New theatre work benefits greatly from the workshop process which helps to recognise and overcome obstacles. Overall it creates a more engaging and enriching experience of the show.
POST is the first musical and major work of writer, musician and lyricist A. J. Ridefelt. It tells an important story about self-deception and media manipulation in times of crisis. The first draft of the script was complete in November 2013 and was performed as a read through with all musical numbers. After receiving great praise and essential feedback, the show has gone through a period of restructuring and is now ready for a professional workshop and production.
Gilthrum, an isolated village by the mountains, relies solely on a weekly postal service. When villagers receive news of a plague they suspect that the Postman has constructed an elaborate con.
In this small, God-fearing community the young people are restless to live a life free from restriction and responsibility. Among them the Seamstress’s daughter, Seela plans to leave, but as rumours of the scandal circulate, she is delayed by her fondness for the Postman. Under the guidance of their Mayor, the villagers unite to exact revenge and Gilthrum falls into chaos.
After the recording has been edited, an application for the show will be put forward to the ASCAP New Music Theatre workshop hosted by VCA. Applications for the new musical workshop hosted by VCA close on the 14th of August 2017.
This will give us the opportunity to have feedback and mentorship from a panel of theatre professionals including Broadway lyricist and musician Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). With the results of this application, rehearsals will commence around late October 2017 for the mid February 2018 workshop.
Donations will help to cover some of these costs:
Venue Hire – $494
Recording Studio & Editing – $1,100
Pianist – $1,300
Audition Admin Support – $450