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- Miley Chase – a TV Series
I had the word “science” written on my white board in front of my desk for months. I knew I wanted to do a show about science and I knew I wanted the hero to be a 10 year old brown skinned girl. But I did not know where to go from there. So, I
- THE MOMENT as a stage show.
The retreat started at 6pm on a Monday night. Not the typical time retreats start, but this was no typical retreat. The goal: develop our virtual musical THE MOMENT into a stage show. The participants: James Zager (dramaturg), Nicholas Reinhart (Assistant Producer) and myself. We had 1 ½ days to find a way to make
- More about Miley
MILEY CHASE THE SCIENCE ACE is ready for action! The songs are written (by the amazing Dylan MarcAurele) and recorded in a professional production studio. We had a blast recording them, all while following safety precautions! You can check them out HERE. The script is done – Mike Ross outdid himself. It is hysterical, poignant
- The Moment – it happens and everything changes!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from CPA Theatricals! We have been very busy here, and I am excited to announce that we have created a new zoom musical. This musical is intended for performance by actors ages 15-20. The title is – THE MOMENT – each scene focuses on a moment in each character’s life
- What are the GIRLHOOD composers up to now?
Hi, We’ve always known that we’re blessed by the talented composers and writers who work on our shows. But lately there’s been a flurry of confirmation about that. Last week I learned that Dylan MarcAurele, a composer and musical supervisor for GIRLHOOD has been named a 2020-21 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow. Thinking about that, I
- When in doubt…Pivot!
That is the new word these days. COVID has ravaged practically all areas of entertainment. It certainly has devastated the whole world of live theatre. It took months for the full reality of the situation to become clear, certainly for me it did. My friend West Hyler just posted this in Facebook: “Obstacles are opportunities
- EDTA releases guide for reopening of school theatre programs!
There is a wonderful organization that I belong to, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA.) It is an international non-profit group that shares information with teachers, directors and others about many aspects of the theatre for school aged actors, directors, musicians, dancers, etc. They run an annual festival that attracts thousands of participants. At the festival
- Helpless, Satisfied and a Football Game?
I have a friend from Milwaukee, a mature, theatre-going woman, who just loves HAMILTON. Before she saw the show live in Chicago, she downloaded and printed the lyrics to the show. She wanted to be familiar with the story before she saw the show. She was not too familiar with hip hop music, so she
- Pilot Productions of THE MYSTERY OF CUSTODIA
THE MYSTERY OF CUSTODIA – our new virtual, online musical is being tested….right now! Several pilot productions of the show are being performed by middle schools throughout Illinois. What’s a pilot production? Well, normally, when we develop a musical we “test” it by doing workshops. A workshop is a staged mini version of the show.
- A New Musical in 5 weeks – WHAT???
The challenge was daunting. How could we ever create a new musical in such a short time? Musicals take years to create and develop, right? And this one had to be all solos and monologues – how on earth are we ever gonna do that? Schools and summer programs needed something immediately! This was a