This Friday another exciting production opens at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA): The Theory of Relativity, presented by the teen acting class and directed by longtime MSTDA director Jacqueline Cusick. The “song cycle” is chock full of songs, scenes and monologues that celebrate our unique, wonderful, and surprisingly interconnected lives. The three performances, are this upcoming Friday and Saturday at 8pm, as well as Sunday at 7pm. The material is suggested for audiences age ten and up.
If you were lucky enough to see the teen production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February, directed by Cusick’s daughter, Joan Marie, you know there is nothing this local cast can’t handle. Many of the same actors will be performing in this ensemble production. Indeed, some of them have grown up studying theater at MSTDA.
Teens rehearse for this weekend's performances, by Irina Island Images
Written by Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life), The Theory of Relativity interweaves heartbreaking and hilarious moments that bring to life the intricate universe we all share. From cat allergies to feckless love to more serious subjects like divorce and its effect on kids, this show was written with millennials in mind and gives equal voice to the ridiculous as well as the unsettling aspects of all of our lives.
"Take a Physics manual, blend it with the sound of The Book of Mormon, the hilariously nerdy references of The Big Bang Theory, a sprinkle of Chicago, few drops of Glee, bake it in a Broadway bowl, use all the originality you can have....That’s the successful recipe for the spectacular song cycle, The Theory of Relativity," explains Live Like Tom.
MSTDA’s next production, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Kimbirdlee Fadner and Jonathan Fadner, will open the first week of June with six performances produced by three separate casts, featuring local children between the ages of eight and 13.
Looking for opportunities for your kids to study and learn with this amazing company? You are in luck! This year MSTDA has increased their offerings to include winter and spring break Broadway Bootcamps, and will be offering two two-week long intensive musical theater camps this summer. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Check out their website for more information.