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 - August 10-12, 2018

Five New Musicals. Five Parties. One Unforgettable Weekend.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
  • Friday, August 10, 2018

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

    ELYSIUM - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Music by Ben Chavez, Book & Lyrics by Yianni Papadimos
    Directed by Jerry Dixon

    Elysium is the story of an Ohio family dying under the weight of its own secrets. When Katie returns to her childhood home for her father’s funeral, she reunites with Tabby, the sister she hasn’t seen in years. Their reunion was supposed to be a peaceful one filled with memory and mourning – however, a terrible storm brings the arrival of an unexpected guest. As the whiskey pours, questions about a brother and father unconditionally loved by a town are finally answered.

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

    VO ALL MEMBER BRUNCH 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Lower Lobby
    Includes all members
    Food provided by Fins Bistro

    NORTHWEST SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE - 12:00 PM
    First Stage Theatre


    THE PASSAGE - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    By David Darrow
    Directed by Brandon Ivie

    Albert, a sixth grader, has a monster living in his basement. When it captures his father, he enlists his brave new friend, Cassie, to embark on an epic journey into the depths of his home. The Passage is a coming-of-age story about two children confronting a reality stranger than anything they could imagine.


    TEDDY & MAX - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley, Music by Zoe Sarnak
    Directed by Sheila Daniels

    Teddy and Max are two young sisters from Queens who form a singing duo in the late ’60s. Joining the vanguard of the era’s singer-songwriters, they question everything – from their given names (Theodora and Maxine) to the roles others expect them to play. Teddy & Max examines the decisions female performers were able to make for themselves in that era – sometimes a little ahead of women in other professions – how the culture supported and obstructed them, and of course how their decisions look to us through the frame of feminism today.


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

  • Sunday, August 12, 2018

    HANSEL & GRETL & HEIDI & GÜ̈NTER - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book by Hannah Kohl, Lyrics by Daniel Maté, Music by Will Aronson
    Directed by Victoria Clark

    Gretl – yes, that Gretl – is now a single mom living in modern day Chicago, still suffering the post-traumatic stress of her fairytale childhood. She can’t resist stuffing her kids’ pockets full of pebbles, spraying them with deer musk to hide their human scent from witches, and imposing a strict no-sugar policy. Her tragically modern kids, Heidi and Günter, are fed up, and dream of the impossible: a normal childhood. But when long lost Uncle Hansel shows up at their doorstep, they are plunged into an unexpected adventure that brings the family together in a hilarious and touching tumble of past and present.


    VO CIRCLE LEVEL DINNER PARTY - 5:00 PM
    Pogacha of Issaquah
    By invitation only


    THE HOMEFRONT - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book by Jenny Stafford, Music & Lyrics by Sam Salmond
    Directed by Kathryn Van Meter

    The Homefront is a rock musical about female factory workers at the end of World War II. As soon as the war was won, the women were fired in order to make room for the men returning home. This is the story of one woman’s journey at the earliest stages of a feminist revolution in the American workforce, as she fights to get the women hired back at the factory – while balancing her relationship with her husband, a returning war veteran. What happens when our progressive ideals meet reality? What are we willing to give up—and who are we willing to overlook—in order to get what we want?


    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 18th 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

  • Shubert Foundation

STARRING SPONSORS

  • ArtsFund
  • Microsoft

IN-KIND SPONSORS

  • FINS Bistro
  • Pagacha of Issaquah
  • Sam Freeman Photography & Northwest Theatre News
  • Sealect Plastics
  • Wild Fin
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303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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