'Shake It' This Sunday At Scaroon Manor...

Tara Bradway, ADK Shakes Executive director, with some of the company at a performance Thursday.

This just in…The Adirondack Shakespeare Company has just got the green light to stage a show this Sunday at the old Scaroon Manor site, moving their Schroon Lake premiere forward by several weeks.

ADK Shakes, as the company is known, calls Schroon home for the summer. Executive director Tara Bradway got the news last night from the New York DEC. From Tara:


This brand new performance on Sunday is wonderful for us. The DEC contacted us to hang up posters at the Manor and at the camping grounds at Eagle Point. Campers have been asking about the shows that are going on. We suggested to them that we come on over to do a show this weekend! Sunday was our very last date available in our touring calendar, and people have been asking for a Complete Works performance in Schroon sooner than the end of July -- so we have delivered!

ADK Shakes performances are often referred to as “Shakespeare in the raw.” The focus is on the actors and their words, not the technical aspects of a production that involve sets, props, costumes or lighting.

The cast will perform the complete works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at 2pm Sunday. Tickets are free with paid admission to the park ($10 per car).

Yesterday, we were treated to a sneak peak performance at a fundraiser at the home of Bob and Del McLean. Replace “abridged” with the words humorous, witty or laugh out loud and you’ll soon learn this version of the abridged works is all about fun.

ADK Shakes has a special connection to the amphitheatre at Scaroon Manor. They first performed Shakespeare in the Raw there in 2009 and want to return the space to what it was in its glory days. Their first step is to get New York State to put what remains of the site on its historic list.