Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty

Some princesses are sweet and kind, some are a bit prickly, Briar Rose . . . A bold and funny twist on the ancient tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Briar Rose, the Beauty herself is a head-strong Princess who uses her gifts from her fairy god-mother to full advantage. More »

Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty

Some princesses are sweet and kind, some are a bit prickly, Briar Rose . . . A bold and funny twist on the ancient tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Briar Rose, the Beauty herself is a head-strong Princess who uses her gifts from her fairy god-mother to full advantage. More »

Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty

Some princesses are sweet and kind, some a bit prickly, Briar Rose . . . A bold and funny twist on the ancient tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Briar Rose, the Beauty herself is a head-strong Princess who uses her gifts from her fairy god-mother to full advantage. 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 ratty, 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 »

Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty

Some princesses are sweet and kind, some are a bit prickly, Briar Rose . . . A bold and funny twist on the ancient tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Briar Rose, the Beauty herself is a head-strong Princess who uses her gifts from her fairy god-mother to full advantage. More »

 

Welcome

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.”

CAST Auditions – Alice in Wonderland & Twelfth Night

We will be auditioning students ages 8 to 18 for two productions that will be in rehearsal from February to May.  You may express your preference for either or both shows at the time you audition.  CAST is a Tuition based educational program run by the Steamer No.10 Theatre.  Scholarships are available.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Please come prepared to read from sides (pieces of the script), wearing loose clothing since you will be asked to learn a short movement/dance piece.

  • Sunday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30
  • Monday, Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30
  • Sunday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30

First two Audition Dates are for both shows.  Second two are primarily for Twelfth Night.

Performance Dates:

Alice in Wonderland — May, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Twelfth Night — May, 29, 30, 31, June 5, 6, 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.  It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, creatures with some human characteristics. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated in a shipwreck. The play focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia.

Photo - Castle - B&W

Finish the Castle!

Help us meet The Challenge

Never judge a Book by its Cover – But we have a ratty, tired looking cover of weather-beaten Tyvek.  We have embarked on a Capital Campaign to Finish the Castle.  The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association has committed to partnering in this Campaign and has located a $10,000 challenge grant to be used on the $50,000 Phase One of the project – completing the brickwork and protecting it with a permanent roof.

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

Safety Issues:

  • Cracked, pitted entrance landing;
  • Uneven slabs in handicapped ramp;
  • Improved handicapped accessibility;
  • Damaged stairs to the entrance;
  • Poor lighting for the entrance;

Institutional Issues:

  • Inability of audience to find theatre – it looked like an old firehouse:
  • Need for a distinctive entrance to serve as landmark – our Castle;
  • Get our Audience in out of the wind, rain, and snow.

The Plan – A Capital Campaign of $300,000

1. Brickwork and Permanent Roof
2. Windows & Doors
3. Finish: Interior, new Concession Exterior Landscaping & railings
4. Update Theatrical Systems and HVAC in theatre.

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 Campaign - WEB

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 65% of our $200,000 budget; however we still need to raise that other $70,000. 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 2013 – 2014 season and here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • six family oriented productions using professional actors 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 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 three C.A.S.T. shows – produced entirely by students, plus three C.A.S.T./Kids Fare shows where students work with professional actors.

This past year we offered more than 150 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.