The Rome Civic Theater was newer, and had a much larger group of people involved. Because of their volunteers, they could produce shows more aggressively (6 shows each winter, and 10 each summer).
The Rome Civic Theater however, was in trouble financially.
The two combined in 1953, to form the Rome Community Theater, melding the levelheadedness and financial stability of the Theater Guild with the exuberance and volunteer base of the Civic Theater to form the organization that still performs today.
One of their first acts was to fix up their schedule, finding the right balance between performance and burden. They decided to fix the regular season at 4 shows in the fall/winter/spring months, with a few variable events in the summer.
The first show performed by the Rome Community Theater was "Light up the Sky" by Moss Hart. Presented by The Kiwanis Club of Rome NY, at RFA Auditorium on Turin Road on October 13, 14 and 15, 1953, the show was directed by Lt. Eric J. Kromphold. The Cast included several notable Romans: Emily Hayes, George T. Bolton, Ruth Fenster, Makeup: Theresa Reed, Stage Setting: Mr. & Mrs. Ted Scott, Lights: Murray Warner, Set construction: Virginia Kirshner, the first President: Margaret Nero, and Dixie Bolton.
Where are we?
Rome Community Theater is located at 8911 Turin Rd (Rte 26 North), at the north edge of the City of Rome. Check MAPQUEST, it will give you a map, and driving directions.
RCT Promotional Video
By: The Pisano Sisters
Each year we entertain close to a thousand people, and have been doing it for 50 years now. That's a lot of entertainment, and a lot of audiences.
Being a member of the audience is easy at RCT, simply come on down and see a show, whether it’s one of our regular season shows, or a special off season performance (such as One Acts or one of our Summer Cabarets).
RCT's theater has a seating capacity of about 230 with tiered seating, which means no viewing obstacles and therefore...not a bad seat in the house!
For reservations, beginning two weeks before a show, call 338-5006 any time after 6 p.m.
Regular Season Shows:
Our regular Season runs from October thru June, and is 5 shows, at least one of which will be a musical, and a comedy. Use the Tickets link for more information. Reservations are recommended for regular shows and may be made by calling the Box Office 315-337-5920, hours 6 - 10 PM beginning one weeks before the opening of each show.
Each production runs 4 performances for regular shows and or 7 performances for musicals:
-Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30pm, matinee on Sunday at 2:30pm.
-Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, matinee on Sunday at 2:30pm.
Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each scheduled show.
Off Season Shows:
Our Off Season shows usually refer to any show that is not part of the regular 4 of our advertised season. Such shows include "The Evening Of One Act Plays", "Summer Cabarets" or "Annual Summer Youth Theater Production” held in the summer time
The ticket price for Off Season Shows vary from show to show, reservations are usually not available, but tickets are always available at the door.
Backstage is where the magic happens. The curtains, the props, the costumes, paint, scenery, makeup, sound, lighting you name it. All of the little nuances
that make the actors look good, and turn a bunch of actresses on stage into a production... all of it happens backstage.
The Stage Manager is in charge of all the traffic patterns and timing backstage, part battalion commander, part den mother, her job is to keep the show rolling safely, and timely.
The Prop Mistress/Master is in charge of all the little detailed pieces of the stage that aren't nailed down. Cups, Saucers, canes, tubas, swords,
guns, whiskey bottles, baby bottles. If an actor carries it or uses it onstage, the Prop Master found it, and made sure it was in place when it was needed most.
Not everyone wants to get involved in community theater in the same way. If being in the spotlight isn't your cup of tea, perhaps a turn operating a spotlight? Or raising the curtain? Or taking care of props?
Each RCT production requires many participants who work behind the scenes to design, build and paint sets; handle lighting, sound and special effects; create costumes, make-up and props; and provide hospitality services for the audiences such as ushering, box office, refreshments and parking.
Additional people take care of theater programs and publicity, plan opening night parties, read and select plays and do all of the necessary housekeeping chores that are required to maintain the playhouse. In addition to these people, others serve as directors and producers in charge of a specific theater production.
RCT's excellent technical facilities provide an atmosphere of "professional theater." Experienced technicians are always happy to welcome newcomers and to assist them in "learning the ropes."
No extra time right now but would still like to help? Make a monetary Donation to the theater! Tell us what you'd like it to go toward… costumes for a special show? New flowers near the front door? New pillows for the auditorium? You name it! Your donation may be tax deductible! Ask your tax advisor or preparer! We are a non profit educational organization!
Photos of some past shows and of the theater,
visit the Photo Album.