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Pippin Makes Mac-Haydn Debut

July 23, 2021

The Mac-Haydn Theatre kicks off our magical 2021 return season with the Stephen Schwartz musical, Pippin, opening July 29.

(CHATHAM, NY – July 23, 2021) There’s magic to do when a young man learns the true meaning of glory, love, and war in this iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece. Presented for the first time ever on the Mac-Haydn stage, Pippin features numerous fan-favorite returning actors and debuts the summer theatre’s new stage extension.

We’re excited to welcome back Kylan Ross, in the title role, who was last seen in 2019 as Younger Brother (Ragtime) and Doody (Grease). Amber Mawande-Spytek makes her smashing Mac-Haydn debut as the fierce and ferocious Leading Player. We can’t wait for audiences to experience her lively energy and unbelievable talent.

Another returnee, Maya Cuevas, is the sweet yet complicated Catherine. We are thrilled to have her back for a second season in the Mac-Haydn acting company after her acclaimed performance as Sarah in our 2019 production of Ragtime. King Charlemagne is played by Columbia County’s own Mikel Hunter, stylist and art director and owner of a fine art and apparel gallery located in Hudson, NY. Hunter makes his Mac-Haydn debut, returning to the stage after his career as an actor in the 1980s.

Rounding out the cast are Mac-Haydn favorites Ashley DeLane Burger (Sunset Boulevard choreographer, 2019) as Fastrada, Liz Gurland (Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, 2018) as Berthe, Andrew Burton Kelley (Will Parker in Oklahoma, 2019) as Lewis, Clementine Kline (Little Girl in Ragtime, 2019) as Thea and David Aaron (Xanadu choreographer, 2015) as the Player with Fire.

Pippin is directed by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, choreographed by Elizabeth McGuire and music directed by David Maglione, with costume design by Angela Carstensen, hair and makeup design by Matthew Oliver, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, props by Emily Spateholts, sound design by Corbin White and scenic design by Emma Cummings.

Vaccination is required for all patrons. For tickets and details on COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org/covid-19 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

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Mac-Haydn Reopens July 29

June 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Mac-Haydn Theatre returns with a determination to be a beacon for the community, once again bringing people together for a shared experience.

CHATHAM, NY – June 14, 2021 The Mac-Haydn Theatre will reopen its doors for live performances on July 29 after more than a year of closure, bringing the exciting summer theatre it’s known for back to Chatham, NY. Audience members and staff will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The theatre’s season will run July 29 through October 3 and include five musicals, as well as several limited performances. Tickets go on sale later in June.

As Mac-Haydn emerges into an entirely new environment for both theatre producers and theatre goers, managing director James Rodgers has no illusions about the difficulties ahead as people find their confidence to return to live theatre. “It is incredibly important that, above all else, a safe environment is created for our staff and patrons. We now feel that the time is right and that we can operate our space safely within the protocols outlined by the CDC.”

Because the season is starting later than usual, the team plans to keep the programming coming through the month of September with a new and exciting performance schedule. “Rep-tember,” consisting of two musicals and various limited performances, will be presented on a repertory schedule. Guest artists for limited performances include Broadway artist Elizabeth Ward Land, innovative ensemble Touch, award-winning Kurt Weill performer James Benjamin Rodgers, Mac-Haydn favorite Laura Helm, and the immeasurable combined talent of the 2021 artists roster for the Showstoppers revue.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is known as one of the country’s few theatres in-the-round. To allow for more social distancing an entire section has been removed, transforming the dynamic space into something that audiences have never seen before. This will be unique for 2021 as the theatre anticipates returning to full capacity in 2022. “Even with the reconfigured stage, we have still managed to maintain the ‘in-the round’ feel we are famous for. I think our dedicated fans will be especially delighted to see the new space along with the fantastic fall line-up we have scheduled,” says producing artistic director John Saunders. “We have been waiting what feels like a lifetime to get back to what we do best, and I just can’t wait to see everyone back at The Mac!”

Financial and box office manager Dee Lashway, who has worked with the theatre since its earliest years, feels that the Mac-Haydn has never experienced anything like the last 18 months in its 51-year history. “I have been with the theatre every summer since 1970, and not having a season in 2020 was devastatingly sad for me but the support, good wishes, and ‘miss you’ comments from so many of our patrons touched my heart, gave me hope that all would be fine, and made all of us determined to keep moving forward.”



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Performance Details

Main Stage

Pippin (July 29 – August 8, 2021)
She Loves Me (August 12 – August 22, 2021)
Man of La Mancha (August 26 – September 5, 2021)
Beehive: The ‘60s Musical (September 11 – October 2, 2021)
The World Goes ‘Round (September 10 – October 3, 2021)

All Tickets $42

Children’s Theatre

The Most Incredible Thing (August 20 – August 28, 2021)

All Tickets $14

Limited Events

Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill — James Benjamin Rodgers (September 1 & 29, 2021)
Still Within the Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt — Elizabeth Ward Land (August 18, September 10 & 17, 2021)
Showstoppers — Mac-Haydn Company (September 4, 15, 22 & 29, 2021)
toUch (Dates TBD)
Laura’s at the Helm — Laura Helm in Concert (September 15 & 22, 2021)

All Tickets $42

Ticket Purchases

Ticket Sales: By phone and online beginning late June.
Online: www.machaydntheatre.org

Phone: 518-392-9292

Press Contact

James Rodgers, Managing Director
Phone: (212) 920-1257
Email: jrodgers@machaydntheatre.org

The Most Incredible Thing

May 11, 2021

Pleasant Valley Productions in collaboration with the Mac-Haydn Theatre are proud to present a developmental production of David Maglione’s newest musical work, The Most Incredible Thing on May 22 at 1pm and 4pm at the OSPAC in West Orange, New Jersey.

Tickets are free of charge. Donations to offset the cost of this production are greatly appreciated and can be made at any time during your visit at the theater. Parking is available across the street from the main gate. The gates open 45 minutes prior to showtime.

The piece is based on the Hans Christian Anderson short story of the same name. While the show is based on a work in the public domain, Maglione has set the adaptation in his original “Kingdom of Merideh,” a universe that serves as the setting for many of his children’s theater stories, including “Martin and Meelo,” last seen as part of the Mac-Haydn’s 2019 Children’s Theatre season. The Most Incredible Thing marks the second of what has been conceived as a five-part series.

Mac-Haydn Producing Artistic Director John Saunders directs and is joined by Mac-Haydn musical director Bruce De La Cruz (2019’s “Curtains”) and choreographer Amy Calzone.

The cast features Mac-Haydn alumni Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Mamma Mia! and Sweeney Todd), Julie Galorenzo (Ragtime), Angel Harrison (2019 company), and Joe Christianson (2019 band). Rounding out the cast are David Rolando, Chris Frazier, Joseph Gottfried, Michael Gioia, Tyler Pearson, Susan Ramirez, Lawrence Dandridge, Lyle Dungee, Joelle Zazz, Danielle Pennisi, and Marcus McPherson.

Bruce De La Cruz, who is also responsible for original orchestrations, will be accompanied by a string trio: Violin played by Tristan Aniceto, Mac-Haydn alumna Lydia Paulos on Cello, and Magda Kress Double Bass.

The show will feature an original clock design by Andrew Gmoser, sound design by Brad Zuckerman, and costuming by Emily Spateholts and the Mac-Haydn Theatre. The show is stage managed by Emily Neimeyer.

Strict COVID-19 Protocol is in place to ensure safety at all events. Masks and physical distancing will be required.

Visit www.pleasantvalleyproductions.org to learn more.

Artist Workshop Series | BK From The UK

February 20, 2021

Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

We expand the series with an exciting six masterclass offering “In The Style Of” presented by the incomparable Bryan Knowlton

The award-winning, London-based choreographer will bring to life the essence of famous choreographers that changed the face of Broadway.

Spanning from Susan Stroman to Jerome Robbins, participants will learn “in the style of” choreography in excerpts from six different shows. Participants can expect a 90-minute class that includes a warmup, brief chat about the choreographer’s history and an in-depth breakdown of the choreography.

Whether you sign up for all six classes or choose to drop in for one or two, all are welcome to join this energetic, fun experience that will be sure to educate and inspire.

The series will start on March 6 and will run March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10. Classes will start at 10:15am EST, will run for 90 minutes and will be hosted on Zoom.


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Once you have registered you will be sent information on how to access the class.


An Intro From John Saunders
Watch An Intro From Bryan
Why Is Michael Kidd The Subject Of Week 1?
Bryan Talks About The Contribution of Susan Stroman Ahead Of Week 2?

Artist Workshop Series | Ashley DeLane Burger

February 19, 2021

Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

The Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series continues Sunday, February 21st!

This series will showcase our incredible alumni and artists from our community who will lead a wide variety of virtual workshops. Each workshop will serve as a fundraiser for the Bright Future Fund as we work toward our 2021 reopening here at the Mac-Haydn.

The Latest Workshop: SELF-CARE SUNDAY with Ashley DeLane Burger

Join Mac-Haydn choreographer (South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard) Ashley DeLane Burger on February 21 at 12pm via Zoom for a one-hour deep dive into self care and how we can use it to retain or restore our equilibrium through the day, year, and life. All you need is yourself, your breath, and a pen and paper.

ALL are welcome, the more the merrier, we learn from each other – it’s time to retake our power!

Ashley DeLane is a somatic practitioner, teacher, choreographer with certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Yoga TuneUp, and ACE (GFI). She has her Masters in Kinesiology (Corrective Exercise/Rehabilitation) and BA in Theatre. She enjoys combining her whole tool box in an individualized-based approach through her work in “First-Class Coaching.”

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Zoom on Sunday, February 21 at 12pm.

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Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95313527410
Meeting code: 953 1352 7410

A donation of $20 is suggested to attend the workshop. All donations generated from this event will go directly to the Bright Future Fund.

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A Message from Artistic Director John Saunders

November 26, 2020

Mac-Haydn Gives Thanks

A Message from Artistic Director John Saunders.

Dear Friends,

Above and beyond all, I hope this message finds you in good health both physically and spiritually. To say I missed seeing each and every one of you this past summer would be an understatement. I believe we all felt a void not being able to gather and celebrate live theatre together at the Mac.

In March, when this began, the team here at Mac-Haydn began aggressively doing everything we could to ensure our survival during this troubling time. From the establishment of our Bright Future Fund to our new digital content, we remained very busy all summer long bringing as much entertainment as we could muster to all of you. Behind those scenes we also took many crucial “unseen” steps to ensure our future. This included federal assistance, real estate planning, and a real tightening of our operating budget. In many ways, this crisis led us to discover new programs and maintain a strong financial footing after the last few successful seasons. Our goal is to take every action we can to make sure we are here to welcome you all back to the theatre when this pandemic is resolved.

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Mac Announces Halloween Week of Events

October 27, 2020

Mac-Haydn Online presents Mac-Halloween 2020

A Week of Fiendish Fear, running October 27 – November 2, 2020.

We are excited to present our first ever Mac-Halloween, a celebration of fright.

Halloween enthusiast Erin Spears, Mac-Haydn legend Gabe Belyeu and set designer Erin Kiernan, all make amazing contributions. We hope you will join us for a week of terrific terror!

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Artist Workshop Series

July 24, 2020

Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

The Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series continues this Friday!

This series will showcase our incredible alumni and artists from our community who will lead a wide variety of virtual workshops. Each workshop will serve as a fundraiser for the Bright Future Fund as we work toward our 2021 reopening here at the Mac-Haydn.

Our next workshop will be led by Mac-Haydn alumna and certified personal trainer Jesse Lynn Harte, who will lead a no-equipment fitness class via Zoom on Friday, September 25 at 5pm.

Click Here to Sign Up for the Workshop

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Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94635291243

A donation of $20 is suggested to attend the workshop. All donations generated from this event will go directly to the Bright Future Fund.

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Artist and Activist Madi Cupp-Enyard Joined Us

June 3, 2020

Mac-Haydn Mondays

This week our 2019 Dance Captain Madi Cupp-Enyard talks to James Rodgers about her commitment to promote Black art and activism on social media by highlighting the work of Black creators.

We hope you will watch this essential conversation with this impressive and active young woman as we try to gain understanding of the current events specific to the Black Lives Matter movement.

As part of her activism, Madi has asked that people donate to Reclaim the Block an organization which began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. They organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.

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Lizzie McGuire and Rob Brinkmann On In The Meantime

May 29, 2020

In The Meantime Episode 2

The Mac-Haydn Theatre has released the second episode of In The Meantime, a weekly webcast series hosted by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, as part of the Mac-Haydn Online virtual programming initiative. The Episode Premieres On YouTube at 12pm on Friday, May 29th.

Episode 2 features Elizabeth McGuire, choreographer for the 2019 production of Camelot, and Rob Brinkmann, last seen on the Mac-Haydn stage as Jud Fry in the 2019 production of Oklahoma!, for which he won a Berkshire Theatre Award. The two talk with Saunders about their artistic projects during quarantine, recent wedding, and experiences working at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

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Following the premiere, each episode will become available to stream


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