The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department will present “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical” with performances this Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20, at the Nazareth College Arts Center.
Nazareth College students and the two stars of the show, Anna Kostakis and Demetrio Alomar, discussed the story and the music Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.
“I think it’s a lot about how Bonnie and Clyde really effected other people,” said Kostakis. “In our rehearsal process, we really have dived into what has motivated Bonnie and Clyde to do the things they do. And really how their story has sculpted the era of these people in the Great Depression, how they became these heroes in a sense. It’s really cool to watch that come to fruition.”
“Bonnie & Clyde” tells the story of the couple’s violent behavior as a musical. “It’s definitely an interesting juxtaposition,” said Alomar with a laugh. “But, a lot of the music is rock based and country so it’s not your typical musical theater sound. We just brought in a band, and the music plays such an instrumental role in telling the story because the way they play the notes, the way it all goes, like the aggressiveness goes from the band into us into the music.”
The students have worked closely with New York City-based Director Aaron Galligan-Stierle. “He has helped so much in really letting me take the character and mold Bonnie into what I have read about and seen in different photos,” Kostakis said. “In terms of our love story, it’s interesting to see the way that the musical takes it, and then reading the actual history of Bonnie and Clyde, and how we have interpreted it. Demetrio is a great friend so it’s been really easy to work with him.”
The Musical Director is Corinne Aquilina, the Assistant Professor and Program Director for Music Theatre at Nazareth College.
Alomar has this hope for audiences. “I hope they take away that these were real people and also that we’re not glorifiyng crime in any way. But it’s a look at not only crime itself, but also what creates it in the time period they were based in. And just, honestly, have an amazing time. Feel the music. Feel the emotions, and you’re going to laugh too. It’s not all sad stuff, I promise.”
For tickets to “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical” call (585) 389-2170 or visit Naz.edu/ArtsCenter.