Archive for August, 2008

Casting Complete! (almost)

Posted in General, The Cast on August 22, 2008 by darylfazio

Call-backs last night were a lot of fun. It was my first time hearing actors read much of the text (the department did some serious recruiting last year and should really be proud of the freshman talent it’s attracted in addition to the returning students already making waves here). And, though taken out of context the scenes didn’t make much sense, especially to the kids who hadn’t read the show (I guess we’ll forgive ’em this time), some things already started to come into focus for us–the creators and director.

We’re very pleased with our chosen group, made up of all shapes, sizes, and colors, just like the Ghetto Art School it will bring to life.

Once the students have a chance to accept or turn down their roles over the next few days, we’ll have the list of the first-ever workshop production of POPart, The Musical engraved in 14 karat gold (or at least corrugated cardboard).

Rehearsals start September 14. Stay tuned!

And we’re off!

Posted in General on August 21, 2008 by darylfazio

Last night was the first round of auditions, and there was beaucoup talent and a truckload of exuberant POPart-style energy that lives specifically inside 19 and 20-year-olds. We saw 50+ singers/actors/dancers. And today we posted a call-back list of 20+, which didn’t include the upperclassmen who sent in video auditions from their summer contracts at various regional theatres. We’ll see this group tonight for a couple of hours and assemble a cast.

For this writer, it was a thrill to see budding performers do their thing and to imagine what they’ll be contributing to the shape of POPart. Hearing them read and sing from the show itself tonight triggers the realization that, yep, this musical is about to be a reality.

Thanks to CCU Theatre. And thanks to EVERYONE who auditioned.

Daryl Fazio, Lyricist/Librettist