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On Matters of Casting – Part 1

Let’s talk about the the cast shall we?  As should always be the case, let’s give women pride of place, and begin with them:


How I do love these five women and their individual respective talents!  And they need to be.  In Mr. Kazan’s Book/Lyrics, there are no words that are superfluous. Every phrase and/or line of dialogue distils something about a character, their intent, motivation or emotional standpoint.  To reveal the character written on the page requires actresses (not actors!) who possess both a consumate craft, an innate sense of timing, perception, stillness (usually ignored or underrated in importance) and embodiment of the core of persona in the role being inhabited.  It’s hard!  It’s doubly hard when you’re further working under a reduced rehearsal schedule (only 4 weeks).

What we love about watching these women evolve their characters in the rehearsal room is made more delightful due to the contrast of ingénue roles opposite roles of ‘women of a certain age’ and how those interactions are set up and explored through the narrative and plot.  One of the great things about The Mapmaker’s Opera (both the Musical and the novel by Béa Gonzalez from which it is adapted) is that it has this diversity of roles for women protagonists.

To see what we’re seeing in rehearsal, well, I guess you’ll just have to come along and see the show at The Pearl Theatre Company space, 555 W42nd Street, New York:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

To book tickets, click here and then check out the location of the theatre


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Breaking News: Madeleine Featherby Cast As Sofia Duarte for NYMF Production

Young Australian Performer Maddie Featherby Lives the Dream at NYMF

Maddie FeatherbyRising, young Australian performer Madeleine Featherby has been cast to play the leading role of Sofia Duarte in the new Australian musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera.  The show will premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in July of this year as one of only ten official selections chosen by a Grand Jury of Broadway professionals for full production.

Maddie, who has just turned 23, will be the only Australian performer in an Actors Equity cast of thirteen.  Maddie is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with American performers, most of whom are seasoned Broadway and Off-Broadway actors.

Maddie has just completed an engagement with Victorian Opera, performing in La Traviata.  She will travel to New York on 9 June to begin rehearsals for The Mapmaker’s Opera, which opens Off-Broadway, at The Pearl Theatre Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street, on 9 July.

Stage Whispers LogoThe Mapmaker’s Opera is an original work written by Australians, Kevin Purcell (Music) and Victor Kazan (Book & Lyrics).  Selected from hundreds of submissions worldwide, the show is the first Australian large-scale musical, adapted from a best-selling novel, to appear in the decade old festival.  NYMF, presented in the heart of New York’s theatre district, is the largest, and most prestigious annual Musical Theatre festival in the world. It provides a unique opportunity for writers to have their shows seen by the leading Broadway and professional regional theatre producers.

The Mapmaker’s Opera, adapted from the novel by Béa Gonzalez, is set in 1909, on the eve of the Mexican Revolution.  The story’s young Spanish hero, Diego Clemente arrives on the Yucatán Peninsula to help create a guide to the region’s wild birds. He finds himself in a world that is as precarious as it is beautiful, and where opulent estates are built on the backs of slave labour. Diego meets and falls in love with Sofia, a young woman who longs to be as free as the birds that they both love so dearly. This is a story of star-crossed passion, a pair of mysterious birds and undying love.

“It is a thrill to be taking part in such a prestigious festival, and a privilege to be playing the leading role of Sofia in such an emotional and powerful show,” said Maddie who hails from Melbourne.  And she is delighted to be returning to the Big Apple, having performed at the famous Jazz venue, Birdland, in 2011 with John Bucchino, in his Revue, It’s Only Life.

NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Now celebrating its 11th year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects, nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community, and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.

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With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

NBC_LogoThis is a great piece by NBC’s Carmen Sesín.  Did you know that some of the ancient Mesoamerican languages spoken by Latinos are now considered critically endangered and risk becoming extinct?  Me neither!  And one of those languages – Mam – is a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500.  Did you also know that hundreds of indigenous languages are spoken all over Latin America?  No?  Me neither!

So it is not at all disimilar to our musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera, and one of the major themes of the loss of indigenous flora and fauna – and specifically the aspect of the storyline that deals with Diego Clemente’s attempts to recover the last two passenger pigeons in captivity from Don Victor Blanco’s aviary. Continue Reading →

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Our Kickstarter Campaign for NYMF Launched

NYMF_LogoHi everyone, OK, it’s been a hectic few weeks whilst we got everything in order, but we are very pleased to announce that our Kickstarter campaign launched this morning.  We need to raise $37,700 in just 30 days in order to participate in The New York Musical Theatre Festival In July.  You can go direct to our Kickstarter page here.

Keep checking out Facebook page as well over the next few days, as we have some things going on over there that won’t be posted here. Continue Reading →

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Planning For Our NYMF Kickstarter Campaign

NYMF_LogoSo, I’ve been in New York and Los Angeles for the last three weeks working through some production and financial requirements for our involvement in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).  Time flies at this point.

One of the first things we needed to do was engage General Management – or a Line Producer as it is sometimes referred – but more on this later.   Another pressing issue has been assessing the pros and cons of running a crowd-source funding campaign for some of the sponsorship monies we need to raise for participating in this prestigious Festival opportunity.

I have very decided views about this process now that I have thoroughtly investigated platforms like Kickstarter, Pozible, Indiegogo (actually there is a plethora of these crowd-source funding platforms available beyond these more prominent players).  The result of my investigations: not is all as it seems! Continue Reading →

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