Unchained Melodies
February 13, 2021 at 6:30PM MST
Conceived and Directed by Kirsten Lang
In celebration of Black History Month, Unchained Melodies explores the deep connection between Black history, Black identity, and the invention of several musical genres still popular today. Join us as we follow the spirituals and gospel music created by African slaves and trace their evolution into Blues and Jazz.
Rashard Myles, Ernesto Hodison Jr., John Grant Tolbert III, Noel Ginyard, Yeremiya Wright, Rayna Johnson, Chelsea Renae Anderson, Raymond McCray, Rayna Johnson, Kimberly Lawson, Chloe Pearson, Zadia Hardy, and Julian Broughton
New Musical Monday: Volume 1
February 15, 2021
NextStage Virtual Studio
SIREN'S DEN by Rori Nogee
GARFELD by Teddy Grey
NextStage features 3 dynamic new musicals with a special cabaret series. Each installment of this series features 2-4 songs from each show performed by a talent pool of hundreds of marvelous singers from all over the globe. Volume 1 of NNM showcases "Siren's Den" a vibrant rock musical, "Garfeld: The Musical" a hilarious and irreverent Garfield parody show, and "The Amazing River Parade" a contemporary musical about high school graduates coping with the transition to "real life"
CAST: Angelica Rivera, Rose Van Dyne, Kaley O'Neill, Struan Davidson, Abby Hazlett, Lukas Baeskow, Amelia Merriman, Gryphyn Karimloo, Jessica Swanson, Eli Gonzalez, Allison J Parker, Caleb Cabiness, and Omar Mulero.
Little Shop of Horrors
April 1-4, 2021
NextStage Virtual Studio
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Les Miserables: School Edition
April 8+10, 2021
NextStage Virtual Studio
Directed by Jessica Swanson
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
21 For '21
May 2021
Conceived by Kaleb Dufrene
21 for ‘21 is a 21 hour play festival reserved specifically for actors in the graduating class of 2021. This online event will also feature original music written and performed by talented graduates from all around the globe.
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