REVIEW: “The Snow Queen” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Fairy tales never lose their power to affect us, no matter how old we get.  Jeffrey Mousseau’s beautiful production of The Snow Queen at Ancram Opera House both moves and delights us as we root for the good guys to triumph over evil. Mousseau, co-director of Ancram Opera House (with Paul Ricciardi)…

REVIEW: “The Brothers Size” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Nestled in the southeast corner of Columbia County is The Ancram Opera House, formerly a grange hall built in 1927.  Currently, according to co-directors Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, one of the missions of this intimate performing space is to “showcase contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret” by “visionary theatre artists at the…

Ancram Opera House Awarded Two Major Grants

The Ancram Opera House (AOH), an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization in rural southern Columbia County, announced that it has received grants totaling $94,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NY State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The grants will be used to purchase theatrical lighting, new audience seating,…

Ancram Opera House Announces Summer Season

By any measure, 2018 was a watershed season for The Ancram Opera House.  We won its first-ever Berkshire Theatre Critics’ Award (for Tony Kushner’s HOMEBODY) and was christened “a center of contemporary performing arts” (Main Street Magazine) with a “sophisticated metropolitan sensibility” (John Isaacs, IMBY) that presents “the most unexpected and innovative summer theatre program…

Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards Winners Announced

Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage Company Take Top Honors At an SRO ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, the Board of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on the evening of Monday, November 12, 2018. This was the third year the awards have been presented to honor and…