(7/31 & 8/1) Shakespeare in the Valley 2015


On Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, the West Kortright Centre’s Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops will present the 28th Annual Shakespeare in the Valley weekend. This year’s YPTAW Workshops and Shakespeare in the Valley are co-sponsored by Clark Companies, Frank Lumia Real Estate Plus, and New York Central Mutual Insurance.

Each evening begins at 6 PM with an indoor production of “Childhood Champions and their Fantastical Feats.” This celebration of classic characters is performed by the Introduction to Acting Workshop cast of 9–12 year-olds, taught by YPTAW alumnae Vanessa Van Burek and Mary Claire Davis, with music by Anaar Desai-Stephens.

Following this show, there will be a picnic dinner (bring your own, or purchase hot dogs and veggie burgers on-site).

At 8 PM, the lights go up on a fully staged outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, directed by YPTAW alumnus Zane Relethford and performed by twenty three 2015 Shakespeare Workshop participants, ages 12-19. To lighten the feeling of this dramatic tragedy, Relethford has reimagined the play as a television sitcom, while staying true to the script. The production includes original music by Academy Award-winner John DeNicola and lyrics by Patty Maloney, directed by Jake DeNicola.

Participants of the Costume Design YPTAW class, taught by Melissa (Moss) Margadona, are responsible for design, production, and backstage dressing. The technical aspects of the show–lights, sound and set–are designed and run by YPTAW alumnus Ian Austin and set-builder Tony Aukstikalnis.
Audience members are advised to bring their own lawn seating. The rain date for both nights is Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM. Tickets are $12 per evening; $5 for children 2-11; free for children under 2.


Celebrating the Arts & Life in the Catskills!

This is our 40th Year of Celebrating the Arts & Life in the Catskills!


The West Kortright Centre is a thriving arts & community center in a bucolic farm valley that has been celebrating the arts and life in the northern Catskills since 1975.

Outstanding Performances
Shakespeare in the Valley
Compelling Workshops
Stellar Gallery Exhibits
Annual Gala Dance
Landscape & Garden Tour
• Glorious Wedding Spot

Mulgrew Miller Band

Legendary Performers Past & Present

The Centre, known for presenting fine programming in an acoustically warm and intimate auditorium, has enticed hundreds of musicians, actors, writers and other performers from as far away as Ireland, Italy, Zaire, Ukraine, Jamaica, Angola, Palestine, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Sweden, Morocco, Israel, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.

Artists presented at The West Kortright Centre include composers John Cage, Meredith Monk, Peter Schickele, and Virgil Thompson; poets Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata, and Hayden Carruth; [Read More…]