An Adirondack Affair on Oct 1,2 took fans of the soap opera genre behind the scenes. A panel discussion on Friday night tore apart the realities of the future of soaps and what could have prevented the downsizing of the industry. Panelists listed everything from the OJ Simpson trial as the first death knell to the internet and shrinking budgets and lack of corporate vision.
Saturday workshops included writing. Participants learned about the process of how a daytime drama script is conceived and written in a short window of time and 250 episodes of material have to scribed a year. Acting workshops saw Yvonne Perry ex-Rosanna from As The World Turns work scenes with aspiring actresses.
Martha Byrne worked on the 2nd workshop session and her students ran scenes with her from As The World Turns and All My Children. The classes were so small, each student really had an opportunity to work up close with our actresses.
The finale workshop with Ellen Dolan was yet another special treat. Ellen performed scenes playing all the characters of Lucinda, Lisa and Nancy Hughes. Ellen’s impersonations and line readings showcased her depth as an actress as well as her sense of humor and love of the genre. “Acting is playing” says Dolan.
Saturday night featured a VIP reception for special guests to meet everyone up close and personal and then a cabaret at the Town Hall in LL. Ellen Dolan opened up the show with a rendition of “What Will I Do” a goodbye to Scott Holmes, her TV husband for over 20 years. A strikingly emotional and beautiful vocal performance.
Martha Byrne rounded out the night with a number of songs she performed as Lily on As The World Turns, including “Carry Me With You,” a song she penned for her co-star Jon Hensley slash Holden Snyder. The song, featured here, “Need You Now” is performed by Byrne, local musicians Eric Peter, Yod Crewsy and Broadway rehearsal pianist Daniel Monteczuma (currently working the rehearsal circuit for “In the Heights”)
It was a great weekend for fans and for people interested in television production and the arts. We look forward to hosting this event again next year. A do-not miss event.