Well, yesterday we closed A Wrinkle in Time, this week fall classes begin, so it seems like the perfect time to go into detail about the exciting and interesting projects I have coming up in the new season:
Tarzan – That’s right, I’m finally doing a Disney show at QCT. This February, we are bringing the hit Phil Collins/David Henry Hwang musical to student theatre. But wait – there’s more! We are collaborating with Quincy University’s Interpreter Studies Program to produce Tarzan in the style of Deaf West Theatre Company. American Sign Language will be incorporated into every aspect of the show, truly highlighting the idea of “two worlds, one family”. Auditions are December 5-6, and performances are February 9-12.
13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate – This April, the Quincy Junior High Drama Club will perform this swashbuckling play by A.M. Dittman.
American Fairy Tales – For this year’s QCT On-the-Road show, I am writing a new piece adapted from stories by L. Frank Baum. It is an interactive show for students in grades K-2, which will tour to schools, libraries, and community groups in May and June. We are workshopping the script over the next few months, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – The first time I read Ryan Underbakke and Nick Ryan’s adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel, I knew we had to do it in our lab space! It’s an environmental version of the story, in which audience members become new recruits out to search for Captain Nemo. We will be turning the lab and its surrounding spaces into the Nautilus and other locations from the story we all know and love.
Triple Threat Boot Camp – This summer musical theatre intensive is celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer!
Harriet the Spy – A cast of students and adults will work together to bring to life this wonderful children’s book by Louise Fitzhugh. The stage adaptation by Leslie Brody includes all of my favorite elements of the original.
In addition, our outreach program continues in schools, our class brochures are out, and we’ll be welcoming a new round of intern applications so soon! For more information about all that’s to come in 2017, check out the theatre’s website. We’re in for another great year!