Concert Readings of Sheik and Jarrow's Whisper House Presented July 10-11 | Playbill

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News Concert Readings of Sheik and Jarrow's Whisper House Presented July 10-11 Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater season continues July 10-11 with three concert readings of the new musical Whisper House.
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House, which boasts a score by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik and book and co-lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, plays the Martel Theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Keith Powell directs. The cast includes Matthew Lobenhofer as Christopher and Deirdre O'Connell as Lilly with Arthur Acuña as Yasujiro, Ted Koch as Charles and Gideon Banner as Lieutenant Rando. The ghostly chorus boasts David Poe and Holly Brook.

The artists will be backed by musical director Craig Baldwin on keyboards, Kevin Garcia on drums, Ben Butler on guitar, Nick Gallas on clarinet, George Farmer on bass, Louis Schwadron on French horn and Mitch Wechsler on trumpet.

Whisper House, according to press notes, "begins with the arrival of young Christopher (Matthew Lobenhofer) at his Aunt Lilly's (Deirdre O'Connell) home – a lighthouse set on an island off the coast of New England. Christopher's father was shot down in World War II and during Whisper House the New England is on alert for U-Boats and enemy aliens. However young Christopher, who senses and hears the lighthouse's ghostly residents, also weighs in on other possible aliens."

Sound designer is Michael Tudor; stage manager is Bob Bennett.

Whisper House is scheduled to premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre next January.

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Since 1985, the Powerhouse Summer Theater Season, a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar, "has produced remarkable works of theatre and trained an entire generation of young artists" through its apprentice training program.

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