Rhode Island Youth Theatre’s production of its original musical, “The Outcast of Sherwood Forest”, has been selected as the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) Moss Hart Memorial awardee for 2014-2015. The presentation of the Moss Hart Trophy will take place at the annual awards banquet during the NETC Convention, October 24 in Westford, MA.
This new musical started as a concept by student Mitchell Cardone,a participant in the Young PlayRIYTs program,and has been further developed over the past two years by RIYT students, alumni, and staff.
The Outcast of Sherwood Forest:
- Book and Concept by Mitchell Cardone.
- Music and Lyrics by Catie Flynn, Lauryn DeCrescenzo, Brooke Fennell, Nancy Hillner, Patrick McCrossan, Ethan Miller, Christine O’Grady, Jeffrey Roberts, Brian Roque, Harry Valentine
The annual Moss Hart Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of Moss Hart, dramatist and director, for his wit and sensitivity, for his unconquerable enthusiasm for life and for his work in the theatre; and to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of playscripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit, and which in their productions, exemplify fresh, imaginative, creative treatment within the intent of the playwright. The New England Theatre Conference, in making the annual Moss Hart Memorial Award, seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre.
For more information about the August 2015 premier of The Outcast of Sherwood Forest, see the front page article that appeared in the Providence Journal on August 16, 2015.