What would a musical about turn of the century politics be without tap dancing?
Fiorello! debuts in February at the Eureka Theatre, our SFArtsED Players tribute to a Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical about New York’s reformist Mayor, Fiorello H. LaGuardia. Along with our glitzy, retro tap number, our 30 Player cast will sing, act and dance. With professional flair and technical staging excellence.
In rehearsal for weeks now with our own Theatrical Director Danny Duncan, our citywide cast of young people are in a state of extreme anticipation to perform live.
Under our spotlights:
Destry Rides Again
Everything Goes! The Music of Cole Porter
Guys and Dolls
The Pajama Game
The Music Man
Yellow Wood, World premier of original musical by Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott, recognized with the prestigious Richard Rogers Development Award
Between Dirt and Sky, World premier of musical inspired by the life of César Chávez with original music by Lisa Quoresimo and Chuck E. Grey
Pinoccho Jones, An original musical by Danny Duncan
Secret Sondheim: A Musical Revue
Once Upon a Mattress
ONE, World premier of original musical by Danny Duncan and Randy Craig
Happy Ever After: Fairy Tales on Broadway
The Invisible Princess, World premier of original musical by Danny Duncan and Randy Craig
And talk about hands on, participatory learning!
In Collaboration with School of the Arts Alternative High School (SOTA) Technical Theater Program, kids under the direction of Dan Kryston, build and paint all sets. Under costume designer Linda Riccairdi, they produce costumes. And with costume mistress Kathleen Moore they keep show costumes ironed and mended during the run. Our brilliantly energetic kids also help with quick change and make up. Student lighting designers plan lighting for the shows and run the light board. Students design sound and operate the sound board. Our student Stage Manager who is with us the entire run of rehearsals and performances — from September through April — works alongside our directors. These positions of responsibility give students an opportunity to learn by doing. The expectations SFArtsED holds these technical aspects as high as the performances themselves.
It’s a truly immersive environment, yet another one we offer to stimulate expression, sociability and dexterity. Not to mention an exposure to our cultural inheritance that will stay with these kids forever.
SFArtsED Players Artist / Teachers
[See Artists for their extraordinary profiles.]
Emily Keeler > Producer/Choreographer
Camille Olivier-Salmon > District Liaison
Danny Duncan > Director/Playwright-in-Residence
Natalie Greene > Choreographer and Dance instructor
Erin Hewitt > Choreographer and Dance Instructor
Sean Forte > Musical Director
Ben Malkevitch > Accompanist and Vocal Coach
Dan Kryston > Set Designer and SOTA Assistantship Liaison
Beth Hersh > Lighting Designer
Linda Ricciardi > Costume Designer
Kathleen Moore > Costume Mistress
Pailin Murphy >Stage Manager/SOTA Assistantship