Can the power of theatre convince a small town to overcome its prejudices? That’s what’s at the heart of “Small Town Story,” American Theater Group’s new musical based on actual events. Making its premiere at South Orange Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 10, this show explores the power of theatre, the inherent dangers of silence and the potential of young people to change the world. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal and find out more from the team behind this meaningful show.
About the author: Jesse is a digital content producer living in New York. His work has been seen in Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times, Broadway.com, and 92nd Street Y. He is also the editor and founder of Stage Rush. Jesse is also a chicken fried steak connoisseur and loves a good roller coaster. | Dave Tavani is a freelance video story teller and photographer. In addition to contributing to Jersey Arts, Dave works mainly for nonprofit and arts organizations in the Philadelphia area. His recent clients include Visit Philadelphia, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, McCarter Theatre Center, Philadelphia Magazine, The Food Trust, Association for Public Art, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and basset hound.
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