May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

The latest news and theatre tips from!

  • Workshop coming up!

    August means that we are about to start rehearsals for our workshop production of THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS.  On Sunday, August 25 at 4pm, at the Edge Theatre in Chicago, 14 cast members, two musicians, two directors, and several designers will be testing aspects of our new Christmas musical.  As we hear the great […]

  • Girls – age 10 or age 70+

    As you know, GIRLHOOD is a story of four 10 year old girls (Melissa, Amber, Morgan and Judy), as we see them struggle, grow and mature into young women.  The show is filled with young girls!  But today, I want to talk about girls a bit older.  Well, a lot older.  This blog was inspired […]

  • GIRLHOOD in development!

    “So great to see stories of girls on the stage.” “These girls seemed so real and what they were going through made a lot of sense.” “The music was so fantastic and cohesive, it’s hard to believe they were written by so many composers.” “The characters are so believable.” These are some of the great […]

  • NYMF report 2019

    The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) is the largest and most important musical theatre festival in the world.  This year it features ten mainstage productions, ten concerts and ten readings of new musicals. In 16 years, NYMF has presented 475 shows – imagine that! And four have opened on Broadway! As you know, NYMF has […]

  • GIRLHOOD – take a peek

    GIRLHOOD the musical was a hit this week at Bravo Performing Arts in Oak Park, IL.  Tina Reynolds directed 23 tweens as they performed 19 songs!  Standing ovations every night and the crowd went crazy. Take a look at the opening number – “Just the Start.”  The first day of middle school! Then, there is […]

  • Tech rehearsals can be brutal!

    Tech rehearsals can be brutal.  Brutal for everyone.  I remember being in a tech rehearsal for five hours and that was just for the first act.  What is a tech rehearsal?  This is the first time where all of the production elements come together.  The director gets to see the costumes under the lights, t […]

  • The results of a reading…

    “I don’t think a compass works at the North Pole.” She was correct. “You cannot see Polaris from the southern hemisphere.” He was correct. “When do we get to see Grace have her “moment of change?” These are some of the great comments that we heard from our reading of THE ISLAND OF MISFITS last […]

  • Surround yourself!!

    At this year’s Tony Awards, Andre De Shields won the award for Best Featured Actor for his performance in HADESTOWN.  Mr. De Shields is 73 years old and has been acting for half a century.  And this was his first Tony! His beautiful acceptance speech has been widely quoted.  In case you didn’t see it, […]

  • Twenty Three

      Twenty-three.  There are twenty-three kids in Bravo Performing Art’s production of GIRLHOOD.  “Well, I wanted to have about 34, but we were a bit under enrollment this year” the director told me. But, let me tell you – twenty-three middle school students is a lot.  I was at the first rehearsal. First rehearsals ar […]

  • Musical Theatre and Modern Dance

    William Reilly’s Academy of Ballet is where I was a scholarship dance student.  I was a boy, with no dance training – other than a few shows I had performed in.  And because of my gender (a shortage of boys!), I was given a scholarship.  It meant I got to take as many ballet classes […]


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