‘Irene’ musical set to come to Keene - no, not that Irene

— On Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre presents Irene, an old-fashioned musical which has nothing to do with hurricanes.

The show is a Cinderella story of a poor Irish girl in 1919 New York City who finds herself unexpectedly mingling with upper crust Long Island society.

Some of the songs are familiar chestnuts including, “Alice Blue Gown,” “You Made Me Love You,” and the title song, “Irene.”

“It’s a musical the whole family will enjoy,” Director, Kathleen Recchia said. “Don’t be put off by the title.”

This is the third consecutive year that the Book & Blanket youth theatre company has taken on the challenge of putting a full-scale musical together in a week. More than 20 young people, ages 8 to 18, work together from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and perform on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Keene Central School. This is the first year that they will have a pit orchestra backing them up.

The adults working alongside the kids include: Kathleen Recchia, producer/director, Annie Scavo, Bill Stokes, Liz Cordes, Tara Mulvey, and Rosamond Lincoln-Day. Keene Central School senior Sam Balzac is on the directorial team as well as a member of the orchestra.

The Irene cast consists of Liza Amirault, Kate Broderick, Morgan Broderick, Ceilidh Cheeseman, Noah Cordes, Peter Craig, Cassandra Day, Linnae D’Auria, Brenna DeWalt, Brian DeWalt, Jenna Eldred, Maria Gates, Madison Gifford, Anya Kazmierczak, Sarah Looney, Sierra McGivney, Cailin Mulvey, Layla Reed, Trevon Robertson, Harvey Runyon, Ana Serjak, Elaina Smith, Elly Smith, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Woltner.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Call 946-8323 for more information.

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