Sunday, July 9, 2017

Arts Center Turns 50 With Parkwide Theatre Festival

adk lakes center for the arts 50 yearsThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the­ Arts has announced the line-up for its 2017 Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival as part of the Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary season.

This year the touring festival will feature the play A Walk in the Woods; free outdoor performances of its Shakespeare in the Parks production, The Merry Wives of Windsor; the Great Arts Cabaret; and the opera The Pirates of Penzance. The Summer Theatre Festival runs from July 21 through August 20.

The festival opens with A Walk in the Woods by award-winning playwright Lee Blessing, directed by Allison Studdiford, and featuring actors Burdette Parks and Jordan Hornstein. The play, a long-running Broadway success, brings unexpected humor to its probing examination of the superpower negotiations on nuclear disarmament. The production will use the natural settings of three performance venues as a backdrop for the action.

A Walk in the Woods opens at the Hedges in Blue Mountain Lake on Friday, July 21, at 7:30 pm. Performances continue in the Flammer Theater of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 pm, and at Great Camp Sagamore on Sunday, July 23, at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for Arts Center members (and Wild Center members for Saturday’s performance), $20 for non-members, and $8 for children 12 and under.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, a free outdoor show at town parks, beaches, and campgrounds, is a 40-minute version of the Shakespeare comedy. Sir John Falstaff has plans to take on the wives of both Master Page and Master Ford, but the wives of Windsor have plans of their own, which include a laundry basket and dressing the rogue as a woman. As always, Falstaff gets his comeuppance in the end. Featuring Jayson Grigsby as the lecherous “fat knight.” Bring a lawn chair (alternate sites available in case of rain). Performance dates and venues are as follows:

Thursday, July 27, 7 pm at Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake;
Friday, July 28, 7 pm at Byron Park, Indian Lake;
Saturday, July 29, 2 pm at Arrowhead Park, Inlet;
Sunday, July 30, 2 pm at the Town Beach, Newcomb;
Sunday, July 30, 7 pm at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, Long Lake;
Wednesday, August 2, 7 pm at the Municipal Park Pavilion, Tupper Lake;
Thursday, August 3, 7 pm at the Paul Smiths VIC, Paul Smiths;
Friday, August 4, 7 pm at Prospect Point, Blue Mountain Lake.

The Great Arts Cabaret, to take place Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 pm at the Arts Center will be a mix of musical theatre, operetta, and opera. Tickets are $15 for Arts Center members, $20 for non-members, and $8 for children 12 and under, and sales will benefit the Summer Theatre Festival.

The final production of the 2017 Summer Theatre Festival is The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan’s tale of a pirate born in a leap year, a major general who pretends to be an orphan, and a showdown with police who would really rather be anywhere else. Featuring classic opera music, including “Ah, Better Far to Live and Die” (the Pirate King’s Song), “Poor Wand’ring One,” and “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.” Performance dates and venues are as follows:

Thursday, August 17, 7:30 pm at The Arts Center, Blue Mountain Lake;
Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm at the Tannery Pond Center, North Creek;
Saturday, August 19, 7:30 pm at the Saranac Lake High School Auditorium, Saranac Lake;
Sunday, August 20, 2 pm at the Strand Theatre, Old Forge.

The cast of singers starring in this semi-staged production include Jordan Schreiner as Frederic, Natalie Polito as Mabel, Jeremiah Johnson as the Pirate King, Beth MacLeod Largent as Ruth, George Cordes as Major General Stanley, and David Neal as the Sergeant of Police. Elizabeth Cordes will accompany on piano. Directed by George Cordes.

For more information on all these productions, directions to all performance venues, and to buy tickets, click here.

The Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. For more information, call the Arts Center at (518) 352-7715.

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2 Responses

  1. Mark in Star Lake says:

    If anyone at the ALCA is interested, I have a series of posters that were printed (by Jim Hutt?) to advertise the performances in the summer of 1970; they are framed and hanging on my walls, but I would be happy to share the images.

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