With the unofficial start to summer now official, it's time to start making plans for some of your summer days and nights. So we thought we'd give you some cool ideas, a place to start when it comes to theater.

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From the comedy of Paula Poundstone to the circus to plenty of action with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic you have the iconic Bardavon, in downtown Poughkeepsie, the oldest operating theater in the state.

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 / Phone: 845-473-2072 / Directions


The Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College offers a list of name 'names' that's sure to impress for their 30th summer season from June 20th to July 27th.

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College,  Box 225, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 / Phone: (845) 437-7400 / Directions


For a fun, theatrical festival you don't want to miss the annual 10 Minute Play Festival from June 6th to 8th, at half moon Theater in Poughkeepsie with a theme this year that's close to the heart of the Hudson Valley, "Paranormal in Poughkeepsie!"

half moon Theater, 2515 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


If dance is what you're looking for the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli is right in step with you especially with ballet for early and late June. Plus you can't go wrong with the view of the Hudson River and the Catskills that the professional residence/performance center overlooks.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 / Phone:845-757-5106 / Directions


For 'A Night of Gershwin' make plans to enjoy the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra on Saturday the 14th at the Rhinebeck H.S. Prepare for this orchestra to bring up to 50 players for the evening!

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 / Phone 845-635-0877


For seven weeks from June through August you can catch a myriad of performances in the Bard SummerScape at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

Bard College, Annandale-on-HudsonNew York, 12504 / Phone: The Fisher Center - 845-758-7900 / Directions


The Beacon Theater in Beacon, NY, of 1930's art deco style, is another fine choice for theater that offers children's programming which includes summer camps in July and August. They also have a must see production of The Fantasticks running the final two weekends of June!

The Beacon Theater, 445 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 / Phone: 845-226-8099 / Directions


For comedy, musicals, drama, dance and jazz you can depend on The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck for the entire Summer. Peformances of "Noises Off" running now and a whole weekend of Jazz in August bookend a Summer season that has five different, fantastic performances to please all.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 / Phone: 845-876-3080 / Directions


Maybe you'd like to catch a film in theater that has been showing movies for one hundred and eleven years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? If so, then you need to discover The Moviehouse with Cafe & Gallery in Millerton. From current films to classics and other special events the experience is waiting in Millerton.

The Moviehouse with Cafe & Gallery, 48 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546 / Phone: 518-789-002 / Directions


For classic Broadway and the left of center off-Broadway, experience the Trinity Players at the intimate Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center Theater in Poughkeepsie.

Trinity Players, 12 Vassar, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 / Phone: 845-227-7855 / Directions