Thursday, July 11, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival 2019

Once again the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is continuing their 10-year tradition of providing professional theatre throughout the Adirondack Park. This year’s three different productions: a drama, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park, and a musical.

Proof by David Auburn opens Saturday with five performances, July 13-18, around the Adirondacks. The different venues include North Creek’s Tannery Pond, Tupper Lake’s Wild Center, Inlet’s Woods Inn, Blue Mountain Lake’s Adirondack Experience, and Old Forge’s VIEW. Directed by Jordan Hornstein, the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof delves into the nature of genius and the power of love.

Opening on July 19, Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth will bring “The Scottish play” to eight additional locations. According to Artist Director Gwen Tracy, the second production of the Summer Theatre Festival is once again free. The outside settings are conducive to a picnic dinner at each open-air location.

Tracy says, “Jayson Gigsby is returning to direct this production of Macbeth. We have some interesting and new elements to add. We are working with a professional fight choreography company on the fight scenes. There are amazing actors involved including people from Julliard, NYU, and the Boston Conservatory.”

The Adirondack Lakes Summer Festival abridged adaptation is set in a post-apocalyptic setting, one hundred years in the future.  It remains a story of ambition and madness while keeping up appearances. Most of the Macbeth performances start at 7 pm including: July 19, Prospect Point Cottages, Blue Mountain Lake; July 20, Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, Long Lake; July 21, Byron Park, Indian Lake; July 23, Lions Bandshell, Tupper Lake; July 24, Paul Smiths College VIC, Paul Smiths; and July 25, Newcomb Town Beach or Pavilion, Newcomb. Additional times are 2 pm, July 27 at Arrowhead Park, Inlet and 4 pm, July 28, at Wanakena Town Green, in Wanakena. As in the past, this touring production of Macbeth is a free show at all locations.

The last performance of the season will bring to life the life and music of Ellie Greenwich in “Leader of the Pack: The Elle Greenwich Musical.” It features her special brand of doo-wop sounds and the story of her rise to fame.

Tickets are available for each location on the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts website, excluding any shows taking place at VIEW. Shakespeare in the Park is free with open seating available for each location. Enjoy live theatre!

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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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