Kidz Theatre Presents the World Premiere of PERFECT!
This Labor Day weekend, Kidz Theater will present the world premiere of Perfect!, A New Musical for young audiences from the songwriting team of Willa Bassen and Nick Robertson (Dido the Queen, Hall Pass), directed by Kidz Theater Founder and Artistic Director, Kristen Caesar, music directed by Michael Liepper, with generous support from The Speranza Foundation. Perfect!, a highly original and theatrical fable, tells the story of a 6th grader named Trudy who, after a rough first day of middle school, cries, stamps, and mutters her way into a deep, dark hole in her backyard with her trusty dog, Barley. Feeling incredibly stuck, Trudy wishes a "perfect" version of herself into existence, to live her life for her, make everyone happy, and fix all of her problems while Trudy stays hidden away in the hole. Perfect Trudy sets off into the world to be, well, perfect, leaving Trudy and Barley with a magical Egg who can magically transmit all of Perfect Trudy's doings above ground. Trudy is thrilled until the hole begins to shift and transform, creating magical worlds where she encounters the school bully, her best friend Sam, and her parents in whimsical and enlightening new ways. Through these mysterious encounters, Trudy realizes that being perfect may not be the answer she thought she needed and vows to get out of the hole and reclaim her own life before Perfect Trudy takes over forever. Perfect! Plays The Flamboyan Theater (107 Suffolk Street) from Thursday August 31s to Sunday, September 3rd with 2:00pm and 7L00pm shows. General Admission tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door, and can be purchased at www.kidztheater.org/tickets.
MORE ABOUT BASSEN & ROBERTSON
Willa Bassen and Nick Robertson are New York-based musical theater writers who met at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop in 2010. Since then, they have collaborated on many projects around the city and country, focusing on innovative and exciting theater pieces for young audiences. In 2015, their musical, ilysm, was chosen to appear in Hall Pass, a collection of 30 short, site-specific plays set in high schools starring high school students. Hall Pass has had several productions across the country was included in 2016, was included in the prestigious Future of Storytelling Festival in New York City. Willa and Nick were also granted a Lincoln City Fellowship through the Speranza Foundation in 2016 for their folk opera, Dido the Queen, a bluegrass adaptation of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, aimed at teen audiences. The show received a workshop at NYU and a full production that summer at The Flamboyán Theater in the Clemente Soto Velez cultural Center in NYC's Lower East Side. In 2017, the duo extended their fellowship to complete their original musical,Perfect!, with full productions slated for August, 2017 and March, 2018 in NYC.
MORE ABOUT KIDZ THEATER
Kidz Theater is a professional development company for young performers who are seeking a career in the musical theater. We believe deeply in the capabilities of young performers and present them with college level training at a young age. We offer classes and productions for performers ages 8-18 and strive to teach professionalism, discipline and strong technique within a supportive, family environment. We've helped Broadway performers make the transition from child to adult performer. We've helped children book Broadway shows and National Tours. Our students have been accepted to the top Musical Theatre College Programs including NYU Tisch, Boston Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon and CCM.
"It is hard for me to separate my experience at Kidz Theater from my experience in professional theater because the level of commitment and passion is equal in both arenas. If you are looking for a place to cultivate your abilities among some of the most talented youth that NYC has to offer, Kidz Theater is the place for you. It is a place to learn, grow, and perform at a level of incredible quality and sophistication." - Ben Platt (alum), currently starring in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway
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