BACKSTORY YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
We are so excited to announce the launch of our adult program: WELLSPRING! Wellspring is not traditional community theatre, it is an opportunity to share in the joys and commiserate the flops of life in the theatre world. We want to create space to build each other up, develop new ideas, and create intentional space for emerging voices and diverse experiences and stories to be told.
Our first production through Wellspring is
THERE WILL BE LIGHT
This exceptional new musical was written and composed by Preston Adams with additional composing and musical support from Kelly Bidstrup-Graham. The production and directing team is comprised of strong, creative women. "There Will Be Light" is about a black teen, named Max, who falls in love with Ethan, a boy at their small-town high school, and the subsequent events that threaten to tear them and their community apart. For our families with younger children, please note, this is a modern, belting show with dramatic approach and challenging topics including religion, LGBTQIA+, race, and suicide which will not be appropriate for our students under age 13. Auditions are currently open and accepting video submissions through January 18th at 5pm. Ages 16+ are welcome to submit (parental permission will be required under age 18) for primarily ensemble roles of teachers, townspeople, and students. All ages (16+), genders, and identities are encouraged to audition!
Thank you to our amazing fall cast, directing team, and volunteers for Seussical: The Musical! Our licensing agent, MTI, was not able to provide a streaming license for our production but we had a heck of a lot of fun, learning, and experience-building during our process! We were able to capture an archival recording of rehearsal to view as a cast and we were delighted to meet (virtually) with over 120 students at Emerald and Kohl elementary schools to talk about making theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic!
We believe community is enriched by theatre and we are grateful for the many supporting community members who have supported us through this challenging time. If you would like to help; please visit COGives to support continued theatre outreach and education all year round!