Taconic Stage Company

Carl Ritchie, Producing Artistic Director  


(The Middle-Aged Musical Revue)

BACK after all these years - and so are WE!

If you're still a bit wary of sitting in a crowded auditorium we are presenting the show outdoors - but covered by a tent in case of inclement weather…

THIS TIME it’s at Copake Lake Boat & Ski, 281 Lakeview Road, Craryville, NY 12521!

Not only is the marina under terrific new ownership and management - Alex Almond - but this time around it isn’t exactly dinner theatre - unless you want it to be!

“The Mosquito” is a snack bar that serves simple yet tasty meals and is licensed as well. And not just wine and beer and margaritas - they even sell champagne and Prosecco! (If I don't get there first, that is...)

Two members of the original four person cast were unavailable this time around so Diedre Bollinger and Brian Litscher will be joined by the fantastic Meg Dooley - the ‘bitchy’ redhead from our Real (Desperate) Housewives musical AND - casting coup of the decade - yours truly will round out the team.  We've even added a few songs from other shows AND brought back the game show scene where one lucky patron will win a round of golf at The Copake Country Club, just across the lake!

We are also THRILLED to have, as our music director and pianist, the uber-talented, Sariva Goetz.  Sariva has played in the orchestra of numerous Broadway shows, including sixteen years playing for Les Miz.

As usual, none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors - and friends - Ed Herrington, Inc and Kneller Insurance.  Ed and Kirk have been with us from day one and we have them to thank for bringing first rate theatre to Columbia County.

Click HERE to buy your tickets!

Come have a bite, a drink, a view of the beautiful Copake Lake sunset AND a darned funny little show - if I do say so myself…

See you lakeside!

Here are our wonderful, faithful sponsors:

The Kneller Agency   and Herringtons, Inc .  

Please email us if you'd like to be added to our email mailing list:

Send email to  TaconicStage@aol.com  

Donations can be made by mail (address below) or online (coming soon) by clicking the link above. TSC is a registered 501(C) 3 non-profit and your greatly appreciated donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Taconic Stage Company is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community in Columbia County by providing professional quality musical and non-musical theatre and concert productions as well as encouraging and nurturing local talent and providing low-cost or free access to the arts for students, the elderly and the physically or mentally handicapped.

Taconic Stage Company, 

240 Island Drive, 

Craryville, NY 12521


(Previous shows pictured above - ASSUMING  the slide show WORKS...)

Only ONE More Weekend!

Please join us if you can!

(We REALLY need a LAUGH!)

You can reserve for Aug 19-21 using the link to the right.


We're bringing back the hilarious musical revue about middle-age that, as our inaugural production in 2009, was held over multiple times.  We have two new cast members - including yours truly - and have added a few more songs that were audience favorites from our other shows.

PLUS - we're performing OUTDOORS (under a tent) and though it's not REQUIRED to have dinner it is nevertheless available before the show as well as are alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

A perfect recipe for a summer's night by the lake - watch the sun set with a bite to eat, a cocktail in your hand and then watch a hilarious musical send up of middle-aged life.  What's not to love?!

Please come early if you want to order a burger & fries, veggie burger or chicken fingers - or from their regular casual but tasty menu. And why not order your intermission drink before the show so you won't have to wait in line...?

Remaining performances are Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, August 19 & 20 and Sunday at 5 pm, August 21.

All tickets are only $25.

 A link to purchase them is on the right.

See ya!

Future productions:

Last Call at Cap'n Jack's








Recent TSC production:


Lillian, a one-woman play about Lillian Hellman by William Luce, starring Diedre Bollinger and directed by TSC founder and Artistic Director Carl Ritchie.

  Based on the autobiographical writing of the hard-living playwright whose works include  The Little Foxes The Children’s Hour , and her memoir,  Pentimento , dramatist Luce creates an intense, intriguing, and intimate portrait of a woman who was often caustic and controversial but never dull.

  Set in the waiting room of a New York hospital, as she maintains a vigil for her longtime love, novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman remembers the people and incidents that shaped her life. From her headstrong girlhood in New Orleans and New York, through her exciting and tempestuous years with Hammett, to her achievements on Broadway and in Hollywood, she recalls those who helped her gain her burning social consciousness – something that brought her into conflict with the powers-that-be, most notably, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. During that hearing – and in the play – we hear her famous line, “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.”

NOTE: Some of the pictured productions were performed at CTC where our Artistic Director, Carl Ritchie, was either producer, director, writer or performer. The most recent are from productions of the Taconic Stage Company. All photos by Carl Ritchie except for the three he is in - with Chase Crosley - in Driving Miss Daisy - and Susan Fullerton - in Private Lives . Those were by Bob Sacks. Also, the photo of Leda Hodgson in A Lady of Letters is by Christopher Baines. Photos of Private Lives by Daniel Region. " Housewives " photo by Mike Molinski, Photographics Solution. Liz Richardson "spotlight" photo by Marvin Moore, Lillian photo by Michele Midori Fillion.

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