The Odyssey 2014
The Studio Presentation Series initiated in the fall of 2009 has succeeded in engaging both patrons and artists. Targeted for specific-aged audiences rather than the wide-reaching family fare of the Main Stage, the series provides community artists with a unique opportunity to participate in the creative process of “trying out” new, more experimental works under the direction of emerging professional artists. This program allows our company to both cultivate new talent and challenge audiences.
Our 2015 Studio Series Season:
January 30 – February 8, 2015
Chaucer’s work will be presented, in part, by the young people that will stage our first Studio Series presentation of the season. A group of travelers sets out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage. To pass the time, they entertain each other with a storytelling contest. The best story wins a prize. Each and every performer gets a chance to shine in this spirited, charming script. Great characters, lots of humor, and strong ensemble work.
COMMEDIA DEL’ARTE STUDIO PIECE
June 5 – 14, 2015
Just as our initial studio piece introduced our young audience and actors to verse in dialogue, we now engage them with physical comedy and the use of the mask. A specific title will be announced, but we see great value in providing this opportunity to share the techniques and style of this classic form of theatre.
SUMMER TEEN MUSICAL:
BAT BOY: The Musical
July 18 – August 2, 2015Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe xxxxxxxxxx
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. This is our Studio Series presentation conducted with a Master Class philosophy and cast by high-school and college -aged students.