by Joyce Cook       

        From Fiddler on the Roof in summer, 1990, to Broadway Dreams in November 2015, the Fulton Community Theatre has presented thirty-two musical shows.  Beginning with Destiny in the fall of 1990 to Marsha Norman's 'Night, Mother, we have also produced 21 comedies and seven dramas—some of them twice—plus an assortment of murder mysteries, traveling shows, and children's programs. 


         The venues have varied.  Productions have been staged at Fulton's G. Ray Bodley High School and Education Center auditoriums, at Fairway Manor Restaurant in Granby, and at local nursing homes, schools, libraries, and churches.  Rehearsals have taken place in the high school, Education Center, and Fulton’s Volney Elementary School, as well as in cast members' homes and places of business (library, bank, and college office, for example). Most recently, Holy Trinity Church’s Jubilee Hall, Tavern on the Lock Restaurant, and CNY Arts Center has welcomed our musical and comedic efforts.  
        

         Children have thrilled to see Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger come alive in front of them, and The Frog Prince meet his Princess for a happy ending.  Other fairy tales have been presented at the Chocolate Festival and in local churches.  And who could forget the first sold-out musical, with Cinderella and her Prince Charming delighting young and old!  Children have been cast members of many musicals, especially Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of OzBye Bye Birdie was a hit with its cast of teenagers—and adults—singing rock and roll as “Birdie” gets drafted into the Army.

          From Neil Simon (The Odd Couple, Fools, Rumors, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Plaza Suite) to Noel Coward (Blithe Spirit) audiences have enjoyed a variety of twentieth-century playwrights. Musicals by great American musical theater lyricists and composers such as Rogers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!), Irving Berlin (Annie Get Your Gun), Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly and Gypsy), and Meredith Willson (The Music Man) have been presented.





Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – 2006




An Evening on Broadway A Lovely Night – 2006


Bedside Manners – 2012



An Evening on Broadway A Lovely Night – 2006

      



         Fulton Education Center audiences laughed at the "mystery" of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem and the tomfoolery of Destiny.  They were treated to the wine-tasting habits of two well-meaning sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace and the antics of the old man and his Indian cohort in The Fantasticks.  They also cried with the writers of those Love Letters (twice). And did the audience really see Elwood Dowd’s magical rabbit in Harvey?
       
        Thirteen Evening on Broadway productions have dealt with music from Broadway shows: EOB Parts I and II, songs by Rogers and Hammerstein, and shows about magic, love, enchanted, and Broadway Dreams.  A Showcase of Stars for local talent was presented at Three Rivers Inn.  The summer, 1999, retrospective of scenes from FCT’s past musical productions was presented in From Fiddler to Gypsy.  Audiences may have remembered Cheaper By the Dozen and Steel Magnolias from the movies, but FCT brought live, on-stage performances to Fulton.

        
       Subjects covered range from the Bible (Godspell) to cartoon characters (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown).  The music of George M. Cohan in Give My Regards to Broadway appealed to audience members’ patriotism.  A 1940’s “live” radio show was enjoyed in Benny’s Christmas Carol. And the singing and dancing nuns in Nunsense brought a nunnery to life.

         People from Syracuse, Phoenix, Oswego, and other central New York locations have joined local actors.  Casts have ranged from over 40 adults and children for Oklahoma! to just five people in Deathtrap.  Musicians, set designers, costumers, and set builders have transported audiences to Tevye's Anatevka, New York City's Broadway, Elwood P. Dowd's small-town America, and Alice’s weird WAnderland. Over the course of the past twenty-two years, sets have varied from the bare-branched trees of Fiddler on the Roof to the Greek temple in The Whole Shebang and More to the ancient city of Rome in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

        Watch our website for news of the next amazing / amusing / delightful Fulton Community Theatre show.  And be prepared to enjoy yourself!





Bye, Bye Birdie – 2004