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James Hamilton’s Scene on the Hudson Rip Van Winkle

James Hamilton’s Scene on the Hudson Rip Van Winkle

Rosendale Theatre stages Tales of the Hudson Valley this Saturday

The not-for-profit Rosendale Theatre isn’t just a lovingly refurbished old-fashioned cinema palace anymore. This past summer, its wonky, not-nearly-level Depression Era stage was entirely rebuilt to accommodate plans to host live theatrical productions on a regular basis. Sometimes these will have specific ties to the town’s increasingly higher profile as a tourist destination, now that the reopening of the restored Rondout Trestle has linked the northern and southern sections of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

This month, with sponsorship from Westwood Metes and Bounds Realty, the Rosendale Theatre is staging three performances of Tales of the Hudson Valley, an adaptation of Washington Irving’s Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by playwright Edward Versailles. Two of the shows were fully booked by heritage tourism package tour operators; the third, taking place this Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m., is the only performance open to the general public.

Tales of the Hudson Valley runs approximately one hour in length and features local actors Frank Marquette, Sheila Dvorak and Matthew Santiago playing a total of 22 different characters, with live music and sound effects by Fre Atlast. Ann Citron directs.

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Tickets for Tales of the Hudson Valley cost $10 general admission, $9 for Rosendale Theatre Collective members and $5 for children age 12 and under, with a special $20 package price for families of four. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, call (845) 658-8989, e-mail info@rosendaletheatre.org or visit www.rosendaletheatre.org.

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