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Summer youth musical set to return in Keene

KEENE VALLEY — Auditions for a youth summer theater production are happening next month.

The Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by the East Branch Friends of the Arts, have produced youth theater productions for the past 11 years in Keene Valley. Last summer, rehearsals were moved online, and their production was screened at a drive-in movie theater. This year’s production, a new musical adaption of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice,” will be staged outside on the Keene Valley Neighborhood House property on the weekend of July 17.

Auditions for the summer 2021 production will be at the Keene Valley Library on May 19 at 3:15 p.m.

Youth from ages 8 to 18 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on registration receipt. The workshop week and production will run from July 11 to 18 with performance(s) on the weekend. Registration costs $85.

The production team includes vocal coach and master class teacher Alisa Endsley, who has worked with some of the biggest names on Broadway including composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Trevor Nunn, Tony Award winning actors Patti Lupone, George Hearn and Betty Buckley. Her talents have also taken her on many national tours and leading roles in London’s West End. Other members of the creative team are Rose Chancler (Piano by Nature), Dawn Klotzko, Annie Scavo and guest English country dancers.

Call or email producer/director Kathy Recchia at 518-708-3606 or bookinnjay@aol.com for more information or for a registration form.

The East Branch Friends of the Arts was recently awarded an Adirondack Quad-Country Decentralization Grant and a Stewart’s Holiday Match grant for this youth theater-in-a-week program.

“We’re grateful to EBFA and the foundations that continue to support this program,” said players’ producer/director Kathleen Recchia. “We are also excited to have the opportunity to share live theater with the folks who live at the Neighborhood House. They will be able to watch from the building as our musical unfolds on their front lawn.”

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