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May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

The latest news and theatre tips from CPATheatricals.org!

  • FROZEN, Jr and young girls!

    I saw this on Facebook the other day and just saved it to my desktop, thinking there is a blog here somewhere.  A few days went by and I saw two musicals – a new 75 minute version of PETER PAN with a dynamic, new score and one of the first pilot productions of FROZEN, […]

  • Christmas show title revealed!!

    GRACE & THE ISLAND OF MISFITS is the working title of our new musical. And, yes, it is a Holiday show!  Designed to be performed during the Christmas season.  Again, the show has a strong set of female leads and a mostly female cast. Here is my elevator pitch: “A brilliant, young woman, fresh out […]

  • 5,000 theatre students!!

    Yep – 5,000 theatre students, teachers and others are gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska for the International Thespian Festival.  I am here, along with my colleagues from Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) to promote 57th NATIONAL MATHLETE SUM-IT. This festival is a combination of workshops, auditions for colleges, performances and exhibits.  TRW sponsors an event called Thespian […]

  • You’ve heard of a triple threat in musical theatre…but..what about this??

    Multiple threat sounds horrible, right?  Not in this case….Director, Choreographer, Musical Director and professional singer – this describes the multi-talented woman who will be directing and helping me develop our musical – GIRLHOOD.  Tina Reynolds – founder of Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts in Oak Park, Illinois, is that woman. I first met Tina […]

  • Braintrusts…

    Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration is a book recommended to me by my mentor – Ken Davenport.   It is written by Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar Animation.  Yes, the company that created the first full length animated film done completely on a computer. […]

  • 23….20…and 7….and GIRLHOOD – an update!

    Some of our supporters have asked for an update on GIRLHOOD.  So, here goes: 23 –  Twenty-three people will write the songs for GIRLHOOD.  Since GIRLHOOD is a song-cycle (click HERE to learn more about song cycles), each song will be composed by one…two or three people.  We are really proud that the songs w […]

  • Bravery…and Girls…

    As we were working on the logo for GIRLHOOD, our graphic designer suggested we use a silhouette of a girl on top of the logo.  She gave us several examples, but they just did not seem right.  Finally, one of our creative team said something like, “The story is about teaching our girls to b […]

  • 2nd Reading of Christmas show…

    May is a strange month for weather in Chicago. It can be in the 90’s and it can snow.  So, planning events can be very difficult. The second reading for our Christmas show was scheduled for one of those “iffy” days in May.  I could sense that it was going to be hot, and I […]

  • 1 in 14…

    1 in 14.  When I was at the most successful time of my professional acting career, I booked ONE job out of every 14 auditions..  I started writing down the number of auditions, then I circled the number when, and if, I actually got the job.  Now, that is rejection. I was reminded of this […]

  • Inspiration from a cat?

    GIRLHOOD, my most recent project, is a song cycle musical that tells the stories of middle school girls as they experience the challenges of daily life from middle school through high school.  Through interviews with girls, I have developed seven central characters that will be featured in the show along with a large ensemble. Recently, […]

 

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