On the heels of her success in York Prep’s 2016 spring musical production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, senior Emma Benten is anticipating even more achievement in the world of theater. After performing on the York stage for her last time as “The Dutchess of Wolford” young Emma announced some pretty great news. Emma’s first full length original musical Thunderguy: Switch on the Lamps has been selected to be performed at Writopia’s 2016 Worldwide Playwrights Festival, a week long off-Broadway run festival produced each May by Writopia, featuring plays, musicals and spoken works from young playwrights from around the world, ages 6-18.
A student at York since the sixth grade, Emma has spent the greater part of her high school career working on this musical while remaining dedicated to her studies and participating in creative extra-curriculars like many of the school’s dramatic productions. This is the fifth year that Emma has had one of her plays or musicals selected for performance at the May Festival. Thunderguy has been over 2 years in the making and features over 20 original songs written by Emma, who collaborated on the music with Kara Ayn Napolitano. Kara has directed three other plays written by Emma and performed at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Worldwide Plays Festivals, as well as The Plays not The Thing, which was written by Emma, along with two other York Prep students, senior Rebecca Meckler and junior Joseph Newman-Getzler and showcased in 2014. Those who are interested to see Thunderguy can find tickets available on the writopia website for the performance on Sunday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Barrow Group Theater!
Thunderguy: Switch on the Lamps is a musical comedy inspired in part by Broadway’s legendary and disastrous musical Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. It is a comedic look at the making of an epic musical and the lives of cast and crew with so much at stake. Jennifer Taylor is the visionary director of Thunderguy, a musical about a beloved comic book superhero with ridiculous powers. Jennifer is determined to ensure that her musical brings her the success she’s been waiting for. Miranda, Jennifer’s wife and the show’s playwright, longs for a different goal – a family of their very own. Will they realize their dreams, or will nobody get what they want? Will Thunderguy become the biggest hit on the Great White Way, or will it go the same route as the real-life Spiderman musical? Will washed-out band METHR33 make their big comeback, or will they have to settle for mediocrity? With a colorful cast of characters and a catchy score, Thunderguy is sure to be entertaining for young and old alike.