The Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop Presents “Two Gentlemen of Verona”
BINGHAMTON, NY – Students from Binghamton University’s Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop will perform William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, in Watters Theater, located in the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus, with music by Galt MacDermot and lyrics by John Guare.
The three-week workshop offered to theater students ages 12 – 18, is instructed by Director Elaine Tamaru, Musical Director Brenda Dawe, and Conductor Todd Robinson along with guest director James Everett Lortz. Sponsored by the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, the Binghamton University Department of Music and the Binghamton University Department of Continuing Education and Outreach, the workshop has touched the lives of hundreds of youth in the Broome and Tioga Counties since its inception in 1998.
Two Gentlemen of Verona is based on a story of two lifelong friends Proteus and Valentine. They leave their rural hometown to experience life in urban Milan. Valentine falls in love with Sylvia, whose father has betrothed her against her will to the wealthy but undesirable Thurio, and plots to win her hand.
Disregarding his loyalty to Valentine and Julia, his sweetheart back home, Proteus also sets his sights on Sylvia. He plans to expose his friend’s intentions to her father, have Valentine banished from Milan, and claim her for himself.
Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for seniors/students and are available from the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at http://anderson.binghamton.edu or at the door.