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The purpose of the Glens Falls Community Theatre has always been a not-for-profit organization that has existed for the promotion and encouragement of the theatrical arts as well as for the personal enjoyment of its members. The Group has been unusual in its many faceted activities offering its members a variety of experiences in the performing arts. The strength of the Group has been in the LOYALTY of long-time members, the ENTHUSIASM of new members, and the SUPPORT of Season’s Subscribers. This season's shows include: "Music Man," a Murder Mystery and "A View from the Bridge."
In 1989 the new name of Glens Falls Community Theatre came into being. We no longer produce oratorios, but we are a very active group. The Glens Falls Community Theatre presents a diverse Season each year with a musical in the fall, a play in the spring, a murder mystery during February-March, a community service project, at times a children’s theatre production, and an annual joint presentation with the Chapman Historical Museum of A Walk Through the Past to Understand the Present in the Bay Street Cemetery.

We have just begun a new venture etc (experimental theatre company). This bi-monthly play reading series takes place in the LARAC Gallery. This is the 11th year for our very popular Senior Theater Seminar. In addition, we offer yearly workshop learning experiences for members and award scholarships to talented seniors going into the areas of music, dramatics or preparing to teach in these fields.
JOIN US FOR OUR 79th YEAR!
WHATS NEW?

The Music Man

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The Glens Falls Community Theatre is starting Season 79 with a very familiar favorite. GFCT last performed it in 1964!

To kick this season off there will be an Annual Meeting on September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Wood Theater. 

Please plan on joining us to hear about season 79 and how you can be a part of it, either on stage or off! There will be sign-up sheets at the meeting for all of the various tasks necessary for a successful show.

Refreshments will be available.

The musical, “Music Man,” has been a star in Broadway’s list of favorites since it first opened at the Majestic Theater on Dec. 19, 1957.  The first-time composer, Meredith Wilson, was hailed as a major talent for lovingly capturing with his music and lyrics the lost innocence of America in the early 20th century.

The story involves the arrival of Harold Hill, a charming but not so honest traveling salesman, to the sleepy community of River City, Iowa, on July 4, 1912, and the impact and joy that his presence brought inadvertently, not only to the townspeople, but to his own life as well.  He convinces the residents that he can teach their children to play in a marching band, but plans to collect the money for the instruments and uniforms, with the intention of leaving town before they find out that he knows nothing about music.  What this “Music Man” did not know was that he would meet and fall in love with Marian Paroo, the town librarian, and that his life would be forever changed for the good.

“Music Man” will be directed by Catherine Gericke with music direction by Wes Ecker and choreography by JoAnn Searles. “Music Man” will be performed October 24, 25 and 26 at the Glens Falls High School Auditorium.

Yes, my friends, there is “Trouble” in River City, but you can make it disappear by joining the cast, crew and chorus:

CAST LIST

HAROLD HILL, a traveling salesman

MARIAN PAROO, piano teacher and librarian of River City

MRS. PAROO, Marian’s mother (Irish brogue)

WINTHROP PAROO, Marian’s little brother (8 or 10 yrs. old)

AMARYLLIS, young piano student (8 or 10 yrs. old)

MAYOR SHINN, mayor of River City

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN, mayor’s wife

ZANEETA SHINN, mayor’s oldest teenage daughter

GRACIE SHINN, mayor’s youngest daughter

MARCELLUS WASHBURN,  old friend of Harold Hill who works in the River City Livery Stable

TOMMY DJILAS, a teenager

MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOLL BOARD AND THE QUARTET:

JACEY SQUIRES, 1st tenor, owner of the Livery Stable

EWART DUNLOP, 2nd tenor, local grocer

OLIVER HIX, baritone, banker

OLIN BRITT, bass, newspaper owner

LADIES OF RIVER CITY:  ALMA HIX, MAUD DUNLOP, ETHEL TOFFELMIER, MRS. SQUIRES

CONSTABLE LOCKE

CONDUCTOR

TRAVELING SALESMEN ON TRAIN

CHORUS (ALL AGES 8 TO 90)

Auditions will be held the following night, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Wood Theater.

The Music Man

Glens Falls Community Theatre will present “The Music Man” on Oct. 24, 25, and 26 at the Glens Falls High School. 

The General Meeting for the production will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Charles R. Wood Theater with auditions held the following evening, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Charles R. Wood Theater.

Catherine Gericke will direct the show, with Wes Ecker as musical director and Joanne Searles as choreographer.

Scripts are available for 3-day perusals by contacting Mrs. Gericke at 792-7013. General questions regarding the production can be directed to Bruce O’Connell, production manager, at bruceoc@gmail.com.

 

"A Voice of My Own" by Elinor Jones.

Play is about women writers through history.

Auditions: Monday, July 21 at 7 pm at the Association for the Blind, Ridge St. 

Janet Davies will direct and Carol Pines is musical director. There are 11 brief tunes.

5 to 10 actresses needed of various ages. 

Staged reading performance will be at the LARAC gallery on Thursday, August 7 at 7 pm.

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winners

The Glens Falls Community Theatre awarded $2,500 in scholarships to three area high school students who are attending college and will pursue a degree in music, music education, theater, dance or technical theater.

Mark Collier, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, presented two $1,000 scholarships to area high school students who are vocalists. They are:

Delaney Silvernell, a high school junior, who plans to graduate early from Queensbury High School in June and will attend Berklee College of Music in the fall to study Professional Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance; and Kelly Meehan, who plans to graduate from Schuylerville High School in June and will attend Ithaca College in the fall to study Vocal Performance and Music Education.

The $500 Stan Gericke Scholarship was awarded to Abigail Veverka who received the scholarship for her instrumental audition. She plans to graduate from Schroon Lake High School in June and attend Nazareth College in the fall to study Music Therapy.

The Glens Falls Community Theatre has donated more than $100,000 in scholarships to talented area students over the past 79 years. 

Students in 24 school districts in Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga Counties were invited to apply for the Glens Falls Community Theatre scholarships. To apply, applicants needed to be area high school graduates who have been accepted by a 4-year college or university and will be pursuing a degree in music, music education, theater, dance or technical theater. Each applicant was required to audition for, and be interviewed by, a panel of judges. Auditions could be a vocal or instrumental solo, a dance performance, a brief dramatic excerpt, reading or monologue. Students receive their scholarships after they have completed their first semester of college. 

Pictured above are: Abigail Veverka in the top photo and Kelly Mehan in the bottom photo. 

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Tickets are on sale now for “Arsenic & Old Lace” at the Charles R. Wood Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

Click here to buy tickets http://www.woodtheater.org/events/ or call 874-0800.

The community and especially senior citizens love our Community Service Project.
This year, our Community Service Project presents “Musical Journey through a Year.”
The show connects your musical memories to the different seasons of the year.
The troupe of five women and one man sings 22 songs in about 35 minutes. Songs include favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “On a Clear Day,” “April Showers,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Red, Red Robin,” “In the Good Old Summertime,” “Walking on Sunshine,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Let it Snow,” and “Side by Side.”
There is no charge for the troupe to perform, they just ask for a donation. To book them for your group, please email us at gfcommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Sign Up for Upcoming Workshops

GFCT is happy to present the following Workshops:

1:  Acting- “Life is Easy-Comedy is Hard” Conducted by Filomena  Riviello     

April 12 and 19, 2 PM to 6 PM

“The focus will be Comedic timing, broad yet truthful acting and physical comedy. The last  2 hours of the workshop will be performance/presentation of rehearsed short skits”

Cost: $35.00 Active Members     $40.00 Non-members

2: Production Team  conducted by Sara Friedman April 19, 10 AM to 2 PM

The focus will be the responsibilities of the production team (other than the Director and actors).

Cost: $20.00 Active Members   $25.00 Non-members

3: Make up  "All Make-up is Corrective Make-up"  Conducted by Linda Friedman

April 26,   10 AM to 12 PM (break) 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Description: 

    1. All Make-up is corrective make-up, even daily wear make-up.

    2. There is a chemical difference between Street make-up and Stage make-up. 

        What is it and how does it affect the way you look on stage? 

    3. The effects of lighting.  Compensating for Lighting Gels and special effects.

    4.  How do you do Age make-up? - from young to old and from old to young.

Cost: $20.00 Active Members   $25.00 Non-members

4: Stage Lighting  Conducted by Theo DeHaan  April 9,  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Theo will review the lay out of the light plot, some of the principals of lighting and, how to use gels for color.

Cost: $20.00 Active Members   $25.00 Non-members

Discounts:

If you sign up for the “Comedy” workshop you may also take $5:00 off the cost of either the Lighting, Production or Make-up workshops  OR if you sign up for the Make-up workshop you may take $5:00 off the cost of either the Lighting or Production workshop.

All workshops will be held at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls.

Checks payable to GFCT

Contact John Muller at johncharlesmuller@gmail.com or via Facebook (John Muller)

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