MICHAEL FALCO PUBLISH DATE: 23 June 2017
Talented Cornwall resident, OLIVIA PERRONE, welcomes you to please step out and watch an exciting, ”one night only” performance of her stage musical creation “Happily: The Musical!” The stage performance is booked next Friday night, June 30. This theatre event is hosted by the Cornwall-based performance company – Riverside Theatre Arts<https://www.facebook.com/RiversideTheatreArts/>. $15.00 general admission tickets; reserved in advance. Tickets online at http://www.eventbrite.com<http://www.eventbrite.com/>. Click on the link marked Tickets. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. The performance location will be in the popular Motorcyclepedia Museum, #250 Lake Street, Newburgh. Ample free parking.
Not only did Olivia Perrone write this stage musical – for this performance she is also appearing on stage. The rousing cast includes current Hudson Valley based talents – ANTHONY DASILVA as Ben; CONOR SHATTO as Will; BROOKE GARFINKEL as Juliet; LIVI PERRONE as Celeste; JULIA KERR as Lucinda; TREVOR NARDONE as Stefan; QUINN ANDREWS as Mattie; NOELLE MANELIS as Narrator; and GENEVIEVE ELLIS as Headmistress. This cast of area actors will perform the show as a fundraiser for the upcoming performances scheduled in New York City.
Olivia “Livi” Perrone is a young 2016 Cornwall Central High School graduate, and she is no stranger to theater. In fact, Livi wrote her first original work when she was merely 13-years-old and has since written a number of adapted plays and musicals for young performers. Livi has now completed her first year at New York University, for dramatic writing, and with her script for “Happily” she sought out Emmy award-winning composer, SEAN P. PALLATRONI, to make the show sing. Perrone produced and directed “Happily” at NYU and it’s also been performed at New York Winterfest. This August, it will appear in the New York Musical Festival. You are welcome to visit online; happilythemusical.com<http://www.liviperrone.com/happily/>
“The most important thing (my show) iterates is the importance of being true to yourself,” Perrone said. “What is your happily ever after? What do you want to pursue in life and how do you get there? Don’t let anyone else assign that to you.” According to Perrone’s script
“Happily Ever High School is a #1 preparatory academy. Unfortunately, as graduation approaches, members of the senior class begin to realize that maybe the key to happiness certainly isn’t found at the end of a storybook. ‘Happily’ strives to create a representation for today’s young people whose stories are rarely told. With an emphasis on LGBTQ+ youth, Perrone’s story intends to teach everyone that there isn’t just one path to happiness.” Perrone and a good friend got into discussing what it would look like if a story, that’s built on the traditional structure of a Disney movie, incorporated LGBT characters.
Perrone is looking forward to performing for her own hometown/Hudson Valley crowd, but admits she’s also a bit nervous. Understandably – “There’s always the fear of how it will be perceived, but up until this point we’ve had nothing but positive feedback. I think it’s easy for (viewers) to get swept up in the joy of what the story is and the hope it presents that I don’t think people will have an issue with it.” Looking ahead, beyond this August’s New York Musical Festival, Perrone said the show is being pursued by an off-Broadway theater. She also hopes to take the musical on the road, touring schools and the New York City area. In the moment – YOU can be among the first and come see the musical written by Cornwall’s own, Livi Perrone.
Please step out on the weekends and support the upcoming Cornwall Fourth of July festivities. Look for July 4th volunteers on the weekends in the Cornwall Plaza – from Dunkin’ Donuts to the market. Often times the volunteers are on location through the mornings till 1 p.m. Be sure to check out the tee shirts, as designed by a local Cornwall Central High School student, and also raffle tickets. As I understand it, and I ask you to kindly note: 100% of the proceeds go to the celebration on July 4th in Cornwall. Fireworks cost big bucks!
Speaking of the spectacular – full day 4th of July event here in Cornwall; St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Clinton Street, will host a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3:00 p.m. on the 4th of July. Anyone interested in being a reader, please contact talented, Cornwall-based actress and director CINDY TOPPS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornwall resident, FRED LINDLAW, requests I don’t miss getting this item into the Column this week; Saturday, June 24th – “NO-CHARGE CAR WASH” (Yes, you are reading this correctly.) The nearby Highland Mills United Methodist Church Women’s Group will hold a fund-raiser car wash from 9:00 a.m. till 12 Noon at the church located on Route 32 (at Ridge Road) in Highland Mills. The only cost is a free-will donation of whatever people would like to contribute. Hot dogs will also be available for $1.00, and baked goods will be on sale to “put the icing on the cake!” Come one, come all – and leave with a clean and shiny car you can be proud of. Friends, neighbors, the works! Yes, all are invited. For more information, call 845- 928-6177.