This past weekend was the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's Teen Theater Project's second annual performance. This year they put on "You Can't take it with You". Many of the actors I recognized from last year's "Our Town" and just as I was then I was amazed at the level of maturity in their acting, the delivery was spot on.The casting was perfect, everyone fit their rolls just right. In an age where one is lead to believe that every teenager is a cast member of "16 and Pregnant" it was refreshing to see a group of dedicated teens devoting themselves to their craft and this production. It's obvious that their fearless leader and Director Julienne Penza works hard to encourage their love of performing.
Together my five year old and I watched the story unfold, the actors reciting their lines as naturally as if this was just any day for them. The sets were amazing, the costumes and music selection were time period perfect. Any production of this companies is incredibly professional and an absolute must see. Priced at only $15 dollars a ticket you are defiantly getting a bargain, and this way when some of them make it to Broadway you can say I saw them way back when.
The play takes place and was written in the 1930's but it's message rings even truer today, life isn't all about acquiring stuff but rather pursuing your dreams. This is a lesson I hope these young actors take with them. Your never to old to make time to do the things that make you happy. Because in the end "You Can't Take it With You"
I am already looking forward to attending next year's production.
Emma Galasso thanked us for being a wonderful audience, I say Thank You! Job well done and don't worry Grandpa you play darts just fine.
For more information about the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's upcoming events please visit their website at Whbpac.org, for more information about camps and classes for children be sure to stop by their Open House this Sunday, April 22 from 2pm-4pm.