Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Taye Diggs, Stafford Arima & More for THE ME NOBODY KNOWS

May 14
9:51 AM 2014

Producer Bellanca Smigel Rutter announced today that a working, industry reading of The Me Nobody Knows will take place in New York City on May 14 and 15, 2014 in anticipation of a commercial production. Director Stafford Arima(Allegiance, Altar Boyz) will helm the creative team, which will also include musical direction by Bryan Perri (Wicked), and choreography by Taye Diggs (Rent, "Private Practice"). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside rehearsal below!

Inspired by the writings of nearly 200 New York City public school children, ages 7 though 18, The Me Nobody Knows has been inspiring and touching audiences throughout the world for generations. Through its powerful and uplifting contemporary score, The Me Nobody Knows follows a day in the life of a multi-racial cast of young people as they examine their aspirations, fears and determination. At odds with their squalid surroundings and cynical, materialistic views of the world, feelings of hope and renewal emerge.

The cast of The Me Nobody Knows is comprised entirely of students from The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), a national, non-profit performing arts training program. Stafford Arima explains, "In thinking about the casting for this reading, I suggested we find our cast within the students of BDF. We had well over 100 students audition and we found a unique and special group of 10 from across the country. Bringing The Me and BDF together was truly a match made in Heaven."

The cast of The Me Nobody Knows includes Rosa Campos (Atlanta, GA), Rayquila Durham (Atlanta, GA), Sam Faulkner (Charlotte, NC), Samantha Gorjanc (San Jose, CA), Brett Gray (Philadelphia, PA), Rico LeBron(Tallahassee, FL), Noah Ricketts (Louisville, KY), Jordan Samuels (New York, NY), Anneliza Canning Skinner (Marietta, GA), and Brinnie Wallace (Los Angeles, CA).

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