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BY KATORI HALL Sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina


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!


@depottheatre 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.

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 YOUTH 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 recent 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

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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.



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.

No food or beverages will be consumed in 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 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

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall




CURTIS WILEY* - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK* - Camae

Scenic/Props Design - BONNIE B. BREWER Lighting Design/Master Electrician - MARGARET SWICK Master Carpenter - KEVIN BOYLE Costume Designer - KENNEY M. GREEN Sound Design - KENNEY M. GREEN Stage Manager - JORDAN TANNEBERGER*

This production is generously sponsored by THE GALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR AT WESTPORT MARINA There is no intermission. There is smoking onstage during show. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


CAST OF CHARACTERS CURTIS WILEY (MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.) Curtis made his Broadway debut in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life Life And Times Of The Temptations. Prior to joining the Tony Award winning production Curtis was seen in NYC a t Lincoln Center in the “American Songbook” concert series with Stew + Heidi. Curtis first worked with Stew + Heidi in the world premier of The Total Bent at NYC’s Public Theater. Other NY credits: Attack Of The Elvis Impersonators (Lion Theatre); Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Co.); The Artist & The Scientist (Cap21); Straight Faced Lies (Fringe NYC); Pageant: The Musical (Off B’way Revival); The Great Society (York Shakespeare Co); TUT (NYMF); King Lear (Exit, Pursued by a Bear); The Wild Party (Columbia Stages). Big musical credits include: Diner The Musical; Jersey Boys; The Lion King; and a really cool gig with Motown The Musical. Curtis is an alumni of the Sundance Theatre Institute, Wig Out (playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney). Curtis had the distinct pleasure of working with Negro Ensemble Co., Martin: Before the Dream, and has been featured in the “Future Classics Series” at Classical Theatre of Harlem. YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK (CAMAE) Yvette Monique Clark is back! She is ecstatic to be returning to The Depot where she debuted her cabaret “Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About”. During her time away she has kept herself busy producing her own virtual cabarets, “Diva of the ‘Demic”. She has performed in productions such as Gun and Powder (Sissy), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ), The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evillene, Glinda), UniSon (Momma, Terror #7). She is proud to be a part of this wonderful production of The Mountaintop. She thanks God and her family for without them she would be nothing. Take a journey without leaving the station


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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 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


KATORI HALL (PLAYWRIGHT) is a playwright and performer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Her award-winning play HOODOO LOVE premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2007. It was developed under Lynn Nottage as part of the theatre’s 2006 Mentor Project. HOODOO LOVE received three AUDELCO nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, August Wilson Playwright Award). Her other plays include: REMEMBRANCE, HURT VILLAGE, SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING, THE MOUNTAINTOP, ON THE CHITLIN’ CIRCUIT, and FREEDOM TRAIN (KCACTF ten minute play national finalist). Her work has been developed and presented at the following venues: the American Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Schomburg Center, BRICLab, Women’s Project, World Financial Center, Lark Play Development Center, New Professional Theatre, The O’Neill, the Juilliard School, Stanford University, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lecompte du Nouy Prize, North Manhattan Arts Alliance Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts Commission Grant, New Professional Theatre’s Writers’ Festival award, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting, Royal Court Theatre Residency, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. She has also been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow. As an actor, her credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” THE PRESIDENT’S PUPPETS (The Public), GROWING UP A SLAVE (American Place Theatre), INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL (American Place Theatre), the world premiere of AMERIKA (Theatre de la Jeune Lune/American Repertory Theatre), SPRING AWAKENING

(Moscow Art Theatre School), AIN’T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH (Classical Theatre of Harlem), SCHOOLED (WOW Café Theatre), and BLACK GIRL (Sande Shurin Theatre). As a journalist, her work has been published in “The Boston Globe,” “Essence,” “Newsweek,” and “The Commercial Appeal.” She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She is now a student in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Playwrights’ Lab, the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and the Dramatists Guild.

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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 Take a journey without leaving the station 15

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.

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!

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 ( Katie graduated from Willsboro Central School and from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in English literature. MARGARET SWICK (LIGHT DESIGN/ MASTER ELECTRICIAN) 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.



Depot Theatre

Kim Rielly – Executive Director

Advisory Council

Kenney M. Green – Producing Artistic Director

David Howson (Honorary Chair)

Katie Shepard – Box Office Manager

Bonnie B. Brewer

Teresa Cummings – Bookkeeper

Dee Carroll

Auditor: Joseph P. LaFiura, CPA P.C.

George Davis Melissa Davis Margaret “Beth” Glover


Amy Guglielmo


Daniel Keegan

Cheri Phillips, President

Karen L. Lewis

Amy McNamara, Vice President

Ginene Mason

Alexandra Henderson,Treasurer

Jennifer Moore

Maureen Carlo, Secretary

Mary Ellen O’Loughlin

Betsy Bacot

Jane Preston

Jim Carroll

Annie Scavo

Catherine Conover Covert

Joan Simon

Alisa Endsley

Sally Struthers

Lindy Flanagan

Michael Thomas

Scott Gibree Jonathan Hadley Lawrence Masle Bill McColgan Kathy Recchia Liz Spitler

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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.” 18

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!

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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 YMCA 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 the Take a journey without leaving the station


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

David McNamara

Stephanie Ames

Jennifer Moore


New York State


Council on the Arts

Judy Bertsche

Glenn & Carol Pearsall

Bessboro Builders

Adirondack Foundation

Book & Blanket Players

Pendragon Theatre

Kevin Boyle

Kathleen Recchia

Bonnie B. Brewer

Rising Star Productions

Jim Carroll

Saranac Lake High School

Champlain National Bank

Alfred Z. Solomon Trust

Cloudsplitter Foundation

Justin Stearns, Mac’s Safe & Lock

Coakley’s Home & Hardware

Stewart’s Foundation

Community Theatre Players

Kent Streed

Compass Printing Plus

Carolyn Vanderhoof

Essex County Arts Council

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Beth Glover

Town of Westport

David Howson

Susan Weinrich, NYCON

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DaCy Meadow Farm

Charles R. Wood Foundation

The Galley

Westport Central School

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Westport Chamber of Commerce

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Whallonsburg Grange Hall

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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 - June 23, 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 (1) 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) Scott Gibree The Haskins Family Fund Kevin O`Keefe & Alisa Endsley

Christopher Rice & Tomlin Coggeshall

Patron ($500 - $999) Anonymous in Honor of Cheri Phillips Stephanie Ames Andree & Copeland Bertsche In Memory of Shirley Bacot Shamel Maureen Carlo in Memory of Keith Matott Nancy Decker Christine Decker Marquis Essex County Arts Council Daphne Hallowell Jane Preston & Alan Hipps John & Miriam Klipper Ellen & David Mann 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 Walmart Bill & Ann Westervelt

Engineer ($250 - $499) Adirondack Foundation Evergreen Fund Chris & Mary-Paula Allegaert Todd & Pam August Susan Babcock Matt & Beth Bakes

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Ruth Barney Michael H. Bartlett Bob & Gerry Bradley S.E. & A.D. Bissell Bob & Lee Brewer Thomas Burleigh Joe & Brenda Domer Keith & Kathleen Giles Peter Gow 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 Dick & Bev Van Duyne

Conductor ($100 - $249) Anonymous (6) McCutchen & Ellen Few Anderson William Bardeen in Memory of Linda Bardeen Ellen & Jeff Birch Alan & Jennifer Booth Kit & Sally Booth Helen M. Branigan Judith Bunnell Michael Burt, Jr. Chic & Carol Canas David & Penny Carr Bob & Lynn Chase Jay & Leslie Cohen Keely & JT Compton Covered Bridge Realty Penny Cowan


Craig & Teresa Cummings Mary Cushman & Fred Daly Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Davey Dr. James C. & Caroline W. Dawson Jessica M. 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 Harmon Family Charitable Fund Annmarie & Nicholas Harmon Greg & Kathleen Harper Hillary Hollister-Hinge & Matthew Hinge Al & Jini Hood Norm & Nancy Howard Barbara C. Howson Roger Hueglin Philip C. Johnson Meredith & William Johnston Mr. & Mrs. M. Joslow Marian & Guy Juneau Carrie Cane Laurie & William Kelley Wesley & Scott Kevelson Phil & Barbara Kivlin Greg Knowles & Donna Schlegel Rick & Angela Krueger

Cynthia & Richard Lacki Ernie & Alta Lapine 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 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 Mr. & Mrs. Perley Rice John Rosenthal Bill & Marcia Russell Dan Schoonover Vincent Shanley Steve & Melissa Shepstone Debi & Jerry Sherman Joan & Douglas Smith 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

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