Fulton Community Theatre prepares to ‘light up’ 2012 season

Fulton Community Theatre’s Technical Director Michael Bolio hangs lighting instruments on the newly installed grid at the theatre’s home in Jubilee Hall Stage at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish. The technical upgrades will light this summer’s production, “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim”, which runs weekends, Aug. 10-19.

There’s more than just music in the air this summer at Fulton Community Theatre.

Along with a cast rehearsing “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim,” the theatre’s technical crew is busy installing lighting upgrades to Jubilee Hall, its home base at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish.

“These improvements not only make things feel more like a theatre, but it also makes our surroundings here a bit more like home,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said about the two 10-foot pipes that have been hung near the front of the Jubilee Hall.

The pipes allow a permanent installation of the 22-year-old theatre’s lighting equipment, some of which have been sitting in storage for a few years.

The instruments, along with a new set of black curtains and newly built theatre flats that have graced the stage this season, are among physical improvements FCT has been making since it went back into active production in the spring of 2010 with a revival of its “An Evening on Broadway” as fund-raiser not only for the theatre, but the Holy Trinity Parish, which has welcomed the community theatre into its facility.

“Unfortunately, when things sit in garages and buildings for a couple winters, wood and metal and fabrics sometimes don’t hold up,” White said. “We have been making progress show by show, the last couple of years, rebuilding our assets, thanks not only to Father Stephen Wirkes and Holy Trinity who have given us a home, but our theatre audiences, patrons, and other community theatres in Central New York.”

This summer’s show, the 11th edition of FCT’s “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series will run weekends, Aug. 10-19 at Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.

The show will feature music from “Into the Woods”; “Sweeney Todd”; “West Side Story”; “Anyone Can Whistle”; “Company”; “Follies”; “Sunday in the Park with George”; “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”; “Gypsy”; “A Little Night Music”; “Merrily We Roll Along”; and “Dick Tracy.”

“An Evening on Broadway” first debuted in the spring of FCT’s 1994 season,” said White. “It was revived in 1999 under the title ‘An Evening on Broadway II’ as part of the theatre’s 10th anniversary season. Since moving to its current home on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity in 2005, the cabaret series has been a season staple.”

The August production is being dedicated to the memory of member of the original 1994 cast:

Fulton’s former Oswego County Legislator and Fulton City Clerk John F. “Jack” Walsh, who died this spring.

“Jack shared his talents with us for our first ‘Evening on Broadway” and then joined us again for our 10th anniversary revue, so it’s only fitting that we dedicate this evening of music to him,” White said.

The evening of music will Molly Brown, Joyce Cook, Beth DeRousie, Kathy Egloff, Renee Fenske, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rita Lapage, Marsha Preston, Adam Schmidtman, White, Donnie Williams, and Sabrina Woodward.

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