Schroon Lake Seagle Music Colony will open for its 98th season this summer in Schroon Lake.
Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States and the premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. This year it will feature 32 students selected from 400 applicants.
“As part of their training during the summer program, the young artists, along with the professional SMC faculty and staff, will present six fully staged and costumed productions of opera and musical theatre,” Tony Kostecki, general director , said.
All productions will be presented at the colony’s Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre on Charley Hill Road in Schroon Lake. Two will also be presented in other locations.
“Street Scene” by Kurt Weill will open the season July 3-7. It’s based on the play of the same title by Elmer Rice.
“Albert Herring,” a comic opera by Benjamin Britten will be performed July 17-20. The story of the opera follows the title character’s crowning as the virginal “May King” of his small English country town, and his subsequent fall from grace after collecting his winnings.
The Seagle Music Colony will produce the first opera in its history to be sung in Russian, “Eugene Onegin” (July 31-Aug. 3. English translations supertitles will be projected above the stage.
The Broadway musical “42nd Street” will take stage Aug. 14-17. The play follows the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway diva and her rival ingénue.
Two productions will tour the region this summer. The children’s opera “The Three Little Pigs” opens at the Boathouse Theater in Schroon Lake on July 13 and then goes to North Creek, Ticonderoga, Bolton Landing, Glens Falls, Lake Placid and Chestertown. All performances are free and open to the public.
The story, adapted by John Davies, uses music from the operas of W.A. Mozart, and has a library theme.