Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Depot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program

shakespeare in the park as you like itDepot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park is celebrating its 12th season appropriately with William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

This rollicking and poignant comedy involves mistaken identity, unrequited love, a humorous rivalry between generations, capped off with a perfect comic ending consisting of many marriages that leaves you with a longing for the good ole days.

“Our approach to Shakespeare is playful, physical and accurate to his intent and meaning,” says Co-Director Scott Gibbs. “This shortened version of Twelfth Night will feature both traditional and modern music performed by our actors, who are a diverse group of local high school and college students as well as theatre professionals.”

Gibbs’s production partner, Lindsay Pontius always keeps their young cast on their toes. You might see one unexpectedly climbing a tree or surprising the audience by delivering lines already perched from a tree in the park. This year may be a little different since several of the performances are located in indoor spaces but surprises are sure to be in store.

The two directors are adept at helping their students grasp exactly what the Bard had in mind and demonstrating that for audiences.

The Depot’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council CAP Grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The first performance of Twelfth Night will be onstage at The Depot Theatre on August 7 at 5 pm; the second will be August 8, at 6:00 p.m. at Ballard Park; the third in Elizabethtown on August 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Adirondack History Center Museum; and the fourth in Jay on August 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater at the Jay Village Green.

All performances are FREE and open to the public. No reservations required.

The Depot Theatre summer season continues with Greater Tuna on the main stage until August 17. On August 22, the musical, Pete N Keely opens running through the end of the month.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.”

For more information about Depot Theatre productions call 518-962-4449 or visit the website at:

Photo of the cast of the 2012 production of “As You Like It” provided.

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