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Fulton Community Theatre Brings Back “The Queen of Bingo”

“BINGO!” Rabid player ‘Babe’ (Marguerite Beebe, right) scowls as ‘Sis” (Betsy York, left  wins a round in the hit comedy The Queen of Bingo. The play is being presented by Fulton Community Theatre as part of their 21st season weekends August 19 - 28 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 305 Buffalo Street, Fulton.
“BINGO!” Rabid player ‘Babe’ (Marguerite Beebe, right) scowls as ‘Sis” (Betsy York, left wins a round in the hit comedy The Queen of Bingo. The play is being presented by Fulton Community Theatre as part of their 21st season weekends August 19 - 28 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 305 Buffalo Street, Fulton.

Love and luck by the numbers is in order this August as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents kicks off their 21st Season with a revival of the hit comedy “The Queen of Bingo.”

The production will bow on Fridays and Saturdays, August 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 PM. Special matinee performances will be held on Sundays, August 21 and 28 at 2pm. All shows will be held FCT’s performance space in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For more information and to reserve tickets, call FCT at 592-2768 or visit their website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or join them on Facebook

Written by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy, The Queen of Bingo was first performed in Chicago and has since swept the country. FCT’s production is a revival of the show they first presented during their 17th Season in 2006.

“The response back then was overwhelming. The audiences grew with every performance. On our final Sunday matinee, we had people coming in stating they heard we would be bringing the show back. Well, it’s taken us a few years, but here we are, back by popular demand,” William Edward White, the play’s director and FCT’s Artistic Director said.

The play portrays two sisters, Sis and Babe, on the other side of 50 wanting to add a little fun and excitement to their lives. But where do they find it? At Bingo of course! Through their eyes we meet all the regulars at St. Joe’s Bingo – where every week you’ll find Father Mac, Lonnie and Cindy Conklin, “The Fat One”, Marge Meranski, and Coach Anderson. The sisters dish dirt pour out their dreams while the balls continue to drop.

Sis is a good loser who just loves to play; Babe is a player who has always got to win! Sis is content in her widowhood; Babe is still looking for love. They compliment each other in ways only sisters can, and they drive each other crazy in that same sisterly fashion. The time is right for change for both these women hoping that tonight might be their lucky night.

The feel and excitement of Bingo extends out to the audience as well. During intermission at every performance the audience is invited to play along with Father Mac and the crew at St. Joe’s in the “Middle Bird Bingo.” One lucky winner of that round at each show will win a gift card.

The cast features Betsy York as Sis and Marguerite Beebe as Babe. Supporting the ladies in their quest for love and luck are Mike Bolio as Father Mac and FCT charter member Mike Otis as the always present Bingo Caller.

The Queen of Bingo is being presented with special arrangement through Dramatists Play Service.