Special discount to Powerhouse's new musical The Burnt Part Boys for Hudson Valley residents and students, July 17-26, 2009

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-In celebration of 25 seasons of bringing great new theater to the Hudson Valley, Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater will offer all residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties a special discounted ticket for the new musical The Burnt Part Boys (15% discount / $29.75).

In addition, Powerhouse is offering all full-time students, accompanied by an adult, in Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties (aged 25 and under) a $5 student ticket in advance with valid student identification (otherwise this special ticket is usually offered 15 minutes before curtain, as available

This special Powerhouse 25th offer will allow all residents to see this lyrical coming-of-age story-featuring five talented young actors, including Skylar Astin from Spring Awakening and Al Calderon from 13, portraying brothers-at very affordable prices. Valid for all performances as space allows.


Five teenagers set out on a quest to find the Burnt Part coal mine, in the mountains of West Virginia, where their fathers died 10 years earlier, in a tragic mining accident. Three of them hope to close the mine forever - preserving the living tomb to their fathers - while the older teens, employed by the coal mine company, seek to stop them.

During The Burnt Part Boys the teens discover truths about themselves and their relationships with one another - in a deeply moving and powerful odyssey, set to a haunting and distinctive bluegrass and pop-inspired score.

The cast will include Al Calderon (13) as Pete, Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening) as Jake, Noah Galvin as Dusty, Andrew Durand as Chet, Molly Ranson as Frances, Joe Cassidy (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels1776Show BoatLes Misérables) as Pete's Movie Fantasy Men / Dad, and as the other three miners: Timothy Warmen (The Who's Tommy), John Schiappa (AssassinsTake Me Out), and David Abeles.

Originally conceived as an NYU thesis project by the award-winning team of Chris Miller (music) & Nathan Tysen (lyrics)-both recipients of The Vineyard's Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre, Jonathan Larson, and Richard Rodgers awards (Fugitive SongsThe Mysteries of Harris Burdick)-they enlisted the help of fellow NYU alum, Mariana Elder, to write the story. The initial outing of the The Burnt Part Boys, in 2006, was a critically-acclaimed workshop at Barrington Stage's music theater lab.

Three years later, the musical has been re-envisioned, and now with direction by Vassar and Powerhouse alumna Erica Schmidt (Humor Abuse), choreography by Peter Pucci (Drama Desk nominee for Queen's Boulevard), and musical direction by Vadim Feichtner (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). A spring 2010 off-Broadway run is planned.

Major funding for The Burnt Part Boys has been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative.

There will be 12 performances of The Burnt Part Boys in the Martel Theater, July 17 through July 26.


The 15% Hudson Valley resident discount is available both online (use code RESIDENT09), in person at the Powerhouse Theater Box Office, or by phone at (845) 437-5599.

The $5 student ticket needs to be purchased in person at the Box Office or over the phone, in combination with an adult "resident" ticket.

Please remember to bring appropriate picture identification showing residency and/or full-time student status (under age 25) for eligibility.

These offers cannot be combined with any other offers and are not applicable to previous sales.  All sales are final.  Individual tickets are not exchangeable.

Vassar is sited in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. Go to for directions to the Vassar campus.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.


Powerhouse Theater, now entering its 25th season, is the result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. The program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 200 professional artists and some 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Powerhouse steadfastly supports both emerging and established artists.

The annual residency has included such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, Henry Kreiger, Warren Leight, Christopher Durang, Richard Greenberg, Stephen Belber, Eric Bogosian, Steve Martin, Dael Orlandersmith, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater; directors Mark Brokaw, Joe Mantello, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Liz Swados, David Warren, and Michael Wilson; and actors Chris Cooper, Dana Delany, Olympia Dukakis, Edie Falco, Peter Gallagher, Joel Grey, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Johnston, Lucy Liu, Julianna Margulies, Rob Morrow, Frances McDormand, Josh Radnor, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kyra Sedgwick, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Westfeldt, among many others.

Since its inception in 1985, Powerhouse has played a significant role in the development of hundreds of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for the Hudson Valley, the New York metropolitan area, and the surrounding region.


Founded in 1985 by Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer and Leslie Urdang, and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, New York Stage and Film (SAF) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to the development and production of new works for theater and film.  SAF has developed and produced premiere works by such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck and Eve Ensler.


Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country's best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus. More than 50 academic departments and degree programs -- from Anthropology to Cognitive Sciences to Urban Studies -- encompass the arts, foreign languages, natural sciences, and social services, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses.

Book by Mariana Elder

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Music by Chris Miller

Directed by Erica Schmidt

Choreography by Peter Pucci

Musical direction by Vadim Feichtner

July 17, 18, 21*, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 8pm; July 19, 25, 26 at 2pm; July 19 at 7pm

*Post-show discussion on Tuesday, July 21

Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

The special Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster resident (15%) discount is available online (use code: RESIDENT09) or in person at the Box Office or by phone. The $5 student advance ticket is only available, in person, at the box office or by phone.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, July 9, 2009