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adirondack theatre festivalThis summer, expect to see a horde of theatre festivals in and around the region, with shows that run the gamut from new plays and workshop readings to Broadway touring shows and regional originals. Each week at The Free George, we’ll profile a new, upcoming theatre festival. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up in Glens Falls this summer.

Adirondack Theatre Festival, June 23rd − July 31st
Charles Wood Theatre, 207 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY

The ATF continues to hold true to its mission of bringing quality new and contemporary works to the Lower Adirondack region. Now in its 16th year and boasting a promising lineup consisting of three full-length shows (two of which are world premieres), a workshop reading of a musical in progress, and four late-night evenings of cabaret, this is definitely a festival you won’t want to miss! Here’s a quick sneak peek at ATF’s lineup:

June 23rd − July 3rd: What a Glorious Feeling, book by Jay Berkow
Everybody knows Singin’ in the Rain, but how many know the behind-the-scenes story? Inspired by true events, this play delves into the tempestuous love-triangle of Gene Kelly, Jeanne Coyne (the film’s dance captain), and Kelly’s co-director (and Coyne’s ex-husband), Stanley Donen. Expect substantive writing, and some fantastic music and dance numbers.

(A little side note to our readers: If you haven’t seen Singin’ in the Rain, or if you’d like to see it again before the play opens, check out Art in the Public Eye’s showing of the film on June 17th at 8pm at Lapham Place (also in Glens Falls) as part of their Outdoor Cinema fest. There’s a $5 suggested donation. Be sure to bring your own blanket, bean bag, or chair, in case they run out of seats.)

July 8th − July 17th: Brush the Summer By, by Hal Corley
Find out what happens when you join a reserved divorcee from Maryland on a leaf-peeping trip in the Adirondacks with a local bartender. This part-comedy, part-drama explores the joys and dangers of living in the moment and the challenges and rewards of forgiveness. And what’s leaf-peeping, you ask? Well…you’ll have to attend to find that one out. Originally presented as part of the 2009 ATF summer workshop series.

July 22nd − July 31st: Murder for Two, music & book by Joe Kinosian; lyrics & book by Kellen Blair
This fast-paced comedy features two actors—one playing a detective and the other playing 12 suspects in the murder of a well-known novelist—and one piano. Piano? Don’t be surprised that the piano plays a part. There’s some wild characters here, including a 12-member boys’ choir that’s nine members short, a distraught but ditzy widow, a town psychiatrist, and a comely ballerina. And apparently some missing ice cream.

July 25th − July 26th: Loving Leo, book by Sarah Cooper; music by Zach Redler
The age-old adage of “three’s a crowd” takes on new meaning in this year’s workshop play, as a couple living in a small Bronx apartment are joined by the wife’s 73-year-old stepfather. Both humorous and poignant, Loving Leo explores how we adapt to change in our lives.

July 28th − July 31st: A Late Evening with Gilles Chiasson
A true-blue renaissance man, Chiasson has performed in everything from national touring companies to regional theater productions to original casts of Broadway shows. He is a playwright, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, singer, musician, television and film performer (list long enough for ya?) and founder and board member of ATF. His experiences in every nook and cranny of theatre promise to make this one spectacular night of cabaret.

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets to the festival, visit ATF’s box-office at www.atfestival.org/boxoffice/tickets

–Penelope Jansen is a staff writer for The Free George.

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