Next Generation Theatre will open “The Dream of the Burning Boy” for a limited run of only two performances at the William H. Hall Free Library at 1825 Broad Street, Cranston, February 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. both nights. This show is the latest in this theatre company’s continued commitment to bring affordable community theatre for all ages, while helping hone the talents and skills of young adults in the theatrical arts.
Next Generation Theatre was formerly the Young Adults Ensemble, founded in 2008, and is finishing its first season since changing its name. Cumberland High School theatre teacher Robert A. DiMartino directs “The Dream of the Burning Boy.” The cast consists entirely of young local performers: Sophie Kreyssig as Andrea, Charlene Pratt as Chelsea, George Selwyn as Dane, Tobias Wilson as Kyle, Rob Roy as Larry, Katie Flanagan as Rachel and Meryn Flynn as Steph.
“The Dream of the Burning Boy” was written by David West Read. The story delves into grief and loss, as a shocked high school reacts when a student drops dead in the hallways. The play examines the emotional roller coaster of students and teachers alike in the wake of the tragedy of one student’s death.
Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. The handicapped accessible performance space is in the basement and can be reached by going down a ramp from the parking lot. For more information contact Bob DiMartino at 595-5152.