Now in its 14th year of producing highly-regarded regional theater, Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC) will present the award-winning musical, “A Man of No Importance.” The show opens on Saturday, March 9th, at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater.
“A Man of No Importance” debuted in 2002 at Lincoln Center in New York City and won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The man to whom the title refers is Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin. His heart holds secrets that he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to produce an amateur version of Wilde’s Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.” The show’s melodic, Irish-flavored orchestrations, emotional depth, drama, and comedy make for an exhilarating theater experience.
“A Man of No Importance” features a cast of 16 performing arts students plus a crew of technical apprentices (ages 13 to 21) from cities throughout the Bay Area. They are led by a team of professional directors, designers, musicians, and technical specialists.
About YMTC (Youth Musical Theater Company):
YMTC provides exceptional training to young theater artists through the production of exceptional musical theater. The company brings together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors with professional directors, designers, and musicians. They take on challenging, sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and productions are always accompanied by a full, live orchestra.