Altoona Community Theatre has selected the shows to be presented during its 2012-2013 production season at the Mishler Theatre and is accepting letters of interest from individuals who would like to be considered to direct any of them. Directing positions are non-paid, volunteer assignments, and previous experience with ACT is not required.
ACT's 2012-2013 season will fill ACT's performance home at the Mishler Theatre with gales of laughter, with four selections picked in particular for their light-hearted hilarity.
In September, the season will open with the Ken Ludwig comedy "The Fox on the Fairway." A tribute by Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, the show is a madcap misadventure at the Quail Valley Country Club as it prepares to take on archrival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. Previous Ludwig shows which ACT has produced with great popularity include "Lend Me a Tenor," "Moon Over Buffalo" and "Leading Ladies."
November's offering will be the lavish musical version of "A Christmas Carol" which delighted Big Apple audiences at Madison Square Garden for 10 holiday seasons and became the basis of an NBC Hallmark Entertainment special featuring Kelsey Grammer.
Never produced before in the Altoona area, this rendition of the Charles Dickens' classic features a full Broadway score with 20 songs by "Beauty and the Beast" composer Alan Menken.
Next February, ACT will revive Michael Frayn's hilarious comedy "Noises Off" in a 20th anniversary production. First presented by ACT in 1993, "Noises Off" is a "play-within-a-play" about a second-rate British theatre company presenting a touring production of a dreadful sex comedy which is seen falling apart from both the audience's vantage point and backstage.
ACT will cap its 2012-13 season with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the bawdy Roman romp of a musical about a servant - played originally by Zero Mostel and over the years by the likes of Phil Silvers, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg - who tries to obtain his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.
Deadline for anyone interested in submitting a resume to be considered as a director for one of the shows is April 2. Interviews with ACT's Artistic Committee will be scheduled later that month.
Send to Altoona Community Theatre, Attn: Director Search, Post Office Box 908, Altoona, PA 16603-0908, or email to act@ altoonacommunitytheatre. com. Perusal copies of the scripts are available at the ACT office.
For more information, call 943-4357.