For its sixth season of summer theater, Briarcliff’s summer-theater program — The Summercliff Players — is headed to the islands, with the ensemble musical “Once On This Island.”
Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty re-set “The Little Mermaid” on the islands, telling the story of the peasant girl Ti Moune, who falls in love with the rich Daniel. The gods get involved and a host of storytellers are involved, in a production that puts a premium on the work of the ensemble. Summercliff is open to students age 11 to 21, not limited to Briarcliff residents. Tuition is $420 per performer with a non-refundable audition fee. Auditions begin May 20 at the Briarcliff Recreation Center on Macy Road.
The program is run by the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department in cooperation with the Briarcliff Friends of the Performing Arts and the Briarcliff Manor Community Coalition.
Pleasantville High School’s esteemed director Kathleen Donovan-Warren will direct; musical director is Nadia Rizzo with technical direction by Jim Britt, whose sets at Pleasantville are routinely spectacular.
Rehearsals are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 25 to July 26. Two public performances are scheduled for July 27 and 28.
Questions? You can get answers at the Summercliff Players’ Open House at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center, 5 Van Lu Van Road (behind the post office). Technical crew are also welcome.
For details, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Summercliff Players website.