February Vacation Daze

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Fourth Wall - Fruit Flies Like a Banana - Vacation Daze

Classical music has never been performed like this! Working at break-neck speed, the three multi-talented performers of The Fourth Wall combine music, theatre, and dance in a sprint-triathlon variety show. More »

NeverEnding Story

In a land devoured by The Nothing, only one boy can save everything. All he must do is believe in Fantastica, believe in imagination, and believe in himself. More »

Steamer 10 Engine, on parade

Original Steamer 10 Engine, to learn more about our history. More »

Finish the Castle

We are working on making a new Cover for the Book of Steamer No.10. Frankly, we want it to do justice to the theatres contents - a full season of 120-150 performances for kids, adults, everyone. To bring our cover closer to our dream we have embarked on a Capital Campaign to Finish the Castle. More »



Outside view of Steamer No. 10

Exterior view of Steamer No. 10 at 500 Western Avenue Albany, NY

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt professional theatre producing and presenting shows for children and families, and touring to schools and theatres throughout the Northeast.

Located in Albany, NY Steamer No. 10 Theatre presents a variety of live stage and music productions, including children’s theater, Eclectic Performance Series, Vacation Daze, Theater Voices, and Too Deep Entertainment.

“We want to get children, adults, teachers, grandparents…everyone…excited about theatre and the performing arts. Everyone should attend live performances with a burning desire to see more.”

Pine Hills Film Colony – Stolen Face

March 10, at 7:00 pm

The Pine Hills Film Colony and Steamer No.10 Theatre have joined together to present a series of exemplary and unusual films in a cozy, warm, and old-fashioned setting. The Colony is thrilled to find a new home at Steamer No.10, located nearby at 500 Western Ave.  Please join us! Tickets are $10

Stolen Face – Hammer Studios Film Noir Classic Series: (1952), run time 1:12

On March 10th we will be screening “Stolen Face”, a classic Hammer Studio film noir from 1952. It stars Paul Henreid (Lazlo in “Casablanca”) and Lizabeth Scott (with that blonde flip hairdo and a very fetching breathy lisp). Hammer Studios is primarily known for its Christopher Lee and  Peter Cushing horror movies (mostly variations on the Dracula theme) but they also made some pretty good film noir movies (we’ll be seeing a second one in May and another in September). Terence Fisher, veteran Hammer horror director, also directs our movie this month.

Plastic surgeon Paul Henreid grafts a face of a lovely former lover on to a female criminal with pretty disastrous consequences.

Michael Viktor Butler, Artistic Director, PHFC

March 10– Hammer Studios Film Noir Classic Series: “Stolen Faces” (1952), run time 1:12.

April 14– Megastars of The Silent Screen Series: “The Eagle” (1925) and “Salome” (1922), total run time 2:25**.

May 12 – Hammer Studios Film Noir Classic Series: “Blackout” (1954), run time 1:27.

June 9 – Megastars of The Silent Screen Series: “The Black Pirate” (1926), run time 1:28.

July 14 – Fashion in Film Series: “Puzzle of a Downfall Child” (1970), run time 1:45.

August 11 – Megastars of The Silent Screen Series: “Little Annie Rooney” (1925), run time 1:33.

September 8 – Hammer Studios Film Noir Classic Series: “Man Bait” (1952), run time 1:18.

*October 20 – Megastars of The Silent Screen Series: “The Freshman” (1925), run time 1:16.

November 10 – Fashion in Film Series: “Basic Black” and “The Eye Has To Travel” (2011), total run time 1:12.

December 8 –  Megastars of The Silent Screen Series: “The Merry Widow” (1925), run time 2:17**.

Films shown 2nd Saturday of the month

* This film will be shown on the third Saturday of the month

** Note: December film exceeds our general time window of 2:15 (7 pm to 9:15 pm). Program will finish at 9:30 or later.


*Megastars of the Silent Era.

This part of our season is devoted to those actors and directors, who, during the period of the non-dialogue film, gained international attention, became household words, and contributed work which is now classic.  As is typical of the PHFC insistence on integrity, we have deliberately eliminated such time-worn examples as Chaplin. Also, instead of choosing the most-often-seen films of these stars (such as Pickford and Valentino) we have included their lesser known works.

*British Film Noir: The Hammer Era.

This series is devoted to a little-known niche in the history of the British made Hammer-horror films, wherein they produced black and white mystery/detective films, unique in annals of the Film Noir genre. We continue to place lesser known works of British cinema before the public because of their excellence.

*Fashion on Film.

With the current interest in 20th. century fashion (‘The Phantom Thread’ and ‘The Collection’ to name just two) the Pine Hills Film Colony has assembled some of the best examples of movies which exemplify an interest in High Style as applied to clothing and lifestyle, from the early to the mid-20th century. Once again, we seek to both educate and entertain our audience by showing the lesser-known films (in this case, for example, Rudi Gernreich’s ‘Basic Black’ to name only one).

*Lectures by Michael Viktor Butler Preceding Each Film.

Since we first began in 2014, our custom has been to provide program notes for each film consisting of a brief talk, questions and answers, and, when possible written hand-outs. For the first film in the ‘Megastars’ series, Mr. Butler will discuss the many (and often hilarious) problems that arose during and after the Swanson/Von Stroheim film ‘Queen Kelly’. This is our kick-off opus because it has the richest history, from Joe Kennedy’s meddling, to scissoring the most ‘shocking’ parts from the movie by censors – which – by the way- have all been put back. Again, in these lectures we always provide the most interesting, and – hopefully – little known

The NeverEnding Story

March 3, 4 at 3:pm – March 9 at 7:pm, March 10, 11 at 3:pm

Tickets:           General Admission: $15
Location:        Steamer No.10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave. Albany NY
Info:                (518) 438-5503  info@steamer10theatre.org

Michael Ende’s Fantastic Tale of the Triumph of Imagination

The Steamer No.10 Theatre is excited to announce the opening of The NeverEnding Story Friday, February 2 at 7:pm. The play, adapted from the novel by Michael Ende and runs Saturdays and Sundays at 3:pm through February 11, 2018.  The show is directed by Creative Arts at Steamer Ten – CAST Education director Jacqueline Donnaruma and features Nadia Tell as Bastian and Cedar Kox as Atreyu.  The Falkor puppet has been created by Jack Shafer and is operated by Devin Trager.

The play opens with young Bastian, a bookish boy tormented by school bullies. To escape the bullies he runs into a used bookstore.  But when the old bookseller gives Bastian a most amazing book, he finds refuge in the story on its pages.

Fantastica is in grave danger. The Nothing engulfs everything in its path, and the Childlike Empress sends the unlikely hero Atreyu, a boy of Bastian’s age, on a quest to find the one who can save them all. Atreyu’s adventure takes him to the far corners of Fantastica, through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider, Ygramul, and the maze of the Southern Oracle, aided by the happy Luck Dragon, Falkor. But it is with Bastian’s belief in the story that Fantastica has found its true savior. Imagination will live on, and the story begins again…

In a land devoured by The Nothing, only one boy can save everything. All he must do is believe in Fantastica, believe in imagination, and believe in himself. The Neverending Story was originally written as a children’s book and published in Germany in 1979. The story was later made into a well-known hit movie of the same title in 1984 with several sequels. Now this wonderful tale of fantasy and imagination comes to life at the Steamer No.10 Theatre.

Auditions – Fall 2017

Steamer No.10 –  Auditions – By Appointment

Seeking three adults for a production of Cinderella Tales.

These are Paid positions, the roles are: Prince Charming, Cinderella, Step Sisters, and Step Mothers – Rehearsals are daytime.

Performances: Dec. 28, 29 at 10:am; Jan. 5 at 7:pm; Jan 5, 7, 13, 14 at 3:pm; Jan. 15 at 10 & 1:pm – MLK Day.  As well as occasional daytime performances for schools throughout the Winter and Spring.

If interested please send Headshot and Resume to: info@steamer10theatre.org

or call 518-438-5503 and leave a message.



A “Finish the Castle” Update — July 2017

Castle, July 2017.We have completed the masonry for our “castle” — Steamer No. 10’s new lobby — and we will soon be working on the roof, to protect what we have done so far. We hope to have the windows and doors in by the time cold weather arrives.  We are moving ahead as quickly as we can (and as funding allows). Stay tuned for further updates, and read more about the project here!


Finish the Castle! Help meet the CHALLENGE!

Times Union Article – Castle 3-10-15

Help us meet The CHALLENGE!

We have raised a portion of the money and we have started construction.  The Brickwork is underway!   We want to make our exterior reflect the quantity and cultural quantity of the performances taking place at the theatre, we have embarked on a Capital Campaign.  Now, Steamer No.10 has been given a CHALLENGE!  If we raise $50,000 we will be given an additional $50,000.  We are currently two-thirds of the way to  reaching our goal having raised $30,000 of the match.  We must do this.

Put Your Name on a Seat

For a contribution of $250, you can buy a seat at Steamer No.10, and place your name on it, or contribute in honor of a loved one.  You have up to 32 characters (including spaces) and a maximum of two lines.

Finish the Castle

Steamer No.10 Theatre spent its first century as a working firehouse and the past two and a half decades as the Capital Region’s Children’s Theatre.  Our goal is to continue to serve our audience of kids, parents, grandparents, adults, seniors, and neighbors.

Why we need the Castle


  • Create a Lobby for the comfort of our Patrons waiting for a show;
  • Improved handicapped accessibility;
  • Improve lighting for the entrance;
  • Improve the ability of audience to find the theatre – a distinctive entrance to serve as landmark – our Castle;
  • Get our Audience in out of the wind, rain, and snow.
  • Better signage to help the audience find us, and let everyone know what shows are taking place;
  • Additional space for classes and meetings.

The Plan – A Capital Campaign of $150,000

Phase 1
1. Brickwork and Permanent Roof, Windows & Doors
2. Finish: Interior, new Concession Exterior Landscaping & railings
Phase 2
3. Update Theatrical Systems – Replace the 20 year-old (failing) theatrical lighting system, upgrade other systems
4.  Air Condition the theatre – we currently use noisy window units – we have already installed 75% of a built-in system.

Name the Castle

We have numerous naming opportunities for portions of the Castle such as the towers, drawbridge, etc..  Contribute a significant portion of the total Campaign and we will Name the Castle for you.

Our Mission and How We Achieve It

We want to get children, adults, teachers, grandparents…everyone…excited about theatre and the arts. Everyone should attend live performances with a burning desire to see more.

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt professional theatre creating shows for children and families. We produce  nine shows each year, with an emphasis on fairy tales, children’s literature and local history, reaching 12,000 to 14,000 people annually.

We have been dubbed the mad scientists of children’s theatre. We rely on audience participation, so no two shows are ever the same and we never know what will happen at any given performance. We take risks, but it’s worth it. That ‘expect the unexpected’ atmosphere is what makes us unique and enjoyable for parents and children alike. In the process we are getting the next generation hooked on the performing arts.


Steamer No.10 Annual Appeal

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a small, 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.  We have a full time staff of one, and 5-7 part-time actors, teachers, directors, designers, whatever job needs doing.  We earn more than 80% of our $150,000 budget; however we still need to raise that other $30,000. Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family as we move on toward a fantastic season of family oriented cultural entertainment.

We have launched our 2017 – 2018 season and here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • six family oriented productions using professional actors and students from our CAST program, are planned for 60 to 70 performances;
  • we’re bringing in fifteen different artists for kids with our Vacation Daze series for 35 to 40 performances;
  • we host Theater Voices for free staged readings of four shows for 16 performances;
  • and the Eclectic Series of programming for an adult audience will feature both shows that we produce and at least 10 different artists who will both entertain and challenge our adult audience.
  • our theatre arts school – C.A.S.T. – Creative Arts at Steamer Ten – offers classes and produces shows for students 7-17.  This year we will produce three C.A.S.T. shows – produced entirely by students, plus several C.A.S.T./Kids Fare shows where students work with professional actors.

New for 2018 – we will be hosting the Pine Hills Film Colony, a series of silent movies and early talkies from the 20’s and 30’s.

This past year we offered more than 120 performances, 400 classes/rehearsals with our students, community meetings, a day-long street fair – the Upper Madison Street Fair to promote the neighborhood and other events. We don’t simply pinch pennies, we make sure every one of them is spent in a way that serves our mission of introducing children and families to live theatre.

Steamer No.10 is the Capital Region’s Children’s Theatre, the place where kids are introduced to the performing arts.  We also serve our neighborhood and the Region as a whole as a source of unique entertainment experiences for families of all kinds.  Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family as we move toward a fantastic season of family oriented cultural entertainment.