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Today, we canceled our opening due to weather, but we wont let that stop us. These things do happen.
We will be opening tomorrow at 3:30 this exciting event at Holstein Park! Come out and see what magic can unfold in the park!
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NWaC will be performing a mini musical: The Big Bad Spooktacular at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce’s “Spooktacular” celebration. Performances of The Big Bad Spooktacular will be located at the North East corner of Clark and Belden at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm on October 30th, 2010.
A superhero, witch, and a unicycling mime bring cheer to the citizens of Chicago! However, a villain known only as The Big Bad Spooktacular plans to wreak havoc and take over the city. It’s up to our rag-tag group of hero’s to join up, take down The Big Bad, and restore peace to the Chicagoland area – all in time for Halloween!
Check out http://clarkstreetssa.org/spooky.htm
The Big Bad Spooktacular
Written by Ike Holter, Co-Associate Artistic Director
Directed by Anna Rose Epstein, Artistic Director
Featuring: Patty Corcoran as The Big Bad Spooktacular.
Dustin Valenta as Capt. Amazing
Danni Parpan as Mystical Mary
David Seeber as Creeper
And the mightiest of ensembles!
Our first week of rehearsals for Gaming: The Role-playing Musical has gone off with a BANG! The cast is full of energy and hilarious. We are definitely working hard with a side of extreme laughter.
As a playwright I have never “work-shopped” a piece before. I didn’t and still really don’t completely understand what work-shopping really means. So far I gather that it’s about being able to listen to the piece out loud to hear if the words fit together in an understandable way. Then making changes if it’s not, which is not an easy task. What I hear in my head while writing may not be the way the actor interprets those words. Thus, the mood may change. It’s about taking what the actor is giving me and making it as clear as I can on the pages to not disrupt the flow I am ultimately looking for.
Here’s where it becomes even more difficult. I am not a musician by any means, nor am I a singer. When writing this musical I had an idea of how some of the songs may go: jazzy, rap, classic musical theatre, and more. But alas, I had no actual written music for the actors; just me with my nerves and cracking voice trying to sing it to them. I should be getting a composer in the next few weeks to work out the music; however, I hope she is as patient with me as the actors are.
I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. The actors have inspired me to take this piece beyond limitations. They have challenged me and brought things to the table (pun intended) that I could have never thought possible. The support from the director, SM, dramaturge, and associate artistic director has lifted Gaming to its knees and they are teaching it to crawl. I cannot begin to express the amount of appreciation I have for everyone involved.
I want you to come with me, the cast, and crew on this journey. See the sneak-peak of Gaming: the Role-playing Musical on Sunday August 22nd @ noon @ Mary Arrchie’s Abbie Fest XXII @ Angle Island, 635 W. Sheridan Road Chicago IL. Go to www.maryarrchie.com for more info on Abbie Fest or check out our Facebook event page.