The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our Spring Musical production, Songs for a New World. This musical by Jason Robert was originally conceived as a song cycle without any dialogue between performers. It was scored for only four actors that tell multiple stories within the show. Every story hinges upon a “moment of decision.” The composer himself writes: “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”
Producing a show known for its vocal demands is not an easy task, but these students challenged themselves in ways that made them better artists! Seeing as how we wanted to continue our own artistic challenge (and it was impossible to only decide on four actors!) we have decided to approach the material in a new way. This production takes place in modern day New York City, with the help of four storytellers, who invite us into the lives of eight city-goers. These eight young people find themselves in different stages of their lives where they have to make a decision: to move to a new city, to come to terms with their dreams and careers, to accept love, or to find themselves. Every song reveals the moment of decision for each character and expresses the outcome of their choices. Filled with moments of self-discovery and youthful indiscretion, Songs for A New World promises to make you laugh, cry, and celebrate the magic of musical theatre.
Performances will be held Friday, May 17that 7:30pm and Saturday, May 18that 6:30pm in Tang Theatre. The cast and crew of Songs for a New World includes Marianne Bautista ’20, Henry Crater ’20, Jack Curtin ’19, Chi Igbokwe ’21, Adaeze Izuegbunam ’20, Jenni Lawson ’19, Jonathan Lin ’19, Quintin Moss ’21, Jeffrey Steele ’20, Denise Taveras ’21, Chloe Webster ’20, and Sam Wright ‘19. Songs for a New World is stage managed by Zakeiya Yusuf ‘21, features original costume designs by Ellie Dixon, lighting designs by guest artist Matthew Breton, and sound designs by faculty member, Brad Seymour.
Performances of Songs for a New World are Friday, May 17that 7:30pm and Saturday, May 18that 6:30pm in Tang Theatre. Admission is $5 each and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433. Box Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00pm to 3pm and Tuesdays from 10am to 12:00pm. For more information, please visit the arts page at www.andover.edu/arts.