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.

Even the successful 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 we had a project selected as a finalist for RAVE in NYC. April Alsup and her new 90 minute version of WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) the Musical had made the short list 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 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 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!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre actor, Nicki Runge is Shirley Valentine.

"Shirley Valentine" is an award-winning one character play(1986) by Willy Russell adapted from his original comedy-drama. The one woman show in American Sign Language portrays a deaf middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife. What can you do when you realize that you’ve hit middle age, and your life has been shaped by choices made by everyone except you? As Shirley prepares chips and egg for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to reconnect with romance and adventure. Ultimately, Shirley goes on her adventure and something wonderful happens to her life.

Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre actor, Nicki Runge is Shirley Valentine. Rocky Mountain Deaf Theater is touring Europe and the United States with "Shirley Valentine" and Six Women In Search of the Perfect Play, also a one woman show with Ms Runge. Besides acting, Ms Runge is Creative Director of Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre, teaches drama and American Sign Language for preschool through adult students. The show is scheduled for Thursday April 24 through April 27 at the Crossroads Theatre in Denver, Colorado and sponsored by the Performing Arts Project.