Last updated November 10, 2016
Albany Civic Theater
ACT's 66th season, 2016-2017
Note: All productions are tentative until performance rights are secured. Musicals are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Sept. 23 - Oct. 8, 2016, 100 Lunches, by Leo W. Sears & Jack Sharkey (Auditions July 18-20, 2016) Directed by Colleen Franzoia
Successful mystery playwright, Chuck Reynolds, has had his plays lauded by all critics except Charity Starr. The day after one of her scathing reviews, she has the gall to ask him to help her write a play of her own! He agrees to do it over a series of lunches at the most expensive restaurants in New York City as long as she foots the bill. Throw in Chuck's matchmaking son, their wise housekeeper, an amorous neighbor lady and zany waiters makes this a fun show for everyone.
Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2016 - The Runner Stumbles, by Milan Stitt (Auditions Aug 22 - 24, 2016). Directed by Kay M. Roth
The Runner Stumbles is a spellbinding drama based on an actual murder trial in the early 1900s in Michigan. Played paritally in flashbacks, the tragedy of a Catholic priest accused of murdering a nun, is also a story of relationships, of denial and of acceptance.
A young nun in remote Northern Michigan has been murdered. Father Rivard, who had previously been banished to the small parish, is accused of the crime. While the trial unfolds, Rivard's story reveals a tragic string of events that pit human passions against the forces of tradition and strict morality. As circumstances force Sister Rita to move into the rectory, her attempts to bring life to the dull, provincial parish stir long-hidden feelings in Rivard and his parishioners, leading to an explosive revelation and an unexpected sacrifice.
Dec. 2 - 17, 2016 - The Butler Did It, by Walter Marks and Peter Marks (Auditions Sept 26 - 28, 2016). Directed by Shauna Kiefiuk
The scene is the set where Anthony J. Lefcourt, writer and director, is rehearsing his new play, a "classic whodunit" (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success which has eluded him in recent seasons. Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately with-held the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by the petty jealousies and romantic rivalries which detract from their concentration. In an effort to spur them on he "stages" the murder of one of the actresses, after which the plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity - and hilarity - that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make believe - until a surprise ending sets matter straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.
Jan 6 - 14, 2017 - Last of the Boys, by Steven Dietz (Auditions Nov. 7 - 9, 2016). Directed by Loren Dunn
Ben and Jeeter fought in Vietnam, and for thirty years they have remained united by a war that divided the nation. Joined by Jeeter's new girlfriend and her off-the-grid whiskey-drinking mother, these friends gather at Ben's remote trailer for one final hurrah. As the night deepens, the past makes a return appearance, and its many ghosts come flickering to life. This is a fierce, funny, haunted play about a friendship that ends-and a war that does not.
*Feb. 10 - Mar. 4, 2017 - Big Fish, the Musical, by John August & Andrew Lippa (Auditions Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2016) Directed by Christi E. Sears
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
"A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales." (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)
Mar. 24 - Apr. 8, 2017 - The Trouble with Cats, by Gary Ray Stapp (Auditions Jan. 9 - 11, 2017) Directed by Scott Harvey
An experienced house-sitting couple gets more than they bargain for when a Minnesota homeowner intentionally double-books her lakefront domicile through Housesitters.com in order to ensure she can get away from it all for an entire month. When the second house-sitting couple arrives, there is an-immediate clash between generations. In one corner, there are the upper middleclass and socially-skilled Julians from New Jersey, and in the opposite corner, the anti-materialist and free spirited vegans from North Carolina who have decided they don't even need a last name. Personalities collide even further when the Bombays from next door add their own twist to being neighborly with either a constant barrage of trivial pursuits or an onslought of candid crankiness. And if that weren't enough for the Julians to deal with, they got another surprise...the uninhabitable master suite is in the midst of being actively remodeled by the Cheshires, a trio of sisters, two of whom are skilled laborers with personal problems of their own and the other who is a chocoholic ditz. Without a head of household, there is little rest or relaxation for anyone...except for maybe the cat...if the house sitters could only find the elusive little creature.
*May 12 - June 3, 2017 - Sweeney Todd, the Musical, by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim (Auditions Feb. 13 - 15, 2017) Directed by Ken Long
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!
June 23 - July 8, 2017 - Red, White and Tuna, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard (Auditions Apr. 3 - 4, 2017) Directed by Lance Duddlesten
The much anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town.
Along with Tuna's perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
It's been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas. Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any cosmic communications from R.R.'s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.
July 28 - Aug. 5, 2017 - Little Women, by Peter Clapham (Auditions May 29 - June 1, 2017) Directed by Karlissa Cornwell
Based in the novel, this version features a grown Josephine March (Louisa May Alcott) narrating the story to tie the span across time and setting together. The story features the four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as the develop from girls into women.
Aug. 19 - 27, 2017 - Willy Wonka, Jr. - ACT Summer Camp (Special Event), by Leslie Bricusse &Timothy A. McDonald (Summer Camp Dates TBA) Directed by Rebecca Douglas
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. is a srumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.
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