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Summer at Seagle Music Colony

For 87 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills. The seven-week music camp offers intensive training with music theater professionals and opportunities to appear in six Broadway-type productions, from Gershwin to Mozart. For decades, most of the Seagle Colony's shows have been presented in a simple barn theatre tucked away in the wooded hills above Schroon Lake. As Todd Moe reports, it's summer camp for serious opera students.
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Left: The Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater

Left: Tyler Slade (Tobias Ragg) and Pilar Cragan (Mrs. Lovett) rehearse a scene from Sweeney Todd.

Two alumni of the Seagle Music Colony now work at the summer music camp. Todd Moe chats with Managing Director Keith Wolfe and Stage Manager Nathan Wentworth about their experiences at Seagle.
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Director of Productions Richard Kagey talks with Todd Moe about his 40-year tenure at Seagle, Sweeney Todd (one of this summer's productions) and why summer music camps, like the Seagle Colony, are important.
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Left: Stage Director Richard Kagey clowns with members of the cast during a rehearsal of Sweeney Todd.


Above: The “White House”, where students, faculty and staff share meals, meetings and rehearsal space.


Above: An old stone cabin, complete with piano, that’s used for rehearsals.

Left: A view of Schroon Lake from the “White House” on a hazy summer morning.

Todd Moe talks with Seagle Music Colony General and Artistic Director Darren K. Woods about Seagle, the music industry and future plans for the colony.
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Plans are underway for a new studio building at Seagle, named in memory of longtime supporters Dorothy and Frank Shames. Todd Moe chats with their daughter, Phyllis Shames Korn, a summer resident of Schroon Lake, who's chairing the Capitol Campaign for the new space.
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Left: When they’re not busy with voice lessons and rehearsals, students are expected to help out with building sets and other backstage work.

Visit the Seagle Music Colony website.