Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville NY

(June 1-Sept. 30)

“Audiences will see quite a different place this year,” says Shadowland Artistic Director Brendan Burke of Ellenville’s 1920s vaudeville theater, which has been undergoing significant renovations — including new offices, lobby, and façade. “We’re putting an updated, modern feel on the orginal Deco look,” says Burke. “Any of the original we could salvage, we did.” The season kicks off with the political dramedy Farragut North by Beau Willimon (June 1-17), which was adapted by George Clooney for his Oscar-nominated screenplay The Ides of March. Orson Bean, who starred in the theater’s 2009 production of Arthur Miller’s The Price, returns to Shadowland in Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight (July 20-Aug. 5) alongside his wife, Alley Mills, and Paula Prentiss; this is the first Coward play produced at the theater in 20 years.

Actor and Hudson Valley resident Wayne Pyle stars in the comedy Fully Committed by Becky Mode (June 22-July 15), in which he plays all 40 parts himself. The Dangers of Electric Lighting, a new play by Ben Clawson, closes the season; the production is a New York premiere. Shout! The Mod Musical (Aug. 10-Sept. 9) follows a group of women on their road to liberation from 1960-1970. To entice theatergoers, performances on Thursdays and Fridays have a “pay what you can” option, in which ticket prices are decided by the individual guest. $25-$30; 845-647-5511 or

» Next fest: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel (June 9-Sept. 22)


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