Last updated August 11, 2014
Albany Civic Theater
ACT's 64th season, 2014-2015
Note: All productions are tentative until performance rights are secured. Musicals are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Sept. 26 - 27, 2014, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, by Bert V. Royal (Special Event) Directed by Rus Roberts
When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.
*Oct. 24 – Nov. 15, 2014 - Young Frankenstein, by Mel Brooks (Auditions July 21-23, 2014 ). Directed by Ken Long and Christi Sears
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds (Musical Theater International, 2014).
Dec. 5 - 20, 2014 - Trial, Tribulations and Christmas Decorations, by Matthew Carlin (Auditions Sept 1-3, 2014). Directed by Loren Dunn.
Kim's widowed dad, John, is a grinch, and she's decided enough is enough. She hatches a plan to break him out of his rut this Christmas and invites several unwanted guests, including John's first love, Leslie, who he hasn't seen in 30 years, her elderly mother and her ten-year-old niece, who seem to want to give him nothing but grief. Add Kim's husband, Dennis, who John has never accepted, and her friends, Laney and Julie, a couple of over-the-top Christmas fanatics, and you've got a "Christmas to end all Christmases!" When they all get iced in together, seasonal madness ensues, and it's a Christmas John will never forget!
Jan 9 - 22, 2015 - The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodgson Burnett (Auditions Oct. 27-29, 2014). Directed by Diane Allen
Young orphan, Mary Lennox arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, the Yorkshire estate of her uncle Archibald Craven. Left to her own devices, Mary takes to exploring the grounds and discovers what must have once been the most beautiful garden in all of England. But it has been locked behind a garden wall for over ten years, and weeds grow where roses once bloomed. Inside the manor, another secret lurks. As Mary works to solve the mystery of the manor and repair the garden, she brings meaning to her life and those around her.
Feb. 13 – 28, 2015 - The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman (Auditions Dec. 8-10, 2014.) Directed by Kay Roth
In October 1998 a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His name was Matthew Shepard and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project made a total of six trips to Laramie to speak with community members about what had happened and to gauge their response to this crime. This is their story.
Mar. 20 - Apr. 4, 2015 - Much Ado about Nothing, by William Shakespeare (Auditions Dec. 15-17, 2014.) Directed by Johanna Spencer.
A hilarious farce filled with wry observations on love and relationships. This is the story of Beatrice and Benedict whose adversarial relationship creates intrigue among their friends and loved ones when they attempt to bring the two together. Set in the 1920's it is a "Gatsbyesque" world filled with song, dance and comedy. The local militia (Keystone Cops style) brings comic relief and moves the action forward. We have two young lovers, Hero and Claudio, who are caught up in a dastardly ruse created by Don John, but, all is well in the end and truly, "Much Ado About Nothing". This is a classic guaranteed to entertain and amuse.
*May 1 – 23, 2015 - The Wizard of OZ, (Auditions Jan 11-14 2015.) Directed by Rebecca Douglas
In this charming musical based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to see the Wizard of Oz, who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, a heart, and courage. Along the way she learns what really matters and that there truly is "no place like home".
June 12 – 20, 2015. Independence, by Lee Blessing (Auditions Mar 23-25, 2015.) Directed by Shauna Kiefiuk
The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. Her oldest daughter, Kess, is a university professor in Minneapolis, but she has come home at the request of her sister, Jo who is concerned for Evelyn's mental health. Kess, a professed lesbian, wants to cut her family ties once and for all; Jo, an Incurable romantic and longtime virgin, has now become pregnant; while Sherry, salty-tongued and amoral, wants only to finish high school so she can leave home for good. In the end, there is no accommodation possible but, instead, only a kind of arbitrary independence for each of the protagonists, as they come to realize that each must find her own heaven - or hell - in her own way.
July 10 -25, 2015 - Footlight Frenzy, by Ron House (Auditions March 30- April 1, 2015.) Directed by Bob Olin
In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt "School for Unusual Children", an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are "performing", and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the "back" of the stage! This fast moving slapstick farce is from the creators of Bullshot Crummond and El Grande de Coca Cola!
Aug 14 -29, 2015 - Peter Pan (Auditions May 4 - 6, 2015.) Directed by Melissa Mills
Written by J.M. Barrie, this tale is the everlasting classic account of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, who are visited by Peter Pan in their London Nursery. With the help of his tiny friend, the fairy Tinkerbell, Peter takes the three children on a magical flight to Never Land. This enchanted island is home to Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Piccaninny tribe, mermaids, fairies and the scheming Captain Hook who is as intent on defeating Peter Pan as he is from escaping the tick-tocking crocodile that once ate his hand that Peter Pan cut off.
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