Stepping Out

New musical features pair of local young actors

Two Los Altos residents have been cast in a new musical slated to debut this weekend in Mountain View.

Teens Adam Fallick and Ellie Lucas are featured in the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp production of “Hell on Earth: A New Musical,” slated to open Friday and run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Shawn Ryan – who wrote the musical with Michael Sobie – directs “Earth,” the tale of seven best friends making the often awkward transition from middle school to high school.

“I think the inspiration came from wanting to tell a story that was truthful and allowed young people’s voices to be heard,” said Ryan, who co-founded Young Actors’ Theatre Camp.

Fallick, a freshman at Pinewood School, stars as Gilbert McDowell, one of the seven friends. He said Gilbert “is the only guy in their group” and gets involved in a love triangle.

Lucas, an eighth-grader at Cupertino Middle School, plays supporting character Bea Sampson.

“I don’t have a lot of dialogue in the show, but I feel like I would relate to her if she were a real person,” Lucas said.

Ryan said while developing the musical during his theater camp, he asked the participants – many of whom are in the production – for feedback to make sure the characters sounded like real middle schoolers.

The cast comprises 21 young actors playing 29 characters. Fallick is among the most experienced; he’s been acting since age 5 and recently landed a guest-starring role on NBC’s upcoming “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” Lucas is new to the acting world; she started a year ago in a school play but said she’s always been a fan of musical theater.

“Earth” is bound for BroadwayCon in January, according to Ryan, with Fallick and Lucas among those reprising their roles. Laurie Metcalf, an Emmy and Tony award-winner and Oscar nominee, will join the cast as well, Ryan added.

Tickets for this weekend’s performances were nearly sold out when the Town Crier went to press. Showtimes are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.

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