Actors and Performers enjoying a pre-rehearsal meal in Saugerties

Yesterday evening I visited with this year’s Arm Of The Sea performers. Next weekend is when they will be presenting three performances starting Friday the 22, 23 and 24th at Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park in Saugerties Village. The actors and musicians comprise of local area talent and also the Mayor of New Paltz!

Inspired By Local Saugerties History

This year’s Suite draws from events in early 20th century Saugerties, including scenes about Martin Cantine & his Coated Paper Company, the Saugerties Steamboat Line, the Great Depression, and the arrival of Augusta Savage, a Harlem Renaissance artist who lived the last twenty years of her life in Saugerties. The show also features flamboyant puppet figures of river creatures: sturgeon, turtle and blue claw crab.

An Esopus Creek Evening Under The Stars

The setting of each evening performance (8:00-9:00PM) is a grass lawn (Bring Your Lawn Chairs or Blanket) that looks out over the Esopus Creek. The waterfront venue is special as is the stage set design. Rich vibrant colors is part of the overall visual sensation that guests can expect.  Each performer wears colorful dress and larger-than-life masks created by Marlena Marallo and Jean Whelan.

A Delight For Both Children And Adults

It’s a very special event that is entertaining for all ages, young and old. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family of four. TICKETS are available at the park entrance each evening of the event. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early and to bring lawn seating.

Local Talent is Arm Of The Sea

As with each of the 10 previous years’ performances, Patrick Wadden and Marlena Marallo have been the Suite’s artistic directors. But they couldn’t be so successful without all the volunteers and local creative talents of the individual performers.

Three (3) performances NEXT Weekend August 22, 23 and 24th

The production is inspired by events in local history and fuses live music with the visual enchantment of mask and puppet theatre. This year’s Suite features music by Bill YlitaloThomas Workman and Brian Farmer, with vocalists Sarah UnderhillBarbara Wild and Bob Blacker.

The ensemble cast combines company veterans and community volunteers who bring to life dozens of larger-than-life characters. Performers include LeeAnne Richards,Cathy MullerSoyal SmallsJason West and Laura Kopczak.

For more information: Patrick Wadden – art@armofthesea.org (845) 246-7873

DUE TO UNSTABLE WEATHER, THIS WEEKEND’S PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT ST. MARY CHURCH HALL, 23 CEDAR ST., SAUGERTIES, NY