Family Fun in The Adirondacks With ADK Shakes

Patrick Siler

Patrick Siler

The Adirondacks Shakespeare Company opens their Summer Season on July 13 at Schroon’s Boathouse with a special children’s performance of an original play, Hiawatha.

The show starts at 10:30am and general admission tickets are $5.

Hiawatha was a pre-colonial Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, he was a leader of the Onondaga, or the Mohawk or both. According to some versions, he was born an Onondaga, but adopted into the Mohawk.

We caught up with ADK Shake’s Patrick Siler, writer of Hiawatha, who spoke with enthusiasm about Hiawatha and the season ahead.

“This is by far our busiest season to date,” Patrick told Schroon Laker.

“As we grow, and what we have done since our inception, is to bring theatre to a young audience. Hiawatha continues this tradition”.

From humble beginnings eight years ago, the ADK Shakes Company has grown in size, the number of performances and ambition.

Patrick is most proud of what he and artist director Tara Bradway have developed: a flourishing not-for-profit, professional theatre company serving the Adirondack Region of upstate New York and beyond.

Congrats to the entire company on Season 8 and break a leg. Here are the summer dates for Hiawatha throughout the North Country.


~ Wednesday, July 13 • 10:30 a.m. • Boathouse Theater, Schroon Lake

^ Thursday, July 14 • 7:00 p.m. • Rogers Memorial Park, Bolton Landing

++ Sunday, July 17 • 2:00 p.m. • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake

++ Sunday, July 24 • 2:00 p.m. • Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave

~ Sunday, July 31 • 3:00 p.m. • National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs

^ Wednesday, August 3 • 10:15 a.m. • Knights of Columbus Pavilion, Ticonderoga

~ Tuesday, August 2 • 11:00 a.m. • Kelly Adirondack Center, Schenectady

^ Wednesday, August 3 • 6:30 p.m. • Elizabethtown Social Center

^ Thursday, August 4 • 3:00 p.m. • Municipal Aud., Chester Library, Chestertown

** Saturday, August 6 • 11:00 a.m. • Scaroon Manor Amphitheater

Tuesday, August 9 • 11:00 a.m. • Indian Lake Theater, Indian Lake

^ Thursday, August 10 • 7:00 p.m. • View, Old Forge

For more on the Iroquois, click here.

Tickets available by clicking here.