During the school year — actually all year long — Justin Boccitto travels from school to school across the Lower Hudson Valley, teaching magical dances to teens for their high-school and youth-theater musicals. This summer and fall, his dance card will be filled with “Count to Ten,” a new musical written by Michael Blevins, that Boccitto and The Group Theatre Too is producing.
They’ll take “Count to Ten” to the New York Musical Theater Festival in October, a huge coup, but an expensive one. To raise money, they’re holding a cabaret on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“A Cabaret for Count To Ten” — at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Mamaroneck — will feature a who’s who of teen talent from across the Lower Hudson Valley.
Scheduled to appear are: Boccitto, Grace Clary, Ashley Cruz, Nicole DiFusco, Jessica Lynn Ford, Carly Glenn, Samara Goldberg, Becca Iocovello, Ricky Jones, Josh Katzman, Jessica Lynch, Anthony Malchar, Brittany Meshberg, Jeremy Quinn, Joe Riedel, Malika Samuel, Mitchell Schneider, Sean Scott, Kaila Shaw and Lauren Sposato.
There will also be appearances by Clarkstown Summer Theater Festival’s production of “All Shook Up,” Clarkstown South’s production of “Cabaret,” Little Radical Theatrics production of “Urinetown,” and the Westchester Conservatory of the Performing Arts production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Cultural Arts Playhouse is at 931 E. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. Tickets are $25. For $35, you can see the show and attend a post-show reception with hors d’ouevres. Tickets for “A Cabaret for ‘Count To Ten’” can be purchased at www.RevitalizeTheatre.org.
The NYMF dates are Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Here’s a synopsis of “Count to Ten”: A tap-dancing writer’s Broadway ambitions are thwarted because his new musical lacks a real love story. Forced to develop the show at a performing arts camp full of spoiled, rich, and in some cases neglected stars of tomorrow, he finds he can no longer tap-dance around his issues and succumbs to the true call of his heart. Count to Ten is a cross-generational, dance-filled, upbeat musical everyone can “tap” into!
Learn more about “Count To Ten” at www.nymf.org/counttoten or www.counttotenthemusical.com.
In its five-year history, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has premiered more than 175 new musicals, including Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Tony-winner “Next to Normal,” Tony-nominated “[title of show]”; and “Altar Boyz,” an Off-Broadway hit.
Tickets go on sale to NYMF Members on Aug. 1 and to the general public on Sept. 1. NYMF memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, are currently available at 212-352-3101 or www.nymf.org.