Catskills Theatres

BEFF_Tusten-e1389816003113Take in a show and enjoy a dramatic performance, laugh out loud comedy or a spirited musical when you visit one of our nearby theatres or playhouses. From our talented neighbors at the Forestburgh Playhouse to the artistic professionals at the NACL Theatre, 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.

Forestburgh Playhouse

The Forestburgh Playhouse, a seasonal theater with performances in the summer, is the oldest continually operating summer theatre in the state of New York. Having opened in 1947, the theatre 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 theatre 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

Shadowland Stages, located in Ellenville in Ulster County, is another nearby professional theatre that’s been operating since its opening on July 3, 1920. The name Shadowland was picked when the owners had no name for their theatre and offered a $25 prize to the person who submitted the best name. The theatre started out screening films, for 17 cents per adult, but in the 1980s it was converted into a theatre hosting plays and stage shows.

Today, the art deco theatre 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 theatre is located at 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY and can be reached by phone at 845-647-5511.

Tusten Theatre

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 theatre performances.

Built in 1926, this theatre has gone through several transformations from its beginnings as a community and dance hall to a movie house to its present format. The theatre 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 theatre is located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY and can be reached at 845-252-7272.

NACL Theatre

The North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) is a non-profit theatre company that’s produced performances since 1997 in Highland Lake, NY.

These performances are intense and use the theatre space and sets differently than traditional theatres. The current production, Courage, is running until 2017 and is an outdoor play with live music, puppetry, stilt-walking, and humor to encourage audience members to have courage in the face of fear. This performance is held at the Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center, NY. Other current 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.

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