Fulton Community Theatre unveils full slate of 2013 productions

The world’s longest-running musical “The Fantasticks,” the timeless comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” and a new play about one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century, Orson Welles, highlight the eight productions that will take the stage of Jubilee Hall as Fulton Community Theatre unveils its 2013 season lineup.

“It’s an ambitious season we have in the works,” Artistic Director William Edward White said, “but one we are very excited about bringing to the Fulton and Central New York area.”

The slate of shows, which includes a mixture of two and three-week productions, along with several limited run special events, is by far the largest season every planned by the 23-year-old company. All events will take place on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Just in time for Valentines Day, FCT will open its season with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by former Saturday Night Live writers Bill Corbett and Kira Obolonsky.

Dubbed, the “anti Love Letters,” the two person-play chronicles the relationship between Preston and Dahlia, two co-dependent souls who begin a heated, decades-long correspondence after Preston writes to complain about a broken snow globe purchased at the New York City gift shop Dahlia works at. The show, featuring the talents of James Uva and Kasey McHale and directed by White, will run weekends Feb. 16, 17, 22, and 23.

Tenebrae is a candlelit service occurring during Holy Week in Christian traditions. “Tenebrae” is also the title of a new rock and roll cantata composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, lead singer of The Sent Forth and FCT’s technical director. The work, featuring a full cast, narration, and backing music by The Sent Forth will debut Saturday March 23 as FCT’s Easter week offering.

In April, FCT will present “The Fantasticks,” the long-running musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Directed by Kathleen DeGolyer, with musical direction by Abel Searor, the production will run weekends

April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.

“Alone Together” by Lawrence Roman will bow in the June timeslot. The domestic comedy tells the story of George and Helene Butler, an “empty nest” couple who have literally 10 minutes of peace and quiet before their children start coming back home. Directed by Bolio, the show will run weekends June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16.

Summer will see the return of FCT’s popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series – this time featuring the works of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and George M. Cohan in a revue called “Classical Broadway.”

September features the debut of a brand new play, “Citizen Welles,” penned by local playwright and actor James Uva. The two-man play, featuring Uva and White, recount the life of Broadway, radio, and Hollywood icon Orson Welles in his own words at two points in his life: the brash, young wunderkind (played by Uva) creator of The War of the Worlds radio broadcast and Citizen Kane; and the older Welles (played by White) who became a staple of Television talk shows and commercial pitches. The production runs for three performances: Sept. 20, 21, and 22.

Following up on the Welles theme, FCT will then stage a live recreation of The Mercury Theatre’s broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” on the 75th anniversary of the panic broadcast Wednesday, Oct. 30.

“With the 75th anniversary coming up right after we debut Jim’s, we just had to add that to the season,” White added.

Closing FCT’s season, White will direct George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s classic screwball comedy of love and money and class, “You Can’t Take It With You.” The production will run for six performances, Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17.

Those seeking more information about the season, including tickets, season sponsorships, and musical and acting auditions may visit FCT at their web site at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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