Youth Musical-in-a-Week will go on, maybe online

Young people perform “Lend Me a Tenor, the Musical” last summer at Keene Central School for the Book and Blanket Players’ “Summer Musical-in-a-Week” program. (Photo provided)

KEENE VALLEY — The Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre says it will be ready as planned for the “Summer Musical-in-a-Week” at Keene Central School and has established a “Plan B” to do everything through the internet.

The possibility of going online brings more challenges, not only for the actors but for producer and director Kathleen Recchia.

“Since Plan B for the players may involve streaming, recording or broadcasting the production, care must be taken due to the issues of rights and royalties,” said Recchia, who lives in Saranac Lake.

That means more thought and review going into the play selection. It’s no longer just original material being reviewed but public domain material, too.

Casting day is set for Thursday, May 21 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., arranged through Zoom or Skype, or as previously scheduled at Keene Central School. Kids age 8 to 18 can participate and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee is $80.

The intensive youth musical theater workshop will run July 20 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The performance is set for 7 p.m. on July 25 at Keene Central School, or online for Plan B.

“I am proud that our creative team is willing to take on the technological challenges that continuing with our program may entail,” Recchia said. “We have asked our sound engineer to help us work out the kinks and logistics if it is necessary to do all of our work remotely, but we need to keep our musical options flexible until we have it all worked out.”

This is the 10th year for the players to take on the musical-in-a-week format. They have produced a variety of different productions, from their first, “Mirette,” to their most recent, “Lend me a Tenor.”

For more information and registration information, contact Recchia at bookinnjay@aol.com or 518-708-3606.

The program has been awarded a Stewart’s Holiday Match grant, a grant from the Pumpkin Hill Foundation and a Decentralization Program grant from the New York State Council of the Arts.


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