What is Youth Council?
The Youth Council at Hartford Stage is a youth-led advisory board for high school students passionate about theatre and arts leadership. 10-12 council members are selected from an application process each year and will represent the voice of young people at Hartford Stage to the staff, board and community. The Youth Council is tasked with hosting events and activities for teens throughout the year, including Youth Night Performances.
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What are Youth Night Performances?
Youth Night Performances are specific performances throughout the season that invite teens to gather together to attend a pre-show reception (hosted by the Youth Council) and watch a production. All teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend and the cost for the reception and performance is our student price ticket of $20. Here are the remaining Youth Night Performances for 2016-2017:
- The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey: Sunday, April 2, 2017 (Reception at 12:30PM, Performance at 2PM)
- Heartbreak House: Friday, May 12, 2017 (Reception at 6:30PM, Performance at 8PM)
Meet our 2016-2017 Youth Council Leaders
- Nicole Asamoah
- Jarriel DeJesus
- Catie Gillespie
- Zoë Eisenhaure
- Bryce Halter
- Amara Payton McNeil
- Hannah Mitchell
- Orla Patterson
- Zoey Roland
- Larnel Satchell
- Tam Vu
Nichole Asamoah is a junior at Farmington High School and is excited to be a member of the Hartford Stage Youth Council! She’s been involved with theatre from a young age and hopes to inspire others in her community and to pursue Musical Theater in the future. Some of her theatrical credits include: Curl Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Aunt Tilly in It’s a Wonderful Life at FHS, and Tina Turner in The Wedding Singer. Other productions include Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, and Grease. When she’s not acting, singing, or learning choreography, Nicole loves to write for all genres and play piano. She would like to thank her mom and sister for their support as well as her friends and drama teacher for encouraging her in her theatrical endeavors.
Jarriel is a 16-year-old student at Granby Memorial High School. He has a passion for the arts, music, dancing and reading, among other hobbies. He has worked with Hartford Stage for the last two summers in the Breakdancing Shakespeare Company and he is ecstatic to be a part of the Hartford Stage Youth Council. He is very happy to get the chance to share his passion for the arts with others, and to bring the arts to young people who don’t have as much exposure in their communities. He hopes to make a difference with the Youth Council and is looking forward to the new experience.
Zoë Eisenhaure is a senior at Simsbury High School and has been a member of the Hartford Stage Youth Council for one and a half years. Over the summer, she was the Youth Council Intern. She has been involved in over 12 productions in and around Simsbury and is the president of the Simsbury Summer Theatre Youth Board, secretary and State Thespian Officer of the SHS chapter of the International Thespian Society, historian of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, secretary of La Société National de Français, and president of the SHS choir board. She is excited for the year to come at Hartford Stage!
Bryce Halter is a 16-year-old graduating this year from Conard High School in West Hartford. They have previously worked backstage on over a dozen productions, including stagehand for the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival’s Beauty and the Beast and dramaturg for their high school’s versions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Bryce plans to major in theatre and physics next fall, and is very excited to be working with the Hartford Stage Youth Council and to encourage student participation in the world of professional theatre.
Amara Payton McNeil
Amara McNeil is 15 years old and attends Classical Magnet School. When it comes to theatre, she acts and works on the technical side, with a preference for tech. Her favorite thing about theatre is the irony of it—through portraying others, you are able to discover more about yourself. Amara is on the Youth Council because she feels that Hartford Stage programs allow students to meet new people and explore the art of theatre in innovative ways. She also wants everyone to have the opportunity to fall in love with theatre like she has.
Hannah Mitchell is a junior at South Windsor High School. She has been a part of 10 musicals and has performed the following roles: Ensemble in Grease, Fagin’s Boy in Oliver, Fan Girl in Damn Yankees, Rosie Day in Camp Rock, Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, Lady Maybelle in Once Upon a Mattress, Lena and Louella in Bugsy Malone, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, a Chimney Sweep and Jester in Mary Poppins and Elizabeth in Cinderella. Hannah is a member of Backbeat Show Choir, with whom she has given performances at Mohegan Sun, The Bushnell and Trinity on Main. She has taken voice lessons for seven years and dance lessons for four. She was voted Class President during her freshman year and has received multiple nominations for leadership awards. She is a news anchor for her school’s morning news and a coach for girls’ lacrosse in South Windsor.
Orla Patterson is currently a junior at Simsbury High School and an active participant in its theatre program. The past three years, she has starred in the shows Thoroughly Modern Millie, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, and Into the Woods. She has also been cast as Clare Beaumont in the play Daisy Pulls it Off and has just finished starring as Mabel in The Express Line for Simsbury High School’s One Act Play Festival, where she won an award for outstanding acting. Over the summer, Orla was an intern at Hartford Stage and helped assist students in the summer program. She also volunteered her time in the spring to help out with the production of Aladdin. Furthermore, she was actively involved in Latimer Lane School’s drama club, where she helped students develop acting technique and acted as a stage manager during their show. She is an enthusiastic member of the International Thespian Society and is very grateful and excited to be a part of Hartford Stage’s Youth Council!
Larnel Andre Satchell, II, is a senior at Metropolitan Learning Center located in Bloomfield, CT. He currently resides at home with his parents Larnel Sr. and Lorretta Satchell in Hartford, CT. Larnel is the brother of Larnee, Larnise and Sydney Satchell. Larnel is an active member of Mt. Calvary Revival Center where he serves as a member of the Praise Team, the choir and as Youth President. Larnel has a passion for Musical Theatre. He aspires to attend college and eventually own and operate his own theatre company. He currently works with Looking In Theatre and maintains ongoing work with Center Stage in Shelton, CT. Overall, Larnel is creative, likes to have fun, loves God and works to makes the people and the environment around him better.
Tam Vu is a certified drama geek currently studying at East Hartford High School. Tam has performed in several musical and theatre productions in and out of school, as well as several choirs. They serve as the main actor of the EHHS Film Club and participated in the Write On program at Hartford Stage. In Tam’s free time, Tam enjoys reading, playing piano, writing, improve, and most of all, eating.
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