Former As the World Turns soap stars Martha Byrne and Ellen Dolan returned to Long Lake for the second annual Adirondack Affair Soap Weekend, Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
Byrne (Lily Walsh Snyder) and Dolan (Margo Hughes), portrayed their characters on As The World Turns for more than 20 years. Both actresses leapt at the opportunity to visit Long Lake again to connect with fans and to perform and act in scenes written for this special event.
The event was designed to appeal to local residents that may have been fans of the show and entice new visitors to the Long Lake region.
Guests and fans of Byrne and Dolan traveled from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Syracuse and nearby Plattsburgh and Lake Placid to participate.
The Friday night Cabaret Performance featured local musicians Paul Roalsvig on guitar, Jason Hall on keyboards and Vickie Sandiford on bongos.
Dolan opened up the show with a song dedicated to her 11-year-old daughter with Peter, Paul and Mary’s “If I Had Wings.” Dolan also performed a touching version of Pink’s “Perfect.”
Byrne performed five songs including Lee Ann Womack’s “If I Could Fly,” an acoustic version of Duffy’s “Mercy” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.”
Video production launched on Saturday at Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge as the site was transformed into a lobby of a hotel, an exterior overlooking the lake and a lawyer’s office.
Participants learned lines and blocking and got a real taste of how much work, organization and training is invested into production, whether it’s on television or on the web.
Spearheading the production with his directing skills, Emmy-nominated Fritz Brekeller developed a playbook to make each fan feel like a professional actress.
Brekeller has worked on projects including As The World Turns, Guiding Light, The City, All My Children, One Life to Live, Gotham The Series, independent movies and several theatrical productions in New York City, including his long-running, off-Broadway success “Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70's Explosion.”
The script for “An Adirondack Affair” was written by Alexandra Roalsvig, Long Lake’s Parks and Recreation Director and former production associate from As The World Turns.
The “An Adirondack Affair” storyline focused on Byrne playing Grace Duryea returning to her hometown of Long Lake after the death of her estranged father.
Roalsvig wove fictional characters into the narrative including curious onlookers, a desk clerk, secretary, liquor store manager, and Jason, the handyman. Everyone wanting to participate had a line. Norine Lacuyer was able to play two parts.
The first scene of the day featured Byrne’s character arriving in Long Lake to check into her hotel. Desk clerk Stephanie was played by one of Byrne’s biggest fans and promoter, Jamie Misiak. Jamie flew in from Pittsburgh to participate in the event festivities for the second year in a row.
The final scene of the day was taped at Ali Baba’s Liquor Store on Route 30 in Long Lake.
Dolan and her acting partner, Norine, ran lines and worked out business with their props and blocking. The store remained open during rehearsal. A couple of hikers and hunters stopped in to pick up wine and were surprised to find studio lights, cameras and a crowd waiting for taping.
Over the course of the day, Dolan and Byrne memorized and taped more than 17 pages of material in six hours.
The event organizers give special thanks to Byrne and Dolan for donating their time, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, KT Productions of Lake Placid for the video cameras, Showbiz Bootcamp for the lighting equipment, Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge, Ali Baba’s Liquor Store for the locations and the musicians for volunteering their time to put on a great show.
The mini-web series will be edited and uploaded to Youtube once completed. Check out www.facebook.com/mylonglake for updates or check www.adirondackaffair.com for more information about when the video vignettes will be available for viewing.