The Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre has been busy writing and rehearsing their first virtual performance ever, “Youth in a Pandemic”, an evening of Monologues, Scenes and Songs written and performed by area Youth.
In order to create this exciting virtual show, the Youth Theatre has been working with professions from the theatre industry from New Jersey, New York City, Geneva, Phelps, Ithaca and Rochester. The first two weeks were comprised of Monologue and Poetry writing led by Kamilah Bush, Artistic Assistant at Two River Theatre in Red Bank New Jersey; Songwriting led by Tommy Crawford, actor, musician, singer, composer, and songwriter from New York City, and a co-founder of band and theater collective The Lobbyists; Scene Writing led by Lucas Riegel, a writer, director, and photographer based in Ithaca, NY; a course on Shakespeare led by Rob Carson, Associate Professor in the Dept. of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; a course on Technical Aspects of Virtual Production led by Kate Duprey, a freelance Stage Manager, turned Virtual Manager for Finger Lakes and Rochester area Theaters; and an Acting Class with Steve Duprey, who holds an MFA in Directing from Syracuse University and has been directing for the Geneva Theatre Guild for the past 37 years. The production is directed by Sean Britton Milligan, a graduate of SUNY Fredonia ’19 who has directed various productions for the guild and is currently the GTG Summer Series Production Manager.
“The amazing amount of talent that has come together to put this show together and to help our Youth Theatre participants to put down on paper, in theatrical form, what they have been going through as the world they knew crashed around them is just incredible,” said Youth Theatre Coordinator, Larry Ann Evans who went on to say that this couldn’t have been possible without the help of a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation. “I was so afraid that no grants would be available this summer. We thank the Wyckoff Family from the bottom of our hearts for making this production a (virtual!) reality for these kids.”
The virtual performance of “Youth in a Pandemic” will have one performance on August 1, 2020 at 7pm on Facebook. In order to see the production, go to www.genevatheatreguild.org and click the link, that will take you to Facebook (no need to have an account to see the production like this). Or if you have Facebook go to The Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre page and click the link. The Youth Theatre is asking for for a donation of $5 per person to view the performance. Please give as you can. In order to donate go to https://www.genevatheatreguild.org/youth and click the Donate button.
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