FULTON – CNY Arts Center is excited to announce the lineup of plays, musicals and other entertainment planned for 2017.
With months of planning and scheduling complete, Amy Price Metz and her Performing Arts Committee have chosen four musicals, two plays, and a cabaret dessert theatre, and launched a new concert series and an Improv theatre troupe for late night entertainment.
Celebrating five years of productions onstage, the season will kick off with a fifth anniversary reunion of Godspell.
First presented in August 2012, the popular musical launched the arts center performances on the first stage at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.
Now housed on the Cayuga College Campus at 11 River Glen Drive, the fully equipped theatre will present Godspell February 17-26.
Once again directed by Nancy Fox (Pollyanna, Wizard of Oz), auditions for the production will be held December 3, 3:30 – 6 p.m. and December 5, 6-8 p.m.
Twelve Angry Men is slated for March 24 – April 2 with the debut of Jessie Dobrzynski as director.
She has been seen onstage (Oliver) and served as choreographer (Seussical, Jr) for Arts Center productions in the last two years.
She will present the dramatic play while being mentored by Price Metz under the Arts Center’s mentorship program for directors and technical theatre personnel.
Auditions are scheduled for early January.
Kids Onstage will next present Legally Blonde Jr, May 5-14, with an all youth cast directed by Adam Schmidtmann (Oliver, Seusssical Jr). Kids ages 10-18 will audition in early February for the popular musical.
The month of May will also see auditions for the summer family musical Bye Bye Birdie. Directed by Nick Pike (Dessert Theatre Series ‘A Night at the Tony’s’) the classic musical will rehearse throughout the summer and run in early August.
It marks the second year of a return to big musicals as a featured summer family activity when schedules better allow for extracurricular opportunities.
Casting will draw heavily on teens.
September will see Adam Schmidtmann return as director for A Night with Carol Burnett, celebrating the comedic genius and 50th anniversary of the Carol Burnett show.
Auditions will be held in July for the production running September 8-17 with the beloved comedy sketches as seen on the popular television show.
November brings the 5th anniversary full circle with a reunion production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
First produced in 2014, the adult cast will return under the direction of Price Metz (Narnia, Harvey) who originated the musical production while at State Street Methodist Church.
The production will be double cast with youth being mentored alongside the characters as played by adults in the original.
The youth cast will perform at matinees while the adult cast performs the evening shows running November 17 – December 3 for the first three-week run at the Arts Center.
Auditions will be held in mid-September.
Dessert theatre will return In July for a two-night cabaret when the Arts Center will host guest directors from the Syracuse area theatre scene presenting I Hate Shakespeare. Dates and times TBD.
A new concert series orchestrated by Performing Arts Committee vice chair Gina Holsopple will debut January 21 and return April 29, June 24, and November 4. Introducing new musicians to the CNY Audiences the concert series will also feature talented local recording artists in a coffee house atmosphere.
A new Improv company has been launched to help actors sharpen skills, learn to think on their feet, and practice their craft before appreciative audiences in a late night setting.
Scheduled for the late night crowd, the Improv Troupe will debut at 10 p.m. February 18 following the evening production of Godspell, and return May 20, July 8, October 14 and December 16.
The troupe will be directed by Jess Tetro (Arty Summer Theatre Camp director).
CNY Arts Center is a multi-arts center delivering programming at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga College campus in Fulton and at its downtown art studio, 47 S. First St.
The all-volunteer organization is always recruiting artists, theatre professionals, students, and arts management volunteers.
For more information on the 2017 season or the organization, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).