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David Kornfeld

David Kornfeld composes “engaging and original” (Chicago Theatre Beat) music that is lyrical, accessible, and above all emotionally moving, with an underlying structure driven by a narrative. Numbers Nerds marks his sixth musical composed with writing partners Laura Stratford and Alex Higgin-Houser, after Liberal Arts: the Musical!, Grind, Spa Fire: […]

March 22, 2016

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Creating a New Musical

Sept. 2014 – CPA Theatricals is planning on commissioning and producing a new musical! A script treatment has been approved, including a story synopsis and character descriptions, and now we are accepting COMPOSER TEAM SUBMISSIONS. Click here for more information about composer team submissions. UPDATE:  The search is on!  We […]

January 15, 2016

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Composer Team Selected for New Musical

CPA Theatricals is proud to announce that we have chosen David Kornfeld, Laura Startford and Alex Higgin-Houser to work with us on our new musical. All three are founding members of Underscore Theatre Company and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Our search produced over fifty composing teams from the UK, […]

January 14, 2016

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A New Musical

After a search for a composer team to write a new musical, CPA Theatricals is pleased to announce that we found a great team to work with. Collaborators, David Kornfeld (music), Alex Higgin-Houser (lyrics) Laura Stratford (Book) and Larry Little (producer), met a little bit ago – for the first time. […]

January 13, 2016

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Mary Kate

– the Catholic feminist Mary Kate loved attending Our Lady of Perpetual Chastity – the all-girls Catholic school in Waukesha, WI. Mary Kate is a staunch feminist and defender of social justice, and her biggest role models are the nuns who have taught her to be strong and independent. When […]

January 8, 2016

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Ms. McGery

Drama director turned janitor Ms. McGery was once the drama teacher for Our Lady of Perpetual Chastity Catholic All Girl’s High School. With the loss of funds and being transformed into a charter school, McGery’s position was eliminated, but she was offered the position of janitor in exchange. She reluctantly […]

January 8, 2016

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Leroy

….the only boy Leroy is a geometry whiz who grew up in Laos, where his parents were missionaries. He is less devout than they, and spent a lot of time with the Buddhist monks, developing his own ways of honoring his ancestors and heritage. Leroy was home-schooled and is incredibly […]

January 8, 2016

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Amber

….the former “mean girl” Suraiya Amber White started going by her middle name in fourth grade to fit in, when her family moved to Wisconsin. Amber’s mother is from Lebanon and wears a hijab, but she has always allowed Amber to decide for herself in religious matters. Academics and extracurriculars […]

January 8, 2016

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Alex Higgin-Houser

Alex Higgin-Houser is the Artistic Director and founding ensemble member of Underscore Theatre Company, Alex has collaborated with ensemble members David Kornfeld, Brendan Siegfried, and Laura Stratford on the Midwest tour of Grind: the Coffee Shop, Comic Book Musical (co-author, director, 2010), Liberal Arts: The Musical! (co-author, director, 2008/2012), Spa […]

July 11, 2015

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