The School of the Performing Arts at Proctors will present three performances of the Elton John and Tim Rice musical, "AIDA," Friday and Saturday (Aug. 3-4) on the MainStage at Proctors. Performances will be at 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera of the same name, "AIDA" was nominated for five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in March of 2000, and won four, including Best Original Score.
The play takes the audience back to the time of the pharoahs and tells the story of a star-crossed love affair between Aida, the princess of Nubia, and Radames, the Egyptian captain who has enslaved her people.
The students from Proctors Broadway Camp, led by Proctors Youth Programs Director Steven Yuhasz, had a hand in all aspects of this production, from costumes to sets, to playing in the orchestra pit to portraying the characters on stage and performing some of the show's most familiar songs, including "Written in the Stars," "Halfway to Heaven," and "Every Story is a Love Story."
"This edition of Broadway Camp is the cumulative outcome of discussions with the creative team, education staff, patrons and feedback from the students," said Yuhasz. "Our vision is to produce as close to a professional theater experience as possible for all of the students that participate.
"A year of planning for Broadway Camp created focused workshops to mirror the work on stage, backstage and in the pit in all areas of acting, production and orchestra along with specialized daily studio classes to prepare and challenge the students," contued Yuhasz. "The students not only had the opportunity to rehearse a show, but were fostered and experienced crossover training in all areas of production."
Broadway veteran Freddy Ramirez returned to Proctors to serve as the show's choreographer, and Niskayuna High's music librarian Maria Germain is the musical director. Yuhasz directed the production.
"We begin as strangers and we grow into a remarkable and confident company of students, passionate teachers and dedicated production team members," said Yuhasz. "It's an experience that is irreplaceable for all involved."
Yuhasz has performed himself on Broadway in revivals of "Peter Pan" and "Zorba," and has directed numerous off-Broadway shows in the New York area as well as serving as executive director of the Shakespeare on the Sound in Norwalk, Connecticut.
WHERE: MainStage at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $10
MORE INFO: (518) 346-6204, or visit www.proctors.org