May 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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OFFICIAL: DTEG & I.V.S., GANNON UNIVERSITY, MOUNT PUBLIC READING OF BROADWAY HOPEFUL "STORMY" IN ERIE, PA. NEXT WEEK
"STORMY" will be performed at Gannon University's Schuster Theatre on May 16th, and May 17th at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door - on a first come, first served basis. This one weekend only engagement supports the Schuster Theatre's participation, and performance, at the 2014 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August.
It is common for professional productions to "workshop", "try-out" out of town, and perform staged and semi-staged readings, all in the interest of perfecting the property. This developmental tool is critical in the creation of an original theatrical work.
The Executive Producers; Dominique Denman, Kellie Turner, Oscar Turner, and Marcinho Savant are very thankful for the participation of Erie Playhouse, and Gannon's Schuster Theatre. According to composer/writer/executive producer, Kellie C. Turner: "I have been in labor with this project as lead writer and composer for some time.
"These characters have evolved into the glitz and glamour that defined an era that roseabove its circumstances to get to the root of the human need to love and be loved. The joy, and the stories, were told in a toe-tapping tune that pulsed through the veins. I'm looking forward to hearing the words, and getting feedback from the citizens of Erie, and the surrounding areas, as we prepare to mold this child into something wonderful."
Auditions were hosted by the Erie Playhouse, at the end of March, with the support of Erie's Executive Director, Almi Clerkin, along with Lisa Layman-Weber, and Gannon University's Schuster Theatre's Shawn Clerkin. Each employed all their, highly-in-demand, tools to enthusiastically receive the production, and facilitate the engagement of Erie's bustling theatre community to participate in this next phase of the project.
It is also possible to ask questions of the theatre by sending an e-Mail to Jax Kubiak at Gannon University.
Following the reading, the production expects to gear up for out of town regional tryouts in multiple cities, prior to an expected open in London, and then to Broadway.
"I'm looking forward to hearing the words, and getting feedback from the citizens of Erie, and the surrounding areas as we prepare to mold this child into something wonderful."
- Kellie C. Turner, Composer/Writer/Executive Producer
"Stormy" has been an exhilarating journey of creativity and excitement. An intense labor of love in which I'm proud and honored to be a part.
We are elated to be sharing Stormy with the Erie community. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Savannah, Spider, Sketch and Jaz as these characters leap off the pages at our reading at Gannon University!
-Dominique Denman, Executive Producer/Director of the Erie Reading
"It's a rare opportunity, and privilege, to participate in bringing a piece to the Broadway, or West End, stage from its inception. It is also an immense labor of love!
I'm honored by the excitement and the support we've gained from the legendary Erie Playhouse, Gannon's theatre department, and am excited to bring this phase of "Stormy" to the citizens of Erie. This is an auspicious beginning to the dream."
-Marcinho Savant, Executive Producer
THE READING'S CAST:
Savannah "Stormy" James -
Spencer "Spider" Abernathy -
Daphne De Luca -
Jaz Holiday -
Eddie De Luca -
Thaddeus "Cooter" Williams -
Ms. Bea Ada Tude -
Josie Gilafetti -
Carmelita Phelps -
Father Timothy Patrick -
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHEN: May 16th and May 17th at 8 p.m.
PRICE: Admission is $10 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door - first come, first served.
STORMY, set in post-World War II Harlem, New York, is the story of the beautiful songstress, Savannah “Stormy” James. Stormy sings and dances and has midnight romances.
All the action swirls in and out of the most renowned night club in town, "ZOOTS", run by the effervescent owner, "Jaz" Holiday. In this heart stopping, jaw dropping musical, She is forced to overcome the death of her younger brother Clayton, a war hero, as two soldier boys vie for her affections.