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First Listen! New Musical SUMMER VALLEY FAIR to Premiere Next Week at NYMF

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) along with Sally Cade Holmes (Here's Hoover!, Les Freres Corbusier) and Patti Anne Miller (LOVEPLAY /PLAYMONEY, La Mama) present Summer Valley Fair. Performances will take place from July 16 through July 19 at THEATER 3 (311 West 43rd Street). Official Opening is set for July 16 at 8:00PM.

At Summer Valley Fair you can be anyone you want to be... right? Aching for more than the blue glow of 432 friends, one sixteen-year-old girl trades the safety of her attic for roller coaster screams, laser light nights, boys who might be real, and super moon girls who definitely aren't. Summer Valley Fair is the great hope that even without uploading, we can sing ourselves into existence.

Summer Valley Fair features Oriana Lada as Ciara Jones, Barrett Riggins as The Guy, and Creator Dylan Frederick (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Yale Rep) as The Girl. Joining Frederick and director Taylor Norton (Sea Legs, Araca Project) on the creative team is scenic designer Ashlee Springer, sound designer Chris Ross-Ewart, and lighting designer Joseph Thompson.

For a very special first listen of Summer Valley Fair, click below!


Dylan Federick (Creator/Performer) is an artist who loves making plays. His regional credits include work with Yale Repertory Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Illusion Theater, Workhaus Collective, and Playwrights' Center. He studied at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. He scored a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. He is an MFA Acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama. This summer, he will drink La Croix, walk alongside a dog, light fireworks, and dream about other people.

Taylor Norton (Director) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her BFA in Directing. Off-Broadway: Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical* (Araca Project 2014). University of Michigan: The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek; The Who's Tommy; Legends Ourselves*; Zombie Farm: A New Musical*; Thinking Up A New Name for the Act. Assistant Directing: Trumpets and Raspberries; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Diver (US Premiere); A Midsummer Night's Dream; Hedda Gabler. Training: The Guthrie Theater, The Children's Theatre Company, Double Edge Theatre, The British American Drama Academy. (* Denotes World Premiere)

Sally Cade Holmes (Producer) most recently produced The Twentieth-Century Way with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Les Freres Corbusier's Here's Hoover! directed by Alex Timbers. Additionally, she is the Producing Associate at Tom Kirdahy Productions (The Visit and It's Only A Play). She served as the Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she worked on Broadway and off-Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Fool for Love, Living on Love, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Visit. Other companies that she's collaborated with include: Keen Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Sans A Productions, and TheatreWorks USA. Sally Cade is a Master of Arts Administration candidate at Boston University and received her BS in Theatre from the University of Evansville.

Patti Anne Miller (Producer) is a Freelance Producer and Arts Administrator, currently working as the Development Coordinator for The Playwrights Realm. She has worked with Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Public Theatre. This year she has collaborated with César Alvarez on The Universe is a Small Hat and produced Sam Alper's LOVEPLAY / PLAYMONEY at the Club at La MaMa. She is currently the Artistic Producer for the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. Patti received her B.S. in Theatre Education from The University of Evansville.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre.

Now in its twelfth year, the Festival is the premier musical theatre event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2015 is sponsored by Fuzzrocket, PRG, TheaterMania, Clear Channel Spectacolor, and The Village Voice, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Theatre Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. NYMF Passholder ticket booking begins June 1. Individual tickets go on sale June 15.

The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival will take place July 7-27. For more information, please visit:

Summer Valley Fair plays at THEATER 3 (311 West 43rd Street) as follows: July 16 at 8:00PM, July 18 at 1:00PM, and July 19 at 4:00PM. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit

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