Auditions for LYSISTRATA

The Battle of the Sexes - we go from Shakespeare to Aristophanes. NorthEast Theatre Ensemble will be holding auditions for Aristophanes’ LYSISTRATA, a fast-paced, sexual comedy as relevant today as it was when it was written!! We are using the more modern Giovanni Felipe adaptation. More »

CAST Auditions for Willy Wonka

Tues., Wed. Sept. 6 – 7 — 5:30 to 7:30 — Students 7-17 More »

Auditons for NARNIA

Shows for students ages 7 to 17 as well as roles for Adults. 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 »

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

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

Auditons for Fall Shows at Steamer No.10

Shows for students ages 7 to 17 as well as roles for Adults. 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.”

Auditions – Fall 2016

AUDITIONS — LYSISTRATA —  Adults Only

Audition Dates:
August  28 – 5-7 p.m.
August 29 –  6-8 p.m.
August 30 –  6-8 p.m.

NorthEast Theatre Ensemble will be holding auditions for Aristophanes’ LYSISTRATA, a fast-paced, sexual comedy as relevant today as it was when it was written!! We are using the more modern Giovanni Felipe adaptation.

A comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in Athens s in 411 BC,. It is a comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society.

We are seeking 8-14 women and men, ages 20 and up

Sides will be provided at the audition, please bring a headshot and resume and familiarize yourselves with the script

Production Dates: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Nov. 4, 5, 6

C.A.S.T. Auditions — Willy Wonka

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN

Tues., Wed. Sept. 6 – 7 — 5:30 to 7:30 — Students 7-17

Please prepare 16 bars from a Broadway standard.  Lead, supporting and ensemble roles are open for actors, singers, dancers, and anyone else between the ages of 7 and 17 interested in putting on a musical and having a good time while they are at it!  We want to emphasize that this is an excellent opportunity for kids with varying degrees of experience to learn about putting on a show.

Tuition for C.A.S.T. Students
There is a $250 tuition charge to cover the expenses of instruction, costumes, props, scenery, rehearsal and performance space, licensing, and insurance. Tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Performers will be required to provide their own tights and dance shoes, which can be purchased at a discount through the program.  Scholarships are available.

Production Dates: Nov. 11 through 20 (Fri. to Sun.)

C.A.S.T. Auditions — Narnia

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN For C.A.S.T. students, and/or Adults

Sun. to Tues. – Sept. 11, 12, 13 — 5:30 to 7:30

We are looking at two separate scripts – one is strictly a Drama, the other is a Musical – the final choice will be determined by the abilities of the actors and students who audition.

Please prepare 16 bars from a Broadway standard. Sides from the script will also be provided at the audition.

Production Dates: Jan. 13 through 29 (Fri. to Sun.)
 
Tuition for C.A.S.T. Students
There is a $250 tuition charge to cover the expenses of instruction, costumes, props, scenery, rehearsal and performance space, licensing, and insurance. Tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Performers will be required to provide their own tights and dance shoes, which can be purchased at a discount through the program.  Scholarships are available.

 

 

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Taming of the Shrew

The Classic Battle of the Sexes, as only Shakespeare could write it – The Taming of the Shrew.

The run of Taming of the Shrew has been completed.

We are in the planning process for a Sept. production in Lincoln Park of:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

 
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) - All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

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Steamer No.10 Theatre is launching Albany’s Shakespeare in Lincoln Park with shows performed on a newly created stage on the East lawn of the Sunshine School – 116 Delaware Ave. in Albany.  The season will be The Taming of the Shrew – August 5 to 21.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic if you like.  Admission is Free, donations are welcome.  There is ample parking on the surrounding Lincoln Park roads.

Jacqueline Donnaruma directs The Taming of the Shrew using a combination of professional actors and as director of C.A.S.T.  – Creative Arts at Steamer Ten some of her more promising students.  The show features Eleah Peal as Kate and Alain Ackerman as as Petruchio.

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Theater Voices – An Accident

An Accident – Fundraiser

Friday/Saturday – May 20, 21 at 8pm; Saturday/Sunday – May 21, 22 at 3:pm

An Advance Donation of $100 reserves two seats at the performance of your choice.

The Steamer No.10 Theatre, which hosts Theater Voices, has been open for twenty five years.  Soon after opening we secured a grant to purchase the Theatrical Lighting System that has helped create the magic for thousands of performances.  Unfortunately we all show signs of age, even electronics.  The system had a life expectancy of ten years, but is now well over two decades old and parts have been failing with increasing regularity.  The time has come to replace many of those components.

Theater Voices has proposed a Lighting System fundraiser with the performances of An Accident to help us generate the funds we need to replace the system.  For every donation of $100 we would reserve two seats at the performance of your choice.

An Accident

By Lydia Stryk,

Directed by Bob Goepfert

Featuring:

Jim Kambrich and Banita Zahn

May 20, 21, 22, 2016 (Fri.-Sun.) Recovering from a catastrophic accident that left her life hanging in the balance, Libby is surprised by a hospital visit from Anton, the man who struck her with his car. Their unusual relationship develops in fits and starts as Libby fights her way back to some kind of health, and Anton struggles to assuage his guilt. The play explores how the trauma of this experience affects both characters, and how they are changed forever along the way.

Director: Bob Goepfert directed Mastergate for Theater Voices way back in the last century. Since then he’s won TANY’s Awards for directing at Albany Civic Theatre and Nickel and Dime Players. Bob is the former Executive Director of Albany’s Palace Theatre. He is currently the drama critic for the Troy Record and The Saratogian. His reviews can be heard on Public Radio at WAMC.

 

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

518.438.5503  info@steamer10theatre.org

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

Issues:

  • 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 $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.

As you may have read in the 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.

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.

We have launched our 2015 – 2016 season and here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • five 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.
  • 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.