Working: A Musical

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From the book by Studs Terkel A MUSICAL Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor Orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire

Sponsored by Chazy Westport Communications/Westelcom 2021

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.

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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

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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.









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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

WORKING: A Musical


DIRECTED BY JULIE LUCIDO^ Musical Director - ADAM MICHAEL TILFORD Sound Design - STEFANIE SENIOR Lighting Design/Master Electrician/TD - MARGARET SWICK Costume Designer - KENNEY M. GREEN Scenic/Props Design - BONNIE B. BREWER Stage Manager - JORDAN TANNEBERGER*

This production is generously sponsored by Chazy and Westport Communications/Westelcom There is no intermission. Working (2012 Revised Version) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



Rose Hoffman, schoolteacher Candy Cottingham, fundraiser Delores Dante, waitress



Mike Dillard, ironwoker Rex Winship, hedgefund manager Tom Patrick, fireman


Terry Mason, flight attendant Sharon Atkins, receptionist Grace Clements, millworker Theresa Liu, nanny Ralph Werner, student

Amanda McKenny, project manager Kate Rushton, housewife Roberta Victor, prostitute Maggie Holmes, cleaning lady


Freddy Rodriguez, fast food worker Raj Chadha, tech support Allen Epstein, community organizer Anthony Coelho, stone mason Utkarsh Trajillo, elder care worker Charlie Blossom, ex-newsroom assistant


Frank Decker, interstate trucker Conrad Swibel, UPS delivery man Eddie Jaffe, publicist Joe Zutty, retiree

The Orchestra Aaron Jodoin - Keyboards 1 Adam Michael Tilford - Keyboards 2 Jane Boxall - Drums/Percussion *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ^ Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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AMY FITTS Amy is thrilled to be back at the Depot after taking a quick hiatus to become a Drama Teacher (Riverdale Country School) and to raise a kid (Sam). She’s worn many a wig and dress on the Depot stage, playing Philia in Forum, Woman 2 in I Love You You’re Perfect, Yum Yum in Mikado and more. In NYC she’s done shows at The Mint, Lucille Lortel, Joe’s Pub, and a bunch of other downtown venues. She traveled Japan singing Disney songs with the Tokyo Philharmonic and performed closer to home at Peterborough Players (Laura, Glass Menagerie), Weston Playhouse Hairspray/As You Like It, Cohoes Music Hall (Gooch, Mame) and more. Huge thanks to Kenney and Kim and to Aaron for his stellar dad work.

BRANDI CHAVONNE MASSEY Brandi Is thrilled to be a part of this cast. Her credits include: West End Nala in Disney’s The Lion King. Broadway and National Tours include roles such as Nettie/Celie in The Color Purple; Elphaba in Wicked; The Radio in Caroline or Change; and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde. New York projects include Ghetto Superstar singing background for Billy Porter as well as Sam Smith; Kira in Bare; Pam in Baby; Myrt in Carmen Jones at the York Theater; Muse in the Nike workshop of Ball with L.L. Cool Jay and Savion Glover; Linda Eder’s Christmas Concert; and Dionne in Hair in the Encore Series. Favorite Regional credits include Lorrell in Dream Girls starring Jennifer Holiday at The Fox Theater; Amunt in Jasper in Deadland at The 5Th Avenue; and Apollo Singer in The Buddy Holly Story. She has several TV and film credits. 12

KENNEY M. GREEN Off-Broadway: FINKS! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), GROWING UP 70’s starring Barry Williams (Luther). National/European Tours: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ starring Gladys Knight (Victor/Dance Capt.), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLYOD WEBBER (Ensemble). Regional: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES(Atkins), AVENUE Q (Gary Coleman), ELF: THE MUSICAL (Store Manager) DIVA DIARIES: THE MUSICAL [WORLD PREMIERE] (Young Randee Jean), CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL (Aaron/The Jury), ANGELS IN AMERICA (Belize), THE MUSIC MAN (Marcellus Washburn), A CHORUS LINE (Richie), THE FULL MONTY(Horse), AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Detective Fix), HELLO, DOLLY! (Barnaby Tucker), and many more. Kenney is the Producing Artistic Director of the DEPOT THEATRE in Westport, NY, on the Board of Directors for UR HERE Theatre Company in his hometown of Fresno, California, and he is on Faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC). Proud member of AEA, SAG, and SDC.

TERRY LEWIS This is Terry Lewis’ Depot Theatre debut! Favorite roles include: Georges in La Cages aux Folles, Sam in Mamma Mia, Ed Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Bruce in Fun Home, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Lancelot in Camelot, Thomas Novachek in Venus in Fur, Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods, Bobby in Company, Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I Am My Own Wife, Jason in Ordinary Days, and Rod in Avenue Q. Big thanks to Kenney, Julie, and the Depot Theatre creative team for this opportunity. Much love to my amazingly supportive family and friends, and the loves of my life - Sophie, Brian, Olive, and my angel Chloe.

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XAVIER REYES Xavier Reyes is a story teller from Puerto Rico who left home to pursue his dreams of theatre making. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ithaca College. Some favorite credits include Broadway’s National Tour of Kinky Boots in the USA, Japan and Canada, Fun Home, HAIR, In The Heights, RENT, West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, and Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT. He is grateful to be granted the opportunity to tell this musical story and hopes to continue reaching people through his work. Thank you to everyone involved and YOU, audience member, for showing up and/or supporting this medium in any way.

THANI BRANT Thani Brant is a 2021 graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Go Blue! Their recent credits include Touchstone in U of M’s As You Like It and Anna in Spring Awakening with Exit Left Theatre Co. Working is Thani’s first professional job out of college. Many thanks to Julie Lucido for her years of mentorship and for giving them this opportunity to share live theatre with an audience again!


JULIE LUCIDO (DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHY) has been directing and choreographing for over thirty years. Some of her directing/choreography highlights include; Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Forever Plaid, Matilda the Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, and Fiddler on the Roof. On the dancing side of her brain, choreography credits include Calamity Jane Starring Louise Mandrell, Hairspray, Click Clack Moo School Tour for Fresno State, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, All Shook Up, Hot Mikado, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Chicago, The Wiz, South Pacific, and Oliver. It isn’t all musicals all the time however, as some of her favorite play directing projects are A Few Good Men, Inherit the Wind, The Lion in Winter, 45 Seconds from Broadway and All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. She has spent her covid time building on community and making artistic connections with creating the Backyard Readers Theatre Lab, a private group of actors and theatre lovers who socially distance gather to read new works, women works, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ works, and revisiting theatrical classics in the lens of modern times. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreography Society and a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz in Theatre Arts. Julie serves as President, and one of the Artistic Directors, for UR HERE Theater, a new company rising from the pandemic focused on political talk provoking, and underrepresented voices, is the Education Director for Children’s Musical Theaterworks and is also current President of the Junior Company Foundation. Back home can be found her husband, two dear daughters, a dog and a cat. She is thrilled

to be making her directing debut at The Depot Theatre with Working the Musical. Celebrating the ‘every’ person, the worker, as the backbone of what makes the world go around is particularly important in this time. As we have been reminded, we should honor the essential workers, and how interconnected we are, the stories we will weave, share, and sing are so very important in this time. ADAM MICHAEL TILFORD (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) is a composer/pianist/educator who lives in Manhattan. He’s so excited to be back at the Depot for another summer. Here at the Depot Adam has worked on Wicked City, Route 66, The Marvelous Wonderettes and The World Goes ‘Round. At the Depot Academy he has worked on The Lion King Jr, Little Shop of Horrors, last summer’s Physically Distanced; Artistically Connected and will be directing this summer’s Into The Woods Jr. He has musically directed many musicals at various regional theaters across the country and at education theatre institutions through the state of New York. He’s played every major cabaret/club in New York City. His new musical version of A Christmas Carol (with Marc Goldsmith) was nominated for a New York Innovative Award. His compositions can also be heard as the theme songs for podcasts including “They Coined It” and “They Said Wha!?”. His vocal coaching students have appeared in various productions on Broadway/National Tours including Hairspray, Kinky Boots and Spring Awakening. He is also an accompanist/music director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Thanks and love to Kenney.

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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 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



Song Credits ALL THE LIVELONG DAY Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (with acknowledgments to Walt Whitman)

DELIVERY Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda NOBODY TELLS ME HOW Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, Music by Mary Rodgers BROTHER TRUCKER Music and Lyrics by James Taylor JUST A HOUSEWIFE Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia MILLWORK Music and Lyrics by James Taylor IF I COULD’VE BEEN Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant THE MASON Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia IT’S AN ART Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz JOE A VERY GOOD DAY Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda CLEANIN’ WOMEN Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant FATHERS AND SONS Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz SOMETHING TO POINT TO Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia Take a journey without leaving the station



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 19

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 ( 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 20

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. 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!

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.” 22

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 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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LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL August 12- 29 By Lanie Robertson


Sponsored by Mountain Lake PBS

The Depot’s season closes on a big note with LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL. This “play with music” recounts the heartbreaking, beautiful, and haunting story of Billie Holiday’s life through the songs that made her one of the most famous icons of the era, including “What A Little Moonlight Can Do,”“God Bless The Child,” and “Strange Fruit.” RATED: PG-13 (Content includes adult themes and language, including issues of race, substance abuse, and abusive relationships.)


2019 Season: July 4–Aug 11

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SPECIAL THANKS Adirondack Stage Rats

Gigi and Ed Mason

Stephanie Ames

J.M. McDonald Foundation


David McNamara


Jennifer Moore

Judy Bertsche

New York State

Bessboro Builders

Council on the Arts

Bob’s Music

Glenn & Carol Pearsall

Book & Blanket Players

Adirondack Foundation

Kevin Boyle

Pendragon Theatre

Jim Carroll

Kathleen Recchia

Champlain National Bank

Rising Star Productions

Cloudsplitter Foundation

Saranac Lake High School

Coakley’s Home & Hardware

Alfred Z. Solomon Trust

Community Theatre Players

Justin Stearns, Mac’s Safe & Lock

Compass Printing Plus

Stewart’s Foundation

Essex County Arts Council

Kent Streed

Bren Gotham

Carolyn Vanderhoof

Beth Glover

at Ledge Hill Studio

David Howson

Town of Westport

Dave and Cynthia Johnston,

Susan Weinrich, NYCON

DaCy Meadow Farm


The Galley

Charles R. Wood Foundation

Restaurant and Bar

Westport Central School

at Westport Marina

Westport Chamber of Commerce

William Johnston

Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Lake Placid Center for the Arts Lake Placid High School Karen Lewis Luna Rhythm Take a journey without leaving the station


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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 July 14, 2021.

Archangel ($5,000+)

Patron ($500 - $999)

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

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

Stephanie Ames Copeland & Andree Bertsche in Memory of Shirley Bacot Shamel 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

Benefactor ($1,000 - $1,499)

Engineer ($250 - $499)

Anonymous (1) Scott Gibree The Haskins Family Fund Kevin O`Keefe & Alisa Endsley Christopher Rice & Tomlin Coggeshall

Adirondack Foundation Evergreen Fund Chris & Mary-Paula Allegaert Todd & Pam August Susan Babcock Matt & Beth Bakes Ruth Barney Michael H. Bartlett

Angel ($3,000 - $4,999) Amy & David McNamara Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation The Steelcase Foundation†

Magnate ($1,500 - $2,999)

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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 Catherine Hearn & Kevin Raines Conductor ($100 - $249) Hillary Hollister-Hinge & Anonymous (9) Matthew Hinge McCutchen & Ellen Few Anderson Al & Jini Hood William Bardeen in Memory Norm & Nancy Howard of Linda Bardeen Barbara C. Howson Ellen & Jeff Birch Roger Hueglin Alan & Jennifer Booth Philip C. Johnson Kit & Sally Booth Meredith & William Johnston Helen M. Branigan Marilyn Jordan Judith Bunnell Mr. & Mrs. M. Joslow Michael Burt, Jr. Marian & Guy Juneau Chic & Carol Canas Carrie Cane David & Penny Carr Laurie & William Kelley Bob & Lynn Chase Wesley & Scott Kevelson Jay & Leslie Cohen Phil & Barbara Kivlin Hope C.L. Colt Greg Knowles & Donna Schlegel Keely & JT Compton Rick & Angela Krueger Covered Bridge Realty Cynthia & Richard Lacki Penny Cowan Ernie & Alta Lapine Nancy & John Cowen Elizabeth Lee Craig & Teresa Cummings Dick & Sally Lighty Mary Cushman & Fred Daly Roland & Pam Machold Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Davey Gigi & Ed Mason Dr. James C. & Mark & Lisa M.L. Mastrean Caroline W. Dawson 34 S.E. & A.D. Bissell Bob & Gerry Bradley Bob & Lee Brewer Thomas Burleigh Joe & Brenda Domer Keith & Kathleen Giles Robert & Jeaninne Honstein David C. 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

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 Dennis & Diane Mullen 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 Bill & Marcia Russell Dan 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 (13) 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 Al & Bonnie Haberle Linda M. Haynes Mary Ann & Robert Hebert Paul Herrmann

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Alix & Edward Heuston Sandy & Susan Jacobs Elton & Valerie Jodoin Kathy Kelley & Paul Mudie Dick & Pam Kellogg Terry & Lynne Kemp Jane Kowalowski Ernie & Alta Lapine 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 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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