Proctors announces three teching rehearsals for the fall
SCHENECTADY — Three shows will assemble teching Broadway rehearsals at Proctors later this year, marking the re-opening of Schenectady’s pride and joy.
The historic venue, which will re-open to the public for performances in October and December, will host the tech of “Hadestown” from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2; an as-yet unannounced title from Oct. 2 to Nov. 11; and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” from Nov. 11 to Dec. 4.
“Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” will not offer public performances this fall but will return to Schenectady to delight audiences at a later date. The unnamed show will mark the return of live theatre to the historic venue in October, while “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” kicks off the KeyBank Broadway Series at Proctors for a week-long run on Dec. 7.
“Teching” shows assemble and rehearse on location for several weeks before starting their national tours, aided by the 25 percent Empire State Music and Theatrical Production Tax Credit. The program – providing incentives for qualified production companies to conduct technical rehearsals and other pre-tour activities – encourages the use of upstate entertainment venues, making them competitive with other venues located in northeastern states that offer similar tax incentives to musical and theatrical productions produced on Broadway.
“These shows will hire local workers and put money into the local economy for 13 busy weeks,” said Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara. “We are proud that these nationwide tours begin their life here.”
Although two of the three teching shows will not host public performances at Proctors, they are an essential part of reopening. “The production tax credit is also an important part of our future,” said Leonard. “As we slowly begin to recover from the pandemic, it provides an important boost we need to reopen. And we look forward to these shows returning to us later for public performances.”
Proctors is the only venue for touring Broadway shows in the Capital Region; it hosts more than 700,000 visitors across 1,700 events annually. It has remained closed to the general public since March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Proctors will follow the safety protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State and Schenectady County that are in place at the time of reopening and will inform patrons of those requirements prior to the performances. Health and wellness partner MVP Health Care is underwriting efforts to reopen the theater safely.
“We are coming back, and we can’t wait,” concluded Leonard.