Coming Back, Moving On
Due to the recent spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 we are requiring all of our patrons to wear masks at this production. Thank you for helping us all keep each other safe. We hope you enjoy the performance!
This music revue created by directors Lin Snider, Woody Regan, and Katy Peterson will explore through songs of Broadway and beyond some of the things we’ve gained through the last year and will now bring with us as we continue to expand into the larger world. The show is partially sponsored by the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.
Cast: Hillary Ballantine, Ayla Cordell, Krista Coughlin-Galbraith, Henry O'Connell, and Katy Peterson.
Stage Manager: Brenda Seitz
Producer: Bob Kramsky
Act One focuses on dealing with adhering to the constraints suddenly put on us during Covid with songs such as “Home” from 70 GIRLS 70 where we reveal how being stuck at home made us all a bit loopy at times; “Therapy” from TICK, TICK . . . BOOM!” shows the challenges of living 24/7 with your partner, and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from OKLAHOMA tells how being forced to slow down actually made us appreciate more the natural beauty that was still available to us.
Act Two explores the challenges of returning to the larger world - songs that look at the joys of our newfound freedoms such as “Travel” from STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW and “I’m Going Back” from BELLS ARE RINGING; others deal with the fears of rejoining the world such as “Terrific Band and a Real Nice Crowd” from BALLROOM; and our responses to the larger issues of social justice that exploded during the past year as “Let Them Hear You” from RAGTIME.
The show is also peppered with songs about friendships, fantasies, and memories - some poignant, some purely for fun!
Snider originally approached VTC with a proposal for the 2019-2020 season. “The show I initially pitched to VTC was to happen in the summer of 2020 - a revue of songs from Broadway shows that had to do with summer and its various meanings,” Snider explains. “Well, that show obviously didn’t happen, but the opportunity to revamp the show and direct it as the first production following the restrictions of the last year was too good to miss.”
From the pandemic, Snider was able to find new inspiration. "The show now, still using Broadway comic songs and ballads, explores some of the discoveries made during the COVID restrictions and how we all hope to move back into the world having grown and with more clarity on what is important to us."
Snider has been a professional actor/singer/director/teacher in NYC for many years, having taught at NYU, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and SUNY Purchase. She is currently the Artistic Director for the Out of the Box Theatre Company, an Equity company in Manhattan, and has been on the theater faculty at Yeshiva College for 15 years. She was in the cast of the National Tour of “Anything Goes” with Mitzi Gaynor and once directed a young Javier Munoz when he attended a performing arts high school in Brooklyn.
Music director Woody Regan was an assistant conductor of the pre-Broadway national tour of "Little Johnny Jones" starring David Cassidy. He collaborated with Sam Shepard as composer of a piano score for Shepard’s play, "When The World Was Green (A Chef's Fable)," which opened the1996 season of The Signature Theater in NYC and went on to play at The Moscow Art Theater. Regan was the first American composer to perform his own work at that famous theater.
August 20-22, 2021
Friday & Saturday - 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 3:00 pm
General Admission - $15.00
Students & Seniors - $13.00
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