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Kevin Moore, Producing Artistic Director

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Dayton, Ohio 45402

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MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS FESTIVAL

The Human Race's Musical Theatre Workshops program is designed to develop original musicals, to provide an avenue for that very important "second production" and to encourage appreciation of rarely produced musicals. Through a process of residencies, workshops and staged readings, The Human Race not only contributes to the art form, but builds an audience for the new musical.

Three days in August; three exciting new musicals

MTW logoDani GirlRed-Blooded, All-American Man35mm

The Human Race Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals, is pleased to announce the line-up for its 2012 Festival of New Musicals – presented at The Loft Theatre, August 3-5, 2012. This marks The Human Race's fifth annual festival that showcases musicals in development, and the second year of including a new work from Encore Theater Company.

Human Race Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore has selected two musicals that he says, "are very close to my heart." The first is Dani Girl, a beautiful, touching and unexpectedly humorous story of a 9-year old girl battling leukemia. Her incredible imagination takes her on a fantastical quest to get her hair back when she loses it to chemotherapy. With the help of a fellow patient, 10 year-old Marty, and her imaginary friend, Raph, she confronts "Cancer" and asks him, "Why?"

Created by the award-winning team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, the show has been developed in a number of festivals, including the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the Kennedy Center and the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop, and productions in Canada and Australia. Michael and Christopher have received the much-coveted Jonathan Larson Award, and most recently became the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award presented by the ASCAP Foundation.

"The show is a tribute to the children and families dealing with serious medical issues," said Moore. It is neither a weepy melodrama nor a bleak tragedy, but a spiritual journey accompanied by an upbeat, contemporary score that evokes feelings of hope and joy. It is not to be missed!

The second musical in the festival brings back a native Daytonian and Human Race alumnus, Todd Lawson. Together with his writing partner, Carter Anne McGowan, and the music of New Orleans rock n' roll band Cowboy Mouth, they have created Red-Blooded, All-American Man.

Tucker, our main guy, has a beautiful fiancée and a good job – but he's not happy. His mind wanders - with the help of the rock band he has in his head that comments on everything.

Sometimes, getting everything you wish for is not as great as one imagines.

Originally workshopped at the Penobscot Theatre Company's Northern Writes New Play Festival, this "coming-of-age" musical "is sure to connect with our new musical audience," said Moore. "And we are equally thrilled to be working with Todd again." (Todd appeared in Three Days of Rain and most recently in The Vertical Hour—both directed by Marsha Hanna.)

Encore Theater Company will present 35MM: Musical Exhibition. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but what about a song? Can one picture inspire a song? How about fifteen photos? In 35MM, each photo creates a different song completely disconnected from the other creating fifteen different and unique moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. This stunning new multimedia musical explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre. With music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver (Composer of Disney Theatricals' upcoming stage musical Freaky Friday) and the contemporary photography of Matthew Murphy, this intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Center Stage, or click the BUY NOW! links below to purchase online.

The 2012 Festival of New Musicals is sponsored by The Producers' Circle and The Dramatists Guild of America.

Festival Production Photos

 

Dani Girl

 

Dani Girl

Pictured: Abby E. Cates and Brendan Murphy Plate

Dani Girl

Pictured: Abby E. Cates, Jamie Cordes and Brendan Murphy Plate

Dani Girl

Pictured: Katie Pees, Jamie Cordes and Abby E. Cates

Dani Girl

Pictured: Abby E. Cates and Jamie Cordes

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

 

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

Pictured: Sara Mackie, Todd Lawson, and Scott Stoney with band members Allison Kelly, Kevin Anderson and Jay Brunner

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

Pictured: Todd Lawson with band members Allison Kelly, Kevin Anderson and Jay Brunner

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

Pictured: Scott Stoney, Sara Mackie, Amy Leigh, Todd Lawson and Paige Dobkins with band members Allison Kelly, Kevin Anderson and Jay Brunner

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

Pictured: Amy Leigh and Todd Lawson

Photos: Scott J. Kimmins

 

Festival Performance Schedule

Friday, August 3

6:00 p.m.

Kick-Off Reception

The Loft Lobby

 

7:00 p.m.

Dani Girl

The Loft Theatre

 

10:00 p.m.

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

The Loft Theatre

 

Saturday, August 4

12:30 p.m.

Meet The Writers

The Loft Lobby

2:00 p.m.

Dani Girl

The Loft Theatre

 

7:00 p.m.

35 MM: Musical Exhibition

The Loft Theatre

 

Sunday, August 5

2:00 p.m.

35 MM: Musical Exhibition

The Loft Theatre

 

7:00 p.m.

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

The Loft Theatre

 

 

Wrap-Up Party

The Loft Lobby

 

Festival Company Members

Dani Girl

CAST

Dani
Abby E. Cates

Marty
Brendan Plate

Raph/Cancer/God/Father
Jamie Cordes*+

Mother
Katie Pees*+

CREATIVE TEAM

Music
Michael Kooman

Book and Lyrics
Christopher Dimond

Director
Marya Spring Cordes

Music Director
Scot Woolley+

Red-Blooded, All-American Man

CAST

Tucker
Todd Lawson*

Jenny
Amy Leigh

The Fantasy Girl/Mimi
Paige Dobkins

The Utility Man
Scott Stoney*+

The Utility Woman
Sara Mackie*

THE BAND

EZ Chair
Jay Brunner

Emo
Allison Kelly

The Frat Boy
Kevin Anderson

CREATIVE TEAM

Book
Todd Lawson and Carter Anne McGowan

Music and Lyrics
Cowboy Mouth

Director
Kevin Moore+

Music Director
Jay Brunner

Vocal Director
Scott Stoney+

 

35MM: Musical Exhibition

CAST

Woman 1, Image 1, Nightmare, the Lover, Cantus, Watcher, Soprano, Betsy, Nightwalker, Lonely, Jessy, and Chorus
Elizabeth Wellman

Woman 2, Photographer, Nightmare, the Broad, Altus, She, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alto, Lindsay, and the Balladeer
Melissa Hall

Man 1, Image, the Idle Boy, Tenor,
His Savior, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alex, A Friend of Jules and Jessy’s, and Chorus

Drew Bowen

Man 2, Image, Nightmare, the Manny,
Bassus, the Sinner, Watcher, the Cajun,
Bass, Jay, Her Mister, Jules, and Chorus

Zachary Jordan Steele

Man 3, Image, Nightmare, the Long-
Tethered Knight, He, Watcher, Ben, Radio,
and Chorus

Mathys Herbert

THE BAND

Guitar
Zachary Jordan Steele

Piano
Amy Gray

Cello
Melissa Hall

Bass
Allison Kelly

Percussion
Jeremy King

CREATIVE TEAM

Music and Lyrics
Ryan Scott Oliver

Photography
Matthew Murphy

Director
David Brush

Music Director
Zachary Jordan Steele

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

+Human Race Theatre Company Resident Artist

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