2017 Summer of adversity
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MAINSTAGE 1: George / Melissa, So far
Book written by Alex Gino
Adaptation by Jess Barbagallo
Directed by Brooke O'Harra
A continuation of last year's inaugural Greenhouse Initiative, our first mainstage of the season will be a staged production of George / Melissa, So Far.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte--but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
TOUR: The Amazing Adventures of Arianna Astronaut
Written & Directed by Wyckham Avery
Arianna loves the stars, Neal deGrasse Tyson, and astronauts. She doesn’t love the noisy, smelly city she lives in, her crazy classroom with so many voices and colors, or being told no. Luckily, she can escape those things inside her space helmet. Inside her helmet she can travel to planets, chat with her heroes, and discover new worlds.
Arianna has autism and her helmet helps her when the world gets overwhelming. It also takes her to better places, where she is in control and she writes the script.
Written by Owen O'Reilly
Music Composed by Duncan Pelletier
Directed by Jared Mezzocchi
Rebecca lives a happy life in Wilton, NH. On closing night at Andy's Summer Playhouse, her father lets her know that they will be moving to the west coast.
Once there, Rebecca is confronted with the dire realities of making new friends in the halls of school as well as in the not-so-friendly realm of social media. While wrestling with these truths, Rebecca fights to be heard and accepted in a world so eager to get the "like."
This year's Academy performances will give Andy's Kids an opportunity to showcase the highlights of the season's new workshop and lab structure, combining the John C. Russell Playwriting Lab, the Directing Lab, and our Studio series of short and long-form workshops.
GREENHOUSE INITIATIVE: Shaun Tan's The Arrival
For our second Greenhouse Initiative, Andy's Summer Playhouse will transform The Arrival, a migrant story told as a series of wordless images, into a workshop performance.
The Arrival tells the story of a man who leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.
Andy’s provides apprenticeship opportunities for kids between the ages of 12 and 18. This is a core of the Andy’s experience; all of our shows are run by kids. This season, our apprentices will have the opportunity to choose an area of focus within design or theatre management. Design opportunities include scenic, lighting, costumes, projections, sound and props. Management opportunities include working in the box office, serving as house manager, assisting stage management, assisting directing, and working as stage crew.