Palm Canyon Theatre’s Youth Program will stream a Spring Concert, featuring students ages 12-21. The concert is the culmination of two-months of training that PCT offered as part of its ongoing live stage education. For nearly 25 years, students participating in PCT’s youth program receive real-world experience by working alongside professional actors on mainstage productions. Today, with stages across the nation closed to live audiences, training was done virtually and in small groups at the Palm Springs theatre. Instruction was offered at no cost by talented actors, vocalists and directors who volunteered their time to prepare a troupe of 22 young performers.
“Because most schools were still engaged in distance learning, families were looking for a creative and social outlet for their kids. We loved working with this group of energetic young people who were craving to get back on stage,” said Se Layne, co-artistic director and the visionary behind the special show.
Singing classes began on Zoom in mid-January, and then transitioned to small groups in the PCT auditorium. Students and teachers wore masks and socially distanced during all rehearsals. Once small cohorts were rehearsed, a few full cast sessions were run in order to record portions of songs that included the entire group.
Now that the entire concert is recorded, it will be featured as a streaming event for 2 DAYS ONLY, March 30-31, 2021. Local youth performing in the concert are: Ava Tethal, Fabrizio Ibanez, Noah Arce, Matthew Pichler, AJ Fernandez, Kaiya Treash, Elizabeth Eldar, Isabella Morrison, Aidan Bosworth, Nathan Bosworth, Abel Rodriguez, Makayla Smith, Emma Walker, Diego Huerta, Victoria Herrera, Alice Steepleton, Audrey Steepleton, Imani Rachel, Amanda Miranda, Christopher Lopez, Mariana Robles, and Kristina Panagiotaros. The show was directed by Se Layne and Paul Grant with musical direction by Jaci Davis. Costuming by Derik Shopinski. Lights by Wyatt Tethal. Videography and post production by Nick Wass.
Tickets for this streaming show are $15 and are available for 2 DAYS ONLY on Showtix4U.com, which is also the platform to view the recorded production. PCT’s Youth Spring Concert is available for streaming for a 48-hour period between 12 a.m. on March 30 through 11:59 p.m. on April 2. Purchase at: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/46332. All proceeds from this concert will benefit future educational programming at PCT.
The nonprofit theatre has been dark since March 2020 and is relying greatly on the generosity of donors and grant support through the pandemic. For more information about Palm Canyon Theatre go to https://www.facebook.com/ThePalmCanyonTheatre or www.PalmCanyonTheatre.org.