Magazine article American Theatre

Summer Fever

Magazine article American Theatre

Summer Fever

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Glen Falls, N.Y.; Winona, Minn.; Reno, Nev.: Summer-time, and the theatregoin' is easy. The joints are jumpin' and the hopes are high. On June 17, Adirondack Theatre Festival of Glen Falls, N.Y., kicks off its 10th year with a brand-new $2.6-million theatre with a flexible proscenium and a 280-seat house. Named after the philanthropist who founded the Great Escapes theme park at nearby Lake George, ATF's new Charles R. Wood Theatre was once a five-and-dime Woolworth store that had been left vacant on Glen Street since 1996. "We used the building for seven seasons and came every summer to construct a 100-seat black box," says ATF's producing director David Turner.

"Construction started last summer, but the capital campaign was kicked off as far back as 1999. Groundbreaking began in August 2003." ATF's season, says its artistic director Martha Banta, includes two solos, Elaine Stritch at Liberty and Marc Wolf's work-in-progress Coast to Coast: On the Road Home; and a new musical, Mimi Le Duck. "This new the-atre," adds Turner, "gives ATF a visible year-round base in the community, and a solid platform on which to launch our second decade." Visit www.ATFestival.org.

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Great River Shakespeare Festival of Winona, Minn., looks poised to become another summer Shakespeare event on par with those in Stratford; Ontario; Cedar City, Utah; and Ashland, Ore. In an effort to raise $1.1 million for its first three seasons, the Minnesota theatre company has roped in Winona National Bank and Watkins, the food and home products company, to pledge a total of $150,000 over three years. …

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