At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm

At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Festival of New Musicals

Festival of New Musicals

Five New Musicals. Five Parties. One Unforgettable Weekend.



FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
  • Friday, August 11, 2017

    Kick-Off Party 5:00 PM
    Musical Previews - 6:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Lobby
    Food provided by Pogacha

    NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead

    A misunderstood genius. A rivalry for the ages. A dream that would change the world forever. Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat is an Electronic Dance Musical that turns the volume up on one of the world’s most influential yet overlooked inventors and his struggle to realize his vision of the future. In the anachronistic universe of NTDB, Tesla is a genius DJ whose sounds push the limits of what his audience can handle. The innovative score translates his electric obsessions into electronic music: alternating current loop-pedal soundscapes, wireless dance-floor frequencies, and mad-scientist dubstep breakdowns. Come feel the beat drop.

    POST SHOW SURVEY
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017

    VO ALL MEMBER BRUNCH - 10:30 AM-NOON
    Francis J. Gaudette Lobby
    Includes all members

    NORTHWEST SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE - 12:30 PM
    First Stage Theatre

    HART ISLAND - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott

    Hart Island is the story of two people on the fringe of society – Charles, an incarcerated man, and Marielena, an undocumented young woman. Their lives intersect on Hart Island, New York City’s public burial ground. Although Charles and Marielena are marginalized by the rest of the world, they come to appreciate each other’s humanity – a powerful action in a world that elevates division and isolation over compassion and respect.

    POST SHOW SURVEY

    AFTERWORDS - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Music and Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak
    Book by Emily Kaczmarek

    When an accomplished war reporter is killed on assignment, his diaries are left to his protégé, Jo. But their pages provide her with more questions than comfort, chronicling his turbulent midlife love affair and pointing mysteriously toward Kali and Simone, artist sisters mourning the loss of their volatile mother. As entanglements deepen and past collides with present, Kali, Simone, and Jo relay three sides of one story through the show’s music, set, and book. Afterwords is a new musical about three women bound by notes scribbled down on paper, and the art we make from the love that makes us.

    POST SHOW SURVEY

    MEET THE ARTISTS PARTY - 9:30 PM
    Executive Producer Robb Hunt’s Home
    Includes VO Circle Level Members

  • Sunday, August 13, 2017

    HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book by Diana Wynne Jones
    Adapted by Myra Platt
    Music and Lyrics by Justin Huertas

    When Sophie unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself turned into an old woman. To break the enchantment, she must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the frightening sorcerer Howl – before she can face the Witch head-on. Justin Huertas, whose Lizard Boy, the Musical has become a cult favorite, crafts the songs for this new musical. Based on the award-winning 1986 novel–post-J.R.R. Tolkien and pre-J.K. Rowling– Howl’s Moving Castle inspires each of us to trust in our own powers of transformation.

    POST SHOW SURVEY

    VO CIRCLE LEVEL DINNER PARTY - 4:30 PM
    Pogacha of Issaquah
    By invitation only

    ZM - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
    Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

    ZM takes place in a remote American town where a fast-food franchise is test-marketing a new sandwich that, apparently, turns people into zombies. ZM follows Barnabas Young and Mercy Rider, two teenage lovers/fast-food workers, who are separated during the outbreak. Barnabas searches for the franchise president to warn him about the sandwich while Mercy stays behind to look after the president’s wounded son. The lovers eventually reunite, but not before committing unspeakable acts that change them forever. In the end, the two learn the terrible truth about the source of the plague and the outcome it was designed to create.

    POST SHOW SURVEY

    CLOSING NIGHT PARTY - 9:30 PM
    FINS Bistro and the
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Lobby
    Includes all members

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This is a special event for Village Originals members. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member, please click here.

What is Festival of New Musicals?

Entering into its 17th year, The Festival of New Musicals is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see how a new musical comes to life first-hand. With about 50 artists, a dozen directors, and authors from across the county who are eager to hear what you have to say, you won’t want to miss out on the fun! This is a national industry-only event that Village Originals Members are given exclusive access to.

Performance

Five new musicals are presented in staged reading—rehearsed, fully sung presentations of new work, performed and directed by the region’s foremost theatre artists and guest artists from across the country—for audiences of Village Originals members and theatre professionals.

Interaction

Meet the Author and Meet the Artists events, receptions, and opening and closing celebrations encourage and enable interaction among actors, directors, writers, Village Originals members, and guest artists and administrators from other institutions.




VILLAGE ORIGINALS AND THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY:

PRODUCING SPONSORS

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Shubert Foundation

STARRING SPONSORS

  • ArtsFund
  • Microsoft

DIRECTING SPONSORS

  • ArtsWA

IN-KIND SPONSORS

  • FINS Bistro
  • Levitate Gastro Pub
  • Pagacha of Issaquah
  • Sam Freeman Photography & Northwest Theatre News
  • Sealect Plastics
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It's a musical theater nerd's paradise and as a nerd one of my favorite times of the year. Jay Irwin - Broadway World

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303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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