For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Ciaravella 518-217-8282
TROY, N.Y. (6/19/14) — Troy Civic Theatre Co. will round out its 2014 season with Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” premiering in Barker Park this July 11, and the regional premiere of “Evil Dead, The Musical” this October.
While free performances of “Shakespeare in the Park” are a longstanding tradition in cities around the globe, the Troy company’s choice to play “Much Ado…” in a pocket park at the intersection of two busy streets — Third and State — is a bold one. Though it is surrounded on three sides by churches and fronted by a high-end apartment building, the park has been the subject of controversy in recent years, with city officials removing the benches to discourage problem behavior.
“Bringing culture right into this otherwise overlooked little park, right in the middle of a very urban setting fits with our purpose,” said Troy Civic Theatre President Joel Lord. “Last year, we had a rehearsal in that park and all sorts of people from all walks of life stopped by asking what we were doing.”
The one-night only Barker Park performance will occur this Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is made free with support from Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.
“Much Ado…” will then play July 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Italian Community Center, located 1450 5th Ave, in Troy, N.Y. Tickets are $15 General Admission and $13 for Students and Seniors.
SPECIAL PACKAGE RATE: “MUCH ADO…” & “EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL”
Troy Civic Theatre is offering a 10 percent discount for those who purchase tickets now for “Much Ado…” and the October/November performances of “Evil Dead, The Musical.”
Based on the 1983 cult classic horror movie and its sequels, starring Bruce Campbell, “Evil Dead, The Musical” has been called “The Next Rocky Horror show” by critics. True to the movies, the horror-comedy includes geysers of stage blood.
“It’s campy and gory, so the first few rows get hit with flying gore,” said Lord. “The original movies were coming out when I was in college, so I have a soft spot in my heart for this, even though I don’t really like zombies.”
The Troy theater company secured the regional premiere for this production, which first appeared in Toronto. The group expects to attract fans – including “Zombie Squad” groups and college students — from as far away as Syracuse, New York City and Boston.
“Cult musicals have cult followings,” Lord said. “So it’s worth purchasing these tickets now before we sell out.”
The show was chosen by Troy Civic Theatre after director Erin Giacomino submitted it for consideration. Though the shift from Shakespeare to a horror-comedy musical may seem incongruous at first, Lord says that theater companies like to mix up their offerings with classics, pop culture hits and experimental works.
“I think everybody in theater wants to do something different, that you wouldn’t see otherwise,” Lord said.
Performance dates for “Evil Dead, the Musical” are scheduled for Oct. 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets are available for purchase the night of performances and in advance online here: https://www.troycivic.org/tickets
Tickets for the discount package are available for purchase here: http://www.troycivic.org/package
ABOUT THE TROY CIVIC THEATRE COMPANY
The Troy Civic Theatre Co. officially formed in October 2011. In March this year, the organization received its official 501(c)3 status as a public charity. All donations are tax-deductible.
Troy Civic’s budget is about $25,000 per year. The organization aims to own its own theater space somewhere in the next five to ten years.
According to research by Lord, Troy Civic is one among 72 community theater groups in the great Capital Region — excluding college theater — from Hudson to Glens Falls and from to Utica, to Pittsfield.
FOR ARTWORK AND INFORMATION
For publicity images pertaining to Troy Civic Theatre’s productions, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/TroyCivic.html
For information about Troy Civic Theatre, visit: http://www.troycivic.org
For information about “Evil Dead, The Musical,” visit: http://www.evildeadthemusical.com
Contact: Michael Ciaravella 518-217-8282