Boys & Girls Club theatre program gets new musical

The K.C.@Bat cast rehearses. Starting at left, Ella Matterazzo, Christopher Munoz and Maryssa Aceituno. — Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich photo

The [email protected] cast rehearses. Starting at left, Ella Matterazzo, Christopher Munoz and Maryssa Aceituno.
— Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich photo

The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG), as well as branches around the country, are working on their Broadway skills with a new musical written for the organization’s theatre program by Zachary Israel, Nobile Kampler and Rocco Natale.

The musical is being developed as part of the BGCG’s five-year-old theatre program — a free initiative available to more than 2,000 members annually.

“Since instating our theatre program in 2009, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of students with an interest in learning about the performing arts,” said BGCG Program Director Don Palmer. “This musical is our attempt to teach our members how to create new work while learning from established theatre artists.”

This original musical, [email protected], re-imagines Ernest Thayer’s beloved 1888 poem about fictitious baseball legend Casey and the town of Mudville to the present day. When young K.C. moves to Mudville with her father from New York City, she struggles to fit in at her new school. An avid ball player, K.C. whips the school team into shape, making friends and learning important life lessons along the way.

Mr. Kampler and Mr. Natale said they are excited to create this musical for the next generation. Each arrives at the genre from respective fields — Mr. Kampler from conducting opera and Mr. Natale from playwriting and performance.

Mr. Natale, a published playwright and member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop said, “We are excited to write the kinds of characters that kids can understand. The world is not just princes and princesses — the contemporary musical theatre catalog does not always reflect this. This new musical deals with girl power, peer pressure and single parent families, all in a positive way that kids can relate to. It is our hope that Boys & Girls Club kids around America will get to experience this exciting new show.”

The work, to be performed Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. has been developed to offer educational enhancement as well as theatre arts skills. Language Arts tools and age appropriate vocabulary are built into the musical to offer a seamless arts experience.

The theatre program at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is based on the belief that access to the arts is integral for the growth and human development of society.

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