OLEAN — After a virtually two-year hiatus, the curtain will rise over the Olean Group Theater stage with the primary manufacturing in its new dwelling on South Barry Road.
“STEM: The Musical” is a 50-minute present supreme for teenagers and adults with music, dancing and an interactive efficiency about STEM (science, expertise, engineering and math).
Olean native Kevin Badanes, together with co-writer Amy Pruitt, created the enjoyable and academic present in 2017 and it has been carried out in colleges and different academic settings everywhere in the nation greater than 200 instances.
“The present was written to encourage youngsters, particularly from marginalized or disconnected communities, to pursue careers in STEM however to additionally pursue something that calls them,” Badanes defined. “It’s a possibility for us to succeed in the scholars that maybe aren’t getting the type of help at dwelling or of their group and actually get them stoked about no matter it’s they’re stoked about.”
Whereas the message is enjoyable and inspirational, “STEM: The Musical” takes its content material straight from Kindergarten by way of eighth-grade curriculum requirements. As a result of the present is a scholastic program, Badanes mentioned he and Pruitt needed to discover a good stability between educational and leisure.
This present stars Devyn Schoen, Madison McClelland, Kaleb Shaw and Skyler Schapp as 4 youngsters who get an not possible homework task to clarify the universe and the way it works, Badanes defined. By means of the course of the present, they study when you apply STEM to the questions they’ll clarify virtually something.
As followers of each “Faculty Home Rock” and “Hamilton,” Badanes mentioned they needed to do one thing the place all of the phrases rhyme like “Hamilton” whereas making it really feel like a “Faculty Home Rock” present for the STEM fields.
“It’s stuffed with songs, and I wouldn’t name the dialogue rap,” he mentioned. “It’s extra midway between rap and Dr. Seuss. All of it rhymes.” The songs vary in the whole lot from traditional Broadway present tunes to techno/digital to a samba, Badanes mentioned.
Since 2019, the Olean Group Theater has been within the strategy of renovating the Temple B’Nai Israel constructing into probably the most fashionable theater areas within the area.
Work features a 342-square-foot addition on the west and north sides of the constructing to permit for a wheelchair carry, new audio gear and LED lighting programs, organizers mentioned. Together with the stage, the prevailing seating can be changed and a ramped ground is deliberate to present theater-goers within the rear space a greater view of the motion.
The basement can be renovated into dressing rooms, a inexperienced room, concessions and assembly house.
As a fundraiser for the OCT constructing fund, Badanes mentioned he fortunately donated the rights for OCT to do the present without cost. He mentioned he’s been dwelling for 2 weeks for the group’s closing rehearsals earlier than showtime, noting this would be the first time “STEM: the Musical” is carried out by a group theater.
“As performers and administrators and individuals who put collectively exhibits, we’ve been actually darkish for 18 months. It’s been dreadful,” he mentioned. “It’s thrilling for OCT as a result of that is their first manufacturing of their new house, though the house remains to be present process transformation.”
Though the present was written for teenagers, Badanes mentioned anybody of any age can take pleasure in it, including that many adults find it irresistible greater than youngsters. He mentioned they hope youngsters will take away the core message following your dream or inspiration it doesn’t matter what it’s.
“Our tagline is, ‘What’s your “subsequent”?’ Our solid members say, ‘I’m the subsequent Broadway star’ or ‘I’m the subsequent astronaut,’” he mentioned. “We ask the children within the present, ‘What’s your subsequent?’ and we hope that they’re impressed to consider what they’re ‘subsequent’ is and go for it.”
The present can be introduced on the new OCT constructing, 127 S. Barry St., at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and once more on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Children actions corresponding to face portray, a youngsters snack bar and extra can be introduced in between the Saturday exhibits, and an ice cream social will comply with the Sunday efficiency.
Tickets could be bought on the door solely. All proceeds will profit the OCT constructing fund. For extra data, name 375-1628 or go to www.oleancommunitytheatre.com.