The Main Street Youth Theatre is heading to high school this summer with “Disney’s High School Musical.” Based on the popular Disney movie, this high-energy production features Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High dealing with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.  If you aren’t familiar with the main storyline, basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

The show features a cast of 25 with six local high schools being represented and stars Daniel Harrington as Troy Bolton, Harper Krimm as Gabrielle Montez, Elliott Lentz as Sharpay Evans, Luke Herman as Ryan Evans and so many more. “This show embodies the fun, contemporary energy featured in the movie, and is something that the whole family can enjoy,” MSYT Board President Cinda Seamon notes.

The show’s production team includes Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Theater Director Michelle McElroy (Director), Cynthia Cullen (Music Director), Jamal Edwards (Choreographer) and Logan Naddy (Stage Manager).  “We couldn’t be more excited to have this production team together again,” Seamon adds. “Their professionalism and collective creative vision ensure this will be nothing short of spectacular!” Director Michelle McElroy is clearly excited as well, ““We’re All in This Together” is one of the well-known songs from the show, but it really rings true for us!  It’s great seeing the theater kids from different schools come together to create something special in the summer. I’m honored to once again be a part of it!”

There will be 10 performances total; June 19th thru June 30th; evening performances at 7pm and 2pm matinees on Saturday & Sunday (6/23 & 6/30).

Tickets are only $19 for adults and $12 for students and are available online via MSYT.org or by calling the box office at 843-689-6246.

MSYT is a nonprofit organization established in 1997. For more information about MSYT go to MSYT.org, Facebook.com/MSYouthTheatre or email infomsyt@gmail.com.

MSYT will be hosting working actor Tara Bianco as she brings her Hollywood Acting Workshop to Hilton Head on June 15! Tara grew up on the Island, and performed in multiple musicals at both MSYT and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. She is now located in Los Angeles and is a working actor, as well as an acting coach/mentor. Her credits include national commercials for Verizon, Walmart, and Wendy’s, along with TV credits for networks like Netflix, ABC, MTV, and FX.

In this workshop, Tara will break down the industry so aspiring actors can understand how to make acting in TV/Film a career. She will also go over script analysis, character breakdown, and cold reads. At the end, there will be a Q & A, so have your questions ready!

For more information, or to sign up, email thetarabianco@gmail.com.

If you sign up before May 15, 2019, you will receive 10% off.

Hey MSYT fans! Main Street Youth Theatre is asking you for suggestions for shows you’d like us to consider producing for our 2020 Season.

We usually produce three musicals in a year with the following format:

  • The Spring show is primarily cast with young children
  • The Summer is primarily cast with high school and college age young people
  • The Fall show is generally cast with all ages

Please send your suggestions to our playreading committee at: PhilHarrisAP@gmail.com.

Grant is excited to return for his fifth production with Main Street Youth Theatre, this time in the director’s chair for Mulan Jr. You may have seen him as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Danny Zuko in Grease, or the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He would first like to thank God for blessing him with the opportunities he has received, and his family for their unconditional support. Enjoy the show!

We are forming a group to assist our costume designers. There are a variety of tasks that need to be done for any one show. We need people to :

  • Shop thrift stores for specific items
  • Be back stageduring performances to make emergency repairs
  • Sew – Basic hand sewing such as attaching buttons, Velcro or trim; or sewing a hem
    • Basic machine sewing such as seam repair, attaching waistbands, attaching elastic or trim, etc.
    • More advanced machine sewing such as temporary alterations, creating simple garments such as gathered skirts, capes, cummerbunds, etc.

If you are interested, contact Karen McKivergan at mschetah@hargray.com. Let her know what you can do and your email address. Before each show, you will be notified of what is needed and the dates. If you can help, respond to that notice and you will be contacted with more information.

Christa Fortney was involved in many aspects of performance (dance, chorus, piano, and theatre) in her younger years, and has been apart of the Lowcountry community theatre scene since 2015. In South Carolina, she has been seen onstage in various works through May River Theatre, Main Street Youth Theatre, and Coastal Stage Productions. Most recently she performed as Pickles in The Great American Trail Park Musical (CSP). Her time behind the scenes includes stage manager of The Miracle Worker (MRT), costumes/lighting/front of house manager for Christmas Belles (CSP), and costumes for No Time for Sergeants and Smoke on the Mountain (MRT). Her time away from the stage is spent drafting plans as a residential designer, planning parties, and spoiling her dogs – Roscoe & Daisy. Christa would like to thank her husband Thaddeus Miller for continued support and the entire cast and crew for extreme dedication.

Keegan Crotty is 17 years old and is a senior at Heritage Academy. He started his career on the island at 8 years old with Main Street as Avery in the production of Charlotte’s Web, and was ensemble for the Main Street Productions of 13, Music of the Night, and Guys and Dolls. He then attended Hilton Head Prep and had starred in productions such as The Little Mermaid as King Triton, Comedy of Errors as Algernon, James and the Giant Peach as the Grasshopper, Almost, Maine as Steve, Chad, and Pete, and Les Miserables as Jean Valjean. Keegan is most excited to make his return to the Main Street Theater with his role as Phoebus, and wants to thank his cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the show. He would also thank his friends, family and Peggy Trecker White for all their continued support.

Musical Director Josh Wall is thrilled to once again be working with the Main Street Youth Theatre on their production on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Josh had the great pleasure of acting as Musical Director with MSYT in December of 2017 on MSYT’s 20th Anniversary show, “This Is Our Story.”

Currently, Josh is chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and Director of Choral Activities at Hilton Head Island High School where he teaches choir, musical theatre, music appreciation, and Teacher Cadets. Also, Josh serves as the Music Director for the Beaufort Theatre Company. Josh holds a Bachelors of Music Education and a Masters of Choral Music and Education from Winthrop University.

As a percussionist, pianist, or vocalist, Josh has been a featured performer with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Winthrop/Carolina Wind Orchestra, York County Choral Society, Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Hilton Head, Josh was the Director of Choral Activities at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina. Choral groups under Josh’s direction have consistently received Superior Ratings at state and national choral competitions.

Since landing in the Lowcountry, Josh has been highly involved with the Seahawk Stage Company at Hilton Head Island High School by music directing musicals including, “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bring it On!”, “Into The Woods,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” With the Beaufort Theatre Company, Josh had the pleasure of being Music Director for “Forbidden Broadway,” and “Mamma Mia.”

Josh is grateful to Cinda and the MSYT board for providing him with the opportunity to collaborate with this highly talented creative team and cast. Much love and gratitude to his parents for driving him to piano and music lessons and for their unending love and support. Break legs everybody!!!

Jacey Robinson returns to the stage as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is Jacey’s 18th production and 6th production with MSYT. Favorite roles include: Elsa in The Sound of Music (HHCA), Jane in Tarzan (HHCA), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (MSYT), Kitty Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (ACCC), Lorraine in All Shook Up (MSYT), and Wednesday in The Addams Family (MSYT). Jacey is a senior at HHCA and hopes to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre in college. She recently attended Interlochen Academy’s Musical Theatre Intensive in Michigan! Jacey’s also directing HHCA’s production of Into the Woods Jr. opening November 1st! Jacey is thrilled to have the opportunity to play this unique role of Esmeralda and can’t wait for everyone to see it! She’d like to thank Travis and MSYT for this opportunity and her family for always supporting her!

Grant is excited to return for his fourth production with Main Street Youth Theatre, and in collaboration with May River Theatre, as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame! You may have seen him as Danny Zuko in Grease, or the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He would first like to thank God for blessing him with the opportunities he has received, and his family for their unconditional support. Enjoy the show!