Theatre Ensemble to present 'Sweet Charity'
N.Y. (March 18, 2019) -- Albany High School’s award-winning
Theatre Ensemble turns a dated Broadway musical into an exploration of
sexism and misogyny in its upcoming production of "Sweet Charity."
The play opens with a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 28.
Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, and
Saturday, March 30 with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students and
Based on Federico Fellini's 1957 Italian film classic "The Nights
of Cabiria," "Sweet Charity" focuses on the life of a New York City
dance hall hostess named Charity Hope Valentine.
“Charity is a woman on a life-long quest to find love. While this
may seem like a noble endeavor, she navigates the world under the notion
that her worth and happiness is predicated on her ability to please a
man. Her chosen field of employment exposes her to the underbelly of New
York life for sex workers and the men involved,” said Theatre Ensemble
Director Ward Dales, who co-directs the play with Gregory Theodore
In Albany High’s production, Charity and her fellow dance hall
hostesses display autonomy and force us to challenge institutions that
question female consent. Dales said their show intentionally views the
original play (it debuted on Broadway in 1966) through a feminist lens.
"How can we avoid reflecting on the autonomy of
women in a play where women are selling themselves short and literally?
What happens when we explore sexist literature and we give our young
ones permission to express their rage, their fear, their disgust and
their guilt? They become more powerful, more themselves. They become
educators and allies, and we surely need more of these, now more than
ever," Dales said.
The show contains mature themes and may not be suitable for
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High