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August 7-16 – Benita Zahn in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG,
also starring Tim Nelson.
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.
Song Poster
Benita Zahn Benita Zahn photo Ted Nelson
The popular WNYT news anchor returns to her theater home, directed by Mr. Nelson (Breakfast Epiphanies), in Neil Simon’s musical about the neuroses and courtship of a couple who write songs and make beautiful music together. Score by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, who were dating when they wrote the show (and later married different partners).

Opening on Broadway in 1979, the original production of They're Playing Our Song starred Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz. The score contains hits that include "If He Really Knew Me," "I Still Believe in Love," and "Just for Tonight." Hamlisch and Sager are perhaps best known for having written the theme from the film Ice Castles, "Through the Eyes of Love." The book, classic Neil Simon, is smart, biting, and insightful.

Ms. Zahn is an award-winning newswoman who moonlights as an actress and vocalist. She debuted her first solo cabaret act at the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater in the summer of 2007, and starred on The Fort's Mainstage in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road last summer. Mr. Nelson has directed in the Capital Region for several summers, and is Managing Director of the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, California.
July 31-August 1 - Green, Imhof, & O’Keefe: The Young Divas
Friday & Saturday at 8 PM.
Headshot Abby Val Brendan Dailey
From the Italian for divine, a diva is a performer whose instrument transcends the mundane. Three such uniquely talented local young women, Andrea Green from Greenwich, Abby Imhof from Cambridge, and Jessica O'Keefe from Salem, each embarking upon careers in musical theater, sing blockbuster songs, together and as solos, in a powerful musical romp. They are joined for a few numbers by a special guest, gifted twelve-year-old divus, Brendan Dailey.

With a repertoire that takes on the established divas, such as Mariah Carey, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, The Young Divas give their take on the classics, such as "Hero," "The Man That Got Away," and "Don't Rain on My Parade." Young Dailey makes "The Impossible Dream" seem possible.
July 24 –Youth & Teen Workshop Performances, 8PM
The Wiz Alice in Wonderland
In our mission statement, we state that "the educational wing of Fort Salem strives to support the student in his/her strengths, analyze and address technical deficits, and provide training that will result in a series of general skills that can serve him/her in future academic, community, or professional theatrical experiences." In that spirit, after four weeks of intensive study, together the two workshops present musical numbers (song and dance), scenes and improv.

Led in acting and improv by Tyler Budde, a film/theater major from American University, in dance by Aaron Coulson, a Broadway/Vegas performer and choreographer, and vocal performance by Manhattan musical director/coach David Turner, these young performers have collaborated to create imaginative songs, sketches, and dances.

Great fun, even if you're not family! Tickets only $10.
July 10-19 – CORN! THE MUSICAL, A Tribute to Growing Families
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.
Corn - The Musical
World Premiere of locally inspired original story of an established farm family struggling with the economic issues of twenty-first century farming, with a book by Al Budde and songs by Jay Kerr, the team that created last year’s Breakfast Epiphanies.

Great Performers! Great Songs! And an amusing, warm salute to the men and women who have nourished a nation.
June 19-20 – SURF CITY SINGERS, 100 Years of Broadway, 8 PM
Surf City Singers
Southern California's Premier Musical Theater Ensemble from the Academy of Performing Arts in Huntington Beach boasts some of the finest young performers anywhere,. Under the direction of part-time Salem resident Tim Nelson, these young people celebrating song and summer in their only East Coast show this year.
June 6 - Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association/
Salem Footlighters’ Annual TALENT TRIALS., 7:30 PM
Talent Show Talent Show Talent Show
Benefitting the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association, Salem’s popular community theater group, the Footlighters, gathers talented performers of all ages who astonish with their range of skills, and inspire and entertain. Hosted by Dr. Dan Garfinkel, winners go on to perform in the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater in August. Last year's winners will entertain during the evening while the judges deliberate and select the new winners. Tickets sold through the Courthouse, (518) 854-7053.
May 2 – TANGO FUSION -- Timeless, 8 PM
Tango Fusion Dance Company’s Spring Show, Timeless, takes us to three fun and flirtatious period dance parties (1902, 1952, 2002). Tango Fusion Dance Company celebrates a variety of dance forms in addition to tango: Latin dance, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Jazz, Ballet and Modern Dance.
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