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Wemitt Returns As Mother Superior

June 24, 2024

Back In The Act!

Mac-Haydn legend Monica M. Wemitt returns to this iconic role in the modern classic Sister Act. Eight years ago Wemitt set the stage alight in a moving and heartfelt performance. Given the success of her debut performance in the role, you won’t want to miss it this season as she comes to it with a new perspective this season! We asked her about this experience, second time around.

Monica, what is it like taking on Mother Superior again and what is different?

“I’m more comfortable with the role and feel like instead of getting to know Mother Superior, this time around I gets to sit down, talk, and have a conversation with her. There are more vulnerabilities within her. The second time around you are able to find the nuances you normally cannot in a theatrical space such as this.”

“Not to put down earlier moments of the Mac-Haydn Theatre, but the talent and voices within this specific cast and others the artistic team has gathered over the years are “goose bumpy.” It is thrilling to know how strong of musicians we have across the board.”

“It is amazing to reprise this role knowing this theatre has grown into exactly what the founders would have ever dreamed of – Lynn and Linda would be excited and proud to know where the Mac-Haydn Theatre stands today; producing musicals and very strong ones at that.”

Sister Act opens on June 27 and runs for three weeks until July 14.

2024 Subscriptions Still Available

May 20, 2024

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99% of our subscribers from 2023 have already renewed or upgraded there subscriptions in 2024 and we have so many new subscribers this year to date that our subscription sales are up by 12.5% accross the board. What better indication could there be that this is an amazing opportunity to see wonderful musical theater through the entire summer season in 2024.

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2024 Local Auditions Have Arrived

March 20, 2024

THE MAC-HAYDN HEADS HOME TO AUDITION

Local submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now open!.

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2024 Audition Submissions Close

February 13, 2024

MAC-HAYDN SUBMISSIONS THROUGH THE ROOF

Audition submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now closed. We are delighted to report that almost 900 actors submitted their materials. Needless to say, the casting team has a busy few weeks ahead of our callbacks in New York City.

Thanks to all those who took the time to submit. We are looking forward to seeing you in action.


Local to the Chatham area and looking to audition? We’ll be sharing details about Local Auditions very soon, so follow us on social media to hear updates!

2024 Audition Submissions Are Live

February 5, 2024

MAC-HAYDN OPENS ACTOR SUBMISSIONS

Audition submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now live! The deadline to submit is Monday, February 12th at 9pm.

After video submissions, New York City callbacks will be March 6th (Dance) and March 12th – 14th (Principal Callbacks).


Local to the Chatham area and looking to audition? We’ll be sharing details about Local Auditions very soon, so stay tuned!

2024 Season Announcement

December 31, 2023

MAC-HAYDN SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT EXCLUSIVELY ON INSTAGRAM

Surprise! It’s time for our 2024 Season Announcement. Our announcement of the first 5 shows of the 2024 Season will be posted EXCLUSIVELY to Instagram Monday, January 1st starting at 10am.

SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE AS SOON AS THE SHOW IS ANNOUNCED

Please note that 7-SHOW will go on sale when MAINSTAGE SHOW 6 and the LIMITED PERFORMANCE schedule is finalized. 4-SHOW SUBSCRIPTIONS are now available. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES


We wanted to have a little fun with the annoucnement this year, so we hope you will join us throughout the day for a guessing game! Here’s how it works.

Each show will be announced in a series of three tiles on Instagram. We will post one tile every 20 minutes beginning at 10am.

The first person to guess the full title of each show correctly in the comments will win a pair of tickets to that show! We will tag you in an IG story post if you’ve won. (Please note, the game is limited to one win per account!)

Got it? Head to our Instagram profile (@machaydntheatre), follow us, and turn post notifications on so you don’t miss a beat! Good Luck!

If you’re not already following us on Instagram (@machaydntheatre), now is the time. Set alerts for our posts by clicking the 🔔 (bell icon) in the top right corner of our Instagram profile – to be sure you don’t miss a single part of the announcement!

Stay tuned throughout the day on Instagram for a first look at our hit lineup for 2024!

Don’t have Instagram? No worries. We’ll fill you in with the full season announcement Tuesday morning on Facebook, via Email, and here on our website!


Shows Will Appear Below As They Are Announced!

Click Here For The 2024 Season Page

West Side Story – June 13 – June 23

Sister Act – June 27 – July 14

RENT – July 18 – 28

All Shook Up – August 1 – 11

Something Rotten – August 15 – September 1


2023 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominations

October 19, 2023

We’re Nominated for 11 “Berkies!”

This week, The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for the 7th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as “The Berkies”.

Nominations for the Mac-Haydn are as follows:

Outstanding Choreography

Mandy Modic, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

John Saunders, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

John Saunders, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical

Andrew Gmoser, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical

Bethany Marx, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Alexandra Haines, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Madison Stratton, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Amber Mawande-Spytek, Godspell, Mac Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Andrew Maguire, Jersey Boys, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Gabe Belyeu, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical

The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theatre in the region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of November 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.

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A Message from John Saunders

October 1, 2023

John Saunders Reflects on 2023 Season, Encourages Year-End Support

Dear Supporters,

It’s so hard to believe the summer has already come to a close—time sure did fly by this season. As I reflect on the overwhelming attendance and success the Mac saw this season, I am reminded of how grateful I am to each and every artist, staff member, volunteer, and loyal audience member that keeps this magical place running year in and year out. This summer was truly a triumphant one as we welcomed back such large crowds to so many hit shows.

We did have a stumble at the end thanks to that bug that just won’t quit. However, we did manage to sustain our special programming and our highly successful education program which really gives us a great sense of accomplishment and a wonderful sense of closure to the summer. I am so sorry we had to cancel the remaining Wonderettes performances but I can assure you that I will make it up to you next season!

Work is well underway and it looks like another terrific lineup of shows is heading your way for 2024. Planning the upcoming season is a huge undertaking each year and without your support to carry us through the off season, it would be simply impossible. Along with the season planning also comes the constant maintenance and improvement of the theater and our housing.

Your donations to the annual fund mean so much to the young artists who arrive each year to dazzle us all summer. They also mean the world to the staff who are able to ensure the best of the best in all departments each summer. The Mac-Haydn continues to deliver such high caliber theater each year and it is all thanks to you, our audience, who continues to support us and enjoy the offerings all season.

On a personal note, it has been such an honor and a pleasure serving as the artistic director here, and as always, I promise to deliver another hit season for 2024. Thank you for your support, loyalty, and trust year in and year out. It means the world to me.

Have a beautiful fall and holiday season and we will see each other before you know it!

My best always,

John Saunders

Artistic Director

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” “sparkles and shines!”

September 10, 2023

Lisa Jarish says “The Marvelous Wonderettes” “sparkles and shines” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“Each performer creates a strong, vivid and unique character in their own right, and tells her character’s story through the more than two dozen songs that flow virtually non-stop through the production. Their harmonies are as full as their crinoline skirts”

“Trivers delivers big-time with a trifecta of plaintive and heartfelt vocals…A most worthy debut on the Mac’s stage indeed.”

“Delivering her story through a stunning three-song Prestage reveals her character’s journey through love, heartache, and heartbreak, delivering “Son of a Preacher Man,” and“ Maybe,” with ever-increasing anguish, until finally “Leader of the Pack” shatters her heart and the hearts of her quartet-mates listening to this heart-wrenching, soul-baring vocal confession.”

“Rachel Pantazis…has left an indelible mark on this season with her glorious, powerful soprano voice and her in-depth characterizations”

“(Pantazis’) joy shines through with her performance”

“And then there’s Cydney Gleckner. What a joy she has been at the Mac this summer. She has brought her considerable vocal chops to every production she has graced this season, and as Suzy…she turns in yet another strong signature performance.”

“Gleckner brings down the house as Suzy first pours out her anguish with her marriage with “Maybe I know” and “Rescue Me”, before segueing into demanding “Respect” in a powerful rendition that rivals Aretha Franklin at her best.”

“Ashley DeLane Burger has hit it out of the park with her solid, tight direction and inspired choreography.”

“Annie Watson’s costume design perfectly captures the full flavor of 1950s and the 1960s…Their work is accented and completed by the hair and wig design of Emily Allen, who “Marvelously” coifs the Wonderettes for their prom and reunion appearances.”

“Andrew Gmoser’s lighting, as always, sparkles and shines in all the right places, and takes a dark and almost sinister turn when called for.”

(Saunders and Colarusso) have created a most effective and evocative set for the show.”

“The Marvelous Wonderettes leaves us applauding, smiling, humming, and with warm fuzzy memories of days gone by to hold onto until the 2024 season arrives.”

Read the full review



Go To The Marvelous Wonderettes Page


Move Over Jersey Boys, The Wonderettes Are Here!

September 4, 2023

MAC-HAYDN SEASON CLOSES OUT WITH 50S/60S HIT ‘THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES’

(August 31, 2023–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre’s 2023 season concludes with 50s and 60s jukebox musical, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” running September 7-17.

Created by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a jukebox blast from the past. It’s the night of the 1958 Springfield High School prom, and the night’s entertainment consists of four best friends; Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy. As they navigate life, love and the Prom Queen competition, the girls serenade with the classics from the decade. Ten years later, the girl group reunites stronger than ever, learning that the power of friendship will always keep them together—bonded forever in four-part harmony.

Ashley DeLane Burger makes her directorial debut with the production, following her work on the 2023 sell-out production of “Jersey Boys” as choreographer, and last season’s “A Chorus Line” (Associate Choreographer) and “Forever Plaid” (Choreographer, 2022 BroadwayWorld Award). She is joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Choreographer Bella DePaola.

The production will feature lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Annie Watson, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Adriana Ayala.

Starring as the four Wonderettes are Stephanie Prestage as Cindy Lou, Rachel Pantazis as Missy, Cydney Gleckner as Suzy, and, making her Mac-Haydn Debut, Adeline Trivers as Betty Jean.

Audiences will hear favorite 50s and 60s hits; featuring over 30 throwback hits like “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Respect” and “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song),” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is guaranteed to have audiences humming along in their seats.

For tickets and information, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.

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About the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Founded in 1969, the Mac-Haydn Theatre strives to present innovative, diverse and professional musical theatre productions to the residents of Columbia County and beyond. We aim to cultivate young talent for careers in theatre and seek to provide a supportive environment for the creation of new musical theatre works.