“[title of show]" is a musical about two guys writing a musical about trying to write a musical — is that meta enough for you?
This show, written by Jeff Bowen off of a book by Hunter Bell, is being put on independently by a group of students from the College of William and Mary.
The musical documents its own creation, according to director Conor Wilson. Jeff and Hunter, the writers of the show and two main characters, discover a festival celebrating musicals and decided to create their own in three weeks and send in whatever they write.
“The show that you’re watching being written on stage is the show that you’re actually watching,” Wilson said. “[title of show] is about friendship and working together as artists and trying to keep your values and authenticity in a commercial and pressured world.”
Patti O’Mera, who is the play’s vocal director and portrays Mary in the musical, said the production is littered with humor and fourth-wall breaks, which she is part of.
“This is my first time ever actually having lines or anything like that, that’s been a really fun experience,” O’Mera said.
Wilson said he started the process of producing the musical almost a year and a half ago.
The musical is completely student-run. Wilson said he crowdsourced more than $1,000 to put it on, and while he has received some donations from other student organizations, it’s an independent production.
Wilson said the musical will impact viewers because of it’s storyline of friends working together to accomplish something that is happening both on and behind the stage.
“These four actors are already friends outside of the theater, so the chemistry on stage is explosive,” Wilson said.
“We’re doing this for no reason other than the love of theater and the love of each other, and that’s amazing for me.”
Want to attend?
The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30; 2 p.m. March 31, Kimball Theatre, 428 W. Duke of Gloucester St. Free. Cursing and sexual topics discussed; this play isn’t for young children.
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