Knock knock knock. “Almira, you’re on in two minutes.” “Thanks. What town are we in tonight?” “Catskill, NY.” “Catskill?? You’ve GOTTA be kidding me…”

She’s back! That ultimate spinster and notorious terrorizer of neighborhood children and their pets gets a post ‘Wizard of Oz’ lease on life with her own autobiographical lounge act! “Miss Gulch Returns!”, in all the glory Hollywood denied her, to tell her side of the story in this hilarious and unexpectedly touching one-man musical revue by Fred Barton, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for eight performances only September 9-19, 2021.

This musical valentine to the romantically disenfranchised (across all categories) stars Steven Patterson as Almira Gulch, searching for love and performing her heart out in venues where, to say the very least, she’s not likely to find it. Accompanying Mr. Patterson on the piano is the irreplaceable Tom Judson. The production is staged and designed by BST Artistic Director John Sowle with costumes by Michelle Rogers. Production Stage Manager is Eve Kelly.

Fred Barton is an acclaimed composer, lyricist, orchestrator, conductor, and actor. His arrangements are played regularly by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and major symphonies nationwide. On Broadway and National Tours he has conducted Anthony Quinn in “Zorba”, Hal Prince’s “Cabaret”, Cy Coleman’s “City of Angels” and Robert Goulet in “Camelot”. Learn more about Mr. Barton by visiting

For the safety of both audiences and artists, Bridge Street Theatre follows union and state guidelines for indoor entertainment venues. All attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for COVID at the door prior to entry. In addition, masks will need to be worn at all times while in the theatre building. For more detailed information on the theatre’s safety precautions and attendance requirements, visit

Bursting with sophisticated comedy numbers that would have made Cole Porter himself envious, “Miss Gulch Returns!” will be performed Thursdays – Sundays, September 9 – 19, 2021, on Bridge Street Theatre’s “Priscilla” Mainstage, located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill. Eight performances only. The show (replete with plenty of sly double-entendre naughtiness) is recommended for audiences ages 12 and over. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Admission at the door is $25, Students and Children ages 18 and under are only $10. Discounted advance tickets (highly recommended) are available for $22/$10 (+ a small service fee) at In addition, the Thursday, September 9 and Sunday, September 12 shows will each be bargain “Pay-What-You-Will” performances.

For further information on “Miss Gulch Returns!” and other upcoming events at Bridge Street Theatre, check the theatre’s website at

Oh, and please – No DOGS (well, maybe service animals) Allowed! Better leave Toto at home.

Performance Calendar:

Bridge Street Theatre presents
A One-Man Musical Revue by Fred Barton
Show One of BST’s Abbreviated 2021 Season
Starring Steven Patterson as Almira Gulch
And Featuring Tom Judson on Piano
Directed and Designed by John Sowle
Costumes by Michelle Rogers
Production Stage Manager: Eve Kelly
September 9 – 19, 2021
Bridge Street Theatre’s “Priscilla” Mainstage
44 West Bridge Street, Catskill, NY

Thursday September 9 @ 7:30pm (“Pay What You Will” preview)
Friday September 10 @ 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday September 11 @ 7:30pm
Sunday September 12 @ 2:00pm (“Pay What You Will” performance)
Thursday September 16 @ 7:30pm
Friday September 17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday September 18 @ 7:30pm
Sunday September 19 @ 2:00pm (Closing performance)

Advance tickets available at
General Admission $22, $10 for Students and Children ages 18 and under
Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance (on a space available basis) for $25, $10 for Students ages 18 & under.

Bridge Street Theatre is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor of New York and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts (dba CREATE).

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