Last updated May 22, 2012
Albany Civic Theater
ACT's 62nd season, 2012-2013
Season tickets now on sale!
Note: All productions are tentative until performance rights are secured. Musicals are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Sept. 28-Oct. 13, 2012, Pirates of the Chemotherapy, by Paul Schutte (Auditions July 30, 31 and Aug 1, 2012). Directed by Loren Dunn
"A young mother discovers that she has breast cancer and reluctantly attends a support group during chemotherapy treatment. The group consists of six breast cancer survivors that band together to take on more than just their cancer and its side effects. They face death and take on life! They find new meaning for their lives through love and laughter. The play is both a comedy and a tragedy. Comedy is how many of the members deal with the tragedy of cancer. It underlines the tremendous and relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors. Cancer is nothing to laugh about – but you can choose to laugh at it!"
Nov 2 – Nov. 17, 2012 - Game Show, by Jeffery Finn and Bob Walton (Auditions Sept. 4, 5, 2012 ). Directed by Ken Long..
Set during a live broadcast of a fictional, long-running TV game show, GAME SHOW places the theater audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes. In addition to watching and playing during the broadcast - where anything can and does happen - the audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics "behind the scenes" that go on during the commercial breaks of GAME SHOW.
December 7 - 22, 2012 - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Story by Kate Wiggins (Auditions Oct.1, 2 and 3, 2012). Directed by Diane Allen.
Based on the classic American children's novel of 1903, this play tells the story of young Rebecca Randall who is brought from her home on Sunnybrook Farm to the village of Riverboro to live with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane. As she works to learn "proper manners" and the many rules of living in "the brick house," the sometimes irresponsible Rebecca manages to inspire her aunts with her joy for life as she makes new friends and adjusts to her difficult new circumstances.
Jan 18 - Feb 2, 2013 - The 39 Steps, Adapted by Patrick Barlow (Auditions Nov.5,6 and 7, 2012). Directed by Johanna Spencer.
A Hitchcock masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python makes The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for all audiences! This Award-winning show is packed with nonstop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, our hero meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on our hero’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of theatrical hokum and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
* Mar 1 – March 23, 2013 - Man of La Mancha, Written by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, & music by Mitch Leigh. (Auditions Dec.10, 11 and 12, 2012.) Directed by Barbera Osterholm.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes' "Don Quixote." We have a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It's All the Same, Dulcinea, I'm Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show. His dream is Everyman's dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman's great adventure. Somehow, the footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the "Man of La Mancha" speaks for humankind
April 12 - 27, 2013 - Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie. (Auditions Jan. 21, 22 and 23, 2013.) Directed by Jackie Tasker.
Agatha Christie comes forth with another hit about a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish!
May 17 – June 1, 2013 - Hay Fever, by Noel Coward. (Auditions Mar 4, 5 and 6, 2013.) Directed by John Carone.
In the 1920's, in the English countryside, the Bliss family lives in a state of artistic, bohemian untidiness, which is made even more chaotic when each of the four members of the family invites a guest for the weekend... without actually getting around to telling anyone else. The sudden influx of outsiders, and the Bliss family's way of dealing with their own quirks and their guests', drives Noël Coward's farcical comedy through a weekend of word games, romantic temptations, blazing rows, and desperate attempts to survive another moment of Bliss-filled havoc!
The scene is Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters--Lenny, Meg and Babe--have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin Chick and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail (for having shot her husband) while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future. Time is 1974
*Aug. 2 – Aug. 24, 2013 - Thoroughly Modern Millie, Music by Jeanie Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Book by Dick Scanlan and Richard Henry Morris. (Auditions May 20-22, 2013.) Directed by Christi Sears.
'Thoroughly Modern Millie" is a high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It's the zany new 1920's musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for best musical! Taking place in New York City in 1922, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie" tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, this production is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment (Musical Theater International, 2012).
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