FULTON – A combination of comedies, drama, and music, both new and old will come together on stage in Fulton in 2015 as part of Fulton Community Theatre’s 25th anniversary season.
The 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatrical company, which produced its first offering in the summer of 1990, is celebrating is 25th year with a line-up of six mainstage shows, two special events, as well as helping to bring a second summer Shakespeare event to Fulton.
“It’s a combination of some of our favorite productions, along with some new pieces that we believe our audiences will enjoy,” said FCT artistic director William Edward White.
Among the new aspects this season are the venues for its productions.
Following up on very successful series of dinner theatre shows in 2014, FCT will again be bringing two dinner theatre offerings to the special events room of the Tavern On The Lock Restaurant in Fulton.
For the balance of its 2015 season, FCT will bring five productions to the new theatrical stage at CNY Arts Center at Cayuga Community College’s River Glen Plaza campus in Fulton.
“We are really looking forward furthering our relationship with Tavern On The Lock, which our audiences found to be an enjoyable theatrical and dining experience last season. And we are excited about the opportunity to bring our work to the new venue at CCC,” White said.
The first dinner theatre show, which opens in time for Valentine’s Day, is “Shooting Star,” a romantic comedy by Steven Dietz, directed by Michael A. Bolio.
Featuring the talents of Donald Crowe and Sara Sheffield, the comedy tells the story of two former college sweethearts who meet up again 25 years later in an airport terminal that has been socked in by the “storm of the century.”
The production runs weekends, February 7, 8, 14, and 15, with Saturday dinner beginning at 6 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show and Sunday matinee dinner beginning at 1 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. show.
Tickets for the buffet and show are $25 for adults, with $23 for students and seniors. Show only tickets are $12 and $10. Reservations may be made by calling Tavern On The Lock at 315-592-2661.
The rest of FCT’s 2015 season is as follows:
Coming back for a third year in a row, FCT, along with The Sent Forth band will present “Tenebrae” a rock and roll Easter Cantata.
The musical piece, which features the talents of The Sent Forth backing a chorale of voices, narration, and multimedia, will play for one night only on Good Friday, in April, and will play as a benefit for local area food pantries. Exact venue and curtain time to be announced.
In June, FCT will present Neil Simon’s comedy classic “Plaza Suite.”
The play, which has been a staple of community and regional theatre companies since it first debuted on Broadway in 1968, is composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York City’s Plaza Hotel.
The production, which will run weekends June 12 through 21 on stage at CNY Arts Center, will feature the work of three directors, each taking one act of the play.
In August, FCT will join with the CNY Arts Center to help produce its second summer of Shakespeare with a production of the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show will run weekends August 7 through 16.
In October, FCT will present Marsha Norman’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “’night, Mother.”
This eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.
The production will star the talents of Kasey McHale as Jessie and Beverly Cooney Poznoski as her mother, Thelma.
The show will run October 9, 10, and 11, and will be directed by White.
October will also feature “Foretold Tales 2” – a special treat just in time for Halloween.
The production, an anthology of one-act plays performed in the style of an old-time staged radio broadcast, will run for one night only on October 30.
Returning for FCT’s 25th anniversary season is the 13th edition of the theatre’s long-running “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series.
Directed by Amy C. Price, with musical direction by Dan Williams and produced by Bolio, this year’s theme is “Broadway Dreams.”
The cabaret will run as a dinner theatre offering at Tavern On The Lock Restaurant weekends, November 14, 15, 21, and 22.
Capping off the anniversary season will be a return production of “Pop’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol.”
The scene is the Christmas broadcast of “Saturday Night at Pop’s,” a long-running local radio tradition where almost anything can happen, and never quite as expected.
The show will feature music of the season, jokes minted sometime in the mid-1940s, commercials touting the virtues of Milk and dairy products (with plenty of cowbell included) and fully staged radio broadcast of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
The production, written and directed by White, will run on stage at CNY Arts Center December 11, 12, and 13.
For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org