Valatie students bring theater to life

VALATIE–This weekend a group of high school students from the village will present a musical cabaret at the Valatie Community Theatre on Main St. The show is the creation of Mike Sykes and Karolyn Eberhardt, and the participants share a variety of experience in local and school theatre.

   The group of 22 teenagers is directed by Mike Sykes, a senior at Ichabod Crane High School. This is Mike’s second year directing the cabaret at the theater. Mike has been involved in musical theatre since the age of seven, when he began directing plays in the basement of his home. He says theater’s board appreciates the work the students do to bring the Valatie Theatre to life.

   Mike’s assistant director is Kristyn Youngblood, an alumna of the Crane Acting Troupe, who has just finished her freshman year of college. Mike Rivenburg is in charge of lighting and sound for the production. Costumes have been designed and executed by the actors.

   Rehearsals began at the end of May and have been held in the students’ homes. Four parents of actors have been involved with set design.

   The show will include a mix of classic and contemporary Broadway music and dancing. Jillian Funk is the dance director and choreographer for the production.

   The cabaret will be preformed Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, August 1  and 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. 

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