The staged readings of Story of the Century on 08-20-2017 and 08-21-2017 at Goppert Theatre – Avila University were a real success! We had 150+ in our audiences and the cast gave wonderful performances of the complete 2 act musical. Although the presentation was in a Script in Hand Staged Reading format, the cast was costumed by Marybeth Sorrell and Erin Hill-Metcalf; the performance was expertly choreographed by director Dr. Chris McCoy; and Brant Challacombe provided musical direction and live accompaniment. We told the rest of Story of the Century using new songs and new dialogue in the second act in addition to the script and music as performed at the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival.
The audience was engaged and responsive throughout the performances with a spontaneous standing ovation at the Saturday evening performance. Many audience members stayed for our two talk-back sessions to discuss the full length musical with the production crew and cast. The talk-back discussions gave us great feedback and new ideas for possible further development of Story of the Century.
Lane Turner and his crew recorded and videotaped both Readings, so we hope to have the videos soon for further review and plan to produce a demo CD of all the music. The production crew is scheduled to meet soon to start the process of updating and expanding the project as we begin preparing for the next stage of Story of the Century.
We need and appreciate your continuing financial support.
You can also follow us on Facebook (Story of the Century-Performance)
We’ll have more to report and more information from the production staff and cast as we progress.
David Hill, Writer/Composer/Producer