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Behind the scenes at the Forestburgh Playhouse

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.

TRR photos 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 work.

TRR photographer 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.

There’s nothing 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 cabaret nightclub.

The 2005 Schedule

The Main Stage

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

South Pacific
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.

Children’s Shows

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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