From Anthony Dean ’17:
Godspell is a musical about Jesus! What could be more fun!?!? It’s going to be the most exciting, free-spirited celebration of friendship, loyalty, and love ever seen on stage (or off stage?????) Everyone in the show gets to wear the funkiest clothes, sing the dopest jams, and praise our lord and savior!! DOESN’T THAT SOUND LIKE FUN?!?!! We are going to make this show unlike the normal theater experience—involving a fair amount of improv, audience interaction, and location-inspired action.
Intrigued? OF COURSE YOU ARE! SO AUDITION ALREADY! Auditions are going to be Monday 9/08 & Tuesday 9/09 from 6 to 9 PM with callbacks Wednesday 09/10 from 6 to 9 PM. All you need for the audition is a smile, a short section of a song, and a short lil’ bit of a monologue.
To sign up for a time, use this handy Google Doc. Contact Anthony (asdean(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) for any questions or concerns you may have or just to say hi.
Dates: Monday, September 8th and Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Place: Music Studios 301
“Basically this album is about being in love, old American music, and Jesus.”
Continuing his ongoing quest to occupy something like 15% of my Top 20 Albums of 2012 list, Ben Seretan ’10 (I was going to write “of Duchampion fame,” but at this point I think “of Ben Seretan fame” is more appropriate) has got a new record on BandCamp. It’s called New Song, capping off a loose trilogy that includes last year’s New Music and 2012’s New Space, and it’s unsurprisingly fantastic, cycling through Americana-tinged originals, blues standards, and 48-minute boombox drones (okay, there is only one of those) with fluent ease. Between recording New Space, making a music video, dropping a collaborative LP with Portland band The Early, and materializing at Wesleyan to open for Oneohtrix Point Never in October, Seretan has stayed pretty busy in 2012. Somehow he has still made the time to take the audio of Grand Central with me next week. (Leave a comment if you want to join us.) (Serious inquiries only, please.)
Seretan recorded the album this summer, in a single afternoon (no overdubs), while in residency at the Wassaic Project. He wrote and rehearsed it in an old cattle auction barn. You’ll recognize a few of the originals from his performance on campus in October. According to Seretan, the setting strongly influenced the album’s thematic qualities:
Wesleyan Christian Fellowship will be having an early Christmas celebration with food, carols and company. It will be an open mic for anyone who wants to share about “what Jesus means to you.”
Date: Dec. 7
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108