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Auditions Dec. 17 and 18 for first play in Fulton Community Theatre 2014 season

Fulton Community Theatre will open auditions for the first production of its 2014 season, the romantic comedy “2 Across” by Jerry Mayer.

Auditions will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 17 and 18 at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

The production will be directed by Michael A. Bolio. No preparation is necessary; auditioners will read scenes from the script. The production will run weekends, Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22-23.

The comedy tells the tale of two strangers, Josh and Jane, who meet on a commuter train. They are alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword.

She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. They learn from each other, argue, laugh, reveal big problems, they kiss.  Will they meet again?

The character descriptions are as follows (Please note, both characters are in their late 40s to mid 50s): Janet is Catholic, structured, responsible, a good mother and usually right. She’s an achiever whose standards are high and her patience is low.

As a psychologist, she’s blunt and honest. She’s a law abider and a rule follower. Everything she attempts, she does well, except for one thing — she has got to learn to have fun.

Josh is Jewish and a paradox. He’s part free spirit, part executive, part dreamer, part good son, part Peter Pan. During the trip, each time Janet decides Josh is a flake, he does or says something that wins her total admiration, or he makes her laugh, which she’s not used to.

About two thirds through their journey, Josh decides that he and Janet might be meant for each other. Now all he’s got to do is convince Janet of that.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org, or by emailing at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com

Photographer featured at Fulton gallery

Martha Lanctot is the featured artist for December at the CNY Arts in the heART Gallery in Fulton.

Lanctot’s work is affordable and so very versatile and she is a great addition to the gallery, officials say. The world of photography has evolved and so much has changed but Lanctot has changed along with it.

Here is how she describes her foray into photography:

“My fascination with photography began when I was five, which was 1947. My father was an electrical engineer for Alcoa. His job was to analyze how well various alloys of aluminum wire conducted electricity.

“The analysis required miles of photographic film. At the end of each of these gigantic rolls was a trailer of nearly 3 feet which would only be discarded. Dad would rescue the trailer.

“Later he would have mom lock him in the pitch dark of the car trunk so that he could fit that piece of film into his camera. ..  Then on a given magic night a bedroom would be turned into a darkroom.

“Dad, ever the engineer, rigged a tuna fish can, and tomato juice can, a length of pipe, and his camera to project an image on to the piece of photo sensitive paper.  The paper went through various Pyrex dishes of chemicals and finally into the bathtub for rinsing.  We had photos! It was magic in black and white.

“One Christmas in the early 1950s I received my very own box camera. Each roll of film had only eight precious frames.  The roll had to be mailed away for developing, and it took forever for the prints to be returned.

“I think Dad had as much fun teaching me to take pictures as I had being with him. Once, early on, he showed me how to take a picture of myself pouring a basin of water on myself by taking a carefully arranged double exposure. Oh, how I wish I had that picture today.

“My mother was a quilter and as such she was a wonderful fabric artist. She had a strong sense of color and composition for her quilts. I spent long hours watching her put her designs together, and hopefully some of her talent has seeped into me.

“She is 98 now and nearly blind, but her quilts are still known and sought in St. Lawrence County.

“Over the next 60 years, I went through a number of cameras. One drowned off the coast of Nova Scotia when I was helping put out lobster pots. Another died on safari in Kenya while “shooting” lions.

One was smashed to smithereens in a horrible car accident. One was ruined by sand and suntan lotion in Florida. Just recently my newest and best went over a cliff and bounced into a stream of water. The telephoto lens now has a visible curve, but remarkably still works.

“With my retirement has come time to explore the process of putting together the thousand piece jigsaw puzzle of technology and art that is photography.  And still the surprises keep coming.”

Lanctot is one of the many photographers with work on display.  Work by Judy Campany showing her treasure chest of beautiful Oswego County, Roxanne Butler with her many facets of photographs, William Grace Jr. with his very contemporary line, and Kendra Matott with her magical, fantasy line of prints can all be seen at the Arts in the heART Gallery.

Tickets still available for Symphoria concert Dec. 15

Tickets are still available for the Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Oswego Health is sponsoring the concert, which will be held in the Oswego High School auditorium.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony. Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at experiencesymphoria.org.

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590 at extension 225.

CNY Arts Center open house, dinner today

Dec. 14 is a full day of holiday arts for CNY Arts Center.

Two locations means twice the fun starting with Holiday Open House being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arts in the Heart Gallery downtown, 47 S. First St.

A gingerbread house contest, free handmade ornaments while supplies last, holiday treats and a feast of original art to browse will highlight the second annual open house.

Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret follows at 6 p.m. in the Arts Center’s second location on Park Street (State St. Methodist Church).

The fundraiser for a new facility will celebrate into the evening with an elegant dinner, raffles, door prizes and an impressive line-up of entertainment.

Several young performers will be featured in the Cabaret entertainment line-up.

These young people, Rhiannon Ellison, Kaylee Foster and Matthew Oldenburg, were chosen for their exceptional performance abilities as part of a new program funded by a Shineman Grant received earlier in the year.

Entertainment also includes Christine Tupe and Hannah Doerrier. Christine has performed at CNY Arts Center events since winning the first Arts Fest on the River Talent Contest in 2011. Her girl group, Lois Dixon and the Olives including Hannah Doerrier and Emily Plummer, performed at this year’s third annual Arts Fest.

Adam Schmidtmann returns from CNY Arts Center’s first cabaret, Songs of the Seasons presented last spring. Adam is co-director of the Drama Club and Kids Onstage programs and performs at several theaters in the area.

These and more will celebrate the Christmas season in song at Gifts of the Season Cabaret.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, chicken, vegetables and dessert.

There will be entertainment including Harpist Marcella serenading throughout the dinner; door prizes and raffles. Proceeds from the benefit dinner cabaret will help procure a new facility where a theatre, gallery, classes, and administration will be centralized.

Pre-sale tickets only are available at the gallery (47 S. First St., Fulton), at the Arts Center on Park Street, and on line at CNYArtsCenter.com.

No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 592-3373.

Fulton Community Theatre announces 2014 season

CLARIFICATION:

A recent edition of The Valley News carried a story announcing the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Community Theatre.

The story stated the organization has put on its productions at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for the past four years. The story did not say the plays for 2014 will be held at Holy Trinity.

None of the venues for the 2014 plays has been announced.

Original story:

The quirky aspects of love, lust, class warfare, family and crossword puzzles will be in abundance in the upcoming year as Fulton Community Theatre announces its 2014 season.

For its 24th-anniversary year, Fulton Community Theatre is planning productions of six productions, including a Central New York debut, return engagements of two musical events and three classic plays by four of the most celebrated playwrights of the last century.

The community theatre is coming off a very successful 2013 season, which saw seven productions, increased audience attendance, and major improvements to the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton where the theatre has performed for the last four years.

The 2014 season is as follows:

Up first, just in time for Valentines Day, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage the Central New York debut of “2 Across” a romantic comedy by Jerry Mayer, whose writing credits include several stage plays, as well as writing for television shows such as M*A*SH, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The comedy tells the tale of two strangers who meet on a commuter train. They are alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword.

She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. They learn from each other, argue, laugh, reveal big problems, they kiss.  Will they meet again?

FCT’s production of 2 Across, directed by Michael A. Bolio, will run weekends, Feb. 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014.

In April, the theatre will mount a return engagement of the rock and roll Easter Cantata “Tenebrae” that made its world debut in 2013.

The musical piece, which features the talents of “The Sent Forth backing a chorale of voices and narration, will play for one night only on Friday, April 11.

In June, Fulton Community Theatre will bring back to Central New York a production of “You Can’t Take It With You”, the classic comedy of family and social classes by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The 1930s comedy, which has been dubbed the “funniest play every written” centers around the eccentric Sycamore family.

Penny paints and writes risqué plays. Her husband Paul builds fireworks in the basement with an ice cream man who came one day and never left. Grandpa Vanderhof keeps snakes and doesn’t pay income taxes, since the government wouldn’t use the money properly if he did.

When daughter Alice falls in love with Tony Kirby, the son of a wealthy family, more than fireworks ignite as families and social classes clash.

The production, directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, will play weekends — June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

Also returning for another season is the 13th edition of the theatre’s long-running “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series. Directed by Kathleen DeGolyer, this year’s theme will explore the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Timothy Rice. Dates for the production have yet to be announced.

For September, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty”, the timeless classic about a lonely butcher who has given up on ever finding love, who stumbles upon a chance of happiness one night at a dance.

The story, which was adapted into the 1955 Academy Award-winning movie starring Ernest Borgnine, began life as a 1953 teleplay for the Goodyear Television Playhouse on NBC.

For the Fulton Community Theatre production, director White will draw upon the original teleplay, which has been seldom seen since its original live broadcast. The special event will run Sept. 12, 13 and 14.

To cap off the 2014 season, the theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The comedy, which Simon wrote in 1969 for character actor James Coco, unravels the misadventures of Barney Cashman, a quiet, married man who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late.

A gentle soul, with no experience in adultery, Barney’s quest for seduction brings him in contact with a sexpot, a free-spirit, and his wife’s best friend.

The production will run weekends Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2013.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org.

Community Band performs at G. Ray Bodley

The sounds of the holiday season will once again be heard at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15 at the annual Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium, said Steve Chirello, president of the Fulton Music Association.

The concert is free.

The Fulton Community Band will perform several new arrangements and old favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Sounds of Christmas Joy,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Great Songs of Christmas,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” and more.

The band also will perform “A Christmas Auld Lang Syne” in remembrance of Jack Walsh, longtime city clerk in Fulton, and Muriel Allerton, former Fulton mayor.

Walsh died in 2012 and Allerton died this year.

The Roamin’ Catholic Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath, will sing in the concert and will feature “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Christmas in 3 Minutes” and more.

“The evening will end with a rousing Christmas carol sing-along with the band, the choir, the Hamer Sing-a-long group and the audience, Chirello said.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend, Chirello said. For more information, call 342-2294.

Snowbelters perform

The Oswego Valley Snowbelters will present their sixth annual Christmas Show Dec. 7 at the Oswego Alliance Community Center on Thompson Road, Oswego.

“Classic Touch” will be featured during the matinee at 2:01 p.m. while Deloris Walrath and The Roamin Catholic Choir will be featured at the 7:01 p.m. show. An intermission features homemade desserts. For more information, call 593-5039 or email brian.dice@oswego.edu

Syracuse Symphoria performs holiday pops concert Dec. 15 in Oswego

The Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Oswego High School auditorium.

The concert is sponsored by Oswego Health.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony.

Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at experiencesymphoria.org.

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590, ext. 225.