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SUMMER YOUNG ENTERPRISE FESTIVAL takes center stage at the Greater Boston Stage Company

The Young Company Summer Festival, presented by students in grades 4-12, brings together budding young artists and their professional teams to showcase the best in jaw-dropping storytelling.

This season, The Young Company Summer Festival will feature two fully staged musicals. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. No summer is complete without a little jazz, but GBSC brings it all with Chicago: Teen Edition. Join us for this legendary award-winning musical about fame, fortune and acquittal.

“What a year it has been! This summer marks our return to musicals for the first time in three years.” Reflects Director of Education, Julia Nelson. “After three years of being disconnected and the toughest conditions our industry has ever seen, the large ensembles that power each of these shows seemed like the perfect fit to celebrate the reunion. There’s nothing more collaborative than a musical: singing, dancing, drama, even visual art created by the students and inspired by their performances (don’t forget to check out the exhibit in our gallery!) It’s all going to be spectacular, and I have can’t wait for you to see it! *Burst confetti*.”

“Chicago’s marvelous cast began to run, learning song after song and dance after dance, displaying exceptional talent and professionalism.” Reflects Autumn Blazon-Brown, Young Company alumnus and Chicago choreographer. “As a choreographer, I’m very happy to teach actors Bob Fosse’s quirky dance style (which happens to be my favorite!) while showcasing their individual talents.”

Blazon-Brown recently appeared as Linda in GBSC’s critically acclaimed production Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. “Following the wacky murder trial of Roxie Hart, the show shines a light on a variety of current social issues, from women’s rights to media influence, while providing the cast with the opportunity to be exaggerated and have fun. !”.

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl

Performed by students in our Act 1 & 2 programs from grades 4-9

Somewhere in each of us is the power to change the world. Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary girl with a wild imagination. Unloved by her rotten parents, Matilda is armed with amazing wit, intelligence, and magic. At school, she attracts the attention of her sweet teacher, Miss Honey, but also of the tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Matilda and Miss Honey join forces and dare to take a stand against The Trunchbull to change their own destiny.

Directed by Hope Johnson. Choreographed by Jill Tokac. Music directed by Vanessa Schukis. Directed by Jenny Wu. Production assisted by Gio Coppola. Costume design by Brittany Meehan. Based on the book by Ronald Dahl. Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Chicago: Teen Edition

Performed by students in our Act 3 program from grades 10 to 12.

Prepare to be Razzle Dazzled! “In Chicago’s Roaring Twenties, [chorus girl] Roxie Hart murders an unfaithful lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the hit…until he finds out he’s been tricked and turns on Roxie. Condemned and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess”, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, eventually joining forces in search of their own “American Dream”.

Directed by Sydney Grant. Choreographed by Autumn Blazon-Brown. Music conducted by Lea Peterson. Directed by Samantha O’Brien. Costume design by Chris Ortiz. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Music by John Kandor. Lyrics by Fred Ebb.

The Young Company Summer Festival program and design team also includes Julia Nelson (Director of Education), Shauwna Grillo (Summer Festival Production Manager). Weylin Symes (Production Art Director), Casey Blackbird (Production Director), Sally Reid (Program Assistant), Kathleen Chadwick (Set Designer), Matthew Cost (Lighting Designer), Liam Conlon (Properties Master), Jon King (Scenic Builder/Master Electrician) and Erin Ronder Neves (Inclusion Specialist). Dan Pelletier will be the drummer for both productions.

All tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (781) 279-2200 or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org. Group sales are also available. Please contact Bryan Miner, Public Relations and Sales Manager, at [email protected] or (781) 279-7885 x107 for more information.