schroon lake

Larry and Liz McNamara are co-owners of the Strand movie theater in Schroon Lake, NY
Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Film Society

About four years ago, movie theatres across the country had to convert from analog to digital projection.  It was costly and small community movie theatres were faced with the possibility of closing their doors.  In the Adirondacks, a “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign raised funds to help local movie houses, and many like the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake have continued as centers of community entertainment and engagement.  The Strand is now known for its summer classics series that this year features Buster Keaton silent films and “Casablanca.”  Theatre co-owner Larry McNamara tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he partnered with the Adirondack Film Society to be able to offer something in addition, and different, to modern Hollywood blockbusters.

Founded in 1915, Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States, located in the town of Schroon Lake in the Adirondack Mountain Region of upstate New York.

Their summer program is a nine-week session in which 32 young artists selected through a rigorous national audition/selection process, receive intensive training in vocal technique, musicality, acting and career preparation. As part of this training, they produce six full-scale productions of opera and musical theatre each summer season for presentation to the public.

This summer Seagle Music Colony celebrates 100 years and here to tell us more is General Director, Tony Kostecki.