SALEM, N.Y. - In the tradition of their successful summer Singing Anchors Mainstage shows, NewChannel 13 anchors Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn return Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, to Fort Salem Theater, their musical home, in "No Boundaries," a new revue celebrating great sixties and seventies melodies. While fellow anchor Jerry Gretzinger is spreading his theatrical wings in a community theater production of "The Music Man," the WNYT newswomen realize their performance fantasy to be part of a girl group, in the tradition of the Shirelles and the Supremes.

"I'm learning that women who sing want to sing along with other women who sing," observes Fort Salem's artistic director, Jay Kerr, the man who writes the musical arrangements for all of the Anchor shows.

From left, Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton, Capital District television news personalities, will perform at Fort Salem Theater.
From left, Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton, Capital District television news personalities, will perform at Fort Salem Theater. (Courtesy Photo)
"So we've invited two of our favorite Fort personalities, Sue Caputo and Lynne Kerr, to form a group with Benita and Jess." Susan Cicarelli Caputo has worked professionally since her first postgraduate job singing and dancing at Hershey Park. She was featured in several NYSTI shows, and often choreographs for Cap Rep in Albany. Lynne Kerr appeared as a teen on the Uncle Floyd television show and later in several Manhattan cabarets.

Also appearing in "No Boundaries" is the Capital Region-based female barbershop quartet, Impromptu, four gals in their seventies who instruct the anchors what seventies music really is. On the opposite end of the age spectrum, teenagers Brendan Dailey, Emma Ibbottson and Carolyn Shields portray alter egos of the Singing Anchors, with Dailey's Gretzinger character poking good-natured fun at the absent male anchor.


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For the past two years, and at Christmas, the Fort's Singing Anchors have created original revues that have subsequently toured the Capital Region. Gretzinger, Layton and Zahn's trio have been featured as headliners both at Saratoga's First Night and at Vapor, the nightclub at Saratoga's Racino, and on WAMC. They have sung for fundraising events for My Brother's Keeper, St. Mary's School (Hoosick), the Watervliet Library, and Saratoga Children's Theater.

Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn in the musical journey, No Boundaries, will play for one weekend only, with a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. show on Saturday, July 20, and a 2 p.m. show on July 21. More information is available at fortsalemtheater.com or by calling the theater's box office at (518) 854-9200.