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8th Annual Festival of New Artists

8th Annual Festival of New Artists

JAN 18-20, 2013

STAGED READINGS  |  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  |  ARTIST BIOS  |  PHOTOS  |  FESTIVAL ARCHIVES

Every musical got its start somewhere! Don't miss your chance to see the next big hit at Goodspeed's Eighth Annual Festival of New Artists. Hundreds of musical theatre lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of brand new works as the brightest new writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America's greatest art form. It's something different...come join us!

STAGED READINGS

NINE WIVES

FRIDAY, JAN 18, 7:30 PM

Music & Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Book & Lyrics by Dan Elish
Based on the novel, “Nine Wives” by Dan Elish

Nine Wives tells the story of Henry Mann, a 32-year-old bachelor who discovers that the love of his life has met someone new and is about to get married. What’s worse, he’s been invited to her wedding! What follows are Henry’s frantic attempts to find a woman he can take as his date – a potential future wife – to prove to his ex-fiancée (and the world) that he too is ready to move on. Listen to music from the show here.

COME FROM AWAY

SATURDAY, JAN 19, 7:30 PM

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff

Come From Away is a rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11th, 2001 - doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

PRINCESSES: A NEW ROCK MUSICAL

SUNDAY, JAN 20, 1:00 PM

Book by Janece Shaffer, Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie

Four outrageous princesses escape the confines of their castle walls and shock the fairy tale world with their unconventional ways. Princesses is inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and features a contemporary rock score.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Exclusive Silver Package Event
Exclusive Gold Package Event

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF GOODSPEED | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Scherer Library
Delve into the Goodspeed archives and explore rare memorabilia and artifacts from the theatre’s past 50 years.

NINE WIVES | 7:30 p.m. | Goodspeed Opera House
Nine Wives tells the story of Henry Mann, a 32-year-old bachelor who discovers that the love of his life has met someone new and is about to get married. What’s worse, he’s been invited to her wedding! What follows are Henry’s frantic attempts to find a woman he can take as his date – a potential future wife – to prove to his ex-fiancée (and the world) that he too is ready to move on.

FESTIVAL CABARET | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House
Showcasing new songs by our Festival writers.

Saturday, January 19

GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE TOURS | 10:00 a.m. | Opera House Lobby
Go behind the scenes of our award-winning theatre on the Goodspeed Opera House tour and learn about its vibrant history.

SEMINAR SESSION I | 10:00 a.m. | Gelston House  
Choose one:

  • Fight Direction 101 Barroom brawls, swordfights, and military marches–learn about the art of stage fighting from David Leong, Fight Director for over 15 Broadway productions and Goodspeed’s own Amazing Grace.
  • Inside Goodspeed’s Music Department Ever wonder how such a lush sound can come out of such a small orchestra pit? Discover the secrets behind Goodspeed’s Music Department with resident Music Director Michael O’Flaherty.

SEMINAR SESSION II | 11:00 a.m. | Gelston House
Choose one:

  • Fight Direction 101 Barroom brawls, swordfights, and military marches–learn about the art of stage fighting from David Leong, Fight Director for over 15 Broadway productions and Goodspeed’s own Amazing Grace.
  • Casting a Musical 101 Learn the ins and outs of the casting process as Casting Director Paul Hardt uncovers tricks-of-the-trade.

SEMINAR SESSION III | 12:00 p.m. | Gelston House
Spotlight On: Richard Pilbrow
An illuminating interview with one of the world’s leading stage lighting designers. Richard Pilbrow has designed 11 Broadway productions as well as Goodspeed’s The Great American Mousical, The Boy Friend, Where’s Charley?, and Very Good Eddie. Book signing to follow.

SCREENING: GOODSPEED'S SINGIN' IN THE RAIN  | 1:00 p.m. | Scherer Library
Dashing leading men, glamorous starlets, plenty of romance on and off the screen, and of course, tap dancing. Relive Goodspeed’s production of Singin’ in the Rain–one of the most beloved musicals ever performed on the Opera House stage!

EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF GOODSPEED | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Scherer Library
Delve into the Goodspeed archives and explore rare memorabilia and artifacts from the theatre’s past 50 years.

NEW MUSICAL PREVIEW | 2:30 p.m. | Goodspeed Opera House
Attend a preview of an exciting new musical headed to Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in 2013.

MUSICAL THEATRE SYMPOSIUM | 4:00 p.m. | Goodspeed Opera House
The Goodspeed Method: A 50 Year Success Story Some of Goodspeed’s most influential creative leaders will discuss the theatre’s unique method of artistic development, highlighting Goodspeed’s greatest successes over the past 50 years. The panel, led by John Pike, will include Michael Price, Michael O’Flaherty, Rob Ruggiero, Dan Siretta, and Lynn Crigler.

FESTIVAL DINNER | 5:30 p.m. | Gelston House
Enjoy a three-course meal with fellow Festival-goers.

COME FROM AWAY | 7:30 p.m. | Goodspeed Opera House
Come From Away is a rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11th, 2001 - doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

FESTIVAL CABARET: Neil Bartram & Brian Hill | 10:00 p.m. | Gelston House
Bartram and Hill, the writers of The Story of My Life and last year’s Festival favorite Not Wanted on the Voyage, will entertain with repertoire from their original works.

Sunday, January 20

CHAUNCY STILLMAN PRODUCTION FACILITY TOUR | 11:00 a.m. | Stillman Parking Lot
Tour Goodspeed's extensive scene, props, and paint shops with members of the Goodspeed Production Department.

PRINCESSES: A NEW ROCK MUSICAL | 1:00 p.m. | Goodspeed Opera House
Four outrageous princesses escape the confines of their castle walls and shock the fairy tale world with their unconventional ways. Princesses is inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and features a contemporary rock score.

MEET THE WRITERS RECEPTION | 3:30 p.m. | Gelston House
Gain insight into the inspirations and processes of the writers. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

PHOTO GALLERY

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Lead Corporate Sonsor:

    Funded in part by:

RisCassi & Davis  The Noel Coward FoundationAdolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation
   

Friends of the Festival: Anonymous, John and Joanna Hamby, Chris Joy and cathy Velenchik, Carl and Jessica Thompson, Michele and John VanEpps

Goodspeed Musicals Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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