Monday, December 29, 2014

Mason - Stepping Up to Stage Management

Mason is ready to tackle rehearsals with the rest of the
technical team for Signature in the Schools.
Over the next couple of months as we get closer to the premiere of this years Signature in the Schools production Veni, Vidi, Vici, we are going to hear from the talented cast and crew that makes up this years production team. First up on the docket we have our fearless Stage Manager, Mason.

"I’ve been at Signature for three years now. I’ve done one year as a backstage technician, one year as Assistant Stage Manager and this is my first year as Stage Manager. Over the years, all I’ve been hearing about is how I’m going to be the next Stage Manager (SM) and now that I am it’s weird. I can still remember the day I auditioned to be an actor and I can remember getting the email saying I was accepted as tech. It really does feel like it’s been a long road all leading up to this moment. I feel some anxiety about the new position especially after following Emily, last years Stage Manager, she really was amazing.  But I’m going to put out 110% and do my part to make the 20th anniversary show the best one we’ve had yet. Signature has been the main focus of my highschool career and completely changed my entire view of what I might want to do after I graduate. I don’t want to know where I might have been without it."

Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to hear more from the amazing 20th Anniversary cast and crew of Signature in the Schools. For more information on the program be sure to check out our web page. Tickets for this year's production will be available soon through the Signature Theatre Box Office at 703 820 9771.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Now Serving: The Diner Team

The world premiere of Diner at Signature Theatre is fast upon us and the artistic, production and administrative teams could not be more ecstatic to share this amazing show with everyone. Signature is known for its bold and brave new musicals and Diner aims to be one of the boldest and bravest yet. Taking on a landmark film such as Diner is no easy feat. As highlighted in one of our previous blog entries, the film helped pave the way for such stars as Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and pushed for the usage of “nothing” in film and television. At the helm of this landmark production is a powerhouse team consisting of director Kathleen Marshall, writer Barry Levinson, and musician Sheryl Crow. 

Kathleen Marshall
Kathleen Marshall is a Tony and Drama Desk award winning director and choreographer. Originally from the Pittsburgh theatrical scene, Kathleen began her Broadway career as the assistant to her choreographer brother Rob Marshall and has since collaborated with him on shows such as She Loves Me, Damn Yankees and Seussical. Kathleen has gone on to direct and choreograph Broadway revivals of the Pajama Game with Harry Connick, Jr. in 2006 and Anything Goes with Sutton Foster in 2011. 
Barry Levinson
On the writing front of Diner, is none other than the film’s original director and screenwriter, Barry Levinson. Barry, a Baltimore native, brings incredible warmth and an immense supply of talent to the table. Having directed and written award winning films that have included: The Natural, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain ManBugsy,Toys ,and What Just Happened, Levinson is more than seasoned enough to handle diving back under the hood of Diner.

Sheryl Crow
Last but not least, bringing up the musical and lyrical front of Diner in none other than singer songwriter Sheryl Crow. This Grammy Award winning musician is taking on a new challenge with the music and lyrics of Diner, as this is the first time she has written for a musical. However, if what we have seen and heard in rehearsals and tech is any indication, Sheryl clearly knows what she is doing. 

The creative reigns of Diner are clearly in very capable hands. With a power plant of creative energy in charge of this project, the production is sure to electrify audiences. For more information and tickets please contact the Signature Theatre Box Office at 703-820-9771 or visit the Signature website.


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