GENESEO – By means of tune and spoken phrases, musical theater college students at SUNY Geneseo are planning to honor these taken by the AIDS disaster.
“It’s sort of a celebration of humanity and perseverance,” mentioned director Scott Scaffidi.
The present, “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” will likely be streamed just about April 2 by 8 and can honor the lives of actual folks.
“We attempt to try to honor these folks and keep in mind that these are precise folks,” mentioned Scaffidi. “We attempt to hold it full of life all through the whole factor.”
One of many ways in which they’re making an attempt so as to add to the tales is although distinctive music within the manufacturing.
“Music can specific issues that generally we really feel we cannot specific by spoken phrases. It has been a good way to essentially seize the sensation of affection and celebration of life,” mentioned Musical Director Don Kot. “It may very well be a tragic illustration however we actually are celebrating the lives of the folks that we now have misplaced but in addition their households and everybody from the previous.”
Whereas some would possibly anticipate little pleasure to be discovered amid the AIDS epidemic, the present does an excellent job of discovering positives in a really unhappy matter.
“You’d suppose that kind of material could be a downer however it’s written in such a approach that it actually celebrates the lives of these folks that have handed on,” mentioned Scaffidi. “It’s sort of a celebration of humanity and perseverance.”
Among the present’s actors mentioned there they didn’t really feel added strain to characterize an actual particular person, however simply an honor to assist inform their tales.
“They’re tales that often are usually not heard at the moment or have been by no means heard, so I believe it’s a massive honor,” mentioned actor Cameron Franke. “There may be extra added strain when you’re portraying a personality that’s actual however I believe there may be additionally a enjoyable honor, with a few of these characters their tales have by no means been instructed.”
It’s a manufacturing that the actors are additionally hoping will assist folks to seek out extra pleasure in life.
“It sort of places a mirror on our present scenario for the pandemic which is why we selected to do the present presently,” mentioned Scaffidi. “The present kind of reminds us that even in the course of the darkest of instances there may be loads of love and celebration to be discovered.”
And, added Scaffidi, the present helps remind folks of simply how quick life might be.
“The time that you’ve, is the time that you’ve and nobody is aware of when it will likely be performed. If there may be somebody that you’ve misplaced contact with, you need to be reaching out to these folks,” he mentioned. “It is best to maintain your family members even nearer.”
“Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens” is the final present of the season for college students however with its highly effective message, members of the solid and crew are hoping individuals who see it is going to keep in mind simply how treasured life is.
“As a neighborhood we have to understand that we’re all on this collectively,” mentioned Scaffidi.
“Elegies for angels, punks, and raging queens” will likely be out there for on-demand streaming from midnight April 2 to 11:45 p.m. April 8.
The manufacturing was created remotely and in particular person utilizing social distancing pointers.