Behind the scenes at the Forestburgh
FORESTBURGH — Nestled in the
heart of Sullivan County, the Forestburgh Playhouse
has been bringing professional theatre to the area
every summer since 1947. Thousands of people come
to experience the magic of traditional summer stock.
Theater-goers to the Forestburgh Playhouse can view
Broadway musicals or plays on the main stage, bring
children to matinees of original musicals, enjoy a
snack or cocktail while enjoying the post-show musical
cabaret or simply wander through the playhouse gardens.
by Zac Stuart-Pontier
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Text by Laurie Stuart
While most theater-goers
only experience the magic of the theater,
those in the business understand that
it is a tremendous amount of collaborative
Zac Stuart-Pontier’s behind-the-scenes
look at the Forestburgh Playhouse.
Actors practice on the
outside rehearsal stage as the technical
crew builds the set.
The technical crew includes
a set designer, technical director, carpenters,
props master, lighting designer, sound
designer, electrician, costume design
and wardrobe supervisor. The crew will
build and dress six sets this summer.
The computer, pictured
in front of center stage, runs the lighting
sequences. Young designers and technicians
work with experienced directors to create
a successful design within the limits
of time, budget and staff.
like those dancing feet. Professional
dancers, from New York and beyond, look
forward to their time at traditional summer
stock theaters. Actors, directors and
technical workers are provided with room,
board and free transportation to the city
at the Forestburgh Playhouse.
With pencil in hand,
the director molds the show, coordinating
dancers, actors and musicians, and combining
it with stage and lighting presentation.
The actors have a full
day’s schedule with rehearsals and
assisting the technical crew. Once the
show opens, resident actors perform in
the post-theater cabaret.
The cafe and tavern crew
feed the actors three times a day and
are responsible for the preparation and
presentation of food for the post-theater
Dial M for Murder
June 21 to June 26
West Side Story
June 28 to July 10
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
July 12 to July 24
July 26 to August 7
August 9 to August 21
The Full Monthy
August 23 to September 4
Evening performances are
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee performances are presented Wednesdays
at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
June 30 and July 3, 7, 9
Jack and the Beanstalk
July 14, 16, 21, 23
July 28, 30, August 4, 6
The Three Little Pigs
August 12, 13, 18, 20
Performances are Thursdays
at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays
at 11:00 a.m.
The Forestburgh Playhouse is located
at 39 Forestburgh Road. 845/794-1194.
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