Submitted by Sue D. Andrews, Stoneham Theatre
Two Bedford students, Kaylee Axtell and Cate Galante will perform on stage at Stoneham Theatre as part of the young company Winter Festival 2015 from January 30–February 8, 2015.
The girls will appear in Piggy Nation. Out with Dad on “Piggy Patrol,” Sammy Hamhock spends a day handing out tickets for rude behavior. This delightful one-hour musical is an excellent introduction to live theatre for children in pre-school through second grade. Watch how Sammy learns about his own “piggy” behavior. Based on Richard Rosser’s children’s book Piggy Nation, students in overture and act 1 will bring to life this heart-warming tale, featuring songs written by the book’s author.
the young company offers year-round theatrical training and performing opportunities for children in grades 1–12. Divided into four ‘acts,’ the young company brings together students in grades 1–3 for overture, grades 4–6 for act 1, grades 7–9 for act 2, and grades 10–12 for act 3. The Winter Festival is one of two audition-only programs the young company offers.
This year’s Winter Festival will showcase students in four musicals: Piggy Nation (overture + act 1), Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (act 1 + act 2), Just So (act 2), and Carrie: The Musical (act 3). In each of the four shows, students develop performance skills, empathy, and personal responsibility through a rigorous and supportive process, based on a professional rehearsal model.
Performances of Piggy Nation run February 7 + 8, 2015. The Student Matinee for Piggy Nation is on February 6, 2015 at 9:30am.
About Stoneham Theatre:
Now in its 15th season of live, professional theatre in Stoneham, MA, the mission of Stoneham Theatre is to keep the art of theatre and dramatic education thriving in the suburbs by providing the best in professional plays, musicals, and entertainment. Each season, we produce six Mainstage shows, present a series of concerts and special events, and run year-round classes, lessons, and fully staged productions through the young company for students in grades 1–12.
About the young company:
Our mission is that good theatre makes good people. Through the creation of inspiring live theatre, the young company at Stoneham Theatre helps the next generation of theatre practitioners become better artists, better audience members, and better humans. Stoneham Theatre’s education program develops confidence, self-discipline, and collaboration to prepare young actors for future success. the young company offers diverse year-round programs for students in grades 1–12 taught in a professional theatre environment. Introducing live theatre to young people is one of the most important things we do. the young company at Stoneham Theatre gives students the chance to explore the experience of performing in a friendly, fun environment. Throughout the year, students may participate in classes, rehearsals, and performances designed to develop important skills like teamwork and self-confidence.
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Flagship Season Sponsors: StonehamBank and the Stoneham Savings/Salem Five Charitable Foundation
young company Winter Festival 2015 Sponsors: Boston Partners Financial Group, LLC.; Meld, Inc.; SBCEF; NCECP; Cummings Foundation; and the Robert C. Gilkison Family Trust.