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Costello touts Theatre Albany to Kiwanis Club

Theatre Albany Director Mark Costello made a pitch to the Albany Kiwanis Club, urging members to turn out to enjoy the theater’s 2013-14 show schedule.

Theatre Albany Director Mark Costello made a pitch to the Albany Kiwanis Club, urging members to turn out to enjoy the theater’s 2013-14 show schedule.

ALBANY — As Theatre Albany celebrates its 80th year, Director Mark Costello pitched the theatre’s 2013-14 show lineup to members of the Albany Kiwanis Club recently.

“One thing I like to remind people of is that the theatre is the original 3D production,” Costello said, “and we try to include a lot of variety in our shows.”

The theatre has just finished the first of six shows for the season. The ultimate Southern female saga “Steel Magnolias” began closed its run Sunday afternoon.

Up next on the playbill is “Funny Money” by Ray Cooney. The play is scheduled to run from Oct. 18 through 27. It involves a man who accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase and fins it stuffed full of money. He decides to keep it and things get interesting.

“Ray Cooney is a very funny comedic writer,” Costello said. “This is the fifth time we’ve put on one of his plays.”

Theatre Albany’s Christmas show is “Nuncrackers,” set to run Dec. 5 through 15. A musical, it is billed as “the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement.”

“It’s hard to find a good show to do at Christmas time,” Costello said. “We could have always done “The Christmas Story” again, but we wanted to mix things up some.”

“Stories About the Old Days” is set to run Jan. 31 through Feb. 9. A former blues singer lives in a decaying church and never ventures out into the world which rejected him. While playing checkers with Ivy, one of the last members of the congregation, they slowly move from animosity to friendship.

“This is a charming two character play,” Costello said. “It’s really a beautiful little show about two people coming together.”

Next up is “Mama Won’t Fly,” scheduled to run March 21 through 30. The play features Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Hunnicutt who agrees to deliver her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. The catch is she’ll have to drive across the country, because Mama won’t fly …

Finally, the award-winning musical “Oliver!” will close out the season during a May 16 to 25 run.

“Oliver! is one of the great Broadway musicals,” Costello said. “The score is terrific and the play is great fun.”

For show and ticket information, contact the theatre at (229) 439-7193.

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