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Grease is the Word!

Nic Ecker, Guest Director for DreamWrights’ summer teen musical, Grease, sat down with DreamWrighters to answer some questions.

2015 DreamWrights Grease Group

DW: What attracted you to direct this production?

NE: This show is actually part of my internship at Shippensburg University.  Since I am a theatre major, I needed to have a senior showcase that demonstrates what I want to do in the future.  Directing this show was a great outlet for just that, since I eventually want to direct theatre shows when I get out of college.  Also, I have been in a production of Grease in high school and am very familiar with the show.  I love the music and it’s always a crowd favorite.

DW: How many people are involved and what is the age range?

NE: We have a cast of around twenty, with ages ranging from fifteen to twenty-two.  We also have a great crew made up also of teens and young adults.

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DW: What is the most challenging part of bringing this story to life?

NE: Since this is my first show full-time directing, I am always a little nervous about pulling everything together, but I have a great staff behind be in every action I do.  I’ve worked in all-student productions before, which I always thought was going to be hard prior to being on staff.  But, I quickly realized if you give them respect, they reciprocate that tenfold.  At the end of the day, it’s a very rewarding process being a director, seeing all the hard work you’ve put in being reflected on stage.

DW: Why should people come to see this show?

As I’ve said before, this is a completely teen and young adult production of Grease, which shows how much talent we have coming through the woodwork.  Our cast and crew are extremely talented and I’m so proud of all they have done so far.  This show is also my directorial debut, so if one day I become famous, then the audience can say they saw my first show that started it all! (ha ha) And also, it’s Grease! Everyone loves Grease and it’s always a good time for both the audience and the cast to be a part of it.  The music is iconic and the characters are classic.  Everyone should come out to experience a trip down memory lane!

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DW: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am going to be a senior at Shippensburg University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and minoring in theatre, music, and communications / journalism.  I am very active in the band programs at Ship, being a member of the marching band, jazz band, and concert band.  Next year, I will be section leader of the trumpets for marching band.  I am also a member of Ship’s theatre group Act V.  Last year, I assistant directed our production of Death of a Salesman and was just the music director of The Addams Family in the spring.  I have been acting in shows since I was in seventh grade, but, in recent years, I have found my calling being on staff.  I have so much love for music and the arts that I can’t image my life without it!

 

Singing in the Rain…Forest

 

Would you … like to spend two weeks in a Rainforest this summer?

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Would you … like to be a singing three toed Sloth named Sylvia or Simian?

Would you … like to be Tilly or Terrence the dancing Tree Frogs?

Would you … like to be Emily or Ernie the Emerald Boa Constrictor?

Would you … like to be Bernice or Barney Butterfly,  Tara or Tyler Toucan, Camilla or Carlton Cock of the Rock, Mazy or Max Monkey?DSC_0933-1

Would you … like to have enough money to buy anything you want?DSC_0944-1

Would you … like to work for the above very wealthy person?

Would you … like to be the child of the above very wealthy person?

If you have answered yes to any of the above DreamWrights has an opportunity for you!  Our Playwright in Residence has researched and written a brand new Musical for this summers Production Camp.   It is called SINGING IN THE RAIN … FOREST.DSC_0941-1

This exciting story takes us deep into the Rainforest of Central America.  We meet some of the native animal population who live in total harmony with each other and their surroundings … until the humans arrive.  The active chatter, singing, rustling, that is the norm, falls immediately silent.  People have been here before.  The animals have learned to be afraid.

Mrs. Doloarz, a wealthy destination resort investor, her entourage and her small child arrive and she says/sings … “I can see It!”  We can’t tell you anymore without ruining the story.

So you have two choices.  ONE – If you are between the ages of 7 and 17 you can register for DreamWrights’ Musical Production Camp #11, which runs from June 29 thru July 11.  If you have never been part of a premiere production before it is very exciting to bring a show to life for the very first time.   TWO – You can come and see this Brand New Show!  There will be two public performances July 10 at 6:30, and July 11 at 2:30.

For information, registration, or tickets call 848-8623 ex.1 or go to our www.DreamWrights.org.  DreamWrights also has 21 other, equally exciting, Summer Theatre Camp opportunities available on our website.  Camps run from June 22 – August 14.

 

You Could Be Part of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Summers are a busy time at DreamWrights.  The theatre is always bustling, with camps and shows nearly every daylight hour and many of the evening ones.  Theatre Under the Trees is my contribution to that activity and I’m very excited about this year’s show: Twelfth Night.  Twelfth Night tells the story of shipwrecked twins, focusing on Viola as she searches for a safe haven and falls in love with the Duke Orsino, who she has come to work for.  Viola finds herself disguised as a boy, running errands for Orsino, trying to convince the Lady Olivia that Olivia should listen to Orsino’s pleas of love, when Orsino’s love is what Viola wants to reserve for herself.  Once you mix in the other members of Olivia’s household:  her cousin, his gullible friend, the steward, servants and Feste, the fool, who sings both merry and melancholy tunes for both Lord and Lady, you get a play that catapults you from one silliness to the next.

Twelfth Night may well be my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays to direct.  The story is straightforward, there aren’t a lot of extraneous characters and the mischief and misunderstandings have so much comic potential.

If you aren’t familiar with Theatre Under The Trees, we are a touring show, taking our performances to local parks.  It’s really a wonderful way to spend a summer evening.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m.  Ages 7-Adult may audition, and there is no advance preparation required. We need actors, singers, musicians and crew. Performances will be held July 24th through August 2nd.  Check the DreamWrights website for locations.

Michelle Denise Norton

Founder and Director, Theatre Under The Trees