Shami McCormick, Artistic Director of the Depot Theatre, discusses their upcoming Gala.
Westport’s Depot Theatre is a behive of activity, preparing for their Annual Gala, which will mark their 35 year anniversary.
The Gala, held for the first time at DaCy Meadow Farms, will feature a cocktail hour, whiskey tasting, farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Kevin McCarthy as well as a silent auction, a live auction, music and dancing.
“I think a lot of people have a great time having a mid-summer celebration that helps raise funds for something that has become really important for our region,” said Shami McCormick, artistic director of the theater.
McCormick, who has been at the Depot for 34 of the company’s 35 years, is excited for this year’s event, especially since it is being held at DaCy Meadow Farms, located at 7103 Route 9N between the theater and I-87.
The Gala, McCormick explained, is a coming out party of sorts for DaCy Meadow as well. The farm, which features farm-to-table “localvore” dining and lodging, has hosted smaller events such as weddings, but never a celebration on this scale.
“It’s a very new experience, and they are working very hard, they’re adding a lot of aspects to their facility in preparation for the gala, as a groundworks for doing other such events there,” McCormick said.
The Gala, their biggest fund-raising event of the year, will benefit the Depot Theatre’s professional theater programs, as well as their outreach and youth activities.
“It’s kind of a really kicky, fun experience,” McCormick said. “I think one of the things that a theater can do is to do an event (like this) really well. There’s always surprises to it and it’s always whimsical.”
Amazing Grace Vinyard and Winery in Chazy will be providing table wine for the Gala, and Gioiosa’s Wine and Spirits from Plattsburgh is providing the champagne. Other major sponsors are Lake Placid Pub and Brewery in Lake Placid and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey in Shelburne, Vt.
“We’re almost ready. Fortunately we have another two weeks to prepare,” said Managing Director Angel Wuellner.
In the midst of the preparations for the Gala, the show Boeing-Boeing is nearing its closing Aug. 4. The theater company is preparing to unveil their newest show, the musical Funked Up Fairy Tales starting Aug. 9. Also in the works is Lombardi, a play about legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.
The theater’s lobby is also currently playing host to to a “sap bucket art show,” where local artists were given a sap bucket to use as their canvas. The colorful buckets ring the walls above the historic train depot benches.
There is also a jurried art show slated to run from Aug. 21 to Sept. 18.
Those interested in attending the Gala can contact the Depot Theatre box office at 518-962-4449.
CUTLINE: Shami McCormick, Artistic Director of the Depot Theatre, discusses their upcoming Gala.
Photo by Shawn Ryan