At present I am totally immersed in the writing, editing and revision process for several musical theater shows. It is exciting, depressing, grueling, tedious and ultimately the most fulfilling of all possible worlds for me. Several other writers have bared their souls on the writing process so I thought I’d share a little of my own experience.
EVERMORE – a new science fiction rock musical with stage play by Mike Rostron and songs by Mike Rostron, Jim Nelson and Lesley Rostron. Directed by Christopher Key and inspired by the novel “Engine Summer” by John Crowley.
AUDITION NOTICE – Auditions for PAN the musical will be Tues. May 28 and Wed. May 29, 2013 from 6-9pm at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. This is a new family-friendly creation by Conrad Askland based on JM Barrie’s 1911 book “Peter and Wendy”. Join Peter Pan, Hook, Wendy and the Lost Boys on their adventures in Neverland. The classic story for a new generation.
For more info and to schedule auditions visit the Peter Pan musical website at PanMusical.com
2013 trailer for my show Witches! the Musical. This trailer contains clips from the October 2012 community theater premiere at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. The next run of this Salem musical will be June 2014 at the Whitby Courthouse Theater in Ontario, Canada.
Thank you so much for the awesome support of the Theater Arts Guild, cast, crew and local audiences. It was a very exciting and fulfilling run for us and your feedback was very generous in helping us bring the show to it’s next level.
On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7pm the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA will host a free public video showing of Witches! the Musical recorded during it’s October 2012 premiere run. This is a fundraising event for the Lincoln Theater Digital Futures Initiative. The event will include presentations by Theater Arts Guild (TAG) and members of the creation team.
Witches! is a new musical about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. The story contains many of the historical people involved in the trials including Bridget Bishop, Dr. William Griggs, Abigail Williams, Rev. Samuel Parris, Giles Corey and the Circle Girls. Visit the show website: Salem Witch Trial Musical.
The Producers at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, WA from April 6-20, 2013. Presented by Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County, WA. A musical theater comedy by Mel Brooks following the antics and schemes of a broadway producer.
Steel Magnolias, the 1987 stage play by Robert Harling. Presented by ACT Theater in Anacortes, WA January 25 thru February 16, 2013.
Entertainment News Northwest Magazine October 2012 issue. Cover photo of Witches! the Musical. Photo by Lindsey Bowen. Visit the Entertainment News NW website at: http://www.ennw.info and read their article on Witches! the Musical by Laurel Larsen here: http://www.ennw.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/October-2012.pdf
World Premiere Oct. 19 – Nov. 3, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. Presented by Theater Arts Guild. Directed by Jane Skinner. Book, music and lyrics by Conrad Askland. For tickets go to: http://www.lincolntheatre.org/performance/witches-musical
September 7, 2012 – Mount Vernon, WA
Interview with Conrad Askland – writer of “Witches! the Musical”
- World Premiere Oct. 19-Nov. 3, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater - Mount Vernon, WA
- Produced by Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County
- Directed by Jane Skinner. Book, music and lyrics by Conrad Askland.
- Official Witches! the Musical website at http://www.WitchesMusical.com
Why did you choose the subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials?
Originally I had picked a different subject. But while researching that other project I ran into a major problem with the plot that ruined the project for me. That plot problem became my new focus for a different project which I started working on, and may be my next project. During that process I realized it was just too big to attack for my first full length musical. So I started over looking specifically for an existing story, a topic I felt hadn’t been done well as musical theater in the past, and that incorporated children.
Theater Arts Guild presents Witches! the Musical, a Halloween world premiere production based on historical events of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Famous historical characters come to life with a cast over 30 strong as Witches! the Musical portrays the dark events of the Salem Witch Trials with a spine tingling score of rock, hip hop, classical and 20th century music styles mixed with satire, fantasy, fact and fiction.
A trailer for the 2012 premiere of Witches! the Musical. The video contains excerpts from the show score. A combination of classical, pop, rock and hip hop music styles.
Witches! is a story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Official website at http://www.WitchesMusical.com
Auditions for “Witches! the Musical” June 5-6, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. Show dates will be Oct. 19-Nov. 3 at the Lincoln Theater. This is a world premiere show about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. For more info and audition signups visit http://www.WitchesMusical.com.
Produced by TAG – the Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County.
I got a little shiver and the start of a tear when I watched this. Another lesson for us that we can find inspiration in places we might not expect. Each of us has a special voice. Part of the beauty of life is to find that voice and express it the best we can to help lift others up.
Check out what Simon says at 5:20 and the response at 5:34. Beautiful. From a musical standpoint I think the male singer will have to be very careful not to blow his voice by bringing so much weight to the voice (no reference to his physical size) in trying to simulate an older singer’s voice. (Male singers usually do not fully mature to full voice until late twenties). But I love the story. It’s inescapable. Bravo!
Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style.
This is so inspiring I wanted to share it with you. It’s partly about music and overcoming obstacles, but also about human connections and communication through music.
Great article by Bob Greene about Jeff Zaslow, the author who helped Randy Pausch write “The Last Lecture”. If you haven’t read the Last Lecure, I highly recommend it.
Bob Greene’s article talks about doing your best at all times. He says it’s not often that it pays off, but it’s an admirable endeavor.
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” – Ghandi
The love song of an extinct cricket that lived 165 million years ago has been brought back to life by scientists at the University of Bristol. The song – possibly the most ancient known musical song documented to date – was reconstructed from microscopic wing features on a fossil discovered in North East China. It allows us to listen to one of the sounds that would have been heard by dinosaurs and other creatures roaming Jurassic forests at night.
Macau, China – Just announced to the cast and crew of the Cirque Du Soleil show Zaia that it is closing in Macau and last performance date will be Feb 19, 2012. Official announcements are currently being made by Cirque publicly. Zaia opened as a resident show at the Venetian Macau resort and casino in September 2008.
Email question received:
no problem getting my site to play mp3 files, but what do you do if you’ve got an AAC file that you want people to hear.
Hey there, great question! What I found is that Adobe Flash supports AAC, so you could use a flashplayer to stream your AAC music files. From what I read it appears there are some other players also but they only support internet explorer. I’m assuming that you want your solution to be cross platform. It also looks like Orbis may have some players but you have to purchase them.