Great Camp SagamoreA weekend of theater and exploration awaits-at an Adirondack Great Camp once owned by the Vanderbilts   Raquette Lake, N.Y. - The Adirondack Summer Playhouse wraps its season Aug. 23-25 with a Grand Finale Weekend, featuring four theatrical performances and a two-night stay at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, N.Y.   Along with opportunities for hiking, swimming and canoeing, the weekend will feature productions of:  
  • "Cabaret." Set in Berlin in 1931, the show takes place in a modern "Spiegeltent," an Austrian mirrored circus tent offering classic German beer and food. The Tony Award winning musical focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.
  • "Macbeth." In this hour-long outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare's classic thriller, six performers play all the roles, blending inventive physicality, evocative design and original text to create a mesmerizing and chilling tale of greed and ambition.
  • "Songs for a New World." Travel from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters, ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage.
  • "Shrek The Musical." Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, "Shrek the Musical" brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. The story is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun.
The Adirondack Summer Playhouse (formerly known as the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival), now in its fifth year, features local and professional actors who give more than 40 performances a season in 20 towns throughout the Adirondacks. Programming is under the aegis of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. "The concept for this weekend extravaganza developed from the partnership between the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and Great Camp Sagamore that has existed since Stephen Svoboda became director of the Arts Center," says Beverly Bridger, executive director of Great Camp Sagamore. "The full weekend of performances evokes excited anticipation for both organizations. Working together, we will create an Adirondack tradition designed to delight all ages."   Great Camp Sagamore, built in 1897, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000 and recognized as "the most architecturally sophisticated and influential of Adirondack camps."   From 1901 to 1954, Great Camp Sagamore was the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family. Today it is open to the public, and is dedicated to the enjoyment of education, interpretation and historic preservation.   Packages, which include lodging, all meals and all performances, are $339 for adults; $175 for children under 18.   For more information, go to, or or call (315) 354-5311.  


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