New Teen Summer Theater Offering Special Registration Rate

BY GEORGE J. DACRE

Hudson Valley Teen Summer Theatre will produce “Rent” this fall

Donna Jessie (right), with husband and daughter Vickie

Donna Jessie, vice president of the newly formed Hudson Valley Teen Summer Theatre, says teenagers in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are being offered a special $100 discount if they sign up for the 2012 season by March 1. The new theatre goup was formed after the demise of the Clarkstown Summer Festival last year and Jessie and some other people who worked with the Clarkstown group have activated the Hudson Valley Teen Summer Theatre to fill a need for young actors to participate, get training and perform as cast members, orchestra and crew.

Training sessions will run three nights a week, Tuesday through Thursday, starting June 26, Jessie tells the Rockland County Times. Co-presidents of the new organization are Christopher Neil and David Kaplan. A production of “Rent” directed and choreographed by Randy Accardi, of Antrim Playhouse fame, is set for August 10, 11 and 12. Jessie says there are new ideas and a new outlook for the teen summer organization.

If you register by March 1 the cost is only $225, says Jessie. Information is available at 845-641-4367 or 845-548-1656.