SCHROON LAKE - Seagle Music Colony, the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States, is in the midst of celebrating its 95th year of bringing premier opera and musical theatre productions to the Adirondack region.
"We are very proud of what we have accomplished and we are excited to see where we go in the coming years," said Dodie Seagle, a member of the founding family.
The Seagle Music Colony, founded in 1915 by world renowned baritone, Oscar Seagle, aims to identify, train and develop gifted singers and to present quality opera and musical theatre performances to the public. They offer one of the most successful summer vocal training program in the world, supported by an operating endowment and state-of-the-art facilities.
Each year, they select 32 young singers from across the country and around the world to participate in their programming. Young artists are chosen through a rigorous application and audition process. Both live auditions and recorded auditions are considered in the selection process.
Once selected, Colony students participate in six fully staged productions every season along with recitals, concerts, diction and acting classes, and vespers - sacred music concerts. Twice weekly, artists receive private voice lessons. Artists also receive private coaching sessions. A major portion of class time each year is devoted to audition techniques and career planning. Masterclasses by visiting professional artists, artists' managers and professional company arts administrators are regularly scheduled throughout the summer. Classes and sessions in other theatrical aspects of the performance of opera and musical theatre, including sets and costumes, make-up and hairstyling are also given.
To commemorate their 95th season and a long and successful legacy, The Seagle Music Colony will continue its summer season with several renowned productions.
Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet will be performed at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre July 28-31, 8 p.m. Rogers & Hammerstein's Carousel will follow Aug. 11-14, 8 p.m.
Schroon Lake Boathouse/Touring Productions will offer the review Broadway Gold: A Salute to the Tony Awards July 22-23, 8 p.m. Also, free vespers continue to be offered Saturdays in July and Aug., 5 p.m.
Membership with the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre is always welcome.
"We need active people in order to continue in our mission to train the best young vocal artists in the world and bring high quality musical theatre and opera to the North Country," said Seagle.
For more information on how to get involved or to purchase tickets, visit www.seaglecolony.com or call the box office at 532-7875.