Comedies on Fulton Community Theatre stage this month

Alex (Brian Pringle) tries to explain to his wife that now is not the best time to call, as he is trying to watch a play – while Susan (Colleen Dietrich), an actress on stage, tries to survive this one of many interruptions to her show in “Take Five” by Westley M. Pederson. That comedy, along with “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., make up Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production, “The First Time: An Evening of One-Acts from New Directors”.
Alex (Brian Pringle) tries to explain to his wife that now is not the best time to call, as he is trying to watch a play – while Susan (Colleen Dietrich), an actress on stage, tries to survive this one of many interruptions to her show in “Take Five” by Westley M. Pederson. That comedy, along with “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., make up Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production, “The First Time: An Evening of One-Acts from New Directors”.

The foibles of life and love and acting take to the stage this summer as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents “The First Time – An Evening of One Acts from New Directors.”

The production will feature two one-act comedies: “Take Five” a comedy by Westley M. Pederson, directed by Donald Crowe; and “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., directed by Valeri Roscoe Dedich. 

Both are making their Fulton Community Theatre directorial debut with this show.

“The First Time” will run weekends, June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Curtain time for the Friday and Saturday nights performances is 8 p.m.; with the Sunday afternoon matinees beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling Fulton Community Theatre at 598-7840.

 Both of the comedies have a theatrical theme.

“Take Five” takes place on an opening night where the set isn’t ready, part of the cast hasn’t shown up, and a member of the audience is having a heated phone call with his wife on a phone sitting onstage.

“Who Am I This Time?” tells the tale of Harry Nash, an insecure hardware store clerk who only ever really comes to life as the leading man for a local community theatre’s annual production. When a new actress, Helene, falls in love with Harry’s stage persona, she fights to keep him from retreating back into his quiet shell.

The comedies spotlight the talents of an ensemble of nine actors: Selene Balrad, Nikki Bolio, Donald Crowe, Colleen Dietrich, Emily Gerth, Michael Gerth, Kristin Nilsen, Beverly Poznoski and Brian Pringle.

 Both “Take Five” and “Who Am I This Time?” are produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

 This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

For more information, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org, or by emailing at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

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