenney joined the teaching faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.
Rielly lives in Moriah with her husband, Kevin Boyle, without whom she enjoys golf, and with whom she enjoys motorcycling, BONNIE B. BREWER (SET DESIGN/ kayaking, hiking, cycling, skiing and other PROPS) has been working the professional outdoor pursuits. theatre circuit for over 30 years now. Directing projects include: Santaland Diaries, Kimberly KENNEY M. GREEN Akimbo, Urinetown, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, (PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) The Last Romance, Almost Maine, Agnes of God, Kenney M. Green is responsible for defining Other Desert Cities, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 and implementing the artistic vision and Steps, The Gin Game, Evita, Sylvia, Arsenic and program goals of the organization. Old Lace, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (and a few of their other abridged Originally from Fresno, California, Green shows too), All My Sons, Wait Until Dark, Death moved to New York City in 1999 where he www.DepotTheatre.org 16
of a Salesman, and Lend Me A Tenor. Light and set designs include: Act of God, World Goes Round, Forever Plaid, Urinetown, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Little Mermaid, Amadeus, Chicago, Other Desert Cities, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Always Patsy Cline and …more than I can remember at present. Thank you to the entire Depot Theatre Family for being so supportive -- it is great collaborating with you to make the best professional theatre a reality in the Adirondacks. Love to Teddy and Tonks for allowing me to go back to work without eating the house. KATIE SHEPARD (BOX OFFICE MANAGER) Katie began working in the Depot Theatre’s box office as an assistant in 2012 and became the manager in 2014. She is the co-founder of Essex Editions (essexeditions. com), a small artisanal publishing and author services company in Essex, NY. In 2016, she published her first book, Essex, New York Architecture: A Doodler’s Field Guide, co-authored with George Davis. She is also currently the managing editor of Rewilding Earth (rewilding.org). Katie graduated from Willsboro Central School and from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in English literature. STEFANIE SENIOR (SOUND DESIGNER) is delighted to be making her Depot debut! She is a Chicago-based sound designer and engineer, but has worked all over the country. She was formerly the sound supervisor for Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. Favorite credits include: Whose Body?, Non-Player Character, Top Dog/Underdog (directed by Kenney Green), The Absolute Brightness of
Leonard Pelkey, Tell Me On A Sunday, & Rock of Ages. Stefanie works on the podcast I’ve Been Meaning To Listen To That, and has done work for The Infinite Room, a podcast by Lookingglass Theatre. Her next project is an audio drama of Sense & Sensibility, by Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. Website: www. stefaniemsenior.com. MARGARET SWICK (LIGHT DESIGN/ MASTER ELECTRICIAN/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR) is happily returning for her eighth season at the Depot as the Lighting Designer and Master Electrician. During the year she works in Burlington VT, Plattsburgh, and Lake Placid, NY. She is also a member of I.A.T.S.E Local 919. JORDAN TANNEBERGER (STAGE MANAGER) Jordan is from St. Albans, VT and is grateful to be returning to The Depot for her second season as Stage Manager. Previous credits include: And The World Goes ‘Round (SM), An Act of God (SM), and Forever Plaid (ASM). Other credits from the University of Vermont include: Pippin (ASM) and The Wolves (SM). She is excited to continue working with talented casts and hardworking crews for Season ‘21! Thank you all for making it happen!
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STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS Kim Rielly – Executive Director Kenney M. Green – Producing Artistic Director Katie Shepard – Box Office Manager Teresa Cummings – Bookkeeper Auditor: Joseph P. LaFiura, CPA P.C. DEPOT THEATRE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cheri Phillips, President Amy McNamara, Vice President Alexandra Henderson,Treasurer Maureen Carlo, Secretary Betsy Bacot Jim Carroll Catherine Conover Covert Alisa Endsley Lindy Flanagan Scott Gibree Jonathan Hadley Lawrence Masle Bill McColgan Kathy Recchia Liz Spitler
DEPOT THEATRE ADVISORY COUNCIL David Howson (Honorary Chair) Bonnie B. Brewer Dee Carroll George Davis Melissa Davis Margaret “Beth” Glover Amy Guglielmo Daniel Keegan Karen L. Lewis Ginene Mason Jennifer Moore Mary Ellen O’Loughlin Jane Preston Annie Scavo Joan Simon Sally Struthers Michael Thomas
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Exterior Painting Project coming soon! The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY has been awarded several grants in support of facility and technology improvements. The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Depot a grant of $16,000, and the J.M. McDonald Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000 toward the Depot Theatre Historic Property Exterior Painting Project. This grant funding will be used toward painting the exterior of the historic Depot Theatre train station, which is owned by the Town of Westport and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Depot Theatre building is not only home to the Adirondacks’ only professional Equity theatre, but it serves as an information hub for travelers and residents, and a working train station that, in nonpandemic times, welcomes Amtrak passengers traveling to and from the Lake Champlain and High Peaks regions year round. ”We’re grateful to the Depot Theatre for being dedicated stewards and securing funding for this iconic structure,” said Ike Tyler, Town of Westport Supervisor. “It is important that we maintain and preserve this vital facility, which has such a direct cultural and economic impact on the community and greater Adirondack region.” The Depot was also awarded a grant of $2,000 for the Depot Theatre’s Virtual Streaming Technology Initiative from the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund. The Adirondack Foundation grant funding will be used toward the purchase of vital, updated camera equipment for archiving main stage performances and producing educational resources for the Depot Theatre Academy outreach and education program. “Preservation and improvement of the train station and updated technological equipment are both integral parts of the theatre’s strategic master facilities and technology plan,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre Executive Director. “We are grateful to these Foundations for their vital support of these initiatives.” DRIVEWAY PROJECT UPDATE: The pandemic stalled the project, but rest assured, the Town of Westport is coordinating with other partners to complete the driveway paving as soon as possible! Take a journey without leaving the station
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Welcome to Westport, NY And the Depot Theatre Westport. The earliest record of Westport as a location occurs on 18th Century French maps. Though the bay on which Westport sits was known as Northwest Bay, a 1779 map by French Surveyor and cartographer, Claude Joseph Sauthier, lists it as “Baie des Rocher Fendus” or Bay of the Split Rocks after a geological feature along the lakeshore between Westport and Essex. Essex County’s early settler William Gilliland, christened the area Bessboro, in honor of his wife, Elizabeth. The town was not settled again until 1804 when Charles Hatch made his way to North West Bay from Elizabethtown. It took four men two days to hack their way through the eight miles of forest between Elizabethtown and the bay. The town was officially named Westport in 1815 when it separated from Elizabethtown. The early character of the town is evidenced by a vote at the first town meeting “to raise double the sum allowed by the State for the support of common schools” and “to raise twenty dollars for the support of the poor”. By then, there existed a considerable settlement, with grist, saw and pulp mills, as well as stores, taverns, a tannery and a cloth factory. Westport’s early iron industry was based on three beds of ore, the Campbell bed, the Merriam bed and the Jackson bed. Francis Jackson built the Sisco furnace, at a cost of $100,000, which in 1846 was one of the most expensive and technologically advanced furnaces of its day. Furnace Point Road, Merriam Forge Road, and Sisco Street memorialize this early industry in Westport. Beginning in 1906, Westport was accessed on Lake Champlain by passage on the steamboat Ticonderoga, which docked every night in Westport meeting the train from New York City to transport passengers, farm produce, livestock, and dry goods up the lake to other towns. The Ticonderoga ended service in the 1950’s but it lives on today as one of only two remaining side-paddle-wheel passenger steamers, and is a feature of the Shelburne Museum in VT. Westport is a charming lakeside community with year-round and seasonal residents, vacationers, and a growing farm-to-table agricultural industry. It is home to outdoor recreation enthusiasts, artists, musicians, actors, and business owners. It is also home to one of the few remaining hand-wound town clocks in America, at the Westport Library. Champlain Area Trails (CATS), headquartered in Westport, creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley. CATS has developed 42 miles of trails and is working to create trails that make it possible for people to “Hike the Lake” by walking from hamlet-to-hamlet. Nearby Camp Dudley is the oldest, continuously run camp in America. For over 130 years Camp Dudley & Kiniya have provided boys and girls (ages 10 to 15) with the opportunity to develop as individuals through a balanced program of arts, athletics, outdoor exploration, and spirituality. Wadhams! (It deserves an exclamation point) Nearby Wadhams, also part of the Westport Township, was formerly known as Wadhams Mills. It takes its name from the Wadhams family who, as early as 1825, began constructing mills at this location. “The Falls” as they continue to be known, supplied Take a journey without leaving the station
the waterpower that was the incentive for the settlement. That waterpower continues to be utilized today, producing electricity sold to power companies. Just below the falls is an area known locally as the “Old Indian Burying Ground” for the number of arrowheads found there. Long before the settlers’ rafts, ferries, canal boats and steamships travelled the lake and streams; the Native Americans used the waterways as a thoroughfare. The Depot Theatre. IT ALL STARTED WITH THE BUILDING. Nestled between the shores of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, The Depot Theatre originated out of a community-wide effort in 1978 to save the historic Westport train station (circa 1876) from demolition. Initially, the Westport Historical Society maintained stewardship over the historic station. The Historical Society saw the potential for cultural activity in the partially renovated station and they decided to begin presenting theatre in the space. They turned to a unique funding solution to accomplish that goal: Wednesday Night Bingo. Initially this venture raised the tidy sum of nearly $3,000. In 1985, The Depot Theatre stepped out from under the Historical Society’s umbrella to become its own separate not-for-profit entity. In 1988, it became a professional theatre company operating under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Today, The Depot Theatre is the only professional Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) affiliated theatre company in the Adirondack Park, a 6 million-acre publicly and privately held natural resource, that includes many small communities like Westport. We are grateful to the minds and energy of people like Carol Buchanan and Shami McCormick, who were catalysts for the creation and evolution of a high-quality, live professional theatre in a historic train depot. About the Historic Train Station. The Delaware and Hudson Railway built this historic train station in 1876. It was expanded twice in 1891 and in 1908. D&H sold the building to the Town of Westport in 1974. Though Delaware and Hudson is no longer in operation, this historic train depot serves Amtrak passengers between New York City and Montreal providing important gateway access for travelers coming to the Adirondack region. The Town of Westport, Canadian Pacific Railway, Amtrak and the Depot Theatre have developed a unique partnership to keep this historical space actively used and maintained. Today, the entire Depot Theatre community embraces that metaphor, and invites all to… “Take a journey without leaving the station.”
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SPECIAL THANKS Adirondack Stage Rats
Gigi and Ed Mason
Artistry Community Theatre
J.M. McDonald Foundation
New York State
Book & Blanket Players
Council on the Arts
Glenn & Carol Pearsall
Champlain National Bank
Coakley’s Home & Hardware
Rising Star Productions
Community Theatre Players
Saranac Lake High School
Compass Printing Plus
Alfred Z. Solomon Trust
Essex County Arts Council
Justin Stearns, Mac’s Safe & Lock
Derrick A. Hopkins
at Ledge Hill Studio
Dave and Cynthia Johnston,
Town of Westport
DaCy Meadow Farm
Susan Weinrich, NYCON
Restaurant and Bar
Charles R. Wood Foundation
at Westport Marina
UPS Store Lake Placid
Westport Central School
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Westport Chamber of Commerce
Lake Placid High School
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The Board of Trustees of the Depot Theatre extends its sincere appreciation to the friends of the theatre who have generously supported the organization with a gift this fiscal year. This list represents gifts received August 1, 2020, through August 6, 2021.
Archangel ($5,000+) Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Cloudsplitter Foundation Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation J.M. McDonald Foundation Inc. New York State Council on the Arts Charles R. Wood Foundation
Angel ($3,000 - $4,999) Amy & David McNamara Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation The Steelcase Foundation†
Magnate ($1,500 - $2,999) Anonymous (2) Adirondack Foundation Special and Urgent Needs Fund Bobbi Atz in Memory of Marc Atz Linda M. Beane Cerf-Dunbar Fund Catherine Conover Covert Lindy & David Flanagan Lyn & Terry Flynn John & Antje Munroe Cheri Phillips Shipstore* David & Candace Weir Foundation
Benefactor ($1,000 - $1,499) Anonymous (1) Flynn Center for the Performing Arts* Scott Gibree The Haskins Family Fund Kevin O`Keefe & Alisa Endsley
Christopher Rice & Tomlin Coggeshall
Patron ($500 - $999) Stephanie Ames Beth & Matt Bakes Copeland & Andree Bertsche Maureen Carlo in Memory of Keith Matott Nancy Decker Christine Decker Marquis Essex County Arts Council Peter Gow Daphne Hallowell Alex & Dan Henderson Jane Preston & Alan Hipps Tom & Sally Hoy John & Miriam Klipper Ellen & David Mann Lawrence Masle & Astrid Boer Richard Pendleton in Memory of Sally Pendleton Joel Shapiro & Ellen Phelan Joan Simon & Alan Kennedy Elizabeth Spitler Jo Steiniger & Mary McDonald Stewart’s Holiday Match Anonymous in Honor of Cheri Phillips Walmart Bill & Ann Westervelt
Engineer ($250 - $499) Adirondack Foundation Evergreen Fund Chris & Mary- Paula Allegaert Pam & Todd August Susan Babcock
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Craig & Teresa Cummings Mary Cushman & Fred Daly Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Davey Dr. James C. & Caroline W. Dawson Jessica Deeb Jenifer Hale Deming Therese Denton Tracey Dolan Kathleen Donohue & Michael Brown Scottie & Margie Emery-Ginn Janine Ferretti Emily & John Fogarty Mason & Joan Forrence John & Julie Fraino Karen & Howard Glass John & Sandy Goodroe Amy Griffin Alison Guile Annmarie & Nicholas Harmon Harmon Family Charitable Fund Greg & Kathleen Harper Conductor ($100 - $249) Catherine Hearn & Kevin Raines Anonymous (9) Hillary Hollister-Hinge & McCutchen & Ellen Few Anderson Matthew Hinge William Bardeen in Memory Al & Jini Hood of Linda Bardeen Norm & Nancy Howard Ellen & Jeff Birch Barbara C. Howson Alan & Jennifer Booth Roger Hueglin Kit & Sally Booth Philip C. Johnson Helen M. Branigan Meredith & William Johnston Judith Bunnell Marilyn Jordan Michael Burt, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. M. Joslow Chic & Carol Canas Marian & Guy Juneau David & Penny Carr Carrie Cane Bob & Lynn Chase Laurie & William Kelley Jay & Leslie Cohen Wesley & Scott Kevelson Hope C.L. Colt Phil & Barbara Kivlin Deborah Colver Greg Knowles & Donna Schlegel Keely & JT Compton Rick & Angela Krueger Covered Bridge Realty Cynthia & Richard Lacki Penny Cowan Ernie & Alta Lapine Nancy & John Cowen www.DepotTheatre.org 30 Ruth Barney Michael H. Bartlett Eleanor Garrell Berger S.E. & A.D. Bissell Bob & Gerry Bradley Bob & Lee Brewer Thomas Burleigh Joe & Brenda Domer Keith & Kathleen Giles Robert & Jeaninne Honstein David Howson in Memory of Dr. Bob Carroll Ben Kernan Tom & Kathie LaBombard George Maffey Greg & Jennifer Moore Dennis & Diane Mullen Nancy L. Olsen Sandy & George Peterson Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sherman Dick & Bev Van Duyne
Ellen & Michael Coccoma Elizabeth Lee Dick & Sally Lighty Roland & Pam Machold Gigi & Ed Mason Mark & Lisa M.L. Mastrean Jon & Mimi McBride Tracy & Scott McClelland Judith McCusker Mary McGowan Jim & Joann McKenna Candice McKeon Julie McNamara Connie Meng Mary Ann Miller in Memory of Shirley Bacot Shamel Bea & Art Momot Robert & Phyllis Mooso Margaret Lamb & Richard Nadeau Bob & Kim Fullington Judi O’Brien In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cushman Stephanie Olmsted Nancy Page Ann Pember & Jay Frank Bill & Nancy Persell Dr. Mark & Judith Pohlman Rich & Lois Rawson Fred Balzac & Kathleen Recchia Mr. & Mrs. Perley Rice John Rosenthal William & Marcia Russell Charles Schoonover Vincent Shanley Steve & Melissa Shepstone Debi & Jerry Sherman Joan & Douglas Smith Barbara & Thomas Squadere Richard & Ann Stanton Jack Swan Michael & Karen Thomas
Harry Tobiassen Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tyler Lynn C. Valenti Deborah & Julio Virella Dr. & Mrs. Alan Walker Dee Stewart Way Donald K. White
Switchman ($1 - $99) Anonymous (14) Roger & Linda Adams Diane August Sue Baker Nancy Battaglia Judy Bertsche Bonnie Black J. & E. Bottiroli Mary Ellen & Walter Boynton Pamela Brady Tom & Sheera Broderick Joan & Orville Brown Ron Bussian Betsy & Kevin Byrne Frank & Mary Ann Caimano Christine J. Carpenter Nancy & Walter Church in Honor of Maureen Carlo James & Marta Clute Mrs. Patricia Conley Holly Cusick Jack & Marian Daniels Glenn & Sue De Forge Sandra & Remy deVarenne Holly Evarts Art Farnsworth Kathy & Lonnie Ford Julie Freeman-Moore & Aaron Freeman Tom Garlock Beth Glover & Karen Lewis Anne & Robert Goble Peter Greenwald
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Al & Bonnie Haberle Linda M. Haynes Mary Ann & Robert Hebert Paul Herrmann Alix & Edward Heuston Sandy & Susan Jacobs Elton & Valerie Jodoin Kathy Kelley & Paul Mudie Dick & Pam Kellogg Christopher Kelly Terry & Lynne Kemp Jane Kowalowski Sandy Lashua Eric & Beverly Lawson Dianne K. Martineau Mr. & Mrs. Richard Matott Chris & Joanne Mazzotte J. Stites McDaniel IV Bruce & Athena Moore Paul & Nancy Moriarty Rodney Morris Thomas Nigra John & Betsy Penrose Mark & Karen Perreault Nancy Perry Kim Rielly Nietta & Mark Rogers Enid Rubin Maria & Richard Russell Ann Sayers & Peter Slocum
Catherine Seidenberg Tim Seymour Ransom & Carlotta Shaw Peter & Mary Ann Snay James & Enzina Stevenson Martha & John Storey Matt & Jessica Storey David & Betsy Thomas-Train Alice Van Tuyl Lythia Vera Nat & Liane Walker Stephanie West Patience Whitman Pat & Ken Wiley Jo Ann Wood *Gift In-Kind †Matching Gift
Additional season funding is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council CAP Grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
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DINNER: TUESDAY-SUNDAY AT 5:00 PM HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR TUESDAY - THURSDAY 4:00 - 5:30 PM $1 Oysters and Shrimp, Drink Specials Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome! 518-962-8777 44 Old Arsenal Rd. Westport, NY www.westportyachtclubny.com Take a journey without leaving the station
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