Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unique Adirondack Theatre Opportunities

ADKCenterArts_ShakespeareThe mountains, nature and waterways are just part of what makes our time in the Adirondacks so unique. The other part is the artists, musicians and performers that make the Adirondacks their home while sharing their creativity with the rest of us. Though the numerous Adirondack professional and regional theaters are offering a variety of entertainment, it’s the unique opportunities that these theaters have on the docket that I’d like to highlight.

Pendragon Theatre and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta are presenting “A Soldier’s Tale” on August 3 at 2 pm on the Pendragon stage and a 7 pm showing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In additional to their amazing main stage offerings and concerts, this special event brings two professional entities together for a rare production.

“We have collaborated before with Pendragon Theatre in the past with three performances of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with Bob Pettee as the narrator,” says Lake Placid Sinfonietta Executive Director Debra Fitts.

In Westport, the Depot Theatre has a wonderful lineup for their summer main stage, but a different twist is their Wednesday “La Depot Dangereuse,” a new play reading series. Read by local and NYC talent, these plays are an opportunity to find out what is current on and off Broadway. (These readings are not suitable for children.) The remaining dates for the “La Depot Dangereuse” reading series are August 6 and 27.

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts continues its Shakespeare in the Adirondack Park with “As You Like It.” The free performances resume on Wednesday, July 30: in Raquette Lake at 2 pm and then a 7pm showing at View in Old Forge. 
The rest of the schedule is Thursday, July 31 at 7pm: Byron Park; Friday, August 1 at 7pm: Paul Smith’s VIC; Saturday, August 2 at 2pm: Newcomb Beach Pavilion then 7 pm: Tupper Lake’s Flanders Park; Sunday, August 3 at 2 pm: Prospect Point 2pm then 7 pm at Speculator Park; 
Monday, August 4 at 7 pm: Lake Placid Performing Arts Center with a final performance on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 pm: Henderson Harbor.

Of course the Seagle Music Colony continues to bring opera and musical theatre to the Adirondacks. For my family a special treat is the chance to hear the choral music at one of their Vespers Concerts at Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre. The remaining dates are August 10 and 17 at 5 pm.

There are plenty of other choices such as ADK Shakes summer season, Lake George Theatre Lab as well as art walks and outdoor concerts. It is all these special opportunities that continue to make the Adirondacks an artistic and cultural haven.

Photo of Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Shakespeare in the Park used with permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.




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