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FORT SALEM THEATER PREPARES FOR A BUSY WEEKEND
SALEM, NY — The folks at Fort Salem Theater are preparing to be busy this coming weekend, September 16-17, with shows at Gardenworks Farm on Saturday and Sunday nights, and a classic country concert featuring Spurs USA and The Ginley Girls on the theater’s Mainstage on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.
The announced Saturday night Gardenworks-Fort Salem collaboration, Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater at the Movies (Route 30: Arts and Agriculture), has been sold out for two weeks, so the businesses have scheduled an encore performance for Sunday evening at 7 PM, September 17, at Gardenworks. Complimentary cheese will be served with adult beverages available for purchase, with a $20 ticket. Billed as a Multimedia Live Musical Event, Route 30 will include short films highlighting several businesses along the sixteen mile long county road, and music accompanying shorts that highlight artists’ concepts of the road’s scenery, ranging from oils, pastels, sketc…
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JERRY GRETZINGER: THE RAT PACK IN CONCERT AT FORT SALEM
SALEM, NY — Former CBS6 news anchor Jerry Gretzinger returns to the Fort Salem Theater Mainstage this Sunday, August 13, at 2 PM, for a summer musical event, Jerry Gretzinger In Concert: The Rat Pack in Vegas. The previously announced Farm-to-Table Dinner Cabaret at Gardenworks Farm on Saturday night has been sold out.
Gretzinger has been performing regularly at Fort Salem Theater since appearing in the first Singing Anchorscabaret in 2009, headlining on the Mainstage in Forever Plaid and Women in My Life, and performing two Frank Sinatra Tribute cabarets both at the Fort and around the region. After the success of the Sinatra shows, Jerry is now ready to attack the entire Rat Pack repertoire from their Las Vegas shows in the sixties.
The term “Rat Pack” derives from a remark made by Lauren Bacall when her husband Humphrey Bogart and a group of his friends stumbled into their Hollywood home at dawn after a long night in Las Vegas. No…

Jerry Gretzinger IS the Rat Pack

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JERRY GRETZINGER IS THE RAT PACK: THE PACK IS BACK … IN SALEM
SALEM, NY – Fort Salem Theater and Gardenworks Farm announce two very special performances as popular Capital Region personality, Jerry Gretzinger, explores the The Rat Pack’s Songbook in an all new production, Jerry Gretzinger in Concert: The Pack is Back — The Rat Pack in Vegas. On Saturday evening, August 12, a multi-course locally sourced Farm-to-Table dinner begins at 5:30 at Gardenworks Farm, followed by an onsite cabaret concert. The same show, without the meal, will be presentedat Fort Salem Theater on Sunday, August 13, at 2 PM. The Pack Is Back chronicles the chart-topping singing careers of arguably the greatest male entertainers of the twentieth century, namely Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., by duplicating the song selection from several of the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas shows from the early 1960’s.
In The Pack Is Back, Gretzinger tackles the musical repertoire of the entire Rat Pack, celebrating the u…
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FORT SALEM THEATER presents Souvenir: The Florence Foster Jenkins Musical July 14-16 • Friday & Saturday at 8 PM • Sunday at 2 PM CoProduction with Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill (performed 3/16-26, 2017)
J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus http://www.berkshirebrightfocus.com/bridgestreettheatre/souveniratbridgest.html
   At the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York three people have taken center stage, each in a different way. Florence Foster Jenkins, the almost imperturbable diva of the 1930s and 1940s hates to give center to anyone else and, as portrayed in the Florence Hayle directed version of her story, she and her accompanist Cosme McMoon vie for that position like prizefighters in the match of their lives. It is a fight to the death and what happens here is a no-fail situation as both characters and their director never leave that position and they survive together for eternity.
      This play had its true premiere at the Berkshire Theatre Festival about a dozen yea…
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CALIFORNIA’S ROSE REPERTORY TROUPE  PLAY AT FORT SALEM THEATER
SALEM, NY — The players from Westminster, California’s Rose Center Theater have arrived early this week to perform their brand new old-fashioned musical comedy, Rip Van Winkle, on Fort Salem Theater’s Mainstage. Rip opens Friday, June 23 at 8 PM, with subsequent performances Saturday, June 24, at 8 PM and Sunday, June 25, at 2 PM.
Director Tim Nelson, who lives in Huntington Beach, California, and has a summer home in Salem, drove the deconstructed set along with costumes and wigs across the country. An instructor at the Huntington Beach Academy for Performing Arts, a public charter high school, he is also Executive Director at the professional Rose Center Theater, which is owned by the town of Westminster. The Rose Repertory Troupe consists of professional actors and theater educators.
Nelson has moonlighted during the summer for almost thirty years, working in the Capital District as a director and musical director. This yea…
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GARDENWORKS AND FORT SALEM THEATER  COLLABORATE FOR THE SIXTH YEAR
SALEM, NY — For the sixth season in a row, two Salem businesses, Gardenworks Farm, located at 1055 County Route 30, and Fort Salem Theater, 11 East Broadway, will be collaborating on Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater and Cabarets, a package that offers special dinners and musical and theater productions at discounted prices.
Starting with a Gardenworks dinner on Saturday, June 24, paired with Fort Salem’s original musical, Rip Van Winkle, the events will span the agricultural and cultural summer season, from blueberry picking to fall harvest; from the annual visit from California’s Rose Center Theater to an onsite live multimedia musical event at Gardenworks at the end of the season.
Each evening begins with a cheese tray appetizer in the Gardenworks gallery at 5:30 PM. Wine is available for purchase. Dinner is served at 6 PM, including salad and artisan bread, a main course, and dessert. For Rip Van Winkle, on June 24, and Hap…
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FORT SALEM THEATER  ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER SEASON
SALEM, NY — Fort Salem Theater, Washington County’s Theater Home for Music, Musicals, and Cabaret, has announced its summer schedule for 2017. 
The Rose Center Theater, from Westminster, California, artistically directed by part-time Salemite Tim Nelson, returns for the ninth year to the Fort Mainstage on June 23-25, with his Rose Center adult repertory company, including Mary Murphy-Nelson, Melissa Cook, and Chris Caputo, with their second entry in the season, his original adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale, Rip Van Winkle: The Musical. Nelson’s  research took him to the Catskills, where he steeped himself in oral history of the nineteenth century, and many of his characters are based on the twenty-first century locals whom he met.
On July 14-16, in a co-production with Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY, opera diva Alison Davy plays Florence Foster Jenkins, the role that won Meryl Streep her latest Oscar nomination. In Souve…