GCC Offers Children Live Theatre Experience

‘The Boy Who Tricked the Moon’ to be performed on campus and around community

Batavia, New York – More than a thousand young students will visit the Genesee Community College campus between March 20-22, 2013 to see a performance of “The Boy Who Tricked the Moon” by the GCC Forum Players Children’s Theatre. The cast and crew will then take the show on the road for another six performances in six counties between April 7, 2013 and May 11, 2013.

In “The Boy Who Tricked the Moon” the audience participates in helping an Orphan Boy rescue Clan Chief’s son from the moon, which has spirited him away. It’s a mystical adventure that includes characters Sky Grandmother and Little Sky Sister who help the two boys. The folktale, staged using masks and creative movement, shows how ingenuity and friendship can triumph over adversity.

GCC will welcome some 1,200 preschool through third grade students from Batavia, Le Roy, Pavilion, Brockport and Geneseo to campus for daytime performances in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday March 20-22, 2013.

Following the performances on campus, GCC will take the show on the road for just the second time. “In these days of limited budgets, many districts cannot afford to bus their children to campus for the show,” said Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at GCC. “We still want them to have the chance to experience a live theatre performance, so we’re taking the show to them. We like getting out into the community to share the wonderful talent we have at GCC.”

The show will be staged at elementary schools in Hilton, Barker and Medina. In addition, there are public performances scheduled as follows:

•Friday, March 22, 2013 7:00 p.m. Stuart Steiner Theatre, GCC Batavia
•Sunday, April 7, 20137:30 p.m. The Stage, Warsaw
•Saturday, April 20, 20132:00 p.m.Theatre 101, Mt. Morris
•Saturday, May 11, 2013 2:00 p.m.Springville Center for the Arts

Tickets are $8 or less, and FREE for ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information call the GCC box office at (585) 345-6814 or by email boxoffice@genesee.edu.

The cast of “The Boy Who Tricked the Moon” includes: Brianna Jones of Batavia and Kayli Wilson of Canastota sharing the role of Orphan Boy; Aidan Bonacci of Rochester and Christian Hoffman of Hilton as Clan Chief’s Son; Bill Rupp of Alexander and Alayna Zimbrich of Hilton as Shaman; Jordan Griffiths of Milford and Rebecca Truesdell of Batavia as Moon; Kathleen Kwasniewski of Alexander and Amber Lively of Barker as Little Sky Sister; Courtney Amesbury of Bergen as Sky Grandmother; Sania Hyatt of NYC as Boy #1 and a Thunderbird; Lynnsee McGill of Rochester as Boy #2; and Kaori Shinchi of Japan as a Thunderbird. Several cast members also play additional roles as Trees, Frogs and Arrows.

Crew members include stage manager Jessica Yost of Medina. Cameron Pollard of Mt. Vernon, NY will handle sound. Lighting is by Eric Moultrie of Dobbs Ferry, NY and Kaleb Miller of Le Roy. And Ali Scharvella of Copake Lake, NY will operate projections.

For more information, visit http://www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts/calendar.cfm.

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Editors Note:
Photo opportunity of “The Boy Who Tricked the Moon” cast in costume is scheduled in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on GCC Batavia campus on Monday, March 18, 2013 between 5-8 p.m.