Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

James Ignacio, Gia Asperas, Sophia Gennusa, Mitchell Sink & More in CAMP ROLLING HILLS at NYMF through Aug. 7

James Ignacio

James Ignacio

The New York Musical Festival and Camp Rolling Hills Musical, LLC/ Center Stage Theatre Company are presenting CAMP ROLLING HILLS, a new musical with book and lyrics by Stacy Davidowitz and David Spiegel and music and lyrics by Adam Spiegel and directed by Jill Jaysen, Aug. 3-7.

Gia Asperas

Gia Asperas

James Ignacio (The King And I), Sophia Gennusa (Doctor Zhivago, Matilda – Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre), Mitchell Sink (Elf, Matilda, A Christmas Story), and Beatrice Tulchin (Matilda, A Christmas Story) lead the company of CAMP ROLLING HILLS. Also featured in the company are Gia Asperas (Seussical National Tour), John Krause (Fun Home, Rock of Ages National Tour), Jillian Louis (It Shoulda Been You), Jamie Mann (Billy Elliot National Tour), Grace Rundhaug (“The Sound of Music Live!”, “Manhattan Night”), Keith Varney (I Got Fired – NYMF/DIMF award), Antonio Antonelli, Sarah Bates, Carrie Berk, Maizy Boosin, Jasper Burke, Lucas Casellas, Jonathan Eiler, David Hoffman, Chloe Manna, Merin McCallum, Will Varvaro, and Samantha Webster.

Remaining performances include Saturday, August 6th  at 1:00 pm and Sunday, August 7th at 4:00 pm at The Pearl Theatre, located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues on the north side of 42nd Street). General Admission tickets are $29.50. For reservations and information visit http://nymf.org/camprollinghills or call (866) 811-4111.

Pack up your duffle bags and head to CAMP ROLLING HILLS for another wild summer of tune-filled campfires, bunk beds, and treasure hunts (for missing underwear, that is!). From learning a new sport, to discovering a new talent, to finding their first love, these 12 tweens are off on an 8-week adventure that will forever change their lives. It doesn’t matter if you are a nerd, a jock, a tomboy, or a girly-girl, because true friendships are made when all the rules are broken. After all, there is a different definition of cool at Camp!

Adam Spiegel (Composer & Lyricist) is a New York-based composer, singer, actor and pianist. His first musical, Camp Rolling Hills, is being produced this summer at New York Musical Festival, and has been adapted into a series of young adult novels published by Abrams Books. He is also the composer of Cloned!, a New York Times Critic’s Pick and winner of NYMF 2014’s Best of Fest Audience Prize!, and The Whole Megillah! He completed two years as a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he worked on a musical adaptation of Back To The Future with lyricist Dan Wolpow. Adam is also the keyboardist and lead singer of his band Brain Salt, and plays keyboards and sings for the band Hide & Seek. As an actor, he has been seen as Peter in Vital Theatre Company’s Pinkalicious, The Musical! Adam is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt’s program in Music Business.

David Spiegel (Book, Music, Lyrics) learned to write at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Television, Radio & Film. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rutgers Business School. Full time, he is an Editorial Manager at CNBC Business News. Before that, he was a writer/producer of business news at CNN. And long before that, he was a counselor, head counselor, and theatre director at a small overnight summer camp in Upstate New York.

Stacy Davidowitz is the author of the Camp Rolling Hills book series and a bookwriter and lyricist of Camp Rolling Hills the Musical. She is a NYC-based writer whose plays include The Rubber Room (Old Vic, London; Naked Angels), PINK! (NYIT Nominee; Lark Finalist), Sacred Water (Rag and Bone), JOAN: Voices in the Fire (co-writer, The Guthrie), and Miracle Village (Shakespeare’s Sister Semifinalist; Leah Ryan Finalist). Her musicals include Hank & Gretchen (produced in schools regionally) and Camp Rolling Hills. Her short plays have been produced at The Flea, Sam French, Williamstown, NYMadness, Amios, etc. Stacy’s indie feature In The Rubber Room is in production with All the Way Around. Published by Broadway Play Publishing, Indie Theater Now, Steele Spring Stage Rights, YouthPLAYS. Her alma maters are British American Drama Academy; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University; Tyler Hill Camp.

Jill Jaysen (Director) is an award-winning director and published playwright who founded Center Stage Theatre Company in Westport, CT with the vision of awakening dreams for all who experience it. Jill is a strong proponent of creating new works while engaging her students in the creative process. Since 2005, her original musicals have received multiple awards from the NETC, including the prestigious Moss Hart Memorial Award for Best Musical in New England. Most recently, Center Stage was honored alongside the Shubert Theatre and Long Wharf for their Outstanding Achievement In The American Theatre. Jill’s tween and teen-centric musicals have been performed nationally, as well as internationally. Her students can be seen on Broadway, Film, TV, National Tours, Disney Radio Live, as well as on stage, accepting a TONY. Jill comes from a diverse background. She is a founding producer of NYMF, a corporate communications coach and strategist, President of Optimum Edge Communications and a former stockbroker

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work “creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.”

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2015 is sponsored by The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Fuzzrocket, PRG, TheaterMania, and Clear Channel Spectacolor, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. NYMF Passholder ticket booking begins June 6. Individual tickets go on sale June 20.

The 2016 New York Musical Festival will take place July 11 – August 7. For more information, please visit: www.nymf.org.

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Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is a Signature Theatre alumni who was in the cast of Sam Shepard’s Chicago, during his Signature 1996-1997 Playwright-in-Residence Season. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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