Plymouth.N.H.—Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present a workshop production of “Edges, A Musical Review,” April 23–25 at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Written by two University of Michigan students, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in 2005, “Edges” is a song cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discovery of people mostly in their 20s.
“Edges” opens with the question, “Who am I and who do I want to become?” from four very different individuals, and the plot progresses from there.”
In 2006 the Pasak and Paul won a $20,000 Jonathan Larson Award, established by the estate of “Rent” composer Jonathan Larson to encourage composers, lyricists and book writers at the beginning of their careers, becoming the youngest to have won the award.
Mitchell Marcus of Acting Up Stage Company called “Edges,” “So magical, so relevant, so awesome.”
Nancy Barry is guest director for “Edges.” A graduate of Emerson College (B.S. and M.A.), Barry is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and has worked as actor, producer, director, casting director and teacher. She has been artistic managing director of the New London Barn Playhouse, and directed the first musical at the Lakes Region Summer Theatre in 1992.
Andrew Morrissey, musical director, is a senior music major at PSU. The stage manager is senior theatre major Annie Goodwin.
Cast members are Jeremy Zglobicki, a senior voice performance and pedagogy major from Rutland, Mass.; Ryan McCall, a junior music theatre major from Bedford; Brady Lynch, a sophomore music major from Amherst and Megan Beaucage, a first-year music education major from Milton, Vt.
“We have worked on this piece from an artistic point of view, of course, but more importantly, these actors have spent a great deal of energy and thought on their own journeys in the process, and we hope the universality of this journey will touch audience members in a very personal way as well,” said Barry.
Performances are April 23–25 at 8 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for youth and $5 for PSU students with I.D. at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.
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