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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Another outstanding review came out from the people at SeattleActor.com. Our favorite was this shout out to creator and performer Valerie Vigoda:
“…a fine premise for us to realize her incredible musical talent, her ability to fly through space and time on her melodic invention, and her commitment to exploring creativity in all its danger and excitement.”
Read the rest of the love letter here!
‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ is a Top Pick for Seattle Weekly!
Half of the fun of mounting a world premiere show is hearing what our audience things about the show. We’d love to get you feedback. What were your favorite songs/scenes/moments? You can head over to our Facebook Page or Follow us on Twitter and give us your review of the show!
In the mean time, here’s a review that we’re so excited to share from Rich Cook:
“Frankly I am awed that anyone with a semblance of sanity would take on such a daunting task as to tame this dragon of many tails. And so it was without any expectation that I attended last night’s premiere of ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME.
I found the show to produce a panoply of emotions, from surprising laughter to musical foot tapping, to spiritual stirrings. It is an audacious creation. Your cast is jaw dropping talented. The music, lyrics, stunning and in step with theatrical expectation (it will score an animated adaptation well.) Valerie and Wade… I dunno how to say it better: both are joyous!
Clearly the Seattle audience had a great time! They are a lively exuberant bunch and it made the show especially delightful. Kudos to your excellent staffs (NY & Seattle) Dannie F, and entire creative team. I will book tickets for the Broadway opening soon as you announce!”
Thanks for the kind words, Rich!
Congratulations to everyone that’s been involved with making this show come to life over the past few months! Tonight is Opening Night and we couldn’t be more excited.
As much as we do this show because we think it’s funny, honest, and really something unique, we also do it because we love to make good theatre. And there’s no better testament to that effort than the sweet email we got from Brian Grant. Here’s a snippet:
“I usually pay for my theater and go to lots of arts performances and am on several boards. So I am at times a bit jaded, indifferent or even hostile to some of the work I have had to sit through over the years.
Tonight was the opposite. I was enthralled by the premise, the staging, the music and most assuredly the massive talent of Valerie and Wade. I found myself feeling the excitement of seeing a hit before others have had the privilege.
You have created something lyrical and beautiful, with the highest production standards. Thank you to all who have made this happen. I will talk it up and hope you fill your houses in the coming run and that the show goes on to wonderful success in future locales.”
It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for coming to see our show, Brian! Your kind words mean the world to us.
Don’t miss your chance to catch this show before it’s gone! It plays at Seattle Rep till May 3rd, 2014. Tickets can be purchased here: bit.ly/1qM62AP
What an amazing weekend! Great talk backs, lively audiences, awesome feedback, and a win for the Seahawks! We love you, Seattle.
Here are some shots from the show, and more live here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.497451387050933.1073741830.489625831166822&type=3&uploaded=1
We’re in Seattle. We’ve got Wade cast as our Ernest Shackleton. Now it’s time to get this show rockin’!
Meet Ryan O'Connell and Rob Witmer: the men behind the audio.
Ernest has become such a wonderful and pivotal role in our show. And we have taken great strides to make sure that we cast the perfect actor that’s up for the challenge.
On Jan. 15, 2014, we still did not have an Ernest.
The first actor that we thought would play the role had to back out of the production. Then he was back in. Then he got cast in Les Miz. So, back to the drawing board.
We started reviewing audition videos from Seattle. We had casting directors sourcing NY talent. Valerie and Brandon were working their connections in LA. All of the options were being funneled to Lisa, the writers, and our producers, trying to find that perfect fit.
After rounds and rounds of phone calls and emails, the choice became so clear: we offered the role to Wade McCollum and he accepted!
In a matter of days, he was whisked down to LA for our Jan. 18th rehearsal start date with Val, Brandon and Lisa.
And in a true bit of comedy, we lost our recording studio in LA. (Ah comedy, why must you always come in threes?)
But what matters now is putting fingers to the keyboard/piano and rehearsing for our upcoming workshop performances!
You guy’s: It’s all HAPPENING!
We’ve locked down rehearsal space and workshop performances at ACT Theatre in Jan. and early Feb., then we’ll take a two month hiatus (haha, “hiatus.” yeah, right.), and then we’ll have our full-scale production at Seattle Repertory Theatre in April! Ernest was right: “Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”
We can’t wait to take our show to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Sometimes there are ups. And sometimes there are downs.
The next plan for the show is to move it to Seattle for a pre-Broadway run with Balagan Theatre. We had been booked for a January rehearsal and February performance slot, but they have lost their performing venue, the Erickson Theatre. (For those keeping track, that’s two theatre spaces we’ve lost for this show.)
But we’re feverishly looking to find a new space in Seattle. If we can’t find one in the next two weeks, it might not happen all together. Actors and designers are still holding these dates open and hopefully something will come together.
It’s like Ernest Shackleton once said: “Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”
No one ever said that making theatre was easy. Little did we know…
Our first workshop was slated for NYC in late October 2012. Which means…we were there when good ol’ Hurricane Sandy hit. Our first venue was The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory but we had to switch locations because they were completely shut down from the storm. We then moved our rehearsals into Joe DiPietrio’s apt and continued preparing for our performance. (You’ll see a pic of him below with our new writer, Rocko.)
In a quick shuffle, we booked a new space at the Producers’ Club and were able to pack the house with a great audience. This was a great opportunity to show off the new script and get feedback from the NYC theatre scene movers and shakers. No longer a one-woman show, we added the character of Ernest Shackleton and had Brandon play him this time around.
The response to the show was so overwhelmingly positive! It made all of the Frankenstorm-crazyness worth it. We’re so excited to continue working on the piece and sharing this story with everyone.
Alright, the time is finally here. It’s time to start really working on this one-woman show!
For our first rehearsal, we decided to do this pretty bare bones. We just focused on the script and tried to make sure that the story and character of Kat is clearly and vividly making it’s way on the page. So, no audience this time around (but everyone will get their chance soon enough!).
And we’re so excited that director Lisa Peterson joined us for the first time! Having her on board is a real treat and we’re excited to be on this new-work journey with her.
Catch a snippet from one of the songs here.
Pictured below: Lisa Peterson, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn.