Christmas in July at Genesee Community College

Christmas will be coming to Genesee Community College early this year. Students in the Performing Arts Experience at Genesee, the college's summer theatre workshop for area youth, will present Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, an adaptation by Maryanne Arena, on Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 26 at 2:00 pm. A Dress Rehearsal Media Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 2:00 pm.

This year's Performing Arts Experience at Genesee has attracted 36 youth ages 7-15 from all across Western New York. They have spent several weeks with the musical director and choreographer and have now begun full rehearsals. Participants in the production this year include the following (returning students from last summer's workshop are indicted with an asterisk):

• Mariah Brennan, Batavia

• Claire Breslin, Wyoming

• Courtney Elizabeth Burns, Batavia

• Samantha Cohen, Batavia,

• Nina DiFante, Batavia

• Sean Donovan, Bergen

• Kelli Dumuhosky, Batavia*

• Lauren Forsyth, Byron

• Madeline Fournier, Albion*

• Ian Gayford, Warsaw*

• Margaret Gayford, Warsaw*

• Sydney Green, Wyoming

• Emily Hendrickson, Le Roy*

• Spencer Hubbard, Batavia*

• Gretel Kauffman, Elba*

• Allyson Kehl, Bliss*

• Peter Kehl, Bliss*

• Michaela Kenward, Byron

• Rachel Kerr, Churchville

• Daniel King-Sobresky, Batavia*

• Sarah Lawson, East Bethany*

• Mikey Lullo, Batavia

• Connor Millar, Caledonia*

• Sydney Moag, Batavia

• Alicia Murrock, Pavilion

• Riley Norton, Batavia*

• Erin Ph! illips, Batavia

• Samantha Platek, Le Roy*

• Sara Platek, Le Roy*

• Brianna Puma, Tonawanda

• Robert E. Reiss, Elba

• Abby Saville, Pavilion*

• Meghan Slocum, Le Roy*

• Katrina Stork, Batavia

• Brooke Strausbaugh, Alden*

• Shelby Strausbaugh, Alden*

• Sophia Stuart, Batavia

"We have a very talented cast of young people for this year's production," said Maryanne Arena, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee. "These students have huge enthusiasm and have worked very hard these past few weeks to put together a great performance."

Admission to The Nightmare Before Christmas is free. Seats may become limited, so advance reservations are encouraged. Contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-343-0055 x6814 or email

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A portion of this project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.