Annual Appeal

Help keep Steamer No.10 a wonderful venue to enjoy live performances for kids, families, and adults. More »

Willy Wonka

A musical adventure in the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory as he searches for an heir to take over the Factory. More »

The Original Steamer No.10 on parade on Madison Avenue in 1895

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

Finish the Castle!

Never judge a Book by its Cover – But we have a tired looking cover of weather-beaten Tyvek. Frankly, it does not do justice to this books 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 »

Willy Wonka

A musical adventure in the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory as he searches for an heir to take over the Factory. 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.”

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Willy Wonka


Dec. 9 at 7:pm: Dec. 10, 11 at 3:pm

Admission – $10 for kids/students/seniors — $15 for adults

It is a sticky-sweet confection of ‘Pure Imagination’! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this musical adaptation, with classic songs from the Oscar-nominated family film.

Based on Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), the play, Willy Wonka brings the story to the stage, including favorites such as “Pure Imagination” and “Candy Man.”  The movie, adapted from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, became a cult classic and has gone on to become one of the most beloved titles in the history of children’s cinema.

Mr. Willy Wonka has hidden five Golden Tickets inside his famous Wonka Bar’s.  The finders of these Golden Tickets will get a tour of his factory and one – if they can pass his test – will be selected to take over for him and run the factory.  Once all the tickets have been won, Willy Wonka invites the children into his factory, where he then tempts each of them with a weakness. Finally, only Charlie is left.

The winners of the Golden Tickets are:

  • Augustus Gloop, a greedy boy;
  • Veruca Salt, a girl who is spoiled by her parents;
  • Violet Beauregarde, a girl who chews gum all day long;
  • Mike Teavee, a boy who does nothing but watch television all day; 
  • Charlie Bucket, a girl living in poverty.

Tickets: $10 for Students/Seniors — $15 for Adults — Group rates are available

Family Shows

We are currently planning our 2016/2017 Season, which we expect to include productions of: Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare in Lincoln Park opening August 5, 2016, Sleeping Beauty, Narnia (or the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Clinton’s Ditch – Saga of the Erie Canal, and others.

In the meantime we hope you enjoy some of our Eclectic performances for an Adult Audience.  Theater Voices will offer The Accident on May, 20, 21, 22 with Jim Kambrich and Benita Zahn; and Northeast Theatre Ensemble’s Dog in a Manger June  3 to 19.

Summer Programs 2016

CAST Application – Summer 2016

The CAST program introduces students to basic stage technique using creative dramatics, music and movement. Through positive reinforcement, students learn to respect others’ work, create scenes as an ensemble and work with a director, musical director, and choreographer. This program helps build self-confidence and communication and collaboration skills among younger students. Students will perform in an end-of-week showcase

Sign up now to be part of the Creative Arts at Steamer Ten program.

Steamer No.10 Theatre – 500 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203


For ages 7 to 17

Monday to Friday:  9:am to 4:pm;
before-care (8-9), and after-care (4-5) are available – extended after-care is available upon request

Tuition: $200/week

Registration (non-refundable): $50 – balance due week prior to class $150.

Session One         Act Sing Dance One – June 27 to July 1 
Session Two        Act, Sing, Dance Two – July 5 to July 8 (Session 1 is not required for Session 2)
Session Three      Cinderella Tales – July 11 to July 15
Session Four      Rumpelstiltskin – Act One – July 18 to 22
Session Five       Rumpelstiltskin – Act Two – July 25 to 29 (Act One is not required for Act 2)

Performance: Friday Afternoon at 1:pm (Script-in-Hand {no need to memorize} removes a great deal of stress from the actor.)

Act, Sing, Dance! -  Work with professional Actors, Singers, and Choreographers throughout the week on acting and singing technique, and dance choreography. Students will work together to create scenes, learn Broadways songs and stage choreography. On Friday everyone performs in the end-of-week showcase. (Session 1 is not required for Session 2)

One Act Plays – Each week CAST will produce a show to be staged Friday afternoon – Script-in-Hand.  On Monday everyone that has signed up for that week will audition for a role in that week’s show – and everyone has a role.  We rehearse each day working on character development, blocking, and use of props.  Toward the end of the week we add sets, lighting, and sound.  On Friday afternoon the show will be performed Script-in-Hand for an audience of family, friends, and neighborhood children.

Cinderella Tales: Cinderella is the heroine of the world’s most popular fairy tale with more than 900 versions, every culture has a variation. The Glass Slipper — the European version of Cinderella.   A young girl, with the magical intervention of her fairy god mother, escapes from her step family to attend the Prince’s Ball, but only until midnight. As she flees the Ball she loses a glass slipper the Prince finds it and uses its unique size to find her again

Rumpelstiltskin: Our almost traditional tale of a Miller’s Daughter who gets caught up in a tale about spinning straw into gold. When the King orders her to spin the straw into gold she realizes that only magic can save her.  But, when the magical, maniacal, schizophrenic, wood gnome Rumpelstiltskin makes its appearance she has not been saved, but doomed.  Rumpelstiltskin is played by not one actor, but several!

August – Shakespeare in Lincoln Park – Taming of the Shrew –Auditions – May 8, 9
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Finish the Castle! Help meet the CHALLENGE!

Times Union Article – Castle 3-10-15

Help us meet The CHALLENGE!

Never judge a Book by its Cover – But we have a tired looking cover of weather-beaten Tyvek.   To make our exterior reflect the quality 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 one-third of the way to  reaching our goal having raised $17,000 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 $300,000

1. Brickwork and Permanent Roof, Windows & Doors
2. Finish: Interior, new Concession Exterior Landscaping & railings
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.


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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 $125,000 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.

As you may have read in last Fall’s Times Union Preview article, Steamer No.10 is living in interesting times.  Several grants that we have received annually for decades did not materialize this year.  This is not to say we didn’t apply, we simply were not granted them this year.  Despite this setback we are still striving to produce as full a schedule for families as we possibly can.

Steamer No.10 is now the only theatre in upstate New York that is creating professional productions of Theatre for Young Audiences.

This past year we offered more than 100 performances, 400 classes/rehearsals with our students, community meetings, a day-long 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.  Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family as we move toward a fantastic season of family oriented cultural entertainment.

We have launched our 2016 – 2017 season and here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • four family oriented productions using professional actors are planned for 40 to 50 performances – including Willy Wonka and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe;
  • we’re bringing in a dozen different artists for kids with our Vacation Daze series for 20 to 25 performances;
  • we host Theater Voices for free staged readings of four shows for 16 performances;
  • and the Eclectic Series will feature 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 8-18.  This year we will produce two C.A.S.T. shows – produced entirely by students, plus three C.A.S.T./Kids Fare shows where students work with professional actors.
  • Shakespeare in Lincoln Park – an opportunity for everyone to experience Free Shakespeare performances outdoors in a City Park.  It is also an opportunity for our students to experience the works of Shakespeare as well as Greek Classics both as performers and as audience.

Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family.  Your donation will make a difference.