Fulton Community Theatre Presents ‘Old-Fashioned Christmas’ To Benefit Food Pantry

FULTON, NY – The sounds of Christmases past, present, and future will fill this air this season as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents “Pop’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol” to benefit the mission Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Food Pantry.

The production, staged as an old-time live radio broadcast, will play for two performances only on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St.

All tickets are just $5, with all proceeds going to benefit the food pantry.

Reservation may be made by calling 315-598-7840.

Along with the ticket proceeds, donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and welcomed at the performance.

According to Catholic Charities, the pantry is seeing a significantly greater demand for Christmas meals this year and is finding it increasingly difficult to keep the pantry shelves filled.

The show takes place in the world of “Saturday Night at Pop’s,” the fictional radio show featured in FCT’s 2000 production “Benny’s Christmas Carol.”

That production, also presented as a benefit for Catholic Charities raised $4,000 worth of food and donations for the pantry.

“We’re revisiting Pop’s world for another Christmas, where the milkshakes and music are always flowing, jokes are kind of on the corny side and the season is always a time for celebration,” FCT Artistic Director William Edward White said.

The show is presented in two acts.

The first is a variety of music with a holiday bent, from the sacred to the silly, including numbers such as: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Mary Did you Know?,” “Caleb’s Song,” “Let it Snow,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Snoopy’s Christmas,” “Hazel’s Homemade Hallelujah Punch,” and “The 12 Pains of Christmas.”

In the second act, the cast of close to 20 players will take to the microphones for a staged “radio” version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” including carolers, live sound effects, Scrooge, Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future.

Featured in the show is the music of The Sent Forth, the locally-based Christian Rock Band who will be playing a set of original, as well their own takes on traditional Christmas music.

The Sent Forth kicked off FCT’s 2012 season with a concert on the Jubilee Hall Stage that also benefited Catholic Charities.

Also featured in the show will be FCT regulars portraying “Pop’s Malt Shoppe Players,” and members of the “Holy Trinity Children’s Choir.”

“The show calls back to the Golden-Age radio and television holiday specials of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Andy Williams. There is no deep plot or drama, just ringing in the season and trying to do a whole lot of good for people who truly need it,” White added.

For more information contact FCT at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net or via email at [email protected]