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Creating the Musical Capstone Festival

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When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
All day  

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Brannon Bowers   847.467.1172

Group: American Music Theatre Project

Category: Fine Arts, Academic


Join us for this inaugural festival of new student-written musicals! Students in the Creating the Musical module explore the art of book writing, lyric writing and composition, while also cultivating an understanding of what constitutes effective and healthy collaboration in music theatre. The capstone projects are designed to provide a premiere opportunity for writers to obtain professional mentorship and experience in writing and producing their own work. With the support of AMTP, each senior graduating with the module is offered the opportunity to create and present a one-hour showcase of their writing work. All three capstone projects will be available to stream for free on AMTP's YouTube channel between April 1 – 11, 2021.


Written by Theo Janke-Furman & Lorenzo Pipino
Directed by Samara Malik
Premieres Thursday, April 1st at 8:00pm CT

“Change My Mind” follows Holly, a young woman working for a doctor who has developed a procedure that allows anyone to fundamentally change one thing about themselves. Holly is tasked with interviewing the remaining candidates to determine who is most eligible for the procedure. As the candidates’ personalities and struggles clash, the line between personal and professional continues to blur. And while each patient has a very real issue they’re struggling with, the question remains — is erasing the parts of us we don’t like the best way to heal?

Written by John Ertman & Joseph Mathusek
Directed by Freyja Goldstein
Premieres Friday, April 2nd at 8:00pm CT

“Alone” focuses on Jack and Mia, two recent high school graduates, who fall in love and are beset by an unexpected pregnancy after their six-month anniversary. Mia must then decide what she wants to do and how to navigate a situation that, while deeply personal, has been corrupted by a community that views her situation as part of a bigger picture. “Alone” is a show about interpersonal relationships and deals with themes of isolation, fear, disownment, family and navigating love in tumultuous times.

Written by Mikey Walden, Ruchir Khanzanchi, and Emmet Smith
Directed by Autumn Thelander
Premieres Saturday, April 3rd at 8:00pm CT

Dreams, loss, climbing toward the stars on string lights. In the face of an environmental crisis, three grieving siblings are tasked with holding their island and family together. When Lil decides to take drastic action in hopes of finding their mother or at the very least, some answers, the limits of their world are tested.Through collaborative music, words, and movement this heartfelt story celebrates the power of a child’s dreams and the risks we will take to care for our community.

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