Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for holiday productions

The Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its Halloween and Christmas productions, which will close out its 2012 season.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton.

No preparation is required. Auditioners will read scenes from the shows. The Christmas production is a play with music, with those auditioning for that show asked to sing acapella from any holiday standard.

The Halloween production, the first for FCT, is an evening on one-acts titled “Foretold Tales.”

The evening will feature “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “The Hitchhiker,” written by Lucille Fletcher and made famous by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air; the classic story “The Monkey’s Paw,” and “I of Newton” a new play written by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, adapted from Joe Haldeman’s short story.

White is looking for an ensemble of six to eight actors; four men, four women for this production, which will go into rehearsals after Labor Day and will run Oct. 19, 20, 21, and 28.

The Christmas show is a revival of FCT’s 2000 show “Benny’s Christmas Carol,” a play with music also written and directed by White.

The plot takes place on a Saturday night before Christmas 1945. The war was over and the boys were coming home. Among them is the singing sensation Frankie Hughes.

But for Benny Hardlewicke, who spent the war keeping the home front going at a broken down radio show, life was just 10 feet shy of the spotlight, until this particular evening when a singing star’s return might just mean second chances for everyone.

The Christmas production will go into rehearsals in November and will run Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, and will be presented in part as a benefit for Oswego County Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry.

The production includes comedy, romance, music, backstage mayhem, and a second act that features a fully-staged live radio broadcast of Dickens’ classic, which calls for an ensemble company of 15 to 20 actors.

Meanwhile on stage, FCT’s 2012 season continues this weekend with its summer offering of “An Evening of Stephen: The Music of Sondheim.”

The production, the 11th edition of FCT’s popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series, will run weekends, Aug. 10-19 at the theatre’s home performance space, 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 made by calling 598-7840.

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

“An Evening on Broadway” first debuted in the spring of FCT’s 1994 season. 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 evening of music will feature the talents of Molly Brown, Joyce Cook, Beth DeRousie, Kathy Egloff, Renee Fenske, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rita Lapage, Marsha Preston, Adam Schmidtman, William Edward White, Donnie Williams, and Sabrina Woodward.

Those seeking more information contact FCT on its Facebook page, at its web site at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or via email at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

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