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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!
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’!
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!