The Playhouse Youth Company at Bucks County Playhouse is presenting an all-new, one-hour show starring 11 young women from throughout the region. Entitled Dream Awake, the show will run on the main stage of the Playhouse, 70 S. Main Street in New Hope, from Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25. There are performances each day at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Dream Awake is a high-energy, 75-minute show featuring songs, dances, stories and scenes, written and created by the Playhouse Youth Company cast and a variety of artists. It’s an opportunity to celebrate these young performers and experience a creative exploration of past, present and future dreams and the exhilarating discoveries to be made when finally awake.
Dream Awake features a cast consisting of 11 local performers ages 14-17 who are selected by audition for this conservatory-style training program. This year, the youth company is comprised entirely of young women. They worked on creating the show from the ground up, while also participating in workshops and classes.
“I’m so happy that we decided to make our first show back an opportunity for our Youth Company to create their own show,” said Bucks County Playhouse director of education Michaela Murphy. “Using their dreams, both subconscious and aspirational, as a springboard, the company has created a theatrical experience that is insightful, funny, moving and full of surprises, and in the process, the cast, who did not know each other, quickly became a daring and creative ensemble. They work hard, are not afraid to make mistakes, and are ever ready to cheer on the success of their peers.
“For all of us on the creative team, it has been a joy to work with these incredible young women. They have re-awakened the hope, wonder and magic of live theater after a dark and challenging time. We are excited to share Dream Awake with family, friends and our Bucks County communities. Their show is a blast and a wonderful invitation to remember what it is to dream.”
Youth Company participants this year represent 11 different high schools and middle schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The cast includes the following from Bucks County: Serenity Boffa (Langhorne, Neshaminy High School); Hannah Chieffo (Churchville, Holland Middle School); Cassidy Summerville (Levittown, Harry S. Truman High School); Olivia Davis-Eagan (Doylestown, Central Bucks West High School); Lexi Healy (New Hope, New Hope Solebury Middle School); Makayla McClintic (Jamison, Central Bucks South High School); Maya Micsion (Washington Crossing, Council Rock North High School); and Maeve Sheehan (Doylestown, New Hope Solebury High School).
Tickets are $20 plus fees. Patrons save 20 percent off when buying four or more tickets. For full details and to purchase tickets, visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121 or visit the box office.