The Nutcracker: A Hard Nut To Crack
In the spring of 1991 in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio, we were given the opportunity to produce musicals in a FREE 10,000 sq. ft. shopping mall space. The mall had lost many tenants and our mission was to bring shoppers back so the stores would return. For the next five years Darryl created book, music and lyrics and we produced an astonishing 39 musicals - 7 full-length and 32 one-acts (that must be a Guiness World Record!) Almost 20,000 patrons a year came to see our shows and, when all the mall spaces were once again filled, our theatre had to exit. A multi-talented group of five paid professional actors who were also musicians, a director, a costume designer, a set/props/lighting one-person crew, a marketing/business manager and more worked with many dedicated volunteers to produce these shows year-round.
Darryl and I have both retired from our other career: high school choral directors and school musical theatre producers. Our ACT II is dedicated to licensing all Darryl's 39 small cast musicals for professional, educational and community theatres to produce in their venues. Most of the shows are based on classic literature. We are packaging them with options that will fit almost any production budget. We know how important it is for cultural literacy to impact as many people as possible. We know theatre does that. We'd like your feedback as you consider producing a TND Musical.
Just A Play (It's A Musical)
Beauty and the Beast
The Case of the Counterfeit Napoleon
We created an Internship Program at the Playhouse for children ages 6 - 15 who were interested in performing. We taught theatre classes and cast many of these talented students in our productions. Several of them have chosen musical theatre for their careers: Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, and regional theatres. It is exciting for us to follow their successes!