Adirondack Theatre Festival’s (ATF) begins its 22nd summer season of professional theatre with a musical, Island Song.
In Island Song, the rush of the city keeps rhythmic time, and five young people traveling down uncertain paths are caught up in the pulse of life in New York. Beginning June 21, 2016, and running through July 2, this inspiring new musical from the acclaimed songwriting duo, Carner & Gregor examines the struggle of finding love, the struggle of finding success, and above all, the struggle of finding yourself in a big city where everyone seems somehow interconnected.
Sam Carner is the recipient of the 2015 Kleban Prize – a $100,000 prize awarded to the most promising librettist. He and Derek Gregor won the 2014 John Wallowitch Award for songwriter under 40. Additionally, Carner & Gregor were included in Playbill’s 12 Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know. Songs from Island Song have been sung all over America (in 6 continents, including Antarctica), in NYC, Paris, London, and Tokyo (in Japanese), but ATF’s performance marks the World Premiere of the full production. Five songs from the show have been nominated for Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards for Best Song.
Island Song stars Madeline Trumble (Newsies), Kathleen Monteleone (Hands on a Hardbody), Emily Schultheis (Wicked National Tour), Aaron Galligan Stierle (Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, Grinch), and Phillipe Arroyo. The design team is: Paul Tate dePoo III (Set), Jake DeGroot (Lights), Patrick MacDonald (Sound), Rebekah Priebe (Costumes).
Marlo Hunter directs and choreographs. She is the winner of the 2013 Callaway Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Carner & Gregor’s Unlock’d, which she directed & choreographed at The Duke on 42nd Street for Prospect Theater Company. Marlo directed & choreographed the critically praised World Premiere of Adam Overett’s My Life is a Musical at Bay Street Theatre, after steering the project from its first reading. She is also Co-Conceiver & Director, The Theatrical Culinary Project – an immersive play in development with Top Chef finalist & The Chew Co-Host, Carla Hall, and playwrights Jeff Augustin, Courtney Baron, Elizabeth Irwin, Daniel Pearle, and Julian Sheppard (recent workshops in NYC, residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm); Director, Timothy Huang’s Costs of Living (NAMT). She is a 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist.
“The music is not just infectious, it’s intoxicating. Songs from Island Song have been sung in 6 different continents and have been nominated for numerous awards, but this will be the world premiere of the production. Island Song is electric, moving, and impactful—one of those shows that, after you see it, just makes you feel great to be alive.” – Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director, ATF
Performances of Island Song will be held at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls) June 21st – July 2nd at 7:30pm with a special matinee performance on June 29th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $32-$45 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org, or by calling (518) 480-4878. Discount season flex passes are available for the full seven show line-up.
About the Adirondack Theatre Festival
Founded in 1994, ATF is a non-profit, professional theatre. Each summer ATF produces a season of theatre for an audience of both locals and tourists (8,000-9,000) using professional artists from New York City and across the country. ATF operates under a Small Professional Theatre Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. ATF is the only professional summer theatre in the Capital District, Saratoga and Adirondack regions of upstate New York solely committed to producing new and contemporary works of theatre. Its 22nd season is comprised entirely of new works.