I don't know how many of you have been keeping up with my news about the development of this play, but if you have, be advised: upcoming plans have changed. (I'm learning why they call it "Drama" :<) We didn't get our ducks in a row to be able to have enough top producers attend the Leonard Nimoy theater workshop productions we had scheduled. The money just to book the theater for two days was almost $4,000. We will not go to Stamford, either. We decided that money would better serve our purposes funding a different scenario. If you purchased tickets, please let me know and I'll be happy to send you a refund.
Anyway... after much gnashing of teeth, worried minds and churning of stomachs, Darren Butler (script writer) came up with the following scenario, which everyone thinks is brilliant. I think you'll see why I wholeheartedly agree with the new plans:
You're hearing about it for the first time here-
Emmy-award winning producer Mark Mazzarella, who directed "Runaway Home" for a workshop performance by his drama group in Bristol Connecticut to rave reviews, has generously offered his audio/video facilities, his theater at St. Paul's Catholic High, his actors, his expertise and connections to get a promo package together to submit to top producers and theater professionals.
A combined "best-of" cast of actors from the Decatur, Alabama and the Bristol casts will travel to and meet in Bristol, Connecticut on August 7th (I'll fly in from Nashville). Darren will begin scene rehearsals that evening, and I will begin music rehearsals. Darren and I have made major changes to the script and the music and we're both anal-retentive control freaks, and so everyone will have to re-think what they did before. We'll continue intense rehearsals through the next Wednesday. Did I say rehearsals will be INTENSE?? Oh yeah. because...
We will perform the play for a Bristol audience which will include some top theater professionals from New York - who have confirmed in writing that they will be there - Wednesday night, August 13th.
Scheduling will be interesting, but during the time we are in Bristol we also intend to complete the following:
- I will produce voices in Bristol for a CD cast recording of all Runaway Home music (tracks were cut here in Nashville by Ronny Light)...
- Darren Butler will direct the cast as Mark Mazzarella films, scene by scene with multi cameras, a DVD of the play...
- AND, Mark Mazzarella will produce a documentary of the creation of this new American musical! (We're of course rooting for him to win another Emmy. )
- Thursday and/or Friday the 14th &15th we will train to New York, and go to some Broadway shows.
- Last but not least: not only will the play benefit; the actors will receive experience, promotion and exposure, too, so it is a win for all of us.
- If all goes well, we will leave Bristol with a DVD of the play, a CD of the music, and a documentary of the journey to package up and send to the theater powers-that-be.
May God bless you and Your Own Big Dream, whatever it is!