Depot Theater celebrates 35 years at Gala

Depot board members George Davis, Molly Sword-McDonough, Pete McDonough.

Depot board members George Davis, Molly Sword-McDonough, Pete McDonough. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Guests at the Depot Theater’s Gala at DaCy Meadow Farms enjoyed an evening of music, dancing and theatrics, raising money for the professional rural theater.

The Gala invited supporters of the theater to enjoy an evening on the farm with it’s specialty Farm to Table meals prepared by Chef Kevin McCarthy and live entertainment from Depot professional actors. Through ticket sales, live and silent auctions of donated items such as weekend away and photography sessions, the gala raised nearly $30,000.

All funds raised go to support the theater. The Depot Theatre is a professional theatre company located in the Westport functioning train station, 6705 Main Street, built in 1876.

“We are so thrilled by the support of our Depot community,” Managing Director Angel Wuellner said. “The response to the evening has been tremendous and gives us the support needed to continue bringing professional theatre to the Lake Champlain area.”

Wuellner said the theater is reliant on donations and the continued patronage of theater goers to continue bringing professional theater to the Westport area.

“We’re lucky to have such a committed audience base which allows us to split our income pretty evenly between ticket sales and donations,” Wuellner said. “It is through the generosity of our donors that we are truly able to provide a professional theatre experience and keep costs affordable for all of our audience members to be able to return every year.”

Guests were entertained by local musicians and during the dinner hour were given a preview into the theater’s current show “Funked Up Fairy Tales,” with musical performance by Drew Aber, Iris Elton, Jenna Lea Scott, Jason McCollum, Cali Moore, and Famecia Ward.

“The Gala is the Depot Theatre’s most special night of the year, but this year was even more magical because we get to celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season as well,” Wuellner said.

Gala sponsors included Amazing Grace Vineyard & Winery of Chazy, Giosiosa’s Wine & Spirits from Plattsburgh, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey of Shoreham, Vt.

The Depot Theatre used the evening to honor Depot Theatre Gallery director Amy Guglielmo with The Farnsworth Volunteer Award and longtime Depot supporter Jeremy Jones with The Buchanan Founder’s Award.

For more information about the Depot Theatre or to reserve tickets for upcoming performances call 962-4449 or email info@depottheatre.org.

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