A buried secret and a community determined to keep it that way, a catastrophic event twists, shatters and reshapes every facet of their lives, a mysterious stranger appears who seems to know them better than themselves.
This is the story of “Alien8”, an original musical that will be performed by The Playhouse Youth Company at the Bucks County Playhouse from Thursday August 4th to Saturday August 6th. Performances will take place each day at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Written by Kate Brennan and David Lee White, directed and choreographed by Kara Jönsson, with musical direction by Kyle Duke, “Alien8” is a new contemporary musical written in the style of “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Be More Chill” and “heathers.”
It tells the story of a wounded town coming to terms with its shame and finding a connection through forgiveness. With a beautiful contemporary score performed by the Youth Company Orchestra and a diverse cast of characters, “Alien8” challenges us to think deeply about who we really are, who we want to be, and how to reconcile the differences between our selves. present and future. “Alien8” was developed with and written for teens, and speaks to cross-generational perspectives on gender, identity, and inclusion in an anthem of belonging, love, and acceptance.
“We are honored that the Playhouse Youth Company is able to present the regional premiere of ‘Alien8,'” said Bucks County Playhouse Director of Education Michaela Murphy. “Our students immediately connected to the material and it is exhilarating to see the show resonate so deeply with them. For all of us on the creative team, it has been a joy to work with these incredible young people. reminds us of the miracles that can happen when we radically accept the differences of those we love.”
Composers Kate Brennan of York, PA and David Lee White of Bordentown, NJ worked on “Alien8” at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. A student production was also presented at Drexel University.
The Playhouse Youth Company production of “Alien8” features a cast of 17 local artists between the ages of 13 and 18 who are selected by audition for this conservatory-style training program. This year’s Youth Company participants represent 14 different high schools and colleges from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The cast includes: Mia Alicea (Farrell Elementary/Benjamin Rush Arts Academy), Helena Badiali (Tohickon Middle School), Kailey Bredeson (Delaware Valley Regional High School), Jessica Daley (Pennsbury High School), Atticus Fiorito (Delaware Valley Regional High School ), Sofia Garcia (Lawrence High School), Maggie Gronenthal (Lawrence High School), Jessica Holliday (North Hunterdon High School), Izzy Hoskins (Newtown Middle School), Liam Quinn Jackson (North Penn High School), Riley Malone (Central Bucks West High School), Athena Matthes (Pennwood Middle School), Makayla McClintic (Central Bucks West High School), Maya Micsion (Council Rock North High School), Michael Murphy (Holland Middle School), Bridget Parker (New Hope-Solebury High School ), and Jacob Rabinowitz (Pennsbury High School). Kirk Bookman is a visual design consultant. The costume designer is Michaela Murphy. Ryan Walsh is a sound designer. Mackenzie Seewagen is production manager.
Single tickets for “Alien8” are on sale now. Tickets start at $15 for children and $20 for adults plus fees. Customers save 20% when purchasing 4 or more tickets. Special rates for groups of 10 or more people. The production of the Compagnie des Jeunes will be played every day at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Three show subscription packages are still available for the main series. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call 215-862-2121.