Helderberg Theater Festival 2014

Indian Ladder Farms and Classic Theater Guild Inc.

join forces once again to create a Eight Year Annual

tradition “The 2014 Helderberg Theater Festival” with a Gala Fundraiser performance at Proctors Fenimore Gallery on August 2nd, 2014


Albany — Indian Ladder Farms and Classic Theater Guild Inc. join forces to create the eighth annual (2014) Helderberg Theater Festival coming to the beautiful outdoor landscapes of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont.  The plays to be presented include:  William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tony Pallone,  and Pinocchio, adapted from the children’s classic story by Carlo Collodi, story by John Baldwin, directed by Stefanie DeFronzo, Jaynie Parmenter, and Noah Robinson. The festival is a free outdoor event to take place July 17th through July 27th, 2014, with a special added Gala Fundraiser performance at Proctors Fenimore Gallery on 8/2/14.  Please bring blankets and chairs to the Indian Ladder Farms outdoor performances; full seating is provided for the gala performance at Proctors Fenimore Gallery.

This year’s offerings mirror last year‘s festival with a traditional family show and

Shakespeare piece to be offered.  The Classic Theater Guild is proud to present this array of theater in a free outdoor venue.

Director and local theater veteran Tony Pallone chose the music and styles of the 1980s for his concept of the Helderberg Theater Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He explains that he thinks of that time as an era where people were very much exploring and living inside their dreams, much like the characters in Shakespeare’s play. In his version, there is the exclusive clique run by those at the top of the power struggle (the “royals”), with the worker class beneath them (the “mechanicals”) striving to break in. Bridging the two classes is a dream-world representation of the same characters (the “fairies”), where new identities are forged that have the power to turn the real world on its head. And in the midst of it all is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring creations, the mischievous sprite Puck, portrayed here as a punk-rock icon who rejects authority and toys with the balance of power just because she can. Pallone says that he’s always felt that the plays are so strongly written, and yet so loosely structured, that they can be adapted to just about any time or place. The key is to find one that really makes the text sing, and by drawing upon the 1980s as source material he feels he’s done so…literally.


With the presentation of Pinocchio, The Guild embarks on a new challenge in cultivating young adult directors under the guidance and mentorship of Steve Suriano.  Directors Stefanie DeFronzo, Jaynie Parmenter and Noah Robinson join this year’s festival under the guise of an apprenticeship established with the Classic Theater Guild.  Stephanie, Jaynie, and Noah are all High School students from Voorheesville High School, who have embarked on the challenge of leading this production artistically.  It has been a wonderful partnership and opportunity to start molding young adults who are interested in the theater and the arts.  Steve Suriano makes a very successful mentor with all of his past background in theater, and working with The Classic Theater Guild.  Suriano has worked on several shows in the past with Guild, as well as serving on the board.  Suriano, DeFronzo, Parmenter, and Robinson bring to life the classic story of Pinocchio, a world centered around an old wood-carver named Geppetto, who decides to create a puppet which can dance and do acrobatics.  Once Geppetto incorporates a unique piece of wood into the puppet, it then begins to talk and misbehave like the liveliest of children. All set to stage with a cast of young adult age actors, this family oriented piece is a crowd pleaser for all ages.

The Classic Theater Inc. with the assistance of The Voorheesville Community and School Foundation, along with Goldman Sachs, Price Chopper, and First Niagara Bank are proud to keep this eight year tradition alive.  The Guild believes it is so vitally important to maintain such a wonderful plethora of outdoor free entertainment for all ages.  The Guild has just completed their 10th anniversary year, and are on to number eleven in the making. On the last day of the festival this will be commemorated with a special anniversary performance of both pieces at Proctors Fenimore Gallery.  This will be a fundraiser event with all tickets offered at $17.50 per person. Proctors is home to the Guild’s main stage season from fall to spring.  The Classic Theater Guild Inc. has been producing and presenting shows since 2008 at Proctors, and throughout the Capital Region since 2003.  Along the way the Guild has been very proud and appreciative to have met so many wonderful local artists, who have helped to create what it is today.

As always the Classic Theater Guild is thrilled to be sharing such a unique  summer tradition with the Voorheesville community, and is grateful for all the support it derives from neighboring areas.


Please join us this summer for the Classic Theater Guild Inc.’s Eighth Helderberg Theater Festival, providing more than ever, a little something for everyone!  For more information, please contact the Classic Theater Guild Inc. at 518-387-9150, or www.classictheaterguild.com