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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.

Fulton Community Theatre’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ returns this weekend

The Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production in its Evening on Broadway series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” returns this weekend with performances scheduled for today and tomorrow in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

According to Director Kathy DeGolyer, the show opened last weekend to enthusiastic audiences.

“Those in attendance told us how much they appreciated and enjoyed the show,” she said. “Many of them were singing along as our cast performed some great songs from the golden age of Broadway.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continues with encore performances today, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow, June 30 at 2 p.m.

As the show also serves as a fund-raiser for the food pantry at Catholic Charities, those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting the pantry.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish.

Ticket reservations, which are strongly suggested, can be made by calling DeGolyer at 598-7840.

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Fulton Community Theater’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ to debut Friday

Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White.  Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.
Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White. Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.

The Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production in its Evening on Broadway series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will open Friday, June 21 with a 7:30 p.m. performance in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Featuring some of the Broadway’s greatest songs from many of its most famous composers, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart”, will debut Friday, June 21 with additional performances scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

According to director Kathy DeGolyer, the show will also support the Fulton community.

“In addition to presenting an entertaining evening of great Broadway songs, Fulton Community Theatre will also be supporting Catholic Charities food pantry,” she said. “We are asking those who attend to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items as we will be collecting donations for the food pantry.  There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities food pantry as well.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continue the following weekend with performances to be held Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.

Ticket reservations, which are strongly suggested, may be made by calling DeGolyer at 598-7840.

Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘Alone Together’ in June

Love and marriage and the nuclear family take a comic turn this June as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents Lawrence Roman’s “Alone Together.”

The play, part of FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends June, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The comedy, directed by Michael A. Bolio, explores the problem of what are parents to do when their baby birds fly back into the nest? This is the dilemma facing George and Helene Butler Dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly shattered when oldest son Michael, quickly followed by middle brother Elliot, return home and take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth.

Add to the mix college freshman Janie, who shows up seeking temporary lodging, and Helene and George have a real situation on their hands.

The youngest son, Keith, was the last to leave. Will he also be the last to return?

Featured in the cast are the talents real life husband and wife Robbie and Brenda Brown as George and Helene Butler.

The rest of the cast includes Donald Crowe as Michael, Jacob Louria and Elliott, Mark Parry and Keith, and Marlina Beebe as Janie.

“Alone Together” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play contains some mature content and language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘The Fantasticks’

Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.
Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

A timeless story of love lost and won will once again take to the stage as Fulton Community Theatre presents the musical “The Fantasticks.”

The production, FCT’s first full-stage musical since its return to active production in 2010, will play one weekends, April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. The two Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets reservations may be made by calling FCT at 598-7840.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

The eight member cast features Douglas McCall as El Gallo, Marlina Beebe as Luisa, Donnie Williams as Matt, Marguerite Beebe as Bellomy, Renee Fenske as Hucklebee, Brian Pringle as Henry, Stephfond Brunson as Mortimer, and Zoe Bolio as The Mute.

The production is directed by Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

For DeGolyer and FCT, “The Fantasticks” is a reunion with an old friend. The musical was featured in the theatre’s fifth season in 1994 with DeGolyer playing the role of Hucklebee.

“It is a piece that stays with you,” said DeGolyer. “I’ve wanted to reprise it for the last several years, and now because of the cooperation of the church and our sponsors the work we have put into our theatre space, we have come back around again.”

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for June comedy

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its June production of “Alone Together” — a comedy about a not-so empty nest by Lawrence Roman.

Auditions will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 8, 9, and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the theatre’s meeting and rehearsal room at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St.

Those auditioning are asked to enter through the Buffalo Street school entrance and go upstairs to the top floor.

No preparation is necessary. Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the script.

The comedy, directed by Michael A. Bolio, explores the problem of what are parents to do when their baby birds fly back into the nest? This is the dilemma facing George and Helene Butler. Dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly shattered when oldest son Michael, quickly followed by middle brother Elliot, return home and take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth.

Add to the mix college freshman Janie, who shows up seeking temporary lodging, and Helene and George have a real situation on their hands. The youngest son Keith was the last to leave. Will he also be the last to return?

The production will run for three weekends, June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. All roles for the production are open. Age range for George and Helene are 50 to 55, with the children roles ranging from late teens to 30. Character descriptions are as follows:

George Butler: Age 50-55 (or capable of playing older); a generally likeable father of three, loving husband. Always trying to be a great conciliator, wants to see everyone happy all the time, but knows in his heart of hearts he is failing miserably in every attempt.

Helene Butler: Age 45-50 (or capable of playing older); a vibrant happy woman confidant of herself and her talents, looking forward to being an empty nester. She starts to show her dark side as the story lingers on and travels the full range of emotions through the          performance.

Michael Butler: Age 25-30; oldest of the Butler children. Works as a math professor at MIT.  Appearance is generally disheveled, but Michael really doesn’t care. Both confident in his mathematical skills and afraid of failure at the same time.

Elliot Butler: Age: 21-23; the Butler’s middle son. An insufferable womanizer, who fails to see any connection between his actions and his wife throwing him out. Very much lost in himself.  Ever the huckster always seems to have a get rich quick scheme under way.

Keith Butler:  Age 18-19; the youngest to the Butler boys, seems to be the most well-adjusted of the three, and is actually looking forward to going to college.

Janie Johnson: Age 17-19; an unsuspected house guest at

the Butler Home. She seems to ooze teenage sexuality, but doesn’t seem to notice her effect on men. Janie is very confident in her little world, yet is worldlier then she lets on.

Those seeking more information, may call 598-7840 or visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

Fulton Community Theatre offers ‘Hate Mail’ for Valentine’s Day

Fulton Community Theatre will present the Central New York debut of “Hate Mail,” an unromantic, romantic comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky, this month.

The play, which opens FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 23 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the matinee Sunday, Feb. 17 is at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

“Hate Mail” tells the caustically funny of Preston Dennis, Jr., a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia Markle, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job and then there’s no turning back.

The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love and then right back again. In between, the lines of battle and love are drawn that include broken snow globes, cross-country sales trips, millennial religious cults, stolen jeeps, and dead lizards sent through the mail.

FCT’s production features the talents of Jim Uva as Preston and Kasey McHale as Dahlia. It is being directed by William Edward White, FCT’s artistic director.

The comedy was written by Corbett and Obolensky in 2004, partly as a parody of A.R. Gurney’s epistolary play “Love Letters,” but primarily as a correspondence between two writers, each writing in character – Corbett as Preston and Obolensky as Dahlia.

“Hate Mail” is produced by special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. The play contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for ‘Fantasticks’

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its April production of the musical “The Fantasticks” Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

FCT’s production will be under the direction of Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

Auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song and will read scenes from the libretto.

The production will run weekends, April 19 through 28 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish.

In the past, productions of the musical have featured the two parents, Hucklabee and Bellomy, as fathers, while others productions cast them as mothers. DeGolyer and Searor will be double-casting the parental roles, and doing both the fathers and mothers versions of the musical in rotation during the run of the show.

The characters of “The Fantasticks” are as follows:

• The Mute (any age): Non-speaking character who provides props, moves furnishings around, and mimes some action.

• El Gallo (Male, 25 – 40): Dashing, sophisticated, and the narrator of the story. Needs a strong baritone voice.

• Matt (Male, 18-25): Young romantic lead. Idealistic and looking for adventure and love, he finds that both are available literally in his own back yard. Needs strong tenor/baritone voice.

• Luisa (Female, 18-25): Young romantic lead. In love with the idea of being in love, she discovers that beautiful appearances can disguise horrible things. Needs strong soprano voice.

• Hucklebee, Bellomy (40 plus, either gender): Loving parents who try to influence their children’s futures and are distressed to find out their meddling has unanticipated consequences. Need baritone/mezzo soprano voices.

• Henry, (Male, 50 plus): An aging actor past his prime who often breaks out in monologues that he can’t quite remember. No singing required.

• Mortimer (Male, Any age): Henry’s acting companion, whose main claim to fame is dying on stage. Both Henry and Mortimer are used to carry out the pretended abduction. No singing required.

Those seeking more information may call 598-7840 or email fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.