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September 23, 2018

Fulton Community Theatre Summer Comedies Continue This Weekend


FULTON, NY – Comedy continues into the first weekend of summer as Fulton Community Theatre presents a second weekend of “The First Time – An Evening of One Acts from New Directors.”

Newt (Colleen Dietrich) plays a hunch that two lonely, introverted souls, Harry (Donald Crowe) and Helene (Nikki Bolio) is just what a local theatre production needs in “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel. The one-act romantic comedy, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., along with “Take Five” by Westley M. Pederson make up Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production, “The First Time: An Evening of One-Acts from New Directors.”

Newt (Colleen Dietrich) plays a hunch that two lonely, introverted souls, Harry (Donald Crowe) and Helene (Nikki Bolio) is just what a local theatre production needs in “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel. The one-act romantic comedy, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., along with “Take Five” by Westley M. Pederson make up Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production, “The First Time: An Evening of One-Acts from New Directors.”

The production, which looks at the foibles of love and live on stage, features two one-act comedies: “Take Five” a comedy by Westley M. Pederson, directed by Donald Crowe and “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., directed by Valeri Roscoe Dedich.

Both are making their FCT directorial debut with this show.

“The First Time” closes this weekend with three performances on, June 20, 21 and 22 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St.

Curtain time for the Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m. with the Sunday matinee beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling FCT at 315-598-7840.

Both of the evening’s comedies have a theatrical theme.

“Take Five” takes place on an opening night where the set isn’t ready, part of the cast hasn’t shown up, and a member of the audience is having a heated phone call with his wife on a phone sitting onstage.

“Who Am I This Time?” tells the tale of Harry Nash, an insecure hardware store clerk who only ever really comes to life as the leading man for a local community theatre’s annual production. When a new actress, Helene, falls in love with Harry’s stage persona, she fights to keep him from retreating back into his quiet shell.

The production not only features two directorial debuts, but also spotlights the talents of many new faces to FCT, along with the return of some favorites from past seasons.

The ensemble of nine actors includes: Selene Balrad, Nikki Bolio, Donald Crowe, Colleen Dietrich, Emily Gerth, Michael Gerth, Kristin Nilsen, Beverly Poznoski and Brian Pringle.

“This production, in many ways, is the beginning of the next generation of Fulton Community Theatre,” said artistic director William Edward White.

Both “Take Five” and “Who Am I This Time?” are produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

For more information, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org, or by emailing at [email protected]

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