FULTON – Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its Halloween and Christmas productions, which will close out its 2012 season.
Auditions will be held on Aug. 20 and 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St.
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.”
The evening will feature: “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “The Hitchhiker,” written by Lucille Fletcher and made famous by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air; the classic story “The Monkey’s Paw” and “I of Newton” a new play written by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, adapted from Joe Haldeman’s short story.
Director White is looking for an ensemble of six to eight actors, four men, four women for this production, which will go into rehearsals after Labor Day and will run Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 28.
The Christmas show is a revival of FCT’s 2000 show “Benny’s Christmas Carol,” a play with music also written and directed by White.
The plot takes place on a Saturday night before Christmas, 1945.
The war was over and the boys were coming home.
Among them is the singing sensation Frankie Hughes. But for Benny Hardlewicke, who spent the war keeping the homefront going at a broken down radio show, life was just 10-feet shy of the spotlight, until this particular evening when a singing star’s return might just mean second chances for everyone.
The Christmas production will go into rehearsals in November and will run Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, and will be presented in part as a benefit for Oswego County Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry.
The production includes comedy, romance, music, backstage mayhem and a second act that features a fully-staged live radio broadcast of Dickens’ classic, which calls for an ensemble company of 15 to 20 actors.
Meanwhile on stage, FCT’s 2012 season continues this weekend with its summer offering of “An Evening of Stephen: The Music of Sondheim.”
The production, the eleventh edition of FCT’s popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series will run weekends, Aug. 10 through 19 at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St.
Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservation may be made by calling 315-598-7840.
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. It was revived in 1999 under the title “An Evening on Broadway II” as part of the theatre’s tenth-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 evening of music will feature the talents of Molly Brown, Joyce Cook, Beth DeRousie, Kathy Egloff, Renee Fenske, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rita Lapage, Marsha Preston, Adam Schmidtman, William Edward White, Donnie Williams, and Sabrina Woodward.
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