Sunday, October 18, 2020

Music theater and the new COVID-normal

This year has been really hard for the Colorado theater community. We've all had to accept a whole new way of working with each other. I think a lot of us were reluctant to embrace collaboration technologies at first, but eventually we had to adapt to the new COVID-normal.

WYSIWYG the MusicalApril Alsup in Portland Airport

Naturally, the Denver-based show (WYSIWYG the Musical) was not immune. The team was planning a full year of shows at various venues and festivals across the country, but the cancellations started pouring in. Eventually, the disappointments turned into opportunity when they decided it was time to adapt to the new online format. To become COVID-friendly the show retooled its rehearsal processes and physical scenes were transitioned to one-to-one device apps, online therapy sessions and happy hour groups. A new soundtrack was created and the rehearsal materials are available from the WYSIWYG website

WYSIWYG (WIZ-ee-wig) is a contemporary Musical created by award-winning composer April Alsup. Far from the gender bending stories we’ve come to know, her characters find living day-to-day to be hard, lonely and heartbreaking, so they go online to live out their dreams and escape the harsh realities of the world.

Monday, June 15, 2020

PAP project makes final cut for RAVE Theater Festival in NYC

Earlier in the year our WYSIWYG team made the short list for RAVE in NYC. April Alsup and her new 90 minute version of WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) the Musical was selected for the celebrated festival and had already started lining up the Manhattan talent and production team when she received the news that the 2020 festival had been canceled.

It wasn't a big surprise though with the pandemic; of course, everyone here at the Performing Arts Project was excited, but a little nervous too. We all need to be patient, theatre will come back and WYSIWYG will be back on our stages again soon.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is an annual Summer Festival of the Performing Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland. Together with "Festival Fringe" it is a well known theatrical event with some of the best performers in the world and this year one of our Denver project team leaders was able to attend. April Alsup joined the festival for the last week of August and stayed at Edinburgh University graduate school dormitory near old town and the Miracle Mile. 

She was able to attend numerous shows including; Roots, Purposeless Movements, Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, as well as the Night Walk for Edinburgh and the Virgin Atlantic fireworks show. Considering going to the festival in the future? Feel free to reach out to us, we'll help you maximize your festival experience.

Monday, October 1, 2018

WYSIWYG brings home the Green!

Late last month the cast and crew of the Denver based show, WYSIWYG the Musical, was presented with the Greener Planet Award at the 10th Annual Planet Connections Awards Ceremony in New York City. The event took place at the Abrons Art Center in New York City on September 21st, 2018. Glory Kadigan, the festival's founder, presented April Alsup the show's prestigious award while Jay Michaels the publicist for the event greeted the WYSIWYG team when they arrived. A lot of work goes into these things and the Performing Arts Project is glad to have played a small role in bringing this show to our stages...Bravo!
2018 WYSIWYG Cast & Crew
Jess Sotwick, Randy Chalmers, Brandon Bill, April Alsup Thomas Ilalaole, Beki Pineda
(July 2018)

Friday, February 24, 2017

The World Premiere of Sisyphus the Musical

DENVER, COLORADO - The world premiere of Sisyphus the Musical is scheduled for June 9th, 2017 at Aurora Fox Theater (9900 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010), additional performances will continue through the month of June.

The all new work takes a modern twist to the Greek myth of Sisyphus. Sid, an up-and- coming politician is running for mayor of some gritty city somewhere. During a campaign stop he angers the leader (Old Man Zeus) of a small group of homeless people. A confrontation erupts and when the dust settles Sid, now Sisyphus, finds himself under Zeus’ rule in ancient Greece during the Age of Sisyphus.

Sisyphus the Musical is an entertaining portrayal of the paradox between human free will and divine intervention. Sisyphus must accept his role as leader, teach the citizens of Corinth to embrace their free will and their humanity despite the wrath of the gods.

"This project has been a little right brain and a little left brain from the start" said April Alsup, creator of Sisyphus the Musical, "We did a deep dive into Greek mythology, existentialism, predestination and lived to talk about it! Composing music in coalescence with telling a story is where it’s at and music theater lets you get out of the box at every twist and turn”.

Alsup studied music at Marietta College and Peabody Conservatory. While in college she worked as the house pianist on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. After college, she toured with L.A.'s #1 80's band, "The Twisters" and one of Hollywood's most pretentious glam bands "Joshua". More recently, as a member of the Central City Opera board of directors, she helped steer the organization to have a greater emphasis on American music theater. These experiences have influenced her own musical compositions in a most delightful way. 

April Alsup, Brandon Bill, Mary Scott
(November 2016)

The musical is being directed by Brandon Bill with music direction from April Alsup. The book was written by Mary Scott. Auditions are set for March 11th, 2017. 
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Colorado premiere of WYSIWYG (WIZ-ee-wig)

The Colorado premiere of "WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) The Musical" is scheduled for June 6th & 7th (7:30pm), 8th (2pm), 2014 at Crossroads Theater (2590 Washington Street) in the heart of the downtown Renaissance district of Five Points.

WYSIWYG takes a modern twist on gender identity. April, a transgendered woman, is so anxious to live her secret life on the World Wide Web that she cannot enjoy the here and now. While feelings and emotions expressed online are real, they remain hidden and elusive in the cold reality of our day to day world; ironically, she does not fully exist in either world and fears she could die without ever having truly lived.

Each character is drawn to the Internet to satisfy an irresistible urge to unleash their alter ego. Mark, a holistic therapist runs the Gender Identity Center where the characters meet for the first time. He uses various techniques to help the characters find themselves and become more comfortable with who they really are.

“This project has been a labor of love.” said Glenn Alsup, composer of WYSIWYG The Musical, “It’s amazing how creativity flourishes when there is an emotional connection to the subject matter”. The musical is an intensely personal story that creates a pulsing conduit to the issues of self-revelation, love, sex, isolation, alienation and the human comic-drama of interpersonal dilemmas.

Alsup studied music at Marietta College and Peabody Conservatory. While in college he worked as the house pianist on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. After college, he toured with L.A.’s #1 80’s band, “The Twisters” and one of Hollywood’s most pretentious glam bands “Joshua”. More recently, as a member of the Central City Opera board of directors, he helped steer the organization to have a greater emphasis on American Music Theater.

WYSIWYG Original Cast & Crew
Ammon Swofford, Kelly Zick, Blake Nawa'a, Nick Trotter, Drew Bradley, Evan Duggan, Tony Domenick
(April 2014)

The musical is directed by Evan Duggan with music direction from longtime friend Tony Domenick. The cast includes Kelly Zick, Blake Nawa, Drew Bradley and Nick Trotter. Glenn and the cast are committed to this work…they ask us to feel a lot more than we may dare.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Carl Dixon At Jazz At The Point Concert Series At Crossroads Theater

Bringing back the tradition of blues and jazz to a single location in the heart of the historic Five Points, revitalizing the community and providing music education to Denver students. Headliners like Denver's  Carl Dixon, Mary Louise Lee and her quartet combine their talents with Patricia LeBlanc and Denver students to form the community celebration. Jazz at the Point is a monthly concert series featuring local Denver musicians.

Sat, April 12, 2014 8:00 pm - Tickets are $20 online or at the door.