Monday, July 17, 2006

Many Foothillians out in the world: The Gilded

Reynaldi Lolong from The Encore Theatre Company kindly informs me that many a Foothill alum is involved in his next project:
The Gilded is a completely, 100%, no-source-material original musical about a nomadic troupe of actors, their reluctant yet controlling leader Lisette, and Tobias, an adventurous young writer they meet who becomes caught up in their world.

Lisette and Tobias are played Heather Orth (formerly a member of the Foothill Conservatory, and also seen as Nurse Schott in Urinetown), and Tobias is played by Sean O'Connor (who played another Tobias in Sweeney Todd, also the ensemble of Brigadoon and Annie Get Your Gun).

The reading is being developed and directed by Jaime Martinez, a graduate of Foothill, who has been Jay's assistant director on Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, and Brigadoon. He's also the artistic mind behind the bunnies of Urinetown, the caricature of Bobby at the end of Urinetown, and he's drawing the show posters that are being used in the set of AGYG.

A full cast list, synopsis, and sound clips can be found at - and there's even a blog, charting the adventure of building a new musical from scratch. Readings will be held August 7 and 9, we'll take audience feedback, do rewrites, and do a revised version on September 10 and 11. Admission is free, but space is limited - contact if you'd like to attend.

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