Take in a show! You won’t want to miss the exceptional productions happening in the Catskills region. Some theatres are seasonal operations and others run shows through the fall and early winter. Find the Upstate New York theatre you want to visit during your next stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph.
The Forestburgh Playhouse, a seasonal theater with performances in the summer, is the oldest continually operating summer theater in the state of New York. Having opened in 1947, the theater is proud of its history and employment of professional actors of the Actors’ Equity Association, many with Broadway credits to their name.
The Forestburgh Playhouse is open from mid-June until Labor Day each summer and its season is comprised of three types of performances: Broadway musicals and plays, a youth theater production, and cabaret shows. Shows run for about two weeks before a new main stage production begins. The main stage performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and again on Sundays at 3 p.m. Matinee tickets are $35 and evening tickets start at $35 for standard seating and $42 for preferred seating.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online. Online tickets are available about a month before the season opens but you may also call the box office any time of year for information at 845-794-1194. The theater is located at 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, NY.
Shadowland Stages, located in Ellenville in Ulster County, is another nearby professional theater that’s been operating since its opening on July 3, 1920. The name Shadowland was picked when the owners had no name for their theater and offered a $25 prize to the person who submitted the best name. The theater started out screening films, for 17 cents per adult, but in the 1980s it was converted into a live theater hosting plays and stage shows.
Today, the art deco theater hosts dramatic plays, comedy shows, and musicals with professional actors and directors. The season begins in early June and runs until mid-December with a great mix of performances throughout the year.
The box office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Performances are at either 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $34 for matinee shows and $39 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday main performances at 8 p.m.
The theater is located at 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY and can be reached by phone at 845-647-5511.
Tusten Theatre is the home of the Delaware Valley Opera, Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra, and the Big Eddy Film Festival. The 150-seat theater is also known for its jazz, opera, and traditional theater performances.
Built in 1926, this theater has gone through several transformations from its beginnings as a community dance hall to a movie house to its present format. The theater operates year-round with a variety of shows and productions through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. For upcoming productions at the Tusten Theatre and show times, visit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance website.
The theater is located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY and can be reached at 845-252-7272.
The North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) is a non-profit theater company that has produced unique performances since 1997 in Highland Lake, NY.
These performances are intense and use the theater space and sets differently than traditional theaters. Past productions have featured live music, puppetry, and stilt-walking to engage the audience. Productions are held at the NACL Theatre at 110 Highland Lake Road. Find future performances on the NACL website.
Single tickets are $20 for regular admission and shows are held in the evenings with show times ranging from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The NACL Theatre is at 110 Highland Lake Road, Highland Lake, NY. The theatre can be reached at 845-557-0694.