The Right Note -- a new musical

The Right Note -- a new musical

From Spare Stage

We are producing a concert performance workshop of THE RIGHT NOTE, a new musical by Jerome Joseph Gentes and Rice Majors inspired by Twelfth Night, re-imagined for a modern day singing competition.

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Update #2

5 months ago

How very very exciting! Sheela Ramesh will be joining our creative team as the Music Director! We are thrilled to be adding her to our production and look forward to collaborating on the vision for the workshop performances. Thanks you to everyone who has donated! We have 25 days left, and $2,160 to reach our first go/no-go funding goal of $3,000. I know we can get there with your help.

Sheela Ramesh is a music director, composer, arranger/orchestrator, and performer. Other Bay Area credits include musical direction of eight short musicals for Musical Cafe in its Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 showcases of new musical theater, original music for Inferno Theatre's 2017 production of Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she also played the role of Peasblossom, and additional orchestrations for Youth Musical Theater Company's upcoming Summer 2018 production of Parade. Sheela received her training as a singer at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and the Royal College of Music (PgDip). She has performed in musical theater and opera with companies in New York, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and London. Sheela also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (BS, Carnegie Mellon; MSc, University College London) and law (JD, Yale Law School). Sheela currently lives in Taipei with her husband and is excited to return to the Bay Area in mid-2018 to begin working on The Right Note.

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Spare Stage is thrilled to be providing a significant development opportunity for this fantastic new musical. We had a very successful reading of the work in May 2017 with terrific feedback from attendees. In 2018 we will be workshopping the musical via six concert performances. Performers will be off book with light blocking and some minor production elements. We'll perform three concerts and provide Jerome and Rice an opportunity to incorporate some feedback before presenting the work again for another three performances.  Our hope is that the resulting revisions will help get this musical production-ready. The reality is that ticket sales will only cover about 30-40% of the budget and we need at least half of the budget available before we ever sell a ticket.

As we refresh our programming after a hiatus or two, Spare Stage operates on an annual budget so small that we simply don't qualify for most small grants out there.  So we're coming to you for help.

About the Musical

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is updated to our contemporary world, where the major characters compete in a singing reality TV show called The Right Note. At the start of the play, eliminations are down to eight contestants. The upcoming live TV episode will feature “Dynamic Duets,” during which the remaining contestants believe they will be able to pick their singing partners. One contestant has gone missing, though, and his twin sister takes his place during the dress rehearsal to keep him from being eliminated by default.

"I had the pleasure of directing a 20-minute excerpt of this play in January 2016, and fell in love with the concept and really wanted to give Jerome and Rice an opportunity to help them develop the work and get it ready for the next level," says Laylah, Spare Stage's Artistic Director, of The Right Note. "After the reading in May, I am more convinced than ever that they have a viable concept that will be enthusiastically received."

This new musical adaptation of Twelfth Night with a diverse cast of characters and terrific music deftly balances the whimsy inherent in this familiar mistaken-identity plot and inclusionary romance, with a nod to current popular culture -- all of which is supported by well-crafted text and an engaging musical score.

"I'm deeply grateful to Spare Stage and to the wonderful cast that is helping us hear the ENTIRE script& score in combination for the first time." Rice Majors (composer & lyricist) said of the private reading we held in May.

What Your Donations Will Help Pay For

Venue - we will be renting a 50-60 seat theatre space for a six performance run, in addition to the rehearsal space rentals for the four to five weeks prior

Cast and Production Team - we pay stipends to all of our actors, designers, the creatives, music director, technicians, and stagehands

Musicians! - we'll be hiring a three piece band to play the music live at each performance

Props & costumes - there will be some minimal costuming and prop elements used during the performances

About Spare Stage

Spare Stage produces plays that provide a dynamic balance between actor, director, and playwright. We favor eloquent language and elegant simplicity in staging. We nurture creative ensemble, and invite you to join us in exploring complex ideas on a Spare Stage.

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Spare Stage posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #2

How very very exciting! Sheela Ramesh will be joining our creative team as the Music Director! We are thrilled to be adding her to our production and look forward to collaborating on the vision for the workshop performances. Thanks you to everyone who has donated! We have 25 days left, and $2,160 to reach our first go/no-go funding goal of $3,000. I know we can get there with your help.

Sheela Ramesh is a music director, composer, arranger/orchestrator, and performer. Other Bay Area credits include musical direction of eight short musicals for Musical Cafe in its Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 showcases of new musical theater, original music for Inferno Theatre's 2017 production of Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she also played the role of Peasblossom, and additional orchestrations for Youth Musical Theater Company's upcoming Summer 2018 production of Parade. Sheela received her training as a singer at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and the Royal College of Music (PgDip). She has performed in musical theater and opera with companies in New York, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and London. Sheela also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (BS, Carnegie Mellon; MSc, University College London) and law (JD, Yale Law School). Sheela currently lives in Taipei with her husband and is excited to return to the Bay Area in mid-2018 to begin working on The Right Note.

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Spare Stage posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #1

Thank you John Masselli for your generosity and support! This starts us of excellently!

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