CUPAL project ‘Lydia & Tom’ heads to NYC Fringe Festival
After reaching its fundraising goal on Monday, “Lydia & Tom: A New Musical” will be going from the Columbia stage to the international theater world this August at the New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America.
The student-run show was sponsored by the Columbia Performing Arts League after having debuted on campus last fall. Lydia & Tom will continue to feature predominantly Columbia performers at FringeNYC, with four students performing in the production itself and a cast and crew composed of 90 percent current CU students and recent graduates.
“It’s really exciting to move something out of the Columbia network and be able to do a real professional production,” said Allie Carieri, CC ’15, co-marketing coordinator, and member of the producing team for Lydia & Tom. “We get to show the New York indie theater community what Columbia students can do.”
The musical is a reflection on relationships, connection, and growing up. It centers on Lydia and Tom, childhood friends who, as they become young adults, must encounter challenges individually and within their relationship.
The musical also features a unique element of visual representation, as each of the main characters is portrayed by dancers as well as actors. Adrianna Aguilar, BC ’13, is the choreographer, and she dances the role of Lydia. The book was written by Nick Parker, CC ’14, and Solomon Hoffman, CC’ 14, composed the original musical score for the show.
Carieri says the musical is unique in its “combination of storytelling and small life aspects,” in addition to its use of dance as a mode of direct emotional expression for the characters. “Everybody has a story to tell and every story is important, and it’s a really cool experiment in storytelling, the nuanced moments of life, that relationship you have with someone that impacts your life a lot.”
“What I think is appealing about Lydia & Tom is it’s a story that is applicable to a lot of people and…it’s refreshing to see musical theater that’s very in touch with its audience.”
Look out for more in-depth coverage from Spectator in the coming weeks.
Lydia & Tom’s FringeNYC performances will take place at the 14th Street Y in the East Village. The show times are August 9 at 6:45 p.m., August 10 at 12 p.m., August 14 at 8:45 p.m., August 18 at 6:45 p.m., and August 24 at 7:00 p.m.
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