|A (Tooth) Fairy Tale
| Open: 03/15/08 Close: 04/20/08
Collecting teeth and delivering quarters is tiring work, and The Tooth Fairy is ready for a vacation! Luckily, she meets a young boy named Samuel who is sick and tired of being a kid, and all the rules that go with it. But when Samuel and the Tooth Fairy arrange to switch places, nothing goes exactly as planned as adventures ensue across the Upper West Side of Manhattan and throughout New York City!
|A Midsummer Night's Dream
| Open: 01/06/06 Close: 01/28/06
One of Shakespeare's early comedies, "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" explores the themes of love, dreams and the creative imagination. The play's complex plot involves two sets of couples-Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius-whose romances are complicated when they find themselves in the enchanted woods ruled by King and Queen of Fairies. Thrown into the mix are the impish Puck and Bottom the weaver and his band, adding further mischief to the story.
Without layering an unnecessary concept on top of the show, director John Ficarra explores the flipside of the "dream," drawing inspiration more from the dark slumber of winter than an airy summer nap. Much like the Bard's play itself, Ficarra's vision is both lyrical and truly original.
|Angelina Ballerina The Musical
| Open: 10/02/10 Close: 11/21/10
In ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL, Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.
ANGELINA BALLERINA™, a beloved publishing property for close to three decades, is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goals and along the way, always learns from her mistakes. When little girls share in Angelina's experiences, they're inspired to go after their big dreams too. In addition to the critically acclaimed story books created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina dances her way into the hearts of young girls weekly on PBS KIDS® in the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps. For more information about Angelina Ballerina, please visit www.angelinaballerina.com.
|As You Like It
| Open: 04/09/05 Close: 05/15/05
Rosalind s driven from her cruel uncle's court to take refuge in the forest of Arden, disguising herself as a boy to protect herself and her cousin Celia. Before leaving court, Rosalind has fallen in love with Orlando. But dressed as a boy, she must conceal her true feelings in her next encounter with Orlando, who has also escaped into the forest to avoid his brother Oliver's murderous intentions. In the magical forest of Arden, lovers are united, enemies reconciled and the true values of civilization are restored.
For ages two to ten
directed and choreographed by JASON SUMMERS
|Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish
| Open: 12/12/07 Close: 12/16/07
Vital Signs New Works Festival presents an evening of 4 short plays featuring Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish by Sheila Callaghan, directed by David A. Miller. With Fletcher McTaggart* & Lauren Walsh Singerman* December 12-16 @ 7pm at Vital Theatre Company
|COCUS and DOOT - THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
| Open: / / Close: 03/27/05
Cocus and Doot have been best friends and adventurers since last year, when they first started breaking the rules at the Central Park Zoo. Doot's family lives in the Penguin House, while Cocus is a Golden-headed Tamarin of the Rain Forest. Every night after all the visitors have left, Cocus and Doot sneak out to discover the rest of the zoo. One night, however, Cocus leads them far, far from home, and they find themselves on the steps of the Museum of Natural History. Little do they know they are there to save the great whale that has been kidnapped by the evil troll Babbity Barc. And that'swhen this adventure really begins!
| Open: 04/08/06 Close: 05/14/06
In Cinderella's Mice, you meet Spencer; a little mouse with big dreams. He's got exciting plans for the royal ball just like his friend Cinderella. But when Cinderella's fairy godmother turns Spencer and his sister Mitzi into horses, mouse and human drams collide! Will Spencer's crazy scheme make or break Cinderella's big night with the Prince? A fresh, frivolous take on a time-honored fairy tale, Cinderella's Mice shows that even the smallest characters in a story can make a big difference. This production is suitable for children ages 3 to 10.
Musical direction by Rick Hip-Flores
Choreography by Danielle Quisenberry
| Open: / / Close: 02/06/05
After meeting his deaf cousin Hope, nine year old Lester and his imaginary friend Fred take off on an adventure through the living room couch to search for her hearing. Their journey takes them to The Land of Quiet where after meeting The Girl with Legs of Stone, Peter the Chocolate Eater, Lonely Lucy and the melodramatic Dustmites, they discover that your differences are what make you extraordinary!
| Open: 03/11/06 Close: 04/02/06
Full Bloom tells the story of Phoebe, a teenaged New Yorker, trying to come to terms with a culture that seems to care more about how a woman looks than about what she thinks or can do. Her father has recently left her mother for a younger woman. Their attractive, thirty-something neighbor is contemplating plastic surgery to better compete for acting jobs, and a young boy, who shares Phoebe's interests, just wants to be her friend. Amidst these mixed messages Phoebe tries to make sense of the not always welcome attention of her blossoming body.
Full Bloom was developed as part of The New Harmony Project Writers Conference and originally produced at Barrington Stage Company, Great Barrington, MA, Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director.
|Isabelle And The Pretty-ugly Spell
| Open: 05/09/10 Close: 05/30/10
ISABELLE AND THE PRETTY-UGLY SPELL is the tale of Isabelle, a lovable, but scatterbrained fairy godmother who goofs while casting a spell to help the Princess find true love and now has only three days to make things right. Izzy’s clock-ticking, cliff-hanging, nail-biting journey leads the audience through hilarious high jinx to heart-warming moments. Hummable songs, quirky characters, and an endearing story will delight “children of all ages” and make this musical ideal family entertainment.
The New York Times raved: “A nearly perfect pastry of a show…"
featuring: MELISSA BAYERN, MATT DUMONT, MARK EPPERSON, TARA NOVIE, ELYSSA SAMSEL, EVAN SCHULTZ and ANDREW WHEELER.
|Looking for the Pony
| Open: 01/21/09 Close: 02/08/09
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the rolling world premiere of LOOKING FOR THE PONY by ANDREA LEPCIO, directed by STEPHAN GOLUX and featuring J. SMITH-CAMERON, DEIRDRE O'CONNELL, LORI FUNK and DEBARGO SANYAL.
In LOOKING FOR THE PONY, a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts OUTSTANDING NEW AMERICAN PLAY finalist, Eloisa is finally ready to leave a lifeless career in finance to pursue a childhood dream when her sister Lauren is diagnosed with breast cancer. Lauren's perfect life and Eloisa's second chance collide as the sisters join forces to cure all that ails them. As funny as it is heart-breaking, LOOKING FOR THE PONY is a rollercoaster ride through treatment, ambition, loss and acceptance. This play was originally developed and produced by Vital Theatre Company as part of its VITAL SIGNS New Works Festival in 2002.
"…the play condenses five years of personal history into about twenty minutes of raw, emotional theatre… I don't know of a more affecting (and effective) testament to the precious human spirit than this gorgeous, compact drama." - nytheatre.com review of the original short play
After its New York run, LOOKING FOR THE PONY will also be presented at SYNCHRONICITY PERFORMANCE GROUP in Atlanta in February.
Andrea Lepcio's plays include ONE NATION UNDER, ECLIPSE, HOOK & EYE and the musical THE BRONX CASKET CO, which have been produced and developed at Chashama, HERE, Women's Project, Hangar Theatre, Trustus Theatre, among others. She is a member of the New Perspective Women's Work Lab and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, and an alumnus of the Lark Playwrights' Workshop and Women's Project Lab. Her screenplay, "A September Spring," won the Sloan Foundation Dramatic Writing Award. A two-time finalist for the Heideman Award, her work has been published by New York Theatre Experience, Estrogenius, lichen and Smith & Kraus. Andrea is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director and is a visiting faculty member in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon. Education: M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carne! gie Mellon University. M.B.A., UC Berkeley. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic.
Director Stephan Golux recently helmed productions of SYLVIA, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (abridged), COPENHAGEN, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, TRUE WEST and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF for Vermont Stage Company. He directed the world premieres of AMERICAN PASSENGER by Theron Albis, UNDERWORLD by Josh Ben Friedman, CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE by Paul Rogalus, and NINTH STREET WATER by Michael Griffo. For The Rude Mechanicals he directed CAN CAN by Romulus Linney, and ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett. At the New Theatre in Boston, he directed SELF-TORTURE AND STRENUOUS EXERCISE by Harry Kondolean and THE POLICE by Slawomir Mrozek. Education: M.F.A. in Stage Direction, Yale School of Drama. B.S. in Philosophy of Language, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The design team includes sets by Adam Koch, lighting by Aaron Copp and costumes by Matthew Hemesath. Bernita Robinson is the Stage Manager.
|My New York
| Open: 11/18/06 Close: 01/07/07
In "MY NEW YORK" a school competition to design a mural that best represents the real New York divides a group of students. Each student is determined to win, but at what cost? The story unfolds through the eyes of Chinese, Indian, Dominican, Jewish and African American students as they each strive define their own their individual identities and create a drawing which celebrates the rich diversity of New York City.
|Out of Orbit – You Choose The Adventure!
| Open: 02/18/06 Close: 03/26/06
A stray comet has knocked the moon off its orbit, sending it on a direct collision course with Earth. With only 72 hours until impact, the audience must...well..save the world.
Musical direction by Jad Bernardo
Choreography by Michelle Marie Traina
|Pinkalicious, The Musical
| Open: 01/12/08 Close: 05/25/08
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe — a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
| Open: 10/29/05 Close: 12/04/05
Radiant Ruby is the smallest tall tale there ever was. The story of seven year-old Ruby Rubenstein and her younger brother Petrie comes to life as narrated by three goldfish called the Goldies. Ruby is on a quest to become the most popular and well-known girl in school...and the world! But will this be at the expense of losing her radiance and subtle grace? This new musical takes you on a wild ride from television sets and lemonade stands to the oval office and the edge of the world!
Directed and choreographed by Jason Summers
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|Rebound & Gagged
| Open: 10/18/05 Close: 11/06/05
A comedy about getting older, getting over a broken heart, and getting over the fact that oldies radio stations have started playing "The Eurythmics."
|Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery
| Open: 02/10/05 Close: 03/06/05
SHAKIN' THE MESS OUTTA MISERY combines storytelling, music and dance to recount a young black girl's coming of age in the South in the 1960's. Daughter, the 25-year-old narrator whose mother died when she was young, was raised by the women in the community. At the age of 12, she begins her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again reliving her vivid memories of growing up and recalling the lessons she learned.
|Stinkykids, The Musical
| Open: 03/10/12 Close: 04/22/12
StinkyKid Britt never gets in trouble and loves making everyone happy! She’s convinced her parents to take her friends Max, Hannah, Jen, Johnny, and Billy to the opening of the new MegaJumper 3000. But when Britt gets a massive wad of gum stuck in her hair, she must rely on her friends to help her get out of the sticky situation before her parents find out and cancel the trip! STINKYKIDS, THE MUSICAL is based on the award winning StinkyKids® books and StinkyKids® characters: little stinKers who learn to make right choices through their childhood mistakes and live by the motto “Always be a leader of good.”! ®
The cast includes Ryan Mikita, Lora Nicolas, AJ Patton, Bryce Payne, Madison Turner and Laura Weiner.
About the Company: Vital Theatre Company
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people's lives. The company creates stories that challenge its audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue. Programming includes Vital Main Stage, which produces work for adults on the main stage, and Vital Signs New Works Festival, a series of one-act plays. Vital Children's Theatre commissions, develops and produces new musicals performed by adults for families. To date the company has seen 28 plays and musicals go on to publication. Vital Theatre Company's Arts in Education Programs have reached over 60 schools and 15,000 students through live performances, post-show workshops and long-term residencies with schools in! cluding Fordham School for the Arts, New Explorers High School in the Bronx and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.
| Open: 12/17/05 Close: 02/05/06
The Bully tells the story of Lenny the smartest kid in school and Steve the school bully. A bus mix up leaves the boys stranded at a different school where they both get picked on for being the "new kids." In order to get back to their own school and away from the cluthces of the terrifying "Mega," the boys have to work together and they begin to learn what life is really like for the other....and that they might not be so different after all.
Choreography by Marco Jo Clate
|The Klezmer Nutcracker
| Open: 12/06/08 Close: 01/03/09
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce its family holiday offering, "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER." Based on the award-winning book The Golden Dreydl by ELLEN KUSHNER, the production features music by PETER ILLYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, arranged by MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN & DAVID HARRIS and performed by THE SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA, a book by ELLEN KUSHNER, direction by LINDA AMES KEY, and choreography by DAX VALDES.
"THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" tells the story of Sara, who is miserable at the family Chanukah party. But when mysterious Tante Miriam arrives with the gift of a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The Dreydl is an enchanted princess in disguise and whirls Sara away on an exciting adventure through a magical world. "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" is a delightful spin on the traditional story of "The Nutcracker," and weaves together threads of Jewish folklore with fantasy, humor and holiday cheer.
The cast includes JONATHAN BAUCHMAN, TONI ANN DENOBLE, DAN GORDON, ALAN HOUSER, CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL LACEY, LINDSEY LEVINE, MELANA LLOYD, JULIE MCKAY DANIELLE STRAUSS, BETHANY WHITE and ELLEN KUSHNER as Tante Miriam.
|The Nastiest Drink in the World
| Open: 09/10/05 Close: 10/16/05
The hit musical from the 2002-2003 season is back by popular demand! In the Kingdom of Baloneya, the law says King Fredipus is always right, even when he's wrong. But when his mistakes start to cause real harm, a shy peasant girl named Samantha concocts a delicious plan to set things right. "THE NASTIEST DRINK IN THE WORLD" is a tale the New York Times said "gives children special satisfaction" while being "funny for adults."
|The Top Job
| Open: 03/08/08 Close: 04/27/08
It's career day at school, and when she hears her classmates' parents are UFO hunters, actors, and investment bankers, Jenna is ashamed of her father's boring old job. After a crazy adventure in New York City with her father and little brother, Jenna discovers his ho-hum career is actually the coolest job in the world.
|Vital CHildren's Theatre 2006-2007 season
| Open: 09/23/06 Close: 04/22/07
The Award winning VITAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE, is pleased to announce that its 2006-2007 Season will include 4 original musicals for children, performed by adults, "YOUNG KING ARTHUR," "MY NEW YORK," "PINKALICIOUS" and "THE GAME BOY," two touring shows, "THE BULLY" and "CINDERELLA'S MICE," and our VITAL VOICES Education Program. Public Performances run Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, September 23, 2006 through April 22, 2007.
YOUNG KING ARTHUR - A kid who gets to be a king! A really cool opportunity but a gigantic responsibility. Arthur learns the hard way that power comes from the heart and not the sword. Enter the world of King Arthur where "A Knight that is courteous and kind and gentle has favor in every place." Book by JON SHEAR and MARC CASTLE, music by SCOTT ZESCH. "YOUNG KING ARTHUR" runs September 23 through November 5. There will be an opening day workshop following the 1:00 pm show on Saturday, September 23.
MY NEW YORK - directed by Linda Ames Key
A competition to design a mural called "My New York" divides a group of friends. Each is determined to win, but at what cost? How will they decide whose neighborhood best represents the real New York?
With book by CARLA JABLONSKI, and music and lyrics by RICK HIP-FLORES. "MY NEW YORK" runs November 18 2006 through January 7 2007. There will be an opening day workshop following the 1:00 pm show on Saturday, November 18, and additional 1:00 pm performances followed by workshops during Winter Recess, Wednesday December 27 and Friday December 29
PINKALICIOUS - based on the children's book written by Elizabeth Kann with illustration by Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Book and lyrics by ELIZABETH KANN and VICTORIA KANN, music and lyrics by JOHN GREGOR, whose past vital shows include, CALLING ALL TOYS, THE CHANGELING, THE NASTIEST DRINK IN THE WORLD, MASK OF THE DANCING PRINCESS and THE BULLY. "PINKALICIOUS" runs January 13 through February 25, 2007. There will be an opening day workshop following the 1:00 pm show on Saturday January 13, and additional 1:00 pm shows followed by workshops on Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16, and during Mid-Winter Recess - Wednesday, February 21 and Friday, February 23.
THE GAME BOY - Chase loves playing games and always being the best, but when he gets too wrapped up in his new, exciting action adventure computer game to spend time with his friends, he learns the hard way that computers are no replacement for people and winning isn't everything. Book and lyrics by ROBIN ROTHSTEIN, music and lyrics by MATT GANDOLFO. "THE GAME BOY" runs March 10 through April 22. There will be an opening day workshop following the 1:00 pm show on Saturday March 10, and additional 1:00 pm shows followed by workshops during Spring Recess on Monday, April 2, Wednesday, April 4 and Friday, April 6.
| Open: 12/01/05 Close: 12/18/05
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to present the 10th installment of "VITAL SIGNS," the company's annual new works festival.
A three-part series showcasing 16 new plays.
WEEK 1: December 1st-4th, Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
One romance ends and another begins when four friends on their way to a wedding take a "RELATIONTRIP" by SHARYN ROTHSTEIN, directed by CATHERINE WARD. In "NORMAN!" by D.T. ARCIERI, directed by ALEXIS WILLIAMS, Norman is on an obsessive quest for truth about a lost dog, His funny and poignant journey ends with a revelation that changes his life. "PASSED HORDES" by MARK HARVEY LEVINE, directed by BRAD CASWELL explores all that is profound in life-perception, connection and the importance of really good hors d'oeuvres. A dying actress has her own remembrance of things past in "SORRENTO" by LUCILE LICHTBLAU, directed by Vital Theatre's CYNTHIA THOMAS. According to one really annoying mime, it's "ALL IN THE MIMING" by QUI NGUYEN, directed by ALEXANDRA HASTINGS.
WEEK 2: December 8th-11th, Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
In "SANDLOT BALL" by MICHAEL JOHN GARCES, directed by MARY KATE BURKE, Eric has acquired a pirated copy of a new, unreleased, highly anticipated video game, which he shows off to all his friends. In "HARPER LEE'S HUSBAND" by THOMAS H. DIGGS, directed by S. CADEN HETHORN, reclusive author Harper Lee has finally landed herself a man...but he's actually a balloon. Friend and self-appointed historian Truman Capote relates the tragic chronicles of this unconventional marriage, illuminating one of the ... lesser-known chapters in the life of the literary genius. "LAST STOP: NEVERLAND" by JACKIE MARUSCHAK, directed by CHRISTOPHER FESSENDEN follows the author on her quest for Neverland. In "AMERICAN SOIL" by ELLEN MARGOLIS, directed by TERESA K. POND, a middle-aged man becomes obsessed with trees after the 2004 Presidential election. In "THE PRISONER'S DILEMMA" by MICHAEL WOLFSON, directed by MAHAYANA LANDOWNE, two women, both strangers to each other and detained without explanation, try to find something in their lives that could have led to their detention, only to find that their efforts lead to even more questions...until it's too late. In "GIBLET: A NIGHTMARE" by IAN FINLEY, directed by DAVID HILDER, it's an old-fashioned family Thanksgiving, where "pass the gravy" comes complete with seething hatred and paranoid delusions.
WEEK 3: ARTS PASS IN PROCESS December 15th-18th, Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
"READING LIST" by SUSAN MILLER (OBIE winner, 1978 and 1998), directed by CYNTHIA CROOT, explores the adventure possible within a library full of texts that may soon be considered "unacceptable." In "NOTES" by KATE MOIRA RYAN, directed by MARYA COHN, it's Method acting meets Gulag when a Lifetime movie actress Maggie needs a little inspiration for her latest role and she calls acting coach Olga. In "RIDE" by ERIC LANE, directed by DAISY WALKER, things are not as they appear for two teenage girls working at a farm stand in rural New Jersey. In "SECOND KISS" by ANDREA LEPCIO, directed by STEPHANIE GILMAN, the question of teenage lesbian sex angst is answered at last. "PLEASE HAVE A SEAT AND SOMEONE WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY" by GARTH WINGFIELD, directed by LAURA JOSEPHER, takes place in a doctor's waiting room where two strangers sit quietly when something shocking happens: they start talking to each other.
|Vital Signs New Works Festival
| Open: 01/27/05 Close: 02/05/05
SPANKY, written by Mark Loewenstern, directed by Karen Sommers
The play examines gender roles, identity and yes, spanking
THE MECHANICALS, written by Ross Maxwell, directed by Frank Pisco,
A smug playwright makes a Faustian deal with the Devil for success, only to have it backfire when actors reap their revenge.
AL AND AUDREY, written by Norman Kline, directed by David Hilder
Two young office workers on a smoke break make a discovery that will change their lives.
MIAMI CONNECTION, written by Stephen Bittrich, directed by Greg Thorson
Going on vacation may be a real treat, but on the plane to your destination, you never know who might be sitting next to you...and how many personalities he might have.
THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE, written by Stephen Bittrich, directed by Hamilton Clancy
The play takes an insider's look at the class of Gill Barry, the Big Apple's hottest acting teacher. You shall not act, but through Gil.
ANGELS AND TRAUMA, written by Kara Hartig, directed by Mary Kate Burke
A husband and wife attempt to find their way back to one other, despite seemingly insurmountable odds.