Get a sneak peek of Blood Brothers here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hK8TPrRBlY
Although the proverbial show must typically go on, all good things must come to an end. At Genesee Center for the Arts with the Forum Players at Genesee Community College, the 2010-2011 theatrical season will come to a close this April with the musical, Blood Brothers, a musical written by Willy Russell.
The show will begin Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm with subsequent performances on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm as well as a matinee performance on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 pm.
Blood Brothers offer a contemporary nature versus nurture plot that revolves around fraternal twins who were separated at birth. The twins' different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum, leading up to a tragic ending. The musical debuted in 1983, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The current West End revival is one of the longest-running musical productions in history, opening in 1988 at the West End and still running as of 2011.
Consisting of Genesee Community College students and local community artists, the cast and crew of this production of Blood Brothers includes Emily Jones (Waterloo, NY) and Kiley Conklin (Geneva, NY) sharing the roles of Mrs. Johnstone and Donna Marie on opposite performances. Anthony Shoap (Holley, NY) plays Edward with Cal Young (Naples, NY) as Mickey, Patrick Dodge (Warsaw, NY) and Alex Grayson (Watertown, NY) will share the role of the Narrator also on opposite evening performances as well as being part of the ensemble.
Lucine Kauffman (Elba, NY) will star as Mrs. Lyons with Norm Gayford (Warsaw, NY) as Mr. Lyons, Nikkia Travis (Rochester, NY) as Linda, Johnny Dow (Rochester, NY) as Sammy, Tara Pocock (Batavia, NY) as Mrs. Jones and the dance soloist, and Lee Fuller (Byron, NY) as part of the dance solo and the ensemble.
The rest of the ensemble consists of Brittany Sierra Bryson (Warsaw, NY), Faith Horne (Rochester, NY), Joanne Taheri (Batavia, NY), Alex Farley (Pembroke, NY), Heather Grande (Hilton, NY), and Ben Liebrand (Rochester, NY).
Blood Brothers is directed by Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee Community College, with technical direction and set design by Ed Hallborg, technical director and technical theatre faculty member at the Genesee Center for the Arts. Music and orchestra will be conducted by Ian Gayford, a senior at Warsaw High School. Choreography is directed by Patti Simmons, a faculty member of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Genesee Community College. Stage manager is Ben Liebrand, a Genesee Community College, a second year theatre major.
General admission ticket prices for Blood Brothers are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), students and Genesee faculty and staff, and $3 for Genesee students with a valid GCC ID. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount on a ticket with valid GCC alumni ID card. The Box Office is normally open Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm and one hour prior to the start of the performance.
To reserve your tickets, contact the Box Office at 585-345-6814. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash, checks and now credit cards, MasterCard and Visa!
Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, NY, just 2 minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit www.genesee.edu for door-to-door directions sent via email.
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