August 4 – 6

A buried secret and a community determined to keep it that way, when a catastrophic event twists, breaks, and reshapes every facet of their lives, a mysterious stranger appears who seems to know them better than they know themselves.  

Introducing ALiEN8, a new contemporary musical written in the style of Dear Evan HansenBe More Chill, and Heathers, tells the story of a wounded town reckoning with their shame and finding connection through forgiveness. Featuring a beautiful contemporary score performed by our Youth Company Orchestra and a diverse cast of characters, ALiEN8 challenges us to think deeply about who we really are, who we want to be, and how to reconcile differences between our present and future selves.  ALiEN8 was developed with and written for teenagers, and speaks to intergenerational views of gender, identity, and inclusion within an anthem of belonging, love, and acceptance.  Click here to view the ALiEN8 Study Guide.

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The Playhouse Youth Company presents

ALiEN8: A musical about being human

Written by Kate Brennan and David Lee White

Directed and Choreographed by Kara Jonsson

Musical Direction by Kyle Duke

 

ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE YOUTH COMPANY

Now in its 9th year, Playhouse Youth Company is a 5-week intensive training program for students with a serious interest in theater to receive valuable theatrical instruction from working Broadway artists. Bucks County Playhouse’s rigorous training program includes daily rehearsals for a professionally produced production; master classes with artists from the Playhouse’s main stage; and outreach performances throughout the region. In 2017, Playhouse Youth Company performed for more than 3,100 people on the Playhouse mainstage and in outreach performances at local libraries, museums, and festivals.

Young performers who earned a spot in the 2021 company participated in daily rehearsals while also attending guest workshops led by working theater professionals. Their work culminated in a fully produced production of Dream Awake, a high energy 75-minute show featuring songs, dances, stories, and scenes, created by our cast and a variety of artists. The production was under the direction of Rory McGregor and choreographed by Dani Tucci-Juraga with music direction by Kyle Duke. The creative team included Tom Watson (Set Design), Sarah Schmoyer (Lighting Supervisor), Michaela Murphy (Costumes) and Ryan Walsh (Sound Supervisor). Alexandra Kostis was production stage manager.

2022 Season 

The Cast

MIA ALICEA

MIA ALICEA

MIA  ALICEA *Mia Alicea (Mayor/Ensemble) Hello, I'm Mia Alicea. I'm a fourteen-year-old female who lives is Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I have no siblings and have a pet parakeet. I like music and acting. My favorite color is black. I'm going to preforming arts school...

HELENA BADIALI

HELENA BADIALI

Helena Badiali *Helena Badiali (Hayley) is ecstatic to make her debut at the Bucks County Playhouse alongside the amazing cast of ALiEN8! Helena is a rising sophomore at CB East. She has recently appeared in Frozen Jr. (Elsa), The Sound of Music (Maria), and will be...

KAILEY BREDESON

KAILEY BREDESON

Kailey Bredeson *Kailey Bredeson (Clara/Suzanne/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the playhouse stage! She loved contributing to the creation and performing in The Playhouse Youth Company’s Dream Awake last summer. Kailey played the role of Marsha in the fall play...

JESSICA DALEY

JESSICA DALEY

Jessica Daley *Jessica Daley (Ensemble/Chief) is excited to be playing Ensemble/Chief in Alien8. She has been in other shows such as Rumpelstiltskin as Laura and school productions such as Matilda. Jessica is also the captain of her school’s dance team and...

ATTICUS FIORITO

ATTICUS FIORITO

Atticus Fiorito *Atticus Fiorito (Pastor Warren) is thrilled to be joining the BCP Youth Company and its production of ALiEN8 this year as Pastor Warren! As no stranger to the stage, some of Atticus' notable performances include Cecco in Peter Pan, as well as Marcus...

SOFIA GARCIA

SOFIA GARCIA

Sofia Garcia *Sofia Garcia (Anna), a rising senior at Lawrence High School, is delighted to perform with the BCP Youth Company! Her some of her favorite roles include Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet),...

JESSICA HOLLIDAY

JESSICA HOLLIDAY

Jessica Holliday *Jessica Holliday (Tanner) is thrilled to be back at Bucks County Playhouse after being in last year's production of Dream Awake. Past credits include Camelot (Playhouse 22), Night Chills (Kristen Holub), and Little Mermaid (Dance Captain). She...

IZZY HOSKINS

IZZY HOSKINS

Izzy Hoskins *Izzy Hoskins (Rayne Berry/Sanders/Ensemble) is a freshman at Council Rock North and is excited for her first show with the Playhouse Youth Company. Some of her favorite roles she has played include Grease (Sandy), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and Mary...

LIAM QUINN JACKSON

LIAM QUINN JACKSON

Liam Quinn Jackson *Liam Quinn Jackson (Ethan) has been part of 10 productions in the last two years. Some of which include Mary Poppins, Pirates of Penzance, Grease, and Newsies. In addition to gaining experience during those, he has taken vocal lessons and various...

RILEY MALONE

RILEY MALONE

Riley Malone *Riley Malone (Brasfield) is honored by the opportunity to participate in Alien8, they have done many shows before they have never been faced with the challenge of having no other productions to see or draw inspiration from, but they are excited for the...

ATHENA MATTHES

ATHENA MATTHES

Athena Matthes  *Athena Matthes (Linda Foster) is a freshman who loves the arts and is thrilled to be in this production of ALiEN8. She's been involved in theater for well over 5 years and studies at Main Street Theater Co. She's looking forward to continuing theater...

MAKAYLA MCCLINTIC

MAKAYLA MCCLINTIC

Makayla McClintic *Makayla McClintic (Alex/Abby) loves being back at the Bucks County Playhouse after last year’s Dream Awake! Makayla recently played a Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors at CB South and performed at BCCPA, Town & Country, Music Mountain, and...

MAYA MICSION

MAYA MICSION

Maya Micsion *Maya Micsion (Emily) is so excited to return to the Bucks County Playhouse. She’s fulfilling the dream of her 8-year-old self. Her favorite role she has played is Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical. In her free time, Maya enjoys making music,...

MICHAEL MURPHY

MICHAEL MURPHY

Michael Murphy *Michael Murphy (Coach Weber/Ben/Walter/Ensemble) is a Council Rock South HS Freshman excited to join the Playhouse Youth Company! Past roles include Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Ralph Herdman (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever). Michael would like...

BRIDGET PARKER

BRIDGET PARKER

Bridget Parker *Bridget Parker (8) is a New Hope-Solebury HS senior who is excited to be making her debut with the Playhouse Youth Company. Some of her favorite rolls include Donna in Mamma Mia, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, and the Narrator in Puffs. Bridget thanks...

JACOB RABINOWITZ

JACOB RABINOWITZ

Jacob Rabinowitz *Jacob Rabinowitz (Zach) Jacob is 17 years old and lives in Yardley. Jacob has been active in musical theatre for seven years and plans to major in musical theatre in college.  Jacob’s interests include fishing, playing guitar and singing barbershop...

CASSIDY SUMMERVILLE

CASSIDY SUMMERVILLE

Cassidy Summerville *Cassidy Summerville (Maggie) will be entering her senior year at Harry S Truman High School this fall. She is very excited to be a part of this year’s Playhouse Youth Company production of ALiEN8, as she was a part of last year’s production here,...