Franni Paley ’10 writes:
A monstrous bat child is found in a cave to the south of a West Virginia cattle-ranching community. Can the town become his home? Or will a lust for blood tear them apart?
A hilarious musical with sex, gore and “Simpson’s-style irony” goes up Nov. 19-21 in the ’92 Theater. We want YOU to be a part of it.
Please bring a song to sing a cappella. Cold readings provided, no need to prepare a monologue. Sign up for a 10 minute audition slot on the call board in the theater studio. Looking for a cast of 10.
Franni Paley ’10 – director (fpaley@wes)
Liam Stansen ’10 – ADSM (pstansen@wes)
Gabriel Furtado ’10 – musical director (gufurtado@wes)
Facebook event here
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 11, 3:30-7pm and Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-5pm (Callbacks on Sunday, 1-5)
WHERE: Auditions held in the Jones Room
Jake Gold‘s senior recital, a musical/multimedia production entitled “Helen, or, the face that launched one ship that she never saw,” is tonight:
It’s about a man’s quest in 1902 to find Helen Keller (22 years old at the time, and a total babe) and profess his love for her. How will he do it?!? What obstacles will he encounter?!? Find out at the show!
Featuring the supreme acting abilities of Adam Black, Christina Boyd, Sharmeen Mazumder, Ben Seretan, Eli Scherer, and Ralph Gerraty.
…and the extreme musical prowess of Galen Degraf, Eric Sherman, Brian Papish, Jake Schofield, Dave Gordon, Ras Fatch, Orianna Korol, Sylvia Ryerson, Sofia Leitner-Lasse, Xiaoxi Tu, Sam Bernhardt, Chloe Wardropper, Josh Koenig, Donovan Arthen, and Ralph again.
…featuring translations for the deaf by Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and a kung-fu film created by Capt. Jess Barbosa
Why: It’s gonna be freakin weird. Fake blood, ninjas, animals, hardcore german songs, plot twists, music, music, and more music. What’s not to love?
Date: Thursday, April 23
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Black Friday, the epic rock opera music thesis of Sam Ottinger ’09, debuts tonight and is playing until Saturday at the ’92 Theater.
This description is from early last semester, but according to Aural Wes the show still promises to be a macabre musical tale of American consumerism and blind religious rapture:
This opera is inspired by God, Death and the mall. The music, a mix of stoner metal/drone/jazz/classical & tom waits. The place, anytown U.S.A. Shopping Mall built inside of a MEGA-CHURCH. The day, Black Friday, the annal orgy consumer culture. The people, Seven sinners left behind after the rapture by a Zeus like Demi-god who urges them on as they decide their fates. There’s a chorus of shoppers, a chorus of angels and demons, a pervert who loves God more than anything but can’t help watching women change, an alcoholic security guard, a money grubbing evangelist and a power crazed prophet. EVERYONE DIES…almost…
Wednesday, Feb 25th: 11:00pm
(No ticket necessary, just show up)
Thursday, Feb 26th: 8:00pm
Friday, Feb 27th: 8:00pm
Saturday, Feb 28th: 2:00pm and 9:00 pm
(tickets available for free at the box office the day of the performance)
The show will run about two hours, including a fifteen-minute intermission.
More info on Facebook and Aural Wes.
Two Second Stage shows need non-acting help. If you are a musician, why not help Chris Ceccolini ’11 by playing in the pit for Sunday In The Park With George[?]:
“Sunday in the Park with George” is organizing a pit orchestra for the upcoming production. We are looking for: violin, trumpet, clarinet, percussion, and keyboard. If you play any of these and would like to join us, please contact Director Chris Ceccolini ’11 (cceccolini@wes) and Conductor Alex Pfeifer-Rosenblum ’10 (apfeiferrose@wes). Your commitment to our production WILL NOT drain you. Rehearsals will only be once a week for about 2-3 hours plus a few extra rehearsals with the cast in April and tech week requirements. The show goes up April 23-25!
If you would like to help Ross Shenker ’11 (rshenker@wes) with the crew for Black Friday, this is for you:
We are looking for multiple crew positions to be filled: light board operator, sound board operator, follow spot operator, and general running crew. No experience necessary, you would be required February 22nd-28th and we will have an awesome cast/crew party that you would be invited to. Come gain valuable technical experience, witness the evolution of a totally awesome new work, and enjoy working with very talented actors.
Rob Rusli ’10 is looking for a Stage Mannager and a Designer for his play, Death of a Ghost:
DEATH OF A GHOST is a tragic superhero musical, and we’re looking for a production crew! We need (Ranked in importance)
1) Stage manager!
2) Costume designer (VERY IMPORTANT, MUST BE SWEET!)
3) Lighting designer
4) Props designer
Here is a blurb of the show:
“Sheldon Callows is one of millions of people suffering in the corrupt and drug abused city of New Havok. There is little hope, save one woman; a masked vigilante named ‘Eclipse’ who is desperately trying to do good using her powers from unknown origins. Of the millions of people hurting, each with their own story, Sheldon’s tale stands out. “The Death of a Ghost” is a musical story about a man who tried to save his family and his city from destruction, but was betrayed and left to die. Fueled solely by his thirst for revenge, he acquired extraordinary abilities; abilities which consumed his soul and eventually his life.”
If you are interested, please e-mail rrusli@wes as soon as possible! We would like to get this show on its way as soon as possible for the SPRING SEMESTER (Hopefully we will get approved by 2nd stage, but we need a production team to do so). Auditions coming soon!
Second Stage presents Songs for a New World, directed and choreographed by Elizabeth Trammell ’10, music directed by Steph Ross ’09.
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Originally Produced by the WPA Theatre, New York City, 1995
Original Orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert Brown
A six-person cast will take you through a musical journey, portraying an array of characters from Christopher Columbus to the wife of Santa Claus, to more modern stories, such as a woman searching for love in wealth and a young man hoping that basketball will be his ticket out of the ghetto. Ultimately, the show teaches us about ourselves and our journeys throughout the stories and characters of today, accompanied by the music of a new world.
Thursday, Nov. 20th, 8 pm
Friday, Nov. 21st, 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2pm & 8pm
Where: WestCo Cafe
Wesleyan Production Sponsored by Second Stage
Sponsored in part by the Adelphic Educational Fund
Songs for a New World is presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Ankur Verma ’10 writes:
The Kotov Syndrome is an original musical which will go up at the WestCo Café this Thursday (Nov. 13), Friday (Nov. 14th) and Saturday (Nov. 15th).
Union and Annie are two friends who have ended up living together in an apartment. Knowing each other since they were children, their lifelong friendship seems to have been held together through a mutual interest in chess. However, when long withheld emotions finally surface in a misunderstanding, their relationship is changed forever, and ultimately leads to a murder. This is an original show written by Robert Rusli, and directed by Ankur Verma, which is a contemporary musical told in a non-linear approach.
Date: Thurs., Nov. 13; Fri., Nov. 14; Sat., Nov. 15
Time: 8:00 PM; 3:00 PM (Saturday only)
Place: WestCo Café