Waterwell announces a PPAS Middle School production “Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ANNOUNCES A PPAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PRODUCTION
“S E R V A N T O F T W O M A S T E R S”
BY CARLO GOLDONI
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
DIRECTED BY CASEY MCCLELLAN
WITH COSTUMES BY DEANNA FRIEMANN
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th
New York, NY – Waterwell, one of the Village Voice’s Best Arguments for Devised Theater (2010) and creators of GOODBAR and #9, announced today the opening of commedia dell’arte classic, Servant of Two Masters, starring 11-13 year old actors from their Theatrical Arts program at Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan. Directed by Casey McClellan and featuring costume design by Deanna Friemann (home/sick, The Land Whale Murders), performances will be Wednesday, December 7th through Sunday, December 11th at the Professional Performing Arts School (328 West 48th Street in NYC).
The Theatrical Arts Program at PPAS, in partnership with Waterwell, offers world-class instruction in acting, singing and dancing to exceptionally talented middle school students absolutely free of charge. In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to work with professional directors and designers on full productions of both classical and contemporary plays, designed to strengthen their skills as both artists and citizens.
The creative team for Servant also includes Alexandra Regazzoni (Scenic Designer), Simon Cleveland (Lighting Designer) and Dale Bigall (Sound Designer). The cast of eleven is comprised entirely of middle school students at PPAS: Gus Birney, Scout Bushman, Alexandra Dell’Edera, Josiah Fluker-McInnis, Zeny Gatdula, Nora Gjieli, Anna Morino, Meeb Ranghelli, Bernard Scudder, Kyle Slater and Christopher White.
Performances at the PPAS Black Box are Wednesday December 7th at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Thursday December 8th at 11:00 a.m.; Friday December 9th at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturday December 10th at 2:oo and 7:00 p.pm.; and Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for PPAS students, $15 dollars for adults and can be purchased in advance at the PPAS Main Office (328 West 48th Street, 3rd floor). For more information, visit http://www.waterwell.org.
CASEY McCLELLAN (Director) teaches acting, movement, and voice & speech at PPAS, as well as the Ted Bardy Acting Studio. PPAS Directing Credits: Much Ado About Nothing. Acting credits: Gross Indecency, The Baltimore Waltz, A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Flanagan’s Wake (Soho Playhouse), Cigarettes and Chocolate, On the Verge (Fool’s Pearls Productions), The Uncertainty Principle, (The Milk Can Theatre Company), Six Degrees of Separation (The Theatre on Broadway), Hello, My Name Is Billy (No Hope Productions). Casey was honored with an Excellence in Performance Award from the NY International Fringe Festival in 2011 for his work in Hello, My Name is Billy. www.caseymcclellan.com
ALEXANDRA REGAZZONI (Scenic Designer) NYC: Bye Bye Birdie; Wizard of Oz. Regional: The Dining Room; Much Ado About Nothing; Three Men on a Horse; The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue; Room Service. Film: Must Be The Music; Illusive Fields; Strayberry; Carnavale; The Left Bank Bookseller. Design for Grapes of Wrath chosen to represent the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial student exhibit.
DEANNA FRIEMAN (Costume Designer) PPAS: Much Ado About Nothing. Other NYC: home/sick (The Assembly), Hamlet (Rebellious Subjects Theatre), The Land Whale Murders, Uncle Shelby’s Wunderpantry of Possibilities, The Luck of the Ibis (Shelby Company). Regional: Sousepaw (Shelby Company). Deanna is a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and a merchandiser at Housing Works Thrift Shops. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon. www.deannarosedesigns.com.
DALE BIGALL (Sound Designer) NYC: GBS (Clockwork Theater), Underground (Drama Desk Nomination). Film: Pavilion (Production Sound Mixer, Editor), The Forrest is Red (Production Sound Mixer), Losing It (Production Sound Mixer). TV Commercials: Walgreens, Homegoods, JC Penny, Malibu Rum, Bustin Boards, Sterling Publishing.
SIMON CLEVELAND (Lighting Designer) PPAS: Emma, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, Stop Kiss. Other NYC: Brack’s Last Bachelor Party, Babel Theatre Project (59E59), Dancing Literate Festival, Judson Memorial Church. Simon is the resident designer for Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Summation Dance Company, and colectivodoszeta. Simon also has an Award winning handlebar moustache and is a member of the Gotham City Beard Alliance and Beard Team USA.
WATERWELL (Arian Moayed & Tom Ridgely, Artistic Directors) is a New York-based company of artists dedicated to the collaborative creation of new works for the theatre. Founded in 2002, they have devised eleven original plays, four cabarets and two staged readings, including GOODBAR, #9 and The|King|Operetta. Their work has been nominated for three IT Awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and a Village Voice Best of NYC. Since 2010 Waterwell has partnered with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan to provide world-class training to exceptional 6-12th graders absolutely free of charge.