Monday, February 2, 2009

Putting It Together & How: First Draft Reading!

Late this afternoon, the entire writing crew gathered at 161 Chrystie and got their creative groove on.  The musical mojo was on display as all nine teams presented their scenes and songs, written in only two mad-cap, sleep-deprived days.  Without getting into detail, we will venture to say that with eighteen voices like these, this show will offer a lot of something to everyone.  With only two chances to see this totally unique musical event, don't dawdle, dither, or dilly dally - buy your tickets to Project Footlight today!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Writers Get Writing

On Friday night, the Project Footlight team announced the theme to this year's writers and their roles and pairings.  On Saturday morning, we all came together to collectively brainstorm (and freak out!).  Then we figured out how much creative talent had gathered in the room and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.  We did some yoga poses (and by "do" we mean "eat," and by "yoga poses" we mean "donuts") and got to work. On Monday night, the writers will share their first drafts with the directors, and then we'll be off to the races.

And (prototypical drumroll please), this year's Project Footlight teams are...
  • Will Aronson : David Hilder
  • Melissa Li : Leslie Kramer
  • Mitch Kess : Pia Wilson
  • Ken McCarthy : Scott Ritter
  • Alan Cancelino : Owen Robertson
  • Mark Weiser : Michael Maiello
  • Jeffrey Smith : Rachel Rubin Ladutke
  • Brad Howell-Houghton : Daria Polatin
  • Adam Cohen : Noel Katz

The Project Gets Moving: Our Choreographer

Project Footlight is bursting with enthusiasm for Luis Salgado who joins the festival as our choreographer.  Luis is the Latin assistant choreographer and cast member of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights.  He has performed in and choreographed for many other shows and films, including The Mambo Kings, Enchanted, and the new musical Shakira the White Girl.  Luis is also the founder/director of R.Evolucion Latina, a non-profit arts organization. Alison Solomon, who has performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, and Serenade, and choreographed SWING!, will work with Luis as the assistant choreographer.