New Kid, the Bank of America Children's Tour co-produced by Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama, hits the road September 17 with a four-member cast made up of drama students: Crystal Ferreiro (Mom), Mitchell Harrison (Mug), Melissa Lawson (Mencha), and Cheech Manohar (Nick). New Kid will be performed at schools throughout the Central New York region. More than 9,000 students in 23 schools across a five-county region will see the production, running now through December 10.
Told from the perspective of Nick, who recently immigrated to America, New Kid promotes tolerance and compassion, addressing racism, prejudice, peer pressure, and conflict resolution. Nick is struggling with a new language and new way of life. The kids at his new school make fun of him because of his customs and strange language. The twist is that the Americans speak a kind of gibberish which neither Nick nor the audience understand.
A public performance of New Kid will take place on Saturday, November 7, at 11 a.m. in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. This event will be free and open to the public.
Directing the production is Lauren Unbekant, Director of Educational Outreach for Syracuse Stage. Designers of the production include Jessica Ford (scenic and costume), Kate Foretek (sound designer), and Emmett Van Slyke (additional music).