Seeking Teen Actors for Sun City Chorus Event

The Sun City Barbershop Chorus is hosting a concert October 12 combined with the Lighthouse singers from Hilton Head and guest quartets. The Chorus is seeking teens (4 boys, 2 girls) to play characters from Happy Days TV show.  They would serve as announcers for the chorus numbers we will sing by learning a short script.
For more information, including scripts and auditions, contact Russ Baker at relb49@yahoo.com.

Calling All Singers 15 and Older for Rhythm of the Night!

The Hilton Head Ballroom dance studio is holding auditions September 12 for singers 15 years old and up for their October 26 showcase – Rhythm of the Night.

  • Singers will be required to sing with tracks on top of the original singer.
  • They are looking for Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra/Michael Bublé and some various disco singers (females).

Auditions

For auditions, prepare a song in one of the styles listed above. Auditions will be Thursday, September 12 from 7-8 p.m. at Hilton Head Ballroom dance studio, 1300 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton, South Carolina.

Rehearsals

Some rehearsals will be on your own but you will need to be at rehearsal October 16 from 6-7 p.m. and October 23 from 6-7 p.m. at the ballroom dance studio. Then it moves to Hilton Head Island High School: October 24 from 5-9 p.m. is tech and October 25 from 5-9 p.m. is dress rehearsal.

Show Times

The show is 7 p.m. on October 26 with some daytime rehearsal.

Questions

Any further questions, feel free to contact Cinda Seamon at Cinda911@hotmail.com.

Daniel Harrington (Troy Bolton)

Daniel is a rising senior at HHCA and is thrilled to be taking the stage as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. Past performances include Doody in MSYT’s production of Grease and HHCA’s productions of The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), G2K, Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry),  Aladdin Jr. (Aladdin), and Guys & Dolls (Society Max).

Harper Krimm (Gabrielle Montez)

Harper is thrilled to be performing in her first MSYT production as one of her dream roles. Harper was most recently seen in HHCA’s The Little Mermaid as Aquata and HHCA’s Into The Woods Jr. as Baker’s wife. Theater is a big passion of Harper’s and she hopes to pursue it in the future.

Luke Herman (Ryan Evans)

Luke is a future junior who’s done too many shows. When he’s not onstage, he enjoys taking nice long walks on the beach, shooting spitballs at Rachel Stratton and that smooth alto sound. He’d like to thank Michelle McElroy for her constant support, as well as Sharpay for being just oh-so-goofy! And that’s on period! Go wildcats, oink!

Elliott Lentz (Sharpay Evans)

Elliott was awarded 2017 ISCA Regional Youth Performing Arts – 1stplace. Credits include The Sound of Music, Grease, Evita, Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Annie, Music of the Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Addams Family, Guys & Dolls, The Miracle Worker, and Mary Poppins. She has performed with Broadway Dreams, completed SCGSA programs and is the Junior Jazz vocalist.

Justin Stone (Chad Danforth)

Justin is a lifelong HHI resident and has been in almost every production of MSYT and HH Prep (from which he recently graduated) during his high school years. Favorite roles were Marius in HH Prep’s Les Miserablesand Sonny in MSYT’sGreaselast summer. He will study Theatre at Drew University in the fall.

Gracie Auld (Taylor McKessie)

Gracie is so excited to play the role of Taylor in this summer’s production of High School Musical! Her favorite credits include HHCA’s The Little Mermaid, MSYT and MRT’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and MSYT’s Grease. She would like to thank Michelle McElroy for all her endless love and support!

Michelle McElroy – Director

Michelle McElroy is excited to be returning to the MSYT family after directing Grease in 2018 and All Shook Up in 2016. She is the theatre director at HH Christian Academy where favorite credits include: The Little Mermaid (2019), The Sound of Music (2018 voted Broadway World South Carolina’s Best Non-Professional Musical), and Guys & Dolls (2016). Later this summer she will direct The Outsiders at May River Theatre in Bluffton where she serves on the Board of Directors. Michelle has worked locally in a multitude of roles with Hilton Head Jazz Camp, Southeast Summer Theatre Institute and the Island School Council of the Arts driving her passion to connect a local community of fine arts professionals. High School Musical will mark her 17thdirectorial credit. While Michelle loves producing shows, her favorite component of the process is helping kids and teens discover their God-given talents and love for theater. Michelle would like to thank the MSYT Board of Directors for their support and hopes you enjoy the show!

Cynthia Cullen – Music Director

Cynthia Cullen serves as the Creative Director at Hilton Head Island Community Church. She planted HHICC in 2007 alongside her husband Todd, who serves as the Lead Pastor. Cynthia earned her Bachelors of Science in Sacred Music with a major in Piano Performance and a minor in Voice. She has served as a music director in various churches, produced records for independent music artists, toured and performed as a musician and singer, and now enjoys playing electric guitar, vocal arranging, songwriting and performing at her church. She served as Music Director last year in MSYT’s production of Greasewhich was her first theater show. She and her husband Todd have two children, Sydney and Sean and enjoy living on HHI. Sydney has been dancing with Hilton Head Dance School since she was five. Cynthia is thrilled to have Sydney a part of the ensemble in this show! Cynthia would like to thank Michelle and Jamal who have been wonderful mentors in the theater world. Special thanks to the entire cast and crew who have made this experience such a joy to be a part of once again this summer!

Jamal Edwards – Choreographer

Jamal Edwards is a graduate of The University of Alabama where he studied dance and received his B.A. in dance. He is currently a dance teacher and choreographer for Hilton Head Dance School. He has performed in many of the school productions such as TheNutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lakeand Terpsichore. Jamal has also choreographed for HHI High School, HHCA, May River Theatre, and MSYT. Jamal was the choreographer for MSYT’s production of Greaselast summer and he is thrilled to be back at MSYT with this awesome cast.

Logan Naddy – Stage Manager

Logan Naddy is a junior at LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts. This is his 11th production with MSYT and he is thankful to be back. Logan plans to continue his studies into theatre for the foreseeable future. Logan would like to thank Chevrolet and GM for enabling him to return to Hilton Head by manufacturing his car, in which he lives perfectly.

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.