a brief history…

ok, so i just realised that i should probs give a brief history of this show since it sort of has one…

about a year ago i wrote another little disaster musical (also stunningly composed by rob) called the flood: a disaster story-obviously about a flood. there will be a third installement in the “disaster trilogy” and likely it will be “THE QUAKE”. but more on that another time…

fast forward to the end of fringe 2009 and rob and get talking and talking seriously about writing even more towards the traditional american musical theatre model but with a country and pop flavour. early 2010 there is a draft and we’re talking music. ideas are out there-floating through the frozen prairie winter. spring springs and i have the opportunity to be a part of a playwright’s circle specifically for fringe playwrights with chris craddock. you know him! he’s a bit of a star. (if you don’t check this out). so i spent 6 weeks in edmonton writing a new draft a week, drinking a lot, getting to know 6 other awesome playwrights and really clarifying what this play was about and what the aesthetic of the show was. at some point i started to feel a little weighed down by unhappiness and i was losing excitement in the show. rob was doing fantastic work and i just couldn’t keep up with him. one day, near the end of the circle i decided in a fit of insanity that the tornado! should be a puppet show and then that happened… a puppet show was born. there were arguments and discussions and a day’s worth of text messaging of people trying to convince me either way. i got pretty hooked on the idea and basically poo-poo’ed any naysayer. mid-june there was a reading directed by ron jenkins and staring 4 really excellent actors and the puppet idea became pretty cemented in my mind as the right idea!

and now we’re rehearsing. puppets are made, posters are printed. the show opens a week tomorrow and we’ve had audiences and will have more opening and we’re in good shape. i had a little cry in rehearsal the other day because i felt so happy about where the show was going.

i don’t know what audiences or critics will think and i can’t tell you what think about it but i know what i want you to think…

so yeah…

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