In its first live show, the Clifton Park-based theater-troupe Bunbury Players will be performing “As We Stumble Along” Friday night (June 25) at the Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls.
The group of 20 part-time actors formed in October of 2020 when it began planning a Zoom production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The group got along so well that they wanted to continue acting together, said artistic director Garrett West.
Bunbury Players performed another virtual production, “Pygmalion,” in February 2021, before they shifted to preparations for the in-person show “As We Stumble Along.” With members scattered throughout Albany, Saratoga and Glens Falls, the group began rehearsal in early May at a church in Clifton Park.
“As We Stumble Along” is a musical production, and will include songs from a variety of popular shows, including “Sweeney Todd,” “The Music Man,” “Oklahoma!, “Annie,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Guys and Dolls.” The show gets its name from the titular song of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.
According to West, the show will have an underlying theme of togetherness and unity in the context of the separation we were forced to endure during the pandemic.
Along with West as the production’s director and producer, Tim Frost is the co-director and choreographer, John Benware is the music director, Katie Hawksby the production designer, Laura Darling the lighting designer, Brian Starnes the sound designer, and Andrew Whipple the stage manager.
Located at 210 Main St. in Hudson Falls, the Strand Theatre can hold up to an audience of 325 people. The show is first-come first-served, free of charge, and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m for a show start time of 8 p.m.
Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated attendees, but not required, West said.
The show will also be live-streamed on the group’s Facebook page, BunburyPlayers2020, for anyone who cannot attend the performance in person.
The group is primarily excited to perform in front of a live audience for the first time in 15 months, West said. “We are a mischievous acting group. Our main goal is that every show is free of charge and accessible,” he added.
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