Bye Bye Birdie & The Rockin' Tale of Snow White

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp continues its twenty-third season with two theatrical productions this week. Bye Bye Birdie and the musical The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White will be performed at Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.

The middle school/high school crossover camp cast will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

This popular stage musical has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley  and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie”, is word play on the name of Conway Twitty.  Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals.

The original 1960-1961 Broadway production was a Tony Award–winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.

Performances of Bye Bye Birdie will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 28-29 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $15, available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Bye Bye Birdie CASTJenny Albanesi, Emma Bailey, Riley Bass, Chad Boyd, Olivia Bradshaw, Cassie Clark, Maggie Cox, Peyton Crevasse, Zachary Davis, A J DePetris, Sona Earnest, Graciela Fernandez, Drew Fitzgerald, Jack Folwell, Trinity Greene, Zachary Greenwald, Kaitlin Hamlett, Mia Hammond, Rebekah Herskovitz, Olivia Kemp, Evie Kirschling, Jacob Little, Nathan Little, Wyatt Matlock, Jack Moser, Kelsey Oh-Criner, Giana Rivera, Ella Romaine, Lily Sara, Alexis Tesori, Brooklyn Skylar Thomas, Kyler Unsworth, Soliel von Hausch, Tyler Wankowski, Chloe Williams, Fin Zeichner and Zoe Zeichner.

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The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White

The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present the musical The Rockin’ Tale of Snow Whitewith two performances at 2 p.m. July 29-30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 at the door, available one hour prior to each performance.

The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud!  New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children.  In addition to the well-known cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time!

Musical styles of all genres fuse to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop, and its tongue-in-cheek humor.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie and director and choreographer for The Rockin’ Tale of Show White.  Joe Kemper is the director for Bye Bye Birdie. Carl Liberatore serves as technical director.  Curtis Powell works as administrator and music director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 23rdseason, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance.  The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

Snow White CASTLilly Crevasse, Will Crevasse, Molly Farrow, Sascha Fox, Maci Gardner, Sarah Hampton, Atticus Jones, Riley Kirschling, Theron Moore, Palyn Prosser, Owen Wallace and Zoe Zeichner.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.  Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie are $15.  Tickets for The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White are $10. The box office opens one hour before each show.  The theater opens one half-hour before each show.  Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating.  For additional information call (904) 501-7396.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fourteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for an eighth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2017 summer season.

It's Ragtime!

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp opens its twenty-third season with a musical theater production this week.  Ragtime will be performed at Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ragtime, the musical, has a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Ragtime is based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, and tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African-Americans, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories.

The musical had its world premiere in Toronto on December 8, 1996. The US Premier was in Los Angeles in 1997 and ran one year before opening on Broadway on January 18, 1998 as the first production in the newly opened Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, Ragtime ran for two years, closing on January 16, 2000, after 834 performances and 27 previews. The original cast included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman and Audra McDonald, who were all nominated for Tony Awards, and also included Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby and Lea Michele.

The cast includes: Malik Bilbrew, Olivia Bradshaw, Maggie Creasman, Vikki Damon, Brent Davis, Annie Doughty, Ben Douse, Connor Dowd, Grayson Eastman, Tony Freveletti, Kylie Giliberto. Gwen Gitto, Simone Glomboski, Will Gooden, Trinity Greene, Sara Hanzl, Zach Greenwald, Taylor Hendricks, Rebekah Herskovitz, Ty Lewin, Jacob Little, Katie Logue, Jaedon Mack, Monica Martin, Susi Matza, Marjorie Metellus, Gemy Meyers, Madison Mintzer, Alex Mowry, Samantha Nelson, Alex Peek, Collen Reed, Ella Romaine, Grace Shields, Cameron Sparks, Sascha Thorpe, Abby Watson, and Bradley Williams.

Performances of Ragime are Friday evening, June 30, and Saturday evening, July 1, at 7:30 PM.  There is a Sunday matinee on July 2 at 2:00 PM. 

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and Director/Choreographer for Ragtime.  Nikki Falcao is the Assistant Director and Set Artist.  Carl Liberatore returns as Technical Director.  Joe Kemper directs in the second summer session. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 23rd  season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance.  The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fourteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for an eighth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2017 summer season.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.  Tickets are $15.  The box office opens one hour before each show.  The theater opens one half-hour before each show.  Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating.  For additional information call (904) 501-7396.

SMTC Announces 23rd Summer Season

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp for Kids and Teens begins its 23rd summer season with the contemporary Broadway musical hit Ragtime as the mainstage show for the high school division of this educational program.  The high school camp begins Monday, June 5 and runs four consecutive weeks ending with the production of Ragtime on June 30, July 1, and 2.

The second session of SMTC begins with programs for kids ages 5 through 11, and a second session of middle school and high school aged kids.  The kids show this summer is a production of The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White and the teen crossover group performing the musical Bye Bye Birdie.  These camps begin on Monday, July 3 and continue four consecutive weeks with performances of both shows on the weekend of July 29 through July 31.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.  Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program. Long-time staff member, Joe Kemper, returns to the summer program as a production director. Nikki Falcao returns as a production scenic artist.  Carl Liberatore is Technical Director.  Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

Ragtime, the musical, has a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Ragtime is based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, and tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African-Americans, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories.

The musical had its world premiere in Toronto on December 8, 1996. The US Premier was in Los Angeles in 1997 and ran one year before opening on Broadway on January 18, 1998 as the first production in the newly opened Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, Ragtime ran for two years, closing on January 16, 2000, after 834 performances and 27 previews. The original cast included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman and Audra McDonald, who were all nominated for Tony Awards, and also included Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby and Lea Michele.

The middle school / high school crossover camp cast will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie. This popular stage musical has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let's Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley  and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie", is word play on the name of Conway Twitty.  Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.

The original 1960–1961 Broadway production was a Tony Award–winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.

The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present the musical The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White.  
The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud!  New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children.  In addition to the well-known cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time!

Musical styles of all genres fuse to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop, and its tongue-in-cheek humor.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 23rd season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance.  The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely known as the leading training ground for young actors. Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fourteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for an eighth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2017 summer season.

For a brochure and/or additional information contact Curtis Powell and the Summer Musical TheatreCamp at (904) 501-7396 or the visit the website at summermusicaltheatrecamp.com.

JULY 29-30: BIG FISH ON STAGE AT FLAGLER COLLEGE

  A scene during Big Fish, on stage at 7:30 p.m. July 29-30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Photos by Renee Unsworth

A scene during Big Fish, on stage at 7:30 p.m. July 29-30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Photos by Renee Unsworth

The middle-high school crossover camp with Summer Musical TheatreCamp in St. Augustine will present the musical Big Fish, on stage at 7:30 p.m. July 29-30 in in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium box office. Seating is general admission.

Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Cast: Jenny Albanesi, Ensemble; Isaiah Balzer, Zacky Price; Olivia Bradshaw, Ensemble; Tommy Carzoli, Ensemble; Kelly Ann Cernese, Witch #6; Peyton Crevasse, Ensemble; Sebastian Conte, Red Fang; Maggie Creasman, Witch #4; Brent Davis, Karl the Giant; Nick Dondero, Edward Bloom; Grayson Eastman, Witch #3; Sofia Ferarro, Witch; Tony Freveletti, Will Bloom; Kylie Giliberto, Mermaid; Gwen Gitto, Ensemble; Simone Glomboski, Ensemble; JoJo Greene, Ensemble; Zach Greenwald, Ensemble; Sara Hanzl, Ensemble; Natalie Hernandez, Ensemble; Olivia Kemp, Ensemble; Zachary “Chopppa” King, Don Price; Ty Lewin, Ensemble; Ella Maguire, Ensemble; Monica Martin, Ensemble; Raquel Martin, Jenny Hill; Susi Matza, Ensemble; Blake McClure, Ensemble; Eli Moseley, Dr. Bennett; Jack Moser, Ensemble; Kelsey Oh-Criner, Ensemble; Belle Oh-Criner, Witch #5; Paxton Peterson, Fisherman; Chase Pittman, Amos; Giana “Gigi” Rivera, Witch #7; Ella Romaine, Witch #2; Trey Simmons, Mayor; Beth Slade, Alabama Lamb Girl; Sarah Stepp, Alabama Lamb Girl; Sophia Tesdorph, Ensemble; Soleil von Hausch, Ensemble; Maya Weed, Josephine; Olivia Wolford, Sandra; and Fin Zeichner, Ensemble.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program. Long-time staff member, Joe Kemper, returns to the summer program as a production director. Nikki Falcao returns as a production assistant director. Carl Liberatore is Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

From Playbill.com: A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.”

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past thirteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for a seventh year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2016 summer season.

SHOW TIMES
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30

TICKETS
$15 for adults
$8 for children 8 and younger
*Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Lewis Auditorium one hour prior to each performance.
*Tickets are not available in advance.
*Seating is general admission

LOCATION
Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College
14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine
FREE parking at the audiotorium (off Cedar Street)

JULY 30-31: DOO-WOP WED WIDING HOOD

  Claira Williams as Little Red Riding Hood and Zoe Zeichner as Big Bad Wolf, on stage at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. See performance information below. Photos by Renee Unsworth

Claira Williams as Little Red Riding Hood and Zoe Zeichner as Big Bad Wolf, on stage at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. See performance information below. Photos by Renee Unsworth

July 30-31: Summer Musical TheatreCamp features the musical DooWop Wed Widing Hood, performed by elementary school age students.

Show times are 2 p.m. July 30-31 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium box office. Seating is general admission.

It’s the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood! Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother) and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. The king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes.

Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon, and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood. Complete with the big bad wolf and a sock-hopping 1950s score, this adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences and performers of all ages.

Cast list: Andi Barbour as Big Green Riding Hood; Kohie Balzer, Emma; Nazerra Balzer, Sophie; Moselle Balzer, Grandmother; Jacob Busbee, Mr. Hood; Jack Coghlin, Strong Prince Justin, Lily Crevasse, Medium Purple Riding Hood; Maci Gardner, Gerald; Kaitlin Hamlett, Queen; Arabella Jackson, Narrator #2; Jake Karger, King; Riley Kirschling, Fairy Godmother; Peter Paul Leone, Loud Prince Frank; Alexis Tesori, Mrs. Hood; Sasha Thorpe, Wise Prince Jason; Owen Wallace, Hedgehog; Aoife Weaver, Evil Queen; Claira Williams, Little Red Riding Hood; and Zoe Zeichner as Big Bad Wolf.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program. Long-time staff member, Joe Kemper, returns to the summer program as a production director. Nikki Falcao returns as a production assistant director. Carl Liberatore is Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past thirteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for a seventh year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2016 summer season.

SHOW TIMES

  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31
  • Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine

TICKETS

  • $10 for adults
  • $5 for children
  • Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the box office at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College
  • Advance tickets are not available
  • Seating is general admission