Soap opera stars shoot show in Long Lake

— Former As the World Turns soap stars Martha Byrne and Ellen Dolan returned to Long Lake for the second annual Adirondack Affair Soap Weekend, Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.

Byrne (Lily Walsh Snyder) and Dolan (Margo Hughes), portrayed their characters on As The World Turns for more than 20 years. Both actresses leapt at the opportunity to visit Long Lake again to connect with fans and to perform and act in scenes written for this special event.

The event was designed to appeal to local residents that may have been fans of the show and entice new visitors to the Long Lake region.

Guests and fans of Byrne and Dolan traveled from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Syracuse and nearby Plattsburgh and Lake Placid to participate.

The Friday night Cabaret Performance featured local musicians Paul Roalsvig on guitar, Jason Hall on keyboards and Vickie Sandiford on bongos.

Dolan opened up the show with a song dedicated to her 11-year-old daughter with Peter, Paul and Mary’s “If I Had Wings.” Dolan also performed a touching version of Pink’s “Perfect.”

Byrne performed five songs including Lee Ann Womack’s “If I Could Fly,” an acoustic version of Duffy’s “Mercy” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.”

Video production launched on Saturday at Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge as the site was transformed into a lobby of a hotel, an exterior overlooking the lake and a lawyer’s office.

Participants learned lines and blocking and got a real taste of how much work, organization and training is invested into production, whether it’s on television or on the web.

Spearheading the production with his directing skills, Emmy-nominated Fritz Brekeller developed a playbook to make each fan feel like a professional actress.

Brekeller has worked on projects including As The World Turns, Guiding Light, The City, All My Children, One Life to Live, Gotham The Series, independent movies and several theatrical productions in New York City, including his long-running, off-Broadway success “Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70's Explosion.”

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