‘WE FOXES’ Concert Cast Announced

Truman University’s 16th Annual New Horizons Music Festival announces casting for October 25th Concert of ‘We Foxes.’

Selections from RSO’s We Foxes will be performed by Adam Hunn (Eugene), Lexi Diaz (Vesta), Katie Angeli (Willa) with Callie Crawford, David Stowers, Larry Jennings, Marissa Butler, Natalie Hansen, Rachel Davis, Rachel Hoffman, Ryan Smith and Shannon Barton. We Foxes is one of only two new musicals selected from over 130 entries for performance in the annual New Musical Theatre Concert.

We Foxes is a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945.  It’s the story of Willa, a tough and unmannered orphan girl, and her adoption by the crafty Sheriff’s wife, Vesta Quimby.  When Willa discovers the dark secrets beneath the floorboards, a war cuts them apart and Willa must fight to survive.  After all, Vesta Quimby is the most beloved and powerful woman in town … Yet she’s less humanitarian socialite than she is Machiavellian sociopath…  Can Willa discover her own salvation, deliver herself into courage, and sacrifice everything to escape Vesta?  It is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only through oneself.

The epic period musical is mostly sung-through, combining bluegrass, country, big band and concert music of the 1940s, infused with the contemporary folk-rock of today. We Foxes is a commission from Broadway Across America, and has been in residence at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Writer’s Retreat, CAP 21, and the Weston Playhouse, and recently was given a developmental reading at the York Theatre.

The New Horizons Music Festival is a day of contemporary music featuring performers from the university and the surrounding region. The Festival includes music from most of the major genres in modern performance: chamber groups, multimedia, solo performers, large ensembles, and theatrical performance. The concerts and ongoing curated exhibition provide a substantive slice of contemporary music focusing on music that leverages the techniques of the classical musician and looks to the future.

The concert performance will be held on the Truman State University Campus in the Ophelia Parrish Building at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 25th. Admission is free.

Read the full press release HERE and for more information on the festival, visit http://nhmf.truman.edu.

‘DARLING’ Heads to Canada

RSO’s Darling to be presented by Springboard Productions.

The first Canadian production of Darling will be performed at Renegade Productions Performance Studio with direction and choreography by Dawn Ewans and music direction by Steven Greenfield.

Darling follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston as society boils in the weeks before the Stock Market Crash. Neglected by her excessive, self-absorbed parents, Ursula encounters Peter, a charming rent-boy of uncertain age, on the run from Captain Rose of the police. When she is offered the opportunity to run away with him, she takes it and finds herself swept into the seedy underground of jazz, speakeasies, and a mysterious powder called ‘dust.’ Along the way, they also meet the featherboys of the Warehouse speakeasy, Stella the jealous barkeep, and the girls of Lily’s burlesque. Darling is fresh, emotional, and daring new musical theatre at its finest.

Check out the full press release on Playbill HERE. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

SING RSO AT YOUR NEXT AUDITION

Backstage.com names RSO one of its 7 Composers to Try at Your Next Audition.

In a new post on Backstage.com’s Backstage Experts, RSO was named one of the top composers of audition-friendly contemporary musical theatre songs. Andrew Byrne writes: “Oliver is an exciting writer who finds a way to combine a pop/rock sensibility with the formal structural discipline of great classical music. His lyrics employ haunting imagery and engaging specificity, and his musical language is unique and consistent.”

You can purchase RSO sheet music on the online store, including favorites like “Lost Boy,” “Crayon Girl,” “On Monday,” and “The View From Here.” You can also visit NewMusicalTheatre.com.

To see the whole list and to read more, visit Backstage.com

 

‘WE FOXES’ SELECTED FOR NEW HORIZONS MUSIC FESTIVAL

‘We Foxes’ is one of two shows selected for the New Music Theatre concert in Truman State University’s New Horizons Music Festival.

RSO’s new show We Foxes, which recently had a reading at the York Theatre, was selected to have selections performed at the New Music Theatre concert at Truman State University, on October 25, 2014. We Foxes was selected from 130+ submissions from 11 different countries.

We Foxes is a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945.  It’s the story of Willa, a tough and unmannered orphan girl, and her adoption by the crafty Sheriff’s wife, Vesta Quimby.  When Willa discovers the dark secrets beneath the floorboards, a war cuts them apart and Willa must fight to survive.  After all, Vesta Quimby is the most beloved and powerful woman in town … Yet she’s less humanitarian socialite than she is Machiavellian sociopath…  Can Willa discover her own salvation, deliver herself into courage, and sacrifice everything to escape Vesta?  It is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only through oneself.

The epic period musical is mostly sung-through, combining bluegrass, country, big band and concert music of the 1940s, infused with the contemporary folk-rock of today. We Foxes is a commission from Broadway Across America, and has been in residence at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Writer’s Retreat, CAP 21, and the Weston Playhouse.

The New Horizons Music Festival is a day of contemporary music featuring performers from the university and the surrounding region. The Festival includes music from most of the major genres in modern performance: chamber groups, multimedia, solo performers, large ensembles, and theatrical performance. The concerts and ongoing curated exhibition provide a substantive slice of contemporary music focusing on music that leverages the techniques of the classical musician and looks to the future.

As the sixteenth edition of Truman’s festival of contemporary and experimental music, this year’s Festival features six concerts on the beautiful Truman State University campus in Kirksville, Missouri. The New Horizons Music Festival will be held on the Truman campus on Saturday, October 25th.

For more information, email newhorizonsmusicfestival@gmail.com.

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