Sacandaga Park - summer theatre
HOW IT STARTED PROGRAMS HOW IT ENDED
Organized Oct. 27, 1955 following the destruction of the Rustic Theater.

Fall 1955 - Through cooperation with DeLia Construction Co. it is decided to set up a corporate financial structure of $100,000 with shares being offered to the general public at $10. a share. In a rather short period of time, more than $92,000. is subscribed.

November 16, 1955
- Directors purchase from Adirondack Properties, Inc. for $2,000. the land upon which the Theater is to be erected.

March 31, 1956
- The Directors purchase from Adirondack Properties, Inc. the parcel of land adjacent to the Theatre on the north. The price paid is $7,000.

Spring of 1956
- The construction of the steel fabricated building is started. It will have seating capacity for 1,070. The cost of erection, grading, black top, seats and equipment is $117,433,84.

June 1956
- The Theatre building is completed and ready for occupancy.

1956 - The first season
Anthony B. Farrell Productions Sacandaga Summer Theatre. The board of directors secures Farrell’s interest to operate the theater under a lease agreement for a flat fee of $5,000. per year along with a percentage of the concessions. The contract is for 10 years. Anthony Farrell hires Samuel Levine, famed composer and musical director and Paul Barnes, New York scenic designer for the NBC. Sam Levine, internationally known as a conductor and composer has just completed a transcontinental tour of “Porgy and Bess”. He is to be in charge of the chorus and orchestrations for the seven piece orchestra which plays for all the musical productions. Mr. Barnes has just completed his sixth season as designer for the “Hit Parade” TV show.

During the 1956 season, the following plays and musicals are presented:

Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Solid Gold Cadillac, Annastasia
Call Me Madam, Angel in a Pawnshop, Ankles Aweigh, Detective Story
Tea and Sympathy

In 1956 the Corporation ends up with a nominal profit.

Some of the actors and actresses that performed at Sacandaga Summer Theatre:

Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, Charlton Heston, Delores DeRio, Betsy Palmer, Richard Thomas “John Boy”,Gertrude Berg, Walter Matthau, Imogene Coca & Helen Forrest
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The women's auxiliary.

*This information was gathered by Gail Cramer, Historian of the Town of Northampton

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