ANCRAM—Theater artists Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, formerly of Hudson, are the new proprietors of the Ancram Opera House. They plan a new theater season, beginning next summer.
The Opera House was erected in 1927 as the Ancram Grange Hall, and served as a resource and meeting place for the region’s farmers. In 1972, the grange was transformed into a performance venue and renamed the Ancram Opera House. Over the years, it has been home to a ceramist, woodworker, theater and music performances and, most recently, a weekly yoga class.
Mousseau and Ricciardi said they intend to refocus programming on contemporary theater performances, best suited for an 80-seat space noteworthy for its excellent acoustics. The Opera House will create and produce shows, present performances by other companies and host occasional community productions. Residencies for guest artists will be offered, along with master classes in acting, voice and directing; classes for community members are also planned.