2015 Summer Youth Theater Collaborative: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, with  Book by

Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan, New Music by

Jeanine Tesori, and New Lyrics by

Dick Scanlan, was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film (Original Story & Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film), Thoroughly Modern Millie  takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when  "moderns," including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing  their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting  the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful  valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people  who seek to discover themselves there.

2016 Summer Youth Theater Collaborative: IN THE HEIGHTS

In The Heights  tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s  Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the  corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the  breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a  community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures,  where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take  with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations!


Our production received 4 National Youth Theater Awards and 8 additional Nominations!


Awards:
Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Kiley Rose Burke-Perez as
Abuela Claudia
Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Ruby Comiskey as Daniela
Best Ensemble
Set Design: Gerard Bourcier
 

Nominations:
Outstanding Production
Lead Actor in a Musical: Marcos Rivera as Usnavi
Lead Actress in a Musical:
Keara Fernandez as Nina Rosario
Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Ryan Green as Kevin Rosario
Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Lindsey Cooper as Vanessa
Featured Actor in a Musical:
Dean Manikas as Sonny
Choreography: Vittoria Fronte
Direction: Frank Avellino 

2016 Summer Youth Theater Collaborative: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story of Frank Abignale, Jr., with book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, and 

lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Seeking fame and fortune, this precocious teenager runs away from home. With just his boyish charm, a  big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank  successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high  life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. 


Our production received 2 National Youth Theater awards and 8 additional nominations!  


Awards:

Lead Actor in a Musical: Ben Daniel as Carl Hanratty

Lead Actor in a Musical:
Calvin Rezen as Frank Jr.


Nominations:

Outstanding  Production

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Ryan Muska as Frank Sr.

Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Julia Moore as Brenda

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Kiley Burke as Carol

Ensemble:

Set Design: Gerard Bourcier

Musical Direction: Argine Safari   

Direction: Ellyn Essig 

2015 Summer Youth Theater Collaborative: 13! THE MUSICAL

13! The Musical, by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish, is a hilarious pop musical with a big mission: to remind the world that  becoming a teenager is not a piece of cake! Turning 13 is more than  discovering acne - it's about finding out who you are, finding out what you need, and finding out what’s really important. This is the story about Evan Goldman. He turns 13 in just 6 short weeks, a huge milestone in any kid's life. But not so for Evan! A die-hard, native New Yorker, he’s just been plucked from the Big Apple and plopped in Appleton, Indiana with his mother. His folks are divorced, the new kids are likely all hicks, and the choice girl is dating the school bully. But he's set on one goal: get all the cool kids in school to come to his Bar  Mitzvah, or else spend the rest of his Indiana days banished to the land of the "honest to goodness" Geeks. Hey, if Moses can part the Red  Sea....

2014 Summer Youth Theater Collaborative: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

3sPA launched it's Summer Youth Theater Collaborative with their production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, based on the popular 1988 film that follows two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly  swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big  enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to  extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate,  wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

Playwright Showcase 2014

Stage Scene & Song Performing Arts 2014 Youth Theater Teen Playwright Showcase presented a NYC Staged Reading on May 18th, 2014 at The 13th Street Repertory Company, NYC, of the new play Of Misanthropy by Philip Anastassiou.


The cast included Leigh Adel Arnold, Valerie David*, Brandon Essig, Amanda Hilson, Valerie Issembert*, and Ivy Livingston, with Karen Asconi.


Of Misanthropy is a dramatic piece of magic  realism, set in a dystopian universe where a Greek chorus of four  mothers (The Maternal Chorus) buries their children seconds after they are born to protect them from a life of destitution. After their High  School graduation, an 18 year old Girl and Boy rendezvous at this miserable cemetery and, after much pressuring by the Boy, plan a little tryst at his home. This sets in motion a tragic meeting later, between The Maternal Chorus, the Boy, and the Girl, who is now about to give birth. In a battle of will, love, and hope, the Girl and the Mothers  brace for a fight to the death over the life of this new child. This  play is a theatrical meditation on love, motherhood, and what makes life  worth living. The play deals with mature subject matter and language.


Special Thanks to June Rachelson Ospa of Big Apple Voices,
and Sandra Nordgren and Edith O’Hara of The 13th Street Repertory Company.