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Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for “Tenebrae.” a newly-composed rock and roll Easter cantata that will debut March 23 as part of the theatre’s 2013 season.

The musical, composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, lead singer of The Sent Forth, recounts the passion story in song and narration. “Tenebrae” takes its name from the traditional Holy Week service of shadows, featured by the extinguishing of candles, one by one.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 7 and 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare two songs, one ballad and one up tempo using recorded backing music. The piece calls for eight soloists (seven male and one female) and a choir of 12 (four male and four female), and four children’s voices.

The production, which will feature musical backing by The Sent Forth, will run Saturday, March 23 on the stage of Jubilee Hall.

Those seeking more information may call Bolio at 729-7362.

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.

The cast of Fulton Community Theatre’s production of “Foretold Tales” prepare to bring chills, thrills, suspense, and horror to the October air. The plays will be staged weekends Oct. 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28. From left are Renee Fenske, Beverly Poznoski, Sabrina Woodward, Scott Pflanz, Betsy York, Rita Lapage, Michael Bolio, and Adam Schmidtman.

Fulton Community Theatre to present suspense and horror classic

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The cast of Fulton Community Theatre’s production of “Foretold Tales” prepare to bring chills, thrills, suspense, and horror to the October air. The plays will be staged weekends Oct. 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28. From left are Renee Fenske, Beverly Poznoski, Sabrina Woodward, Scott Pflanz, Betsy York, Rita Lapage, Michael Bolio, and Adam Schmidtman.

Classic tales of horror and suspense will be offered this Halloween season as Fulton Community Theatre will present “Foretold Tales.”

The production, featuring a quartet of one-act plays drawn from stage, old time radio, and pulp fiction will run weekends October 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

“Foretold Tales” includes the Lucille Fletcher plays “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “The Hitchhiker”; the classic horror story “The Monkey’s Paw”; and “I of Newton,” based on the short-story by science fiction author Joe Haldeman and adapted for the stage by the production’s director and FCT Artistic Director William Edward White.

“These are the kind of stories that kept several generations of American kids – including myself – looking for the monster under their beds,” White said.

“Be it ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘Alfred Hitchcock’ or ‘Monster Movie Matinee’ on the old WSYR Channel 3 in Syracuse, or even the CBS Radio Mystery theatre and reruns of Orson Welles, ‘Lights Out’, and ‘Suspense’ on WRVO in Oswego, scary, well told stories just stay with you,” he added about the genre.

The production features Betsy York, Michael A. Bolio, Scott Pflanz, Renee Fenske, Adam Schmidtman, Beverly Poznoski, Sabrina Woodward, and Rita Lapage portraying over 24 roles.

“Sorry, Wrong Number” – made famous on 1940s radio by Agnes Moorehead – tells the story of Leona Stevenson, a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. Over this, one night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder. York plays Leona, with Fenske as the operator.

In “I of Newton,” Faust takes a comic turn through the chalk-dusted world of advanced calculus when mathematical prodigy Samuel Ingard accidentally conjures up a Demon while trying to solve an advanced equation. Schmidtmann plays Sam with Bolio as the Demon.

“The Hitchhiker” – originally written for the voice of Orson Welles – is a modern take on an old folktale about Ronald Adams, an average motorist, who sets out to drive from Brooklyn to California, and his encounters with a strange and inexplicable hitch hiker. Pflanz plays

Adams with Bolio as the titular hitch hiker.

“The Monkey’s Paw” recounts the story of the White family who while entertaining an old friend come into the possession of an object that is said can grant its owner three wishes. Bolio plays Mr. White, with York as Mrs. White, Schmidtmann as Herbert, and Pflanz as the mysterious Sergeant Major Morris.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for holiday productions

The Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its Halloween and Christmas productions, which will close out its 2012 season.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton.

No preparation is required. Auditioners will read scenes from the shows. The Christmas production is a play with music, with those auditioning for that show asked to sing acapella from any holiday standard.

The Halloween production, the first for FCT, is an evening on one-acts titled “Foretold Tales.”

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Fulton Community Theatre’s Technical Director Michael Bolio hangs lighting instruments on the newly installed grid at the theatre’s home in Jubilee Hall Stage at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish. The technical upgrades will light this summer’s production, “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim”, which runs weekends, Aug. 10-19.

Fulton Community Theatre prepares to ‘light up’ 2012 season

Fulton Community Theatre’s Technical Director Michael Bolio hangs lighting instruments on the newly installed grid at the theatre’s home in Jubilee Hall Stage at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish. The technical upgrades will light this summer’s production, “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim”, which runs weekends, Aug. 10-19.

There’s more than just music in the air this summer at Fulton Community Theatre.

Along with a cast rehearsing “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim,” the theatre’s technical crew is busy installing lighting upgrades to Jubilee Hall, its home base at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish.

“These improvements not only make things feel more like a theatre, but it also makes our surroundings here a bit more like home,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said about the two 10-foot pipes that have been hung near the front of the Jubilee Hall.

The pipes allow a permanent installation of the 22-year-old theatre’s lighting equipment, some of which have been sitting in storage for a few years.

The instruments, along with a new set of black curtains and newly built theatre flats that have graced the stage this season, are among physical improvements FCT has been making since it went back into active production in the spring of 2010 with a revival of its “An Evening on Broadway” as fund-raiser not only for the theatre, but the Holy Trinity Parish, which has welcomed the community theatre into its facility.

“Unfortunately, when things sit in garages and buildings for a couple winters, wood and metal and fabrics sometimes don’t hold up,” White said. “We have been making progress show by show, the last couple of years, rebuilding our assets, thanks not only to Father Stephen Wirkes and Holy Trinity who have given us a home, but our theatre audiences, patrons, and other community theatres in Central New York.”

This summer’s show, the 11th edition of FCT’s “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series will run weekends, Aug. 10-19 at Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.

The show will feature music from “Into the Woods”; “Sweeney Todd”; “West Side Story”; “Anyone Can Whistle”; “Company”; “Follies”; “Sunday in the Park with George”; “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”; “Gypsy”; “A Little Night Music”; “Merrily We Roll Along”; and “Dick Tracy.”

“An Evening on Broadway” first debuted in the spring of FCT’s 1994 season,” said White. “It was revived in 1999 under the title ‘An Evening on Broadway II’ as part of the theatre’s 10th anniversary season. Since moving to its current home on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity in 2005, the cabaret series has been a season staple.”

The August production is being dedicated to the memory of member of the original 1994 cast:

Fulton’s former Oswego County Legislator and Fulton City Clerk John F. “Jack” Walsh, who died this spring.

“Jack shared his talents with us for our first ‘Evening on Broadway” and then joined us again for our 10th anniversary revue, so it’s only fitting that we dedicate this evening of music to him,” White said.

The evening of music will Molly Brown, Joyce Cook, Beth DeRousie, Kathy Egloff, Renee Fenske, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rita Lapage, Marsha Preston, Adam Schmidtman, White, Donnie Williams, and Sabrina Woodward.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the next production in its popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series, which will spotlight the work of composer Stephen Sondheim.

Audition dates for “An Evening with Stephen” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Performance dates for the revue are Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.

The show will feature music from “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Anyone Can

Whistle,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Gypsy,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” and “Dick Tracy.”

Auditioners are asked to prepare a song and bring sheet music.

Originated in FCT’s 1994 season, the “An Evening on Broadway” series is one of the theatre’s longstanding traditions. The August production will be its 11th edition.

Those seeking more information may visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or send an e-mail to fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Fulton Community Theatre’s ‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday

‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners”  opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m..

Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

Roger, played by Matt Peneston (left), finds himself trapped by the presence of his wife, Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Deidich, at the country hotel he’s using for some extramarital action. Collecting tips while he juggles the action between the bedrooms is the all-seeing Ferris, played by Brian Pringle. Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners” opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season.

Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘Bedside Manners’

Roger, played by Matt Peneston (left), finds himself trapped by the presence of his wife, Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Deidich, at the country hotel he’s using for some extramarital action. Collecting tips while he juggles the action between the bedrooms is the all-seeing Ferris, played by Brian Pringle. Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners” opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season.

Slamming doors and romantic shenanigans abound as Fulton Community Theatre will present the Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners.”

The production, which opens FCT’s 2012 season, runs Saturdays, April 28, May 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees April 29, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the web site at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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