It’s been a long, hard winter and a hard won spring.
One Larchmont resident believes it’s time for people to come together, and through talent and artistry, elevate the communal spirit.
Allison Daugherty Smith is the creative energy behind “in spring“-a collaborative production featuring music, dance, photography and the spoken word which takes place April 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont.
“I see this evening as a tribute to hope,” Ms. Daugherty explains. “Whether you’re navigating the path to rejuvenation, reconciliation or re-employment, join us. And there’s no coincidence that this event is happening in the wake of Easter; this is a true celebration of the resurrection of the spirit,” she continues.
Many of the evening’s performers are from Larchmont. And some have won critical acclaim for their work, including musicians who were hailed by Rolling Stone and Down Beat magazines, and dancers and singers from Broadway, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Some participants are known for capturing stunning photos of the world; the published words of others show the world in a different light. And some participants will be making their artistic debut.
The local talent includes Allison Daugherty Smith and her husband Tucker Smith, both Broadway, TV and film actors; Laura Dean Koch, most known for her performance in Alan Parker’s film “Fame” when she starred as dancer Lisa Monroe; Tony Hoylen, singer-songwriter and former Broadway actor; Trish Linton Miller, photographer; and Carson Murphy, often called the “busiest tap dancer in New York,” who owns “sound performance,” the Larchmont dance and Pilates studio.
And it’s fitting that the evening will take place on St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall stage-the first theatre in Larchmont. It was once the venue for Friday night “moving pictures” sponsored by the Keith Albee Circuit, the successful theatre company owned in part by the grandfather of Edward Albee III, the playwright and Larchmont resident. It was on this stage in the late 1920s that comic relief was offered as a way to uplift the sagging spirit of residents during bleak economic times.
Tickets are $25 and available at the door. Show begins 7pm. Cocktail reception to follow.