KEENE VALLEY - On Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Keene Central School, the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre presents "Irene," an old-fashioned musical which has nothing to do with hurricanes.
The Broadway musical revival "Irene" premiered in the '70s with Debbie Reynolds making her Broadway debut.
The ensemble included Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher, who would go on to become Princess Leia from "Star Wars." It is a Cinderella story of a poor Irish girl in 1919 New York City who finds herself unexpectedly mingling with upper crust Long Island society.
Some of the songs are familiar chestnuts including "Alice Blue Gown," "You Made Me Love You," and the title song, "Irene."
"It's a musical the whole family will enjoy. Don't be put off by the title," said Director Kathleen Recchia said.
This is the third consecutive year that the Book & Blanket Youth Theatre company has taken on the challenge of putting a full-scale musical together in a week. The Irene cast consists of Liza Amirault, Kate Broderick, Morgan Broderick, Ceilidh Cheeseman, Noah Cordes, Peter Craig, Cassandra Day, Linnae D'Auria, Brenna DeWalt, Brian DeWalt, Jenna Eldred, Maria Gates, Madison Gifford, Anya Kazmierczak, Sarah Looney, Sierra McGivney, Cailin Mulvey, Layla Reed, Trevon Robertson, Harvey Runyon, Ana Serjak, Elaina Smith, Elly Smith, Charlotte Ward and Sarah Woltner.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Call 518-946-8323 for more information.