Over 100 people attended the Kiel Area Youth Theatre’s second annual Reveal Party on Dec. 28 at Anchor Lanes in Elkhart Lake.
KAYT members announced their show selection for the organization’s summer production, ‘The Nifty Fifties - A Musical Tribute to the 1950’s.’
Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of refreshments and games along with a performance from magician Kurt Kane.
A synopsis of the upcoming show follows.
Lead character Gracie Stanley finds herself in hot water by promising to deliver her distant rock star cousin Ziggy Springer for the high school Hippity Hop at Louise’s Luncheonette.
Ziggy’s manager doesn’t want his client performing anywhere without pay, so Gracie and her friends are forced to quickly produce a double for the performer. They use a singing soda jerk and plan to have him perform in the dark.
It isn’t easy for Gracie to get away with this one with her rival, the snooty Muffin Mansfield, waiting for her to flop.
Meanwhile Louise has her own problems when the building’s owner forbids the dance and plans to turn the eatery into a dry cleaner.
With all of this happening, Gracie’s brother is living in terror because he smashed a Harley belonging to bad dude Sinbad Gallucci.
‘The Nifty Fifties’ will be led by Director Hilary Mayer. Originally from Sheboygan, Mayer has been a part of over 50 productions both on and off the stage. For the last six years, she has worked with Pankratz Arts Exchange and performed in their summer song and dance revue shows. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for Music Therapy and Musical Theatre Performance.
Mayer will be joined by production staff members, Music Director Christine Clements, Choreographer Jessica Schrage, and Production Stage Manager Heather Winter.
Clements has been an elementary music specialist for over 13 years. She graduated from Lakeland College with a triple degree in general, choral, and instrumental music education for grades kindergarten through high school.
Schrage is actively performing in various music revues and musicals. She was most recently cast as Rona Lisa Peretti in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ produced by Pankratz Arts Exchange, Inc. in the spring of 2016.
Winter is a graduate of New Holstein High School and recently relocated back to the area after living in Minneapolis and Chicago. She holds a Musical Theater Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rockford College and has experience working with children in the arts at the YMCA, Northern Lights Playhouse, and CLIMB theatre. Winter performed in Minneapolis and Chicago as an actress, singer, and director for the past 17 years.
Auditions for the show will be held on April 10 and 11 at Kiel Middle School.
Rehearsals will begin on May 22 and will be held Mondays through Thursdays until the shows begin.
Performances are scheduled for July 14, 15 and 16, and again on July 21, 22 and 23. All shows will be presented at the Castle Theater in Kiel High School.
Kiel Area Youth Theatre is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which promotes and provides opportunities for Kiel area youth to participate in fun and positive theatrical experiences.
The organization enjoys the support of volunteers, parents, and the community while providing children in grades 4K through eight the chance to develop and showcase their artistic abilities and talents.
More information about the group and the upcoming show can be found by visiting kielayt.org.