Youth summer theater returns to Keene
Last summer they moved their rehearsals online (pictured here) and created their musical recorded as a Pop-Up Drive-In at Bark Eater in Keene.
This year the adventure continues with an emphasis on flexibility and outdoor repetitions and performances. The Keene Valley Library will serve as the hub and the show will be outside at the Neighborhood House on the weekend of July 17. All COVID safety precautions will be observed. The production will be a new and improved original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”.
EBFA recently received grants from the Adirondack Quad-Country Decentralization Grant and the Stewarts Holiday Match Grant specifically for the Youth Theater in One Week program.
Players Producer / Director Kathleen Recchia said, “We are grateful to EBFA and the foundations that continue to support this program. We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to share live theater with the people who live at the Neighborhood House. They will be able to watch from the building as our musical takes place on their lawn.
Auditions for the summer 2021 production will take place at the Keene Valley Library on May 19 at 3:15 p.m.
Young people aged 8 to 18 will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, based on the registration receipt.
The week of the workshop and the production takes place from July 11 to July 18 with performance (s) on weekends. Registration is $ 85.00.
The production team includes Alisa Endsley, vocal coach-class teacher. Ms Endsley has worked with some of Broadway’s biggest names including songwriter Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Trevor Nunn, Tony Patti Lupone winning actors, George Hearn and Betty Buckley. Her talents have also taken her on numerous national tours and in leading roles in London’s West End. The books and covers players are delighted to see Alisa back on the squad. Other members of the creative team are Rose Chancler, (Piano by Nature), Dawn Klotzko, Annie Scavo, guest English country dancers and more.
This is the 11th year that The Players have adopted the music format in a week. They started with the musical “Mirette”, followed by the first incarnation of the original musical “Road to Dannemora”, then the Broadway musical “Irene”. Other productions include “1776”, “Lend Me a Tenor, the Musical” and last year’s original movie / film “Piano Portal”.
The EBFA and the Book & Blanket Players are grateful to Stewart’s for providing Holiday Match funds and the Pumpkin Hill Foundation. This project is made possible, in part, by funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program at the New York State Arts Council with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislative Assembly of New York State and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.