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Catching Up   Leave a comment

I have fallen really behind on reviews.. and for this   I apologize.   My life is so crazy.

In July Matt and I saw Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Interlakes Summer Theatre on  July  8th and  High Fidelity   at the  Majestic Theatre on   July 29th.   Both shows added   variety to  Season  Of Favorite Shows  line up… it’s good to  see a new show every once in awhile.    Both  shows had a lot of fun songs.    Favorite songs included   Go Go Joseph, Benjamin’s Calypso,  One More Angel In Heaven, Close Every Door,  Pharoh’s  Dream Revealed and Any Dream Will Do.   Notable performances were by  Rachel Wirz  (Narrator),Patrick Sharpe (Pharoah) and Corey Cline( Joseph).  The whole  cast was incredibly talented.  Joseph   ran July 5th-16th at Interlakes Summer Theatre in Meredith  NH   and was directed and choreographed by  Micheal Stoddard  and musical directed by   Adam Rinner.     I had actually never heard of the  High Fidelity movie before seeing the play  so  it was totally new to  me.     Notable perfomances  were by  Elliot  Owens ( Rob Gordon), Cady Hickman  (Laura),  Dale Byrd (Barry) , James Middleton ( Dick) Oliva Dube  ( Anna),    Jessica  Plummer  (Liz) and  Nicole  St. Croix  ( Marie Lasalle)    Favorite musical  numbers included  Desert  Island Top 5 Break  Ups, Laura Laura, It’s No Problem. Nine Percent Chance  and Saturday  Night  Girl.

High Fidelity was directed by  Mike  Wood, Choreographed by  Jen Sassek and   Music Directed by  Keith Belanger  and  ran at the Majestic Theatre in Manchester July 28-30th.

On August 13th we went with Cooper to see Newsies at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick Maine. Beautiful location! Newsies is one of my favorite Disney musicals and it was my first time seeing it on Stage. The set design was really gorgeous. Notable Performances were  by  Matt Frachuer ( Jack Kelly),Blake Stadnick ( Crutchie), Justin Schumann ( Davey), Timothy Woodward Junior ( Les),  Angela  Grovey'( Medda Larkin) & Kate Farhner (Katherine). Favorite musical numbers included Santa Fe, The World Will Know, Seize The Day Watch What Happens  and Something To Belive In,

Newsies was performed at Maine State Music Theatre August 9-26th.

My Fair Lady is a classic musical by Lerner & Lowe set in the 1900s.  It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle who goes toProfessor Henry Higgins for lessons on etiquette and how to be a lady. The music is good mix of romantic and comedic pieces.  The costumes by Mary’s Closet wee outstanding. Notable Performances were by Sophie Linkroum ( Eliza Doolittle), Stephen  Koch (Alfred Doolittle),  Michael Coppola ( Henry Higgins), Mark Schrwatzberg ( Colonel Pickering), Patty Thomas ( Mrs. Pearce) & John Rodgers (Freddy Eynsford Hill) Favorite Musical Numbers included Get Me To The Church On Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly ( The Quartet was amazing), On The Street Where You Live, Without You, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face  and  I Coukd Have Danced All Night.

My Fair Lady was performed at the North End Montessori School in Manchester October  13-15th and 20-22nd and was directed by Kevin Linkroum,Music Directed by Ken Grinnell & choreographed by Loren Hallet. Great job to the cast,crew and production team on a Fabulous show!

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith and Sonya Walcott

Run For Your Wife is a British farce about a taxi driver  who  is married to  two different  women. The set was creatively designed so the apartments were on either side but the other people did not see each other. There was so much off the wall humor in this play. I was laughing pretty much the whole time. Notable performances were by Roger Hurd ( Sydney),Maine Cherry {Barbara Smith) Kristhyra Widmere Fairbanks ( Mary Smith)and Phil  Maiewski  (Bobby Franklin)

Run For Your Wife was performed at the Amato Center  October 13-15 and 20-22nd And was directed by  Tom Partridge and Diane Cobb.

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith

The Addams Family was a hauntingly fantastic  Halloween treat and the talented performers in the Riverbend  Company Group did fabulous  as always. Tracey Hickey was  amazimg in her debut as Wednesday Addams. One fellow reviewer stated that she could be headed to Broadway someday. Other notable Performances were by Max Maloney ( Lurch), Landyn Byrd ( Pugsley), Renee Merchant (Grandma Addams), Doug Pedroza ( Uncle Fester) and Sean Corrigan (Gomez)

Favorite Musical Numbers include Pulled,Happy Sad, The Moon And Me, What If #2, When You’re An Addams,Just Around ztThe Corner & Crazier Than You.

The Addams Family  was performed at the Amato Center November 3. It was directed by Robin Lacroix , music directed by Christie Conticchio and Choreographer by Elice Cunningham.

Review Contributors: Kerri Goolsby, Patty Helbig, Jen Roy, Matt Smith

Coming Soon: Actorsingers Day entry which will cover Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wild Party and The Drowsy Chaperone

 

 

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I love RYC a bushel and a peck   Leave a comment

Before I start my Guys and Dolls review let me go back in time  a little bit.  The   third show that I did backstage work for at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley was Guys and Dolls Jr in  January 2011. I ran the spotlight and learned a lot from that experience.  Since then  I have been involved with several shows at the Amato Center and with the Amherst PTA. My current show Wizard  Of Oz is my 17th production overall and my 6th with the PTA (see list at the bottom)  Things came full circle for me when  I did publicity this year and also it has been awesome to help out with this show since  Patrick  O’Mara who played Nathan Detroit  in the 2011 show co-directed the current productions with  Katie Hammes.     I was blown away by the talent 6 years ago and still continue to be amazed today by how amazing these kids are.

On to the review:

Guys and Dolls is  a story  (at least from my  point of view) about    romance amidst gambling.  The two  couples  that the story   focusses around are   Adelaide (who apparently doesn’t have a last name)  and Nathan Detroit (Cassidy White and Zac Barnaby) and Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown  (Joe Solari and Katie Giannakopolous)  Giannakopoulous was a stand out as Sarah Brown  in her second  Riverbend performance after making her debut in November’s  West Side Story as the Somewhere  soloist.   Notable musical numbers included Marry The Man Today,Bushel and A Peck, Sue Me Luck Be  A Lady, More  I Cannot Wish You,  Adelaide’s Lament and  Sit  Down  You’re Rockin The  Boat.  Other notable performances were by   Cassidy White (Adelaide), Doug  Pedroza  (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Joe Guzman  (Big  Jule), Bryan Whittier (Arrivide Abernatnhy)  and  Nicole Sprague  (General Cartwright)   The set design  by Ben April was fantastic and was the choreography by   Meg King.

Guys and Dolls   has one more performance this afternoon  at 2:30pm at the Amato  Center.   Don’t miss this  show and it is a good way to beat the winter blues.  You’ll regret it if you miss this fabulous show.     The show was co-directed by   Patrick O’Mara and Katie Hammes, Music  Directed  by  Karina Bertrand and Choreographed by Meg King.  Costumes were designed  by  Julia  Bucklin.

 

 

 

As mentioned above  Wizard Of Oz is my 16th overall production  here is a break down of my history

2010-    Riverbend Youth  Co Annie Jr ( Props)  and   Riverbend School Of Theatre Arts The Man Who Came To Dinner ( Sound Design)

2011-   Riverbend Youth Company  Guys and Dolls Jr  (Spotlight)   & Wizard  Of Oz  (props) and  The Music Man  Amherst PTA (Ensemble)

2012  Oklahoma  Amherst PTA  (Ensemble and Publicity) and It’s A Wonderful Life   Riverbend/MAP Holiday Show (Mrs. Hatch and various ensemble )

2013  Princess  K.I.M. The Musical  (Publicity), Meet Me  In St Louis   Amherst PTA  (Scene Changes and Set Painting)

2014   Seussical The Musical Amherst PTA   ( Who Ensemble and  Publicity),  Holiday  One Acts  (Miss  Kosmo and Wiseman #3)

2015  CATS  Amherst PTA  (Sound Design), Mary Poppins   Friends Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2016  Shrek The Musical Amherst PTA (Villager, Skeleton, Moon),   Oliver  Friends  Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2017    Riverbend Youth Company    Guys and Dolls Jr  & Seussical  The Musical  (Publicity),  Amherst  PTA  Wizard  Of OZ  (Munchkin and Ozian Ensemble and Publicity) Fiddler On The Roof Friends Of The Amato Center  Publicity and  backstage work TBA (Additionally   I am also helping out with publicity for   the Souhegan High School  musical Footloose.)

 

 

 

Posted February 12, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company

Guys and Dolls Character Profiles   Leave a comment

Can  I  just stop for a second and say how much  FUN it was to interview these kids in character for the Guys and Dolls    profiles?    Samples are below.   You won’t want to  miss this show it  runs   Feb 9-12th at the Amato Center.  Directed by  Patrick O’Mara and Katie Hammes   Music Directed by Karina Bertrand and choreographed  by  Meg King.

Meet Benny Southsteet

 

 

Benny Southstreet  grew up in Hoboken New Jersey with his best friend Nicely Nicely Johnson.  They  are still best friends to this day and  do everything together.   He moved to NYC  because he got involved with the wrong people in  Hoboken. He is a part time gambler and pull time con-man.   Two little  known facts Benny are that he’s afraid of spiders and that he;’s very OCD.    He went on to say, “I’m afraid of spiders because the little buggers creep me out  and if thing’s aren’t in order  I’m out.”

He does what he does  in the show to get by and gambling is his favorite way.

 

 

Benny Southstreet  is  portrayed by   Duncan  McGrath a  junior at Souhegan High School who is making his Riverbend Youth Company debut in  Guys and Dolls.  “My experience so far has been   10/10 and  I  have enjoyed meeting new people.”  When  asked why  people should come see  Guys and Dolls  he said  :Anyone with a good emotional mindset will enjoy this show.”

Meet  Miss Adelaide

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I’m  Miss Adelaide and  I’m a dancer & singer  at the Hot Box. My mother wanted    me to move to New York to  marry Nathan. He introduced me to Rusty  Charlie and that’s how  I got a job at the Hot Box.   I spend  all my time with Nathan because he’s my fiancé  and most of my motivation is  because I want to get  married  to  him.

 

Miss Adelaide  is portrayed by Cassidy  White  a  12th grade homeschooler from  Nashua.    For her the best part of the show has been working with the directors.  When asked about a funny memory during the process of the show is ” We were in dance rehearsal  and  Meg  usually calls us the As and the Bs but instead she called the Eggs and the Beats.. White stated in a recent interview, “You should come see Guys and Dolls because “It’s going to be an amazing show. The cast is incredibly talented.”

 

Meet Sarah  Brown

 

 

 

Sarah  Brown moved to New York to help her  grandfather  Arrivide Abernanthy  with the Save A Soul Mission.  Her  goal in working  at the mission is to make New York City  a great place to live. .free of  sin.  She would like people to know that even though she may come off as stand offiish   she wants what is best for everyone.  She spends the most time with Sky since he is trying to win  a bet and Arrivide and the missionaries and her grandfather Arrivide   spreading the word of  God.

 

 

 

Sarah  Brown is portrayed by  Katie Giannakopoulos, a junior  at Souhegan High School in Amherst.    Guys and Dolls is her second show with Riverbend Youth Company after making her debut this fall   as the Somewhere soloist in West Side Story.  She has enjoyed getting to know new people . Her favorite memory so far is working the Havanna Fight because there have been a lot of comical moments while learning it.  Why should you come see West Side Story? ” We’ve  put a lot of work into  our characters. It’s a great show. Everyone loves  each other.”

 

These profiles will be  published on the Riverbend Youth Company Facebook page.  Be on the look out for them! Don’t miss this show either!  It will be great!

 

 

 

Posted January 30, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company, Uncategorized

Season of My Favorite Shows is Off And Running   Leave a comment

2017 is officially dubbed the season of my favorite shows.. mostly because many shows that I’ve seen and grown to love over the past 4 or 5 years are being performed at various community theatres and local high schools.

We’ll start with You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown which was performed by the Riverbend Youth Company. The Peanuts comic strip will forever remain my favorite. My favorite character has always been Schroder probably because he is a musician like me.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown was the debut for people involved in the production both in the cast and production team: Cast: Landyn Byrd (Charlie Brown), Ivy Rose Harvey Olsen (Pig Pen and Aimee Ledoux (Violet) Production Team: Jacob Erdody (Director), Lily Ayotte (Choreographer) and Kayla Sickler (Assistant Music Director).
I have previously seen this show put one by Stagecoach Productions and The Palace Theatre Youth Company. My favorite songs have always been Happiness, Beetoven Day, My New Philosophy, Supper Time and The Book Report. Some songs make you laugh and some songs make you think. Happiness is the type of songs that makes you count your blessings and be thankful for all the people in your life that love and support you.
Notable performance were by Landyn Byrd ( Charlie Brown), Genevieve Steadman ( Lucy), Ivy Rose Harvey Olsen (Pig Pen), Sally (Anna Goyette) and Snoopy (Autumn Fichera)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown was performed at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts January 20-22nd and was directed by Jacob Erdody, music directed by Jennifer Erdody and choregraphed by Lilly Ayotte. Congratulations to cast crew and production team on a fabulous show. A special shout out to Jacob and Lily– You guys are amazing and I am so proud of you!

 

 

 

Posted January 23, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company

Top 30 Favorite Songs List from Shows Seen or performed in 2016   Leave a comment

The NH Theatre Awards nominations were announced yesterday. Here is my list of top 30 favorite songs from shows seen or performed in 2016. What a great year in NH Theatre it has been.
30. You Won’t Succeed On Broadway Monty Python’s Spamalot
29. KansasLand Curtains
28. The title song from Footloose comes in at number 28. This song always makes me want to get up and dance.
27. Shine Like The Sun 9 T0 5
26. We’re Not Gonna Take It Rock Of Ages I just wanted to point out that I will be using this song in my protest poems unit for my poetry class at Plus Company.
25 Written In Stars AIDA I did not get to see AIDA at Peacock Players but was lucky to see this performed at the Holiday Stroll. It is one of my favorite songs by Elton John.
24. I Want The Good Times Back The Little Mermaid This song was performed in our spring concert for Souhegan Valley Chorus. I think it is fantastic and have been meaning to download it. I unfortunately did not get to see The Little Mermaid when Peacock Players performed it.
23. Proud Of Your Boy Aladdin Jr This was put on by Riverbend Youth Company back in January. This was a very powerful song and really pulled at the heart strings.
22. There You’ll Be This was one of my favorite songs from our Souhegan Valley Showcase in June. It is from the movie Pearl Harbor which I have never seen.
21. Friend Like Me Aladdin Jr This has hands down always been my favorite song from Aladdin.
20. Spanish Panic Once Upon A Mattress This was Nashua South’s musical last spring. It is a very fun dance number.
19. Everybody Say Yeah Kinky Boots My mom took me to NYC to see Kinky Boots for my 31st birthday. This was one of my favorite songs from the show.
18. Let’s Go To The Movies Annie I mean of course this would make the countdown! How could it not? Annie is one of my favorite musicals which is of course why it is my favorite song that we sang in the Showcase.
17. Won’t You Charleston With Me? The Boyfriend This one of my top favorite songs from Souhegan’s musical last year.. another fun dance number.
16. Almost Paradise Footloose A beautiful love song that pulls at the heart strings.
15. Forever Shrek The Musical This number was very fun to be in.
14. Never Fall In Love With An Elf Elf The Musical
This was one of my favorite songs from Elf. It is sung by Jovie and is about her choice of relationships.
13. Taylor The Latte Boy I love Naomi Cohen… that is all! 🙂
12. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Monty Python’s Spamalot To be fair I heard of this song before I even saw the play because it was in Souhegan Valley Chorus concert in 2014 when their theme for the spring concert was Broadway. Yay for throwbacks.
11. Don’t Stop Believing Rock Of Ages This song got me through some pretty difficult times when I was looking for a job. I now have two awesome jobs at Plus Company and Gateways Community Services.
10. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical This is my top favorite song from Shrek The Musical. I feel the message behind it is very important about standing up for what you believe in. It elicited many a powerful discussion in my poetry class at Plus Company the past couple of semesters.
9. Under The Sea The Little Mermaid My boyfriend Matt rocked his solo in Souhegan Valley Showcase.
8. Morning Person Shrek The Musical This was my favorite number from Shrek out of the numbers I was not in. I really want to make this song the alarm clock ring tone on my cell phone.
7. Show People Curtains I feel this song represents the core of being involved in theatre and the strong relationships I have formed with people I do shows with. I have a lot of love for the people in my theatre family which I know is reciprocated.
6. Consider Yourself Oliver This was my favorite song from Oliver.. I especially love the tap dancing flash mob section.
5. 12 Days Of A Regifted Christmas This is a parody of 12 Days of Christmas that we sang in our chorus concert last weekend.
4. Agony Into The Woods This song is hysterical.
3. OOM PAH PAH Oliver I may not drink a lot in reality but it is fun to pretend to drink on stage.. it was always really fun to waltz too. 🙂
2. I’ll Believe In You Elf The Musical This song is in Act 1 of Elf The Musical and is sung by Emily and Michael Hobbs. I feel the lyrics in this song are very powerful because it really brings home the point of how much strain is in the family dynamic because Walter works all the time.
1. Somewhere West Side Story Honestly West Side Story has so many amazing songs and it is hard to choose just one song that is my favorite. This song gives me chills whenever I listen to it and Katie Gianakoplios stole that scene with her solo. My other favorite songs from West Side Story include I Feel Pretty, Tonight and America.

Holiday Happenings   Leave a comment

Lots of ground to cover here!!!

November 26th was the Nashua Holiday Stroll which is something I look forward to every year. At the stroll Alex Preston performed (seeing him again Friday night at Union Coffee house.. what can I say I’m a groupie) and then headed to Peacock Players for a double bill of performances. It started off with the Spotlight Musical Theatre Troupe. They sang a variety of Christmas songs including River and My Grown Up Christmas List. This was followed by Technical Difficulties Improv Troupe which I always enjoy watching. My favorite games include Questions Only and Gibberish.
December 4th was the Messiah Sing which Souhegan Valley Chorus participates in. Next year I hope our schedule will allow Matt and I to participate in it, I always love going to this because of the great job at all the soloists do. The Messiah Sing is perfomed at the Congreagational Church in Mt Vernon the first weekend in December
Last Sunday, December 11th was our Holiday Concert for Souhegan Valley Chours. I have to say that this concert was my favorite one so far. We were joined by SHS ACapella Group and Jackie O’Dowd accompanied us on violin for December Rose and All Through The Night. My favorite songs that we sang this semester were Sing With The Angels, 12 Days Of A Regifted Christmas, Flowers In Winter ( fun to know that two members of our chorus are descendants of John Greenleaf Whittier.) and All Through The Night! This spring I am taking the semester off from SVC so I can focus on the PTA Play but look forward to rejoining in the fall.
Last night and tonight Matt and I went Sonya and Jen to see Elf at Riverbend Company and Peacock Players. Some people may think we’re a little crazy for seeing the same show twice in the same weekend but due to a schedule change at the last minute we could not see Elf at Peacock Players last weekend. Notable performances in the Riverbend performance were by Kyra Whitehead (Emily Hobbs), Jack Vore (Santa Claus) Taylor Ciotti (Charlotte Dennon) , Danny Solari (Beuddy) Kiara Shattuck (Ms. Greenway) and Shelby Brown (Jovie)
Notable performances in the Peacock Players productions were by Bailey Jamieson (Buddy), Alex Imhof (Mr. Greenway), Lakeland Galinson (Michael Hobbs), Lillie Ellers (Jovie) Caitlin Johnson (Emily Hobbs) Alex Nick (Santa) and Kyle Kashibawa ( Fake Santa)
Favorite Musical Numbers included Happy All The Time. I’ll Believe In You and Never Fall In Love With An Elf.
Both performances of Elf Jr have one performance left.
The Riverbend Youth Company performance Directed by Laurie Toupin, Music Directed by Kim Whitehead and Choreographed by Madison Calabria has a 2:30pm performance at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts
The Peacock Players performance directed by Andrea Underhill, Music Directed by Sarah Evans and choreographed by Cristina White.
Congrats to both casts and crews of Elf
Prior to seeing Elf my mom and I had a great mother/daughter afternoon seeing A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre with SVC friends. I am always so impressed by these the productions especially by the set design! Notable performances were by Stuart Harmon (Marley and Ghost of Christmas Present), George Phiel (Scrooge), Marc Willis (Mr. Fezziwig) Megan Quinn (Mrs. Fezziwig and Dakatoa Dutcher (Fred)
Favorite Musical Numbers were Fum Fum Fum (ironically I remember the Acapella Singers singing this in one of our Christmas concerts in high school), Fezziwig’s Christmas Ball and All Alone.
A Christmas Carol runs through Dec 23rd at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. You won’t want to miss it. Performances are at 2pm and 7:30pm. A Christmas Carol is directed and choreographed by Carl Rajotte, Music Directed by Joel Mercier. Congrats to the cast and crew on great performance!

Have a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingely Christmas Everyone and a fabulous start to 2017 too!

Into The Woods   Leave a comment

I   do love me some Sondheim!    Last night  Matt and  I saw   Into The Woods  put on by  the Riverbend  Youth Company  Alumni.  Please get to the Amato Center of The Performing tonight as it is their last show.   You do  not want to miss it.

Every time  I see  I see  a Riverbend Youth Company production I am constantly amazed  by the talent in the company.  I have been  working on RYC productions since 2009 and have watched many of these kids   develop into the talented actors that they have become.   I have also worked with  quite a few of them  in the PTA plays.   Notable performances were by  Annie Ferac0 (Jack’s Mother) Kat Feraco  (Witch). Helen St Cyr  ( Little  Red Riding Hood), Matt Katsiganis  (Rapunzel’s  Prince), Nicole Sprague (Rapunzel),  Kayla Bullwinkel (The Narrator), Alyssa  Lederhos (Cinderella)  Ethan Reeves (The Baker)   and Amy Butenhof ( The Baker’s Wife)

The songs  were a good  mix of  humorous and thought provoking. Favorite included A Very Nice Prince (Lederhos and Butenhof), Agony (Katsiganis and Liam Conway) , It Takes Two (Reeves and Butenhof), Witch’s  Lament  (K. Feraco), Any Moment  Conway and Butenhof),  Your Fault  (Katie Swonger,St.Cyr,Reeves, K. Feraco and Lederhos), No More (Reeves and Michael Robicheau) and No One  Is Alone  (St. Cyr and Lederhos) .

Into The Woods  is directed by  Devereaux  Merchant, music directed by  Karina Bertrand and costumed by Jennifer  Belanger. As  I mentioned at the beginning  of the  review   there is one more performance   tonight at  7:30pm  at  the Amato   Center of The Performing Arts in  Milford.  Don’t miss it.  Congrats to cast,crew and production team on a fantastic show.

 

I am so excited because this fall RYC is doing  West Side Story and that is one of my all time favorite shows.   Looking forward to the first week of November.

 

 

End of  Summer and  Fall  Viewing Schedule

August 25th   She  Kills Monsters Riverbend Youth Company Alumni

September 30th   The Curious Savage  Nashua Theatre Guild

October 22nd  Beauty And The Beast  Manchester  Community Theatre Players

October 30th   Rock Of Ages  Actorsingers

November 5th  West Side Story  Riverbend Youth Company

November 11th Aida  Peacock Players

Milford  and Souhegan Fall  Play performance dates have not been announced yet.

Planning to see  A Christmas Carol at The Palace Theatre with one of  my cousins.  Haven’t  decided what day we are going  yet.

December  9th   Elf The  Musical    Peacock  Players

December 16th  Elf Junior  Riverbend Youth Company

This schedule is subject  to change due largely in part to budget and schedule.