It's not often that theatre students collaborate with a professional playwriting team to develop a new musical production. 新音乐剧工作坊, 密利金大学戏剧与舞蹈学院, 将合作的过程推进到下一步, a step where students get insider access to writing and finessing works for the musical stage.
2017年迎来10周年, Millikin's 新音乐剧车间 provides different experiences, 风格, 方法, experiments and people with which to collaborate every year. This year is no exception as Millikin students worked with the playwriting team of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor.
"We know from alums that the relationships developed in the workshops carry over into opportunities in their professional careers,洛莉·贝尔斯说, BG集团戏剧与舞蹈副教授. "Students are often called by our writing partners to help further develop material because of the partnership experiences garnered through the 新音乐剧车间."
The workshop provides professional writers with a laboratory environment where they can use the talents, skills and resources that Millikin theatre students and faculty have to offer. Millikin students have the opportunity to serves as actors, 生产经理, 舞台经理, 董事, 伴奏者, 教练和学徒剧作家.
This year's cohort workshopped Carner and Gregor's "Unlock'd" and "Island Song.“解锁”在一月一日的一次公开展览中展出. 23岁，在密利金校区的卡欧珀厅. "Island Song" garnered five MAC-nominated songs and was being workshopped for licensing. "Unlock'd" was produced off-Broadway at the Duke Theater in summer 2013 and was being workshopped for a large production in Houston, 德州, 在2018年初.
"The format of the workshop meets all professional standards and expectations in the development of new musicals,”包说. "In this workshop the students put into practice all curricular objectives. The theory and technique get 'real-life' practice in a room with professional third party stake holders. The end result is a symbiotic relationship; artists collaborating with artists to develop new art."
新音乐剧工作坊 was first developed and piloted by Lori Bales with musical direction by Kevin Long, 艺术家在Millikin, in 2007 after Bales attended the National Alliance for Musical 剧院's (NAMT) annual conference. NAMT is a service organization whose mission is to support the development of new musicals; Millikin has been a member since 2004.
"Working with professionals provides students with a stronger sense of confidence and assurance that Millikin has prepared them for professional success,“长说. "This impacts their technique in that they have a greater understanding of the relationship between the music and the written text with a deeper, 更复杂的角度来看."
It's a process that's always changing and it keeps you on your toes. 机会是无限的，这令人兴奋.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, this year's cohort hosted a "Silver and Gold Cabaret" on Jan. 22号，在卡欧珀厅. The cabaret featured material from Carner and Gregor's "Island Song" and student writers as well as honored the collected works of Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond. Kooman and Dimond are the first solo writing team to develop a new musical with the workshop, and received the first developmental production on Millikin's School of 剧院 and 跳舞 mainstage production season.
Seventeen students took part in this year's 新音乐剧车间, 15 were cast members and two were 舞台经理/production assistants.
"I like to refer to the workshop as a living thing; the show is constantly evolving and changing,艾利森·阿特金森说, 来自帕洛斯公园音乐剧专业的大四学生, 生病了. "Having the opportunity to collaborate with these writers that are so open to seeing their work change is eye-opening. To potentially be part of a show that might go to Broadway is incredible."
杰克瓦格纳, 达拉斯戏剧专业的大四学生, 德州, says the 新音乐剧车间 is a stepping stone to bigger things. "We get to come in everyday and give a hundred percent for someone else's work, 从职业道德角度来说，这更有价值. It forces us to live in adaptability and it falls back on Millikin's overall statement of Performance Learning,瓦格纳说:“.
As a stage manager, Elizabeth Pillow, a junior theatre major from Evansville, Ind., says the workshop is more rigorous than any other production she has worked on. “它带来了全新的挑战. It's a process that's always changing and it keeps you on your toes. 机会是无限的，这令人兴奋," Pillow said.
Previous workshop collaborations over the past 10 years include: "An Evening with Andrew Lippa" in 1月 2014, 2013年11月，Adam Gwon和Sarah Hammond的《BG集团》, "Getting There" by Ben Morss and Les Hunter in 1月 2011, and "Golden Gate" by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond in spring 2011.
"We are so honored to make the acquaintance of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor,”包说. "We've been hoping to work with them for years as well as have the opportunity to bring back Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond. Our professional partners have been extraordinary artists and we feel so blessed to have worked with them all."
山姆·卡恩指出, “这总是一件美妙的事情, 作为一个作家, when you are given the opportunity to develop a production, 密利金非常慷慨地给了BG大游集团首页这个机会."