FCT presents 1776, The Musical


            HEAR YE!  HEAR YE!  The Olde Towne Crier exclaims, "It is only 58 years and 10 months till the long-awaited Tricentennial of the founding of our new nation - the United States of America!"  (Though some of us are still recovering from the Bicentennial celebrations!)  Over 200 years ago in 1776, our founding forefathers penned (or should I say "quilled") the Declaration of Independence, publicly proclaiming America as a free and independent country, no longer under the reins, the auspices, or the tyrannical rule of Great Britain.  Of course, we had to fight a little war known as the American Revolution to secure that independence completely, but the goal of America self-governing most likely would never have been actualized if it had not been for the 2nd Continental Congress and a certain document written by none other than Virginia's favorite son, Thomas Jefferson himself - the Declaration of Independence!!

            All ye citizens of Fauquier County, Virginia, and its surrounds should hitch your horse up to your buggy and bring the entire family out to see the educational, entertaining, and very moving musical 1776!  As Paul Revere well knows, "The British are coming!  The British are coming!"  So you should, too!!!  Before all the good seats are sold out!!

            Sitting in the Congress in Philadelphia from May to July of 1776, one cannot help but be amazed!  Who knew that it could get this stinkin' hot or that there would be this many flies?!  And why does Congress not have its own privy, for Providence's sake?!  But once one gets past all that, the real amazement is looking around and seeing the most patriotic group of men ever to be assembled anywhere.  Over there is John Adams (sitting by himself because he is obnoxious and disliked).  On the other side of the room, that is Benjamin Franklin with his foot propped up; he claims it is because of the gout, but personally I think he injured it trying to escape quickly from a spurned female companion!  Near Franklin, one can see the tall, copper-haired presence of Thomas Jefferson, who for some reason that I cannot quite figure out is "burning" to get home to his new bride.  I also spy John Dickinson from Pennsylvania, Richard Henry Lee from Virginia, Edward Rutledge from South Carolina, and the Congressional President John Hancock up there practicing his signature!  In total, all 13 original colonies are well represented.  But do not take my word for it.  Come see for yourself.  Ye will be glad that ye did.

            Fauquier Community Theatre's production of 1776 (book by Peter Stone; music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards), directed by Walter Loope, musically directed by Jacob Lash, and produced by Dawn Fansler. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. from October 6 through October 22, 2017, at the FCT Playhouse, located at 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, Virginia 20187.  Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors (60+) and students (4 to 18).  For information, please call (540) 349-8760 or visit the theatre website at www.FCTstage.org/Tickets.
By Charles (Chuck) DeLong
Please Note that ALL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY performances during this 2017-2018 season will begin at 7:30 pm! Sundays will remain at 2 pm. 

FCT could sure use the community's help. Please see below how YOU can help us! If you can help in anyway, 
Please contact us at Christie@FCTstage.org or call and leave your phone number at 540-349-8760.

1.  FCT is in need to BORROW some prop items:
A Gavel
Ladderback Style Chairs - up to 10
Bow Style Chairs - up to 4
Bench - not modern
Colonial style musket
ink wells

2.  We need 2-3 ladies who are willing to come to a few rehearsals in October and 6 performances in November (Nov. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12) to do quick change dressing (peeling off clothes, etc) of actors for an upcoming show. 

3. We are in desperate need of a storage place 
for our props. ( garage, barn, back room of an office building, etc) The only requirement is that it has light and is weatherproof. We do not need outlets. It does not have to be climate controlled. We are a 501c3 organization and the space can be donated and used as a deduction off of your taxes as well as a few other perks that we can offer you.

4 FCT could still use 2-3 seamstresses who are willing to sew costumes during out 2016-2017 season. Please let us know if you might be available to donate a bit of time. The amount of time can be determined by you. 


Audition Dates
FridayNovember 10 at 7pm
SaturdayNovember 11 at 1pm 
Callbacks if needed,   Sunday, November 12 from 12-2.

Progressions Dance School  331 Walker Dr #6, Warrenton

Audition Requirements
Prepared Comedic Monologue
Cold Readings
List of Conflicts
A Picture you don't mind parting with. 
Please bring this completed  Audition Form with you to the audition.
Any questions, please email the director Scott J. Strasbaugh at strasbaughs@gmail.com.

Much Ado About Nothing

Audition Dates
Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1pm
Callbacks, Sunday, December 17 at 2pm

Hope Christian Fellowship (4173 Bludau Drive, Warrenton, VA)

Big Fish 
presented in memory of award-winning costumer Susan Kirk Noe

Audition Dates
Friday, January 19, 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 20, 10:00 AM
callbacks  Sunday, January 21, 2:00 PM

Audition Location
Hope Christian Fellowship (4173 Bludau Drive, Warrenton, VA)

Be Prepared
Arrive promptly to sign in and be ready to go at the beginning of auditions! Prepare a song from a Broadway musical (other than Big Fish), and bring either piano sheet music or recorded trax without vocals (either CD or digital to plug in from a headphone jack). You may be asked to perform a "cold reading" from the show. Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes; you will be asked to learn and perform a brief piece of choreography. Bring your completed  Audition Form-Big Fish as well as a head shot.
Performance Dates
May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Edward's health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father's "true" life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself - spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.
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1776 The Musical
America's Prize Winning Musical
Music and Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS
Based on a concept by SHERMAN EDWARDS
Original Production Directed by PETER HUNT
Originally Produced on the Broadway Stage by STUART OSTROW

Directed by Walter Loope
Produced by Dawn Fansler

Music Directed by Jacob Lash

Performances: October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
Tickets $18 Seniors (60 & above) & Students (4-18), $20 Adults

Greater Tuna
Directed by Don Bachman
Produced by Don Richardson

Performances: November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
Tickets $15 Seniors (60& above)/ Students (4-18), $17 adults

Written by Julian Wiles
Directed by Lucia Hanover
Produced by Amanda Gibson

Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Tickets $15 Seniors (60& above)/ Students (4-18), $17 adults

Written by Ira Levin
Directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh
Produced by Evelyn Rice

Performances: January 26, 27, 28, Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
Tickets $15 Seniors (60& above)/ Students (4-18), $17 adults

Much Ado About Nothing
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rodrigo Pool
Produced by Don Richardson

Performances: March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Tickets $15 Seniors (60& above)/ Students (4-18), $17 adults

Big Fish
In Memory of Susan Kirk Noe
Directed by Scott Heine
Produced by Dawn Fansler

Performances: May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
Tickets $18 Seniors (60 & above)/ Students(4-18), $20 Adults

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FCT is looking for Directors to propose shows for our 2018-2019 Main Season.

FCT's season typically consists of 5 productions: a "classic" musical, a "contemporary" musical, a "classic" drama, comedy or mystery, and a more contemporary non-musical as well, with the fifth show selected to balance out the other four. Our December production is intended to be family-friendly and "fun for the holidays", although it does not have to be specifically a Christmas show.

We also seek directors who would like to work with our youth program.  Our youth activities typically take place in June, July or August, but workshops could be scheduled at any time of the year.  We are looking to schedule our Summer 2018 youth programs at this time, but suggestions for 2019 are also welcome.

Please download the   Director Proposal form (page 2 is optional at this stage) and when complete, email to 
You may submit as many proposals as you like; please be sure to mention any limitations as to time periods when you would not be available to do the show. Please don't delay in responding - our Artistic Committee will need to make decisions about the 2018-2019 season by the end of 2017!  Our next meeting is on August 19th; you are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.

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