Ancram Opera House Closes 2019 Season with “Real People, Real Stories”

The Ancram Opera House will close its 2019 Season with the popular storytelling series REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at, or at the door.

With storytellers drawn from the local community, REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES has become an Ancram Opera House audience favorite. The storytellers in this RPRS edition are:

  • Kat Collins of Hopewell Junction, with a story about patience tested at a shopping mall.

  • Jordan Hurn of Millerton, with a story about discovering the will to change.

  • Barbara Peduzzi of Chatham, with a story about an animal rescue effort after Hurricane Katrina

  • Mark Senak of Copake, with a story about a journey to Manassas National Battlefield Park

Paul Ricciardi, the AOH Co-Director who created REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES, says, “It’s a powerful experience to hear a story told by a friend or neighbor in a small, intimate theater space. I think the Ancram Opera House was built for this kind of event.”

Ricciardi, who directs REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES, is on the theatre faculty at CUNY/Kingsborough and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. He honed his dramaturgical technique at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, working with Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director, New York Public Theater) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.

Ancram Opera House is located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82.  Parking is available on the adjacent lawn.  For more information, please go to or call (518) 329-0114.

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