Cheryl Tan ’11 (emphatically) sends word of a Second Stage production of Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog:
Wesleyan’s very own production! Sponsored by Second Stage!
Come watch our super inspiring adaptation of Mutant Enemy’s runaway hit musical thing.
Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog is arguably the most important work in English literature today. It’s skewed, shrewd observations on society, superficiality and scientology along with a score of stupendous songs to stand against Stephen Sondheim himself serve for such strong alliteration that we can scarcely stand it.
And romance. Always, always romance.
It’s full of surprises and non-surprises. Pick up tickets on the day of from the box office at Usdan.
Date: Feb 11-13
Time: Feb 11,12 at 7pm and 9pm, Feb 13 at 2pm and 7pm
Place: 92 Patricelli Theatre
Cheryl Tan ’11 would like to announce Auditions for A Second Stage production of Joss Whedon’s ’87 Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog
We are looking for three principles and seven or eight ensemble members to perform in a staging of Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog.
The rehearsal period will last for only three weeks and thus will be quite intensive, so be prepared!
For the audition, please prepare an excerpt from a song (16 bars) to showcase your vocal ability and style, and something funny. The song does not necessarily need to be from the musical theatre repertoire, or from the show itself. There may be a dance call.
Please contact tglatmanzare at wes to schedule a time slot of 15 minutes.
Some things to note: Each member of the ensemble will play multiple characters. We will not be casting according to race or body type at all. We do not discourage you from watching the show online via hulu to get a feel for the story but we are very emphatically not looking for people to impersonate Neil Patrick Harris etc. If you wish to, you can read a transcription of the text here.
Thank you, and we look forward to working with you!
Sponsored by Second Stage
Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, January 21st
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Location:Fayerweather Theatre and Dance Studios
Performance Dates: 11-13th February, ’92 Patricelli Theatre
There’s an “open letter” purportedly from Joss Whedon circulating the Internets, in which he makes a bid for the Terminator franchise.
An Open Letter to the Terminator Owners. From a Very Important Hollywood Mogul
I am Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Titan A.E., Parenthood (not the movie) (or the new series) (or the one where ‘hood’ was capitalized ’cause it was a pun), and myriad other legendary tales. I have heard through the ‘grapevine’ that the Terminator franchise is for sale, and I am prepared to make a pre-emptive bid RIGHT NOW to wrap this dealio up. This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is not available on TV. I will write a check TODAY for $10,000, and viola! Terminator off your hands.
Read the whole hilarious thing here:
Deadline: Joss Whedon makes bid for ‘Terminator’
[Thanks to Ben Kuller ’10 for the tip.]
Pic from gizmodo.com
NASA is running a contest on its website for the name of the next Node space station. The contest ends March 20, 2009. The website says:
Help us to name another important addition to the station – Node 3 and its cupola!
NASA wants your opinion in naming the International Space Station’s Node 3 – a connecting module and its cupola – before the two segments travel to space and are installed on the orbiting laboratory. The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity– and Node 2- Harmony.
Well, “Serenity” (the name of the ship in Joss Whedon ’87‘s Firefly) fits pretty perfectly with that theme – and right now, it seems the rest of the Internet agrees, since it’s winning with 82% of the vote.
Support Wesleyan alumni – vote for “Serenity” at the NASA website!
Joss Whedon appears in the opening sketch of Robot Chicken‘s fourth season premiere, in which show creators Matt Senreich ’96 and non-Wes-alum Seth Green attempt to join the Whedonverse. Wesleyan gets a mention at around 2:06.
Argus: “Robot Chicken” creator dishes on career, Wes memories
Becca Martin ’10 sends word of something totally awesome:
It’s the “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” Sing-Along!
Haven’t seen Dr. Horrible yet? This is your chance!
Know every word? Finally see it somewhere other than your computer! Singing it totally allowed!
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Find out more here. (Also, where have you been?).
*Joss Whedon approved. No, really*
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: ADP Living Room
Just a reminder to everyone here that the first act of Joss Whedon ’87 ‘s amazing-looking new web musical is available for playing starting today!
Act 1: Wheee is up at drhorrible.com right now.
Act 2: OMG should be up the day after tomorrow (the 17th), and Act 3: Denouement should be available the two days after that.
The free video streams are only going to be online until July 20th (after which time you’ll be able to pay to download it from iTunes, or be able to buy it on DVD), so watch it while you can (and buy the DVD/download it if you can afford to support it)! It promises to be incredible.
Joss Whedon ’87 is either our craziest alum or most genius alum yet… or both. What is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? Apparently, it’s an attempt by Whedon to break out of the huge- corporation- controlling- every- aspect- of- the- show nature of the modern television and film industry. The miniseries will air over the Internet in three ~14 minute installments on July 15, July 17, and July 19. It stars Neil Patrick Harris (aka Barney from the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, where he plays one of the only main characters who DIDN’T attend Wesleyan). (Oh, and it also has Nathan Fillion aka Mal from Firefly)
From Joss Whedon’s Master Plan (which is hilarious and worth reading), he writes:
Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.
Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.
The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.
Watch the preview:
Here are some pictures from this year’s Reunion and Commencement. There are obvs a lot of old people in these, but there may be a few faces that you know. Also, remember that time I met Joss Whedon? I do.
We kind of danced next to one another. It was awesome.