RCT set to begin new season

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As Rome Community Theatre on Upper Turin Road continues on its journey to resume full operations after mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns required that the theater sit dark for 15 months, members and performers pride themselves in the creative programming they have been able to offer to the community.

A program featuring a variety of musical presentations, dance and monologues along with a one act play was staged July 16 and 17 as the first step of the group’s return to production activities.

RCT has also been hosting family-friendly drive-in movies in its parking lot on Friday and Saturday nights.

And RCT plans to begin its 2021-22 season in December. The season will feature four productions with six performances of each show. Performances will be staged in December, February, April and June.

The productions are Nunsense (musical comedy); Geezers (comedy drama), 39 Steps (comedy satire) and The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church (comedy).

Currently, RCT is presenting the Outcast International production of Noises Off. Performances of this well-known British farce are Oct. 14, 15 and 16 with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 17 beginning at 2:30 p.m.

An Evening of One Acts follows the next weekend with the presentation of To Burn a Witch, directed by Mel Maneen; Hard Time, directed by Arnold Galin; Touchy, written and directed by Ted Lenio; Crimson Cap Ladies Hit the Bingo Hall, directed by Pat Stone and Barb Seaton; and Darkness Visible, written by Elizabeth Hershman, directed by Bob Hershman. The one act presentations will run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, with curtain time of 7:30 p.m.

The final weekend of October will feature Soldiers’ Stories of War: Three Conversations. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and a matinee will be held Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. This multi-media presentation was written by former Rome Free Academy history teacher Gary Ford. Ford will narrate his work which features stories shared by veterans, some having served in the Civil War.

In November, Rome Community Theater will be a part of a Music Theatre International global effort called, “All Together Now.” MTI, a leading publisher, commissioned a musical presentation of Broadway hits from 35 shows including, Beauty and the Beast, Company, High School Musical, Les Miserable, Annie, Once on this Island, My Fair Lady, Little Women, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Godspell, Hairspray, Waitress, Oliver, Newsies and Little Shop of Horrors.

Within specified guidelines, participating theater groups will select performance pieces from the group of musicals to create their individual production, which will consist of solos, chorus numbers and other vocal combinations.

As of mid-September, MTI reported 5,200 performances by 2,300 schools and theaters in all 50 states, plus 43 additional countries and territories will participate in All Together Now.

All of the productions will be staged on the same weekend, Nov. 12-14. RCT is among the groups licensed to be part of this global effort celebrating local theater.

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