[title of show]

26 Apr

ImageIt’s funny we should write a post entitled Hot Hot Hot Halifax on Sunday, only to be continually inspired by local artists this week! In an age where arts education is being slashed, arts funding is hugely lacking, and reality TV rules, it’s nice to see amazing talent hard at work. This week I’ve connected with a talented film/TV actor who is writing his own show and producing his own tour; a visual artist who has been awarded grants for study/work/create abroad, and read an article a friend wrote for a magazine. I also chatted with another actor/musician/producer friend, whose new company Theatre Speak is producing [title of show] an original broadway musical this weekend at the North Street Church.

[title of show] is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show’s production.

The plot/story of the show itself very much echoes my thoughts lately on artists and supporting those who are creating for us (both our enjoyment and for our future!). Theatre Speak is dedicated to providing work to up and coming theatre artists, with an emphasis on musical theatre. Once again, here are young artists creating the work they need – it’s so inspiring to me and gives me hope in such a confusing, busy and vapid world. That is a sentiment I can get behind! And man I love me some musical theatre…
[title of show] only has five performances, so I highly encourage you to get out this weekend and check out an exciting musical theatre production with a tight creative and performance team! North Street Church Friday night at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 8pm. Support your local theatre scene!

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