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Metamorphoses This July, keep an eye out for the first ever Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival (ALSTF), featuring four productions and 37 performances spanning across 20 towns throughout the Adirondack Region.

What originally began as the Shakespeare in the Adirondack Park program last year, with the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a performance that sparked success with free shows in 12 Adirondack communities) turned into the planning of this year’s festival, and promises a horde of great theatre for all you theatre lovers out there.

Starting July 8th and running through the 11th, audiences can enjoy Godspell, a musical based on the gospel of St. Matthew. Playing in six venues across the region, this version’s score is written by Tony Award-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz—known for his work in Wicked. Encore performances will be held July 19th at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the 22nd in Star Lake.

Metamorphoses, the second production planned for this summer, has already been sold-out, yet the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts said that they are planning to sell standing tickets if possible. What makes this show special, apart from being based on the myths of Ovid, is its use of the docks and the water at the Blue Mountain Center Boathouse; the show plays July 16th and 17th.

Twelfth Night, the comedic tale of mistaken identity is the next up, running July 25th through August 6th. On the night before opening night (July 24th), you can also partake in “A Twelfth Night Feast!”, where you can take a tour of Huntington Lodge on Arbutus Lake, enjoy a gourmet picnic feast, and view a special sneak peek of the show. The cost for the feast is $45, but members pay $35, but this particular show is free. Twelfth Night will tour through 17 different venues, stopping at locations like Indian Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Tupper Lake.

The last show in the lineup is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical about six young teens vying for the spelling championship. This quirky comedy and Tony-winner ran on Broadway for years and is playing throughout the region from August 19th through the 22nd.

If this year’s festival proves successful, the center will continue the festival next summer and beyond.

For more information and to find out how to order tickets, visit

–Sarah Evans is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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