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