2015-16 Season

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Wait Until Dark

Oct. 7-18, 2015
Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater
Troy, NY

Directed by Leigh Strimbeck

Wait Until Dark LogoAn apartment in 1960’s Greenwich Village becomes the site of theater’s most terrifying game of cat and mouse. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man lays a trap to ensnare a blind woman. With the help of his criminal sidekicks and a few clever disguises, he spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting woman. But when the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. From the author of the stage favorite Dial “M” for Murder, Wait Until Dark proves that what you can’t see can most definitely hurt you.

Wait Until Dark
October 7 – 18, 2015
Opening Night: Friday, October 9, 7:30pm

Wed     Oct 7               10am
Thurs   Oct 8               10am
Fri        Oct 9               10am, 7:30pm
Sat       Oct 10             7:30pm
Sun      Oct 11             2pm
Wed     Oct14              10am
Thurs   Oct 15             10am
Fri        Oct 16             10am
Sat       Oct 17             7:30pm
Sun      Oct 18             2pm
(Sign Language Interpreted)Sign Language Interpreted

Recommended for ages 12+

Wait Until Dark Study Guide


The Wizard of Oz

Dec. 3-17, 2015

Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater
Troy, NY

Wizard of Oz squareThe Wizard of Oz, directed by Sean Fagan. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and the 1939 film.

This musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1987 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The score is full of tunes from the timeless film such as “We’re Off To See the Wizard”, If I Only Had A Brain”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and - of course - “Over The Rainbow”.

The Wizard of Oz
December 3 – 17, 2015
Opening night: Friday, December 4, 7:30pm

Thurs   Dec 3               10am
Fri        Dec 4               10am, 7:30pm

Sat       Dec 5               7:30pm
Sun      Dec 6               3pm
Wed     Dec 9               10am
Thurs   Dec 10             10am
Fri        Dec 11             10am Limited Seating Only, 7:30pm (Sign Language Interpreted)Sign Language Interpreted
Sat       Dec 12             7:30pm
Sun      Dec 13             2pm
Tues     Dec 15             10:30am
Wed     Dec 16             10am
Thurs   Dec 17             10am 
Fri        Dec 18             10am (Snow Day Only)

Recommended for all ages

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Wizard of Oz Study Guide

Number The Stars

Feb. 24-March 6, 2016
Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater
Troy, NY

Directed by David Bunce

Number the StarsAdapted by Dr. Douglas W. Larche from the award-winning juvenile novel by Lois Lowry,  Number the Stars is set during the tumultuous time of World War II, and seen through the eyes of two adolescent girls. The play presents a moving adventure inspired by real life events, as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Nazi occupied Denmark across the sea to safety in Sweden.

Number the Stars
February 24 - March 6, 2016
Opening Night: Friday, February 26, 7:30pm

Wed     Feb 24             10am
Thurs   Feb 25             10am
Fri        Feb 26             10am, 7:30pm
Sat       Feb 27             7:30pm
Sun      Feb 28             2pm
Wed     March 2          10am
Thurs   March 3          10am
Fri        March 4          10am (Snow Day Only), 7:30pm
Sat       March 5          7:30pm
Sun      March 6          2pm
(Sign Language Interpreted)Sign Language Interpreted

Recommended for ages 9+ 

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Romeo and Juliet

April 13-24, 2016
Schacht Fine Arts Center TheaterRomeo and Juliet
Troy, NY

Directed by David Baecker

TIS joins the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with one of his most popular titles. This romantic tragedy of feuding families and thwarted love has inspired over 20 films, 2 operas, a Broadway musical, and countless dance interpretations.

Romeo and Juliet
April 13 - 24, 2016
Opening night: Friday, April 15, 7:30pm

Wed     April 13           10am
Thurs   April 14           10am
Fri        April 15           10am, 7:30pm
Sat       April 16           7:30pm
Sun      April 17           2pm
Wed     April 20           10am
Thurs   April 21           10am
Fri        April 22           10am, 7:30pm
Sat       April 23           7:30pm
Sun      April 24           2pm
(Sign Language Interpreted)Sign Language Interpreted

Recommended for ages 13+ 

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Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

Backbeard: A New Musical

June 1-12, 2016
Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater
Troy, NY

Backbeard the MusicalA new musical based on local author and Sage faculty member Matthew McElligott’s children’s book series Backbeard and the Birthday Suit and Backbeard: Pirate for Hire. A collaboration between Matthew McElligot (book and lyrics), Michael Musial (music and lyrics), Larry Tuxbury (book and lyrics) and Brian Sheldon (book).

Backbeard A New Musical tells the story of Backbeard, the hairiest, toughest pirate ever, Following a particularly rowdy birthday party, even he admits that he's a mess and it's that time for new duds. The clothing store doesn't have pirate gear, but it does have a straw boater, colorfully patterned trousers, a coat, and a pig - not the look Backbeard expected though one that brings both surprises and delights.

Backbeard A New Musical
June 1 – 12, 2016
Opening Matinee: Saturday, June 4, 2pm

Wed     June 1              10am
Thurs   June 2              10am
Fri        June 3              10am
Sat       June 4              2pm
Sun      June 5              2pm
Tues     June 7              10:30am
Wed     June 8              10am
Thurs   June 9              10am
Fri        June 10            10am, 7:30pm    (Preshow Talk at 7:00pm)
Sat       June 11            2pm
Sun      June 12            2pm
(Sign Language Interpreted)Sign Language Interpreted

Recommended for all ages

Backbeard A New Musical Study Guide

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