Young actors at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich will perform an off-broadway musical as part of the club's theatre program --an initiative available to over 2,000 members annually.
"I sort of had an aha moment when one little girl came up to me and said, 'oh, we're doing a princess musical again,'" said Theatre Arts Director Rocco Natale. "And I thought, oh, she's right, there are infinite kinds of kids at this club and not all of whom want to play a princess, some of them want to play a character that is more like them."
Libbrettist Rocco Natale and composer Zachary Israel Nobile wrote the new musical to speak to contemporary themes of empowerment, diversity and following your dreams.
"It's the story of a young girl who moves to this nowhere town called Mudville and she basically whips this team into shape and it's really about empowerment, and girl power, and feeling like you can do anything if you set your mind to it," said Natale.
The original musical, "K.C.@Bat" puts a modern spin on Ernest Thayer's poem about fictitious baseball legend Casey and the town of Mudville.
"Those that know the poem will hear pieces of the poem in the show, but we really have done our best to keep it relevant and keep it updated," said Natale.
"You can apply the story of K.C.@Bat to nowadays and along with all the other musicals we've done, they can all relate back to real world," said theatre member Alison Santiano. "I think it's great for little kids and even people my age, I think we can all learn from a simple story line just like this and growing up and learning how to fit in. I think it's great."
The show was created with the hope that other organizations and schools will have an interest in producing the work to help spread the power of the story.
"Whether it be bullying at school or feeling like you can't accomplish something, we really wanted to use this as an opportunity to speak to the young people about self-betterment and empowerment and the word that we use here at the club and we use so much in the theatre program is self-efficacy, we want them to feel like when they set their mind to something they can accomplish it."
The cast will perform "K.C.@Bat" on November 11th at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City.