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Revealing the stage

ROUSES POINT - Although many performances have already been seen on the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage, the official grand opening is under way.

Set for Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m., the stage will be home to four local talents, including Scott Merchant, Penny Treggett, Laura Capito and George Schnob.

"I believe they are going to be doing hometown kind of stuff," explained Geri Favreau, member of the stage's committee. "They're working [on] their performance ... but I believe they're going to be perform separately and I think a couple of them are going to come together."

Scott Merchant, son of committee member Steve Merchant, is a trained opera singer originally from Rouses Point. He has a bachelor of music in voice performance with emphasis in opera from the Denver University's Lamont School of Music and has toured internationally as the lead tenor in the Tuscia Opera Festival Company.

Treggett, who also has a bachelor's in music, does a lot of solo work throughout the North Country.

"And, [she] directs both the choir of St. Patrick's [Church] in Rouses Point and the Community Singers for special events," explained Favreau. "She's part of our committee and she's very very good."

Capito, who just graduated from Northeastern Clinton Central School, is also a singer, and will be going to the Crane School of Music in Potsdam this fall.

Schnob, a local organist, will accompany the vocalists.

"It's going to be wonderful," Favreau said. "It's such a great opportunity to hear all of them."

After so much work to make the stage a reality, Favreau said "it's like a dream come true."

"It's been a long time," she said. "It was a lot of work and we've been so thrilled at [what] we've had on there so far this year."

At both the Four Fathers performance June 17 and the Adirondack Regional Theatre performance of "Disney's Aladdin Jr." July 1, more than 200 people filled up the lawn at the civic center.

"It's so good for the community," said Favreau. "That's really the reason we're doing it. It's about doing something good for Rouses Point and bringing people in, so that they can see what a beautiful community that we have."

During the grand opening, there will also be a ribbon-cutting and two young girls reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, with the National Anthem sung by Treggett and possibly Merchant.

"It's just going to be a great event, a great concert," said Favreau.

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