Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville starts second act after renovation project (video)
By Ann Gibbons | Published by Dailyfreeman.com
June 7, 2013
A four-phase, $1 million renovation and restoration of the magnificent Shadowland Theatre has restored the elegant art deco building to its former glory and permitted the Equity company to fulfill and expand its multi-faceted mission into a year-round operation.
“The renovation is a marriage of need and ambition,” said Brendan Burke, now in his ninth season as producing artistic director of Shadowland, located at 157 Canal St. in Ellenville. “We not only wanted to reclaim the building now, but also needed to ensure the theater would be around for future generations.”
In addition to celebrating the opening of the company’s 2013 season and the restoration of the building, Burke was also celebrating his birthday the day of this interview.
“Out of the renovations comes the great news that Shadowland will become a year-round theater company,” he said.
The summer season will conclude in late September, he added. The company will take a break, then launch the first fall-winter season in its history.
“This is a most-generous community,” said Burke, with a nod to John Eckert, second vice president of the board. Eckert is also a professional stagehand by training, with a specialty in theatrical rigging.
“Most of the donations for the capital campaign came from this community, and most of the work was done by Ulster County companies,” Burke said.