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Fort Salem Theater

FORT SALEM THEATER SOLD

The Fort Salem Theater was purchased in November, 2006, by Hebron (NY) resident Jay Kerr.  Owned since 1982 by Quentin Beaver, for the past five years it has been under the artistic direction of Kathy Beaver. This season, Fort Salem celebrated its thirty-fifth year of bringing live professional summer stock productions to the North Country.
 

NEW OWNER
VETERAN OF MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL WORLDS

Jay Kerr is a theater composer and instructor of voice and songwriting, currently working out of his Manhattan studio and seeking to expand his sphere of creative influence into upstate New York. His students perform regularly on Broadway, recordings, film and television. He began his career holding cue cards for Captain Kangaroo; as a soldier, produced and performed in many shows in Vietnam; and has recorded several CD’s, including his recent work as musical director of Broadway Sings ”The Odd Potato,” which features performances by twenty winners of Broadway’s Tony Award. He is co-founder of an ongoing writers’ workshop for The Princeton University Triangle Club; his musical adaptation of Alice of Old Vincennes will have its premiere at the Red Skelton Center for the Performing Arts in Vincennes, Indiana, in the summer of 2008.
 

PLANS TO EXPAND ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to continuation of the summer shows, current plans include the opening of a cabaret performance space in Bancroft Hall, the former rectory that adjoins the theater space, originally erected as a church in 1836.
 

HISTORICAL RENOVATION ANTICIPATED

With restoration plans underway to return the magnificent Greek Revival structure to its original grandeur, the new owner of the Fort Salem Theater, the Brick Church in the historic district of Salem’s East Broadway, will soon install seating donated by and from the Helen Hayes Theater on New York City’s Broadway.
 

FROM BROADWAY TO 11 EAST BROADWAY

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“These seats have literally seen the premiere of Eugene O’Neill’s first full length play,” philosophizes Kerr. “Through the years, classics such as The Subject Was Roses, Torch Song Trilogy, and Golda’s Balcony have held theater-goers rapt in their seats. Now their seats are ours!”
 

EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION UNDERWAY

“The Fort Salem Theater has been an integral part of the community for thirty-five years,” Kerr said. “It’s a great local tradition, and people have been very receptive to us. We’re looking forward to a long and mutually rewarding working relationship with the community.”
   
   
 
   
 
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