Musicals Nine Wives, Come From Away and Princesses Will Find Voice in Goodspeed Readings in January
By Kenneth Jones
Three new musicals — including one by 13 writer Dan Elish — will be presented in readings in January 2013 in the Eighth Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Artists, produced by Goodspeed Musicals' Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre.
The three-day festival, which matches professional writers with student musical-theatre performers for their mutual benefit, runs Jan. 18-20 (following writing and rehearsals from Jan. 7) at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
Various ticket packages are available to the public. The festival includes three staged readings; Friday and Saturday Night Cabarets; the New Musical Preview, a short preview of a new musical headed to The Norma Terris Theatre in 2013; the Symposium panel discussion with musical theatre luminaries; seminar sessions; a Saturday evening pre-show dinner at the Gelston House and a Meet the Writers Reception.
Goodspeed Opera House tours will be offered throughout the weekend for both Festival Package and single ticket holders.
Get ticket information at goodspeed.org.
"The Eighth Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Artists, with its expanded programs and wonderful new talents, highlights our commitment to developing new musicals," said Michael P. Price, executive director of Goodspeed Musicals. "It's thrilling for us to see the Goodspeed campus bustling in wintertime. Our community comes alive when hundreds of musical theatre fans from around the country join the best and brightest new writers and performers as they work together to create the future of musical theatre."
Productions from the three composing teams included in the Goodspeed Festival of New Artists and the schedule of Special Events include:
Friday, Jan. 18
Saturday, Jan. 19
New Musical Preview
Noël Coward Symposium
Come From Away
Sunday, Jan. 20
Princesses: A New Rock Musical
Meet the Writers Reception
Lodging and dining information for Festival attendees as well as up-to-date information on the weekend's events may be found at goodspeed.org.
Created in 2002, Goodspeed's Showalter Center "inspires and nurtures musical theatre artists and students by providing a unique and comprehensive range of training and educational programs to serve both the national and local academic communities."
The New Artists program is being held throughout the Goodspeed campus Jan. 7-20, 2013. During the first week of the program, "three teams of writers and composers will dedicate their time to further writing and composing their musicals in development," according to the two-time Tony-honored resident musical theatre company. "Senior students from The Hartt School and Boston Conservatory join them for rehearsals and continued development of the material. The New Artists program culminates with Goodspeed's Festival of New Artists to showcase staged readings of the new musicals developed during the New Artists Program, one of the Showalter Center's major endeavors. It offers new and emerging artists the rare opportunity to thoroughly work on their projects with the help of Goodspeed's renowned resources and artistic environment, while affording senior students from prominent conservatory programs real-world experience in new musical development and performing new musicals."
Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, and additional works at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed celebrates another milestone, its 50th Anniversary, in 2013.
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