Author: Inclusive Theater of WNY
April 13, 2023 – Opening Night – The Boys Next Door – Pay What You Can!
It’s opening night for the long awaited Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door! AND it’s pay what you can! So join us on this beautiful day – 7:30pm at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster – to see great direction and memorable performances of this acclaimed play! You’ll be missing out if you don’t! April 13-16 & 21-23! #itowny#inclusivetheaterofwny#theboysnextdoor#inclusionrevolution
Meet the Behind the Scenes Players of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door – ITOWNY ED and AD – Aimee Levesque
Last but certainly not least is Aimee Levesque who is wearing many hats this production! Aimee is the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Inclusive Theater of WNY. She received her PhD from the University of Buffalo and her dissertation focused on empowerment through the arts for persons with disabilities. Aimee grew up in Charlotte, NC and now resides in Western New York. She is a writer of all things and loves to be creative! She is a big fan of Cobra Kai, Halloween, horror movies, Christmas, and pizza and her daughter Jessica is the reason behind all that she does! Join us April 13-16 & 21-23 at St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster. Ticket link https://m.bpt.me/event/5737324?fbclid=IwAR3jeA_UI6O7nImMb5p7TRq5U6diXDf-sazHHqoWvwQk0cBIIXYbLYovZXs. Or pay at the door!
Meet the Behind the Scenes Players of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door – Assistant to the Director, Brennan Storey
Next up is assistant to the Director, Brennan Storey. A little about Brennan: He was the King of the High Sea’s in the Musical Pirates at his school Sts Peter and Paul of Williamsville. He also played William Barfee in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this summer with Performing Arts Music. He takes voice and acting lessons at Performing Arts Music. This year at SSPP he as Pumba In the Lion King Jr.
He is currently in 7th grade and has fallen in love with being a part of musicals. He prefers to play the antagonist when he is performing. Brennan has just found his love for musicals within the past year after gaining control over his OCD. He loves to performs because he can become the character he is casted as and that provides a break from his OCD and allows him to be free. He loves his siblings and is an amazing big brother. He always wants to help others and enjoys doing community service projects. Finally, Brennan is super excited to be in the upcoming #itowny production of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot -Twelfth Knight as Sebastian. Join us April 13-16 & 21-23 at St Mary’s High School in Lancaster for Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door! Ticket https://m.bpt.me/event/5737324?fbclid=IwAR3jeA_UI6O7nImMb5p7TRq5U6diXDf-sazHHqoWvwQk0cBIIXYbLYovZXs #inclusivetheaterofwny#theboysnextdoor#inclusionrevolution
Meet the Behind the Scenes Players of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door – Stage and Prop Manager, Jessica Levesque
Next up is Jessica Levesque! Jess is working as Stage and Prop Manager. About Jess: Jess has appeared in a number of plays , appeared on websites , dances , films and even had a spot on a Total Divas . She was in a play at Theatre Loft, in collaboration with Ujima Theatre Company in 2014, which won from critics and she also appeared on stage at Alleyway Theatre in Baroness von Smith’s “And Where Will You Put the Things You Save.” Jess played the role of Ericka; a young woman with autism who plays Roller Derby and has been biohacked!
Since the pandemic she has continued to act in online plays, beauty pageants, and promoting body positivity and inclusion. After a few bouts of Directing for ITOWNY and a film project and a few music videos, one of the Music videos was for a haunted house attraction in 2021 . Jessica began doing voice acting in the 2022 . Jessica walked her first red carpet premiere at horrorhound for a film that she will be on called Fred Heads documentary. Jessica is also a dancer and worked as a consultant in the short film “Numb.” Only two more sleeps until opening night!!
The Boys Next Door runs April 13-16 & 21-23 at St Mary’s High School in Lancaster! Ticket link https://m.bpt.me/event/5737324?fbclid=IwAR3jeA_UI6O7nImMb5p7TRq5U6diXDf-sazHHqoWvwQk0cBIIXYbLYovZXs. Hope to see you there! #inclusivethesterofwny#itowny#theboysnextdoor#inclusionrevolution
Meet the Behind the Scenes Players of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door – Director, Matt Boyle
Leading us on The Boys Next Door journey is Director Extraordinaire – the incomparable Matt Boyle!
About Matt: Matt is an aspiring director, a pretty good actor, a developing playwright and hates producing (which is probably what he does best in theater). Matt has had several of his short plays produced by Alleyway Theater, SCA and WNY-ART including: Brotherhood of the Whirlpool Box, The Only Easy Day was Yesterday, and LAWN WARS. His plays Waiting for Domino’s and Enter Bozo and F#*%y were produced by the Buffalo Writers’ Group for their annual Rust Belt Book event. He has directed Harvey (SCA), Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs ((Lancaster Regional Players) and Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor (SCA). Acting roles include: Ricky Roma (Glengarry Glen Ross), Clown #2(The 39 Steps), Asst. Principal Panch (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Martini (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest). He owes debts he can’t repay to God, his wife, family and friends.
The Boys Next Door runs April 13-16 & 21-23 at St Mary’s High School in Lancaster! Ticket link https://m.bpt.me/event/5737324?fbclid=IwAR3jeA_UI6O7nImMb5p7TRq5U6diXDf-sazHHqoWvwQk0cBIIXYbLYovZXs! Hope to see you there! #inclusivethesterofwny#itowny#theboysnextdoor#inclusionrevolution
Meet the Cast of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door – Bill Baldwin as The Men
Rounding out the cast is the effervescent Bill Baldwin! A little about Bill: Bill is excited to be a part of “The Boys Next Door”. Over the years, Bill has been involved in many productions around WNY including IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, GODS FAVORITE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT, THE FOREIGNER and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED to name a few. When he’s not on stage performing you can find him walking stilts, performing magic and clowning around at several events around WNY. You may also have seen him falling off the roof at Fantasy Island as Black Bart for the past 25 yrs. He can also be found behind the scenes at O’Connell & Company as their set designer and Master Carpenter. So sit back and enjoy the show!!! Come see Bill and all of this incredible cast April 13-16 & April 21-23 at St Mary’s High School. Ticket link: https://m.bpt.me/event/5737324?fbclid=IwAR3jeA_UI6O7nImMb5p7TRq5U6diXDf-sazHHqoWvwQk0cBIIXYbLYovZXs #itowny#inclusivetheaterofwny#inclusionrevolution#theboysnextdoor
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