Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for fall shows

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its October and November productions of “The Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds and Dracula” and Bettine Manktelow’s comic murder mystery “Curtain Up On Murder.”

The joint auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

No preparation is necessary. Auditioners will be asked to read scenes from the scripts. Both productions will play on FCT’s Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity.

Directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, “War of the Worlds” is a staged recreation of the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 terror broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic.

The radio play, written by Howard Koch, relocated the invasion from London to the New York metropolitan area, leaving millions of listeners convinced that America was under siege by a vanguard from Mars.

The production, which will feature live sound effects and music, will play for one performance only, Oct. 30, the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast.

Coupled with the classic Koch script, the evening will feature as a second act John Houseman’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which debuted the Mercury Theatre’s radio anthology series on CBS July 11, 1938.

White is looking for a versatile cast of seven men and two women to recreate the Mercury Theatre On The Air.

All 18 roles in both plays, with the exception of Orson Welles and Professor Pierson, are open, including the roles of Dracula, VanHelsing, Seward, Harker, Lucy, and Mina.

“Curtain Up On Murder,” directed by M. Marie Beebe, tells the deadly comic tale of an amateur dramatic company are rehearsing a thriller in a theatre at the end of a Pier when they find they are locked in and gradually the members are being killed off.

Is it one of their numbers or is there somebody else locked in the empty theatre who will not stop till they are all dead?

The murder mystery, which will wrap up FCT’s 23rd anniversary season, will run Nov. 9, 10, 16, and 17. The production calls for a cast of five women and three men. All roles in the production, except for Ginny, are open and will be auditioned.

Those seeking more information may contact Fulton Community Theatre via e-mail at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

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