Did you know the Adirondacks has its very own fully professional theatre company? The Adirondack Shakespeare Company’s Fifth Summer Festival Season opens July 9th – and if you haven’t yet seen one of their professional productions of classical plays and original works for children, you’ll want to bring the whole family to this year’s line-up!
Since 2010, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, or ADK Shakes for short, has been delighting residents and visitors alike with performances scheduled throughout the Adirondack region. In addition, the company frequently performs from their home space at Scaroon Manor Amphitheater, a 500-seat outdoor Greek style amphitheater located on the grounds of the Scaroon Manor Day Use area, on Route 9 in Pottersville.
This year, through an ongoing fundraiser at www.adirondackgives.org, they will be adding a fun, hands-on Arts & Crafts Workshop to Songs of the Iroquois: Turtle Island, which kicks off on July 9th at 10: 30 AM at The Strand Theater in Schroon Lake. This original children’s play introduces children to Sky Woman, Sea Turtle, Breath Of The Wind and the creation story of the Native Americans of the Adirondack Mountains.
The fundraiser runs through August 2, and in addition to the Workshop, donations will sponsor a full-on Festival Day on Saturday, August 1, at the Scaroon Manor Amphitheater, as well as a free performance and Workshop at Fort William Henry in Lake George on July 12.
The Company has a busy summer tour schedule that, in addition to their home base at the Amphitheater, takes them through Chestertown, Ticonderoga, Indian Lake, Chazy, North Creek and Old Forge. performing Songs of the Iroquois as well as The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, and an hour of diabolical fun with Shakespeare’s Villains.
You can find a complete list of ADK Shakes performances here.
The cost for each performance varies. At the amphitheater, performances are free with admission to Scaroon Manor, which is just $10 vehicle and gives you Day Use access to this beautiful state park, located on the west shore of Schroon Lake. So pack up the car, bring a cooler and some chairs, and spend a day by the lake enjoying the wit of Shakespeare delivered by a talented Company, all amid the beauty of the Adirondacks.