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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!
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!
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!
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.