Bringing NYC to Wilton
alumni brings nigh Broadway home
Erik White is living
proof that exposure to theater as a child can lead to a career in the
White, who practically
grew up on the stage at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, now lives in
New York City, where he recently staged a well-received production of an
original play, Robert Lawson’s The Architecture of Sight. The show was
produced by White’s company, the High Fidelity Theatre, at the Chocolate
Factory in Long Island in May of this year and had a successful run
through June 4.
Now, White and his
troupe are bringing the piece home to New Hampshire. The performance
piece premiered at Andy’s Summer Playhouse on July 26 and runs through
“We’re thrilled to have
the show at Andy’s,” said Nancy White, a board member at Andy’s Summer
Playhouse — and Erik’s mom. “It’s something our older students at Andy’s
can see and be inspired by — that they, too have these kind of creative
Set in the New York of
the 1940’s, the show centers on a photographer named Nick Blank. Blank
uses his lens as a wall between himself and the world around him,
including the woman he loves. When tragedy befalls our young hero, he
must find some way to piece together the puzzle of his life from an
avalanche of black and white images. This “neo-noir” piece also features
a live band, Uncle Moon, also from NYC.
In addition to writing,
directing and acting, White also is hard at work on his bachelor’s
degree from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His mother says
his drive to succeed started early and found a place to grow during his
years at Andy’s.
“The young people at
Andy’s get a chance to do things that no other kids’ program in the area
is offering,” she said. “It’s so innovative and challenging, whether
it’s learning about acting, directing, or technical design. They really
give kids a chance to do it all.”
White thinks that the
lessons learned at Andy’s are life-changing, even if a student doesn’t
pursue a career in theater.
“The themes that the
plays and workshops explore are mirroring situations and choices young
people have to face in the world today,” she said. “These exercises
expand their minds, encourage them to think independently, and really
chew on issues and concerns in a safe environment. They get a lot of
support from the adults involved here.”
White says that
Architecture is an intense show, not meant for younger viewers.
For the show on July
30, Andy’s will host a fundraiser champagne dessert. Entertainment will
be provided by Uncle Moon.
For more information
about The Architecture of Sight or any of the other summer shows at
Andy’s Summer Playhouse, go to www.andyssummerplayhouse.org.