Last chance to see new musical "Not Wanted on the Voyage"

 

Not Wanted on the Voyage

…an epic new musical.

 

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Not Wanted on the Voyage is a provocative new musical about an ordinary family faced with extraordinary circumstances.  Secrets lie just beneath the surface in this darkly funny, modern re-imagining of the Great Flood – the first time the world ended.  Broadway writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill have teamed up with award-winning director Amanda Dehnert to create an epic production, complete with rain, fire, magic and a soaring, eclectic score.  Here’s just a taste:

Produced by the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston (map)

 

 

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The production needs to invent a fantastical, timeless world in which this modern story can take place,” says award-winning director, Amanda Dehnert.  “Illusion and spectacle create moments of surprise and connection for the audience, and they allow us to realize the more epic moments of the family’s voyage in thrilling, visually innovative ways. 

Illusion consultants Jim Steinmeyer and Jeff Grow advised on the design of magic elements performed by actor Andrew Howard who plays family patriarch and self-proclaimed amateur magician, Dr. Noyes.  Steinmeyer, the acclaimed illusion designer who developed the concept behind David Copperfield’s landmark illusion in which he made the Statue of Liberty disappear, has long-advised Dehnert on the use of magic in her theatrical productions.  New York-based magician Jeff Grow, traveled to Chicago to teach Howard how to perform an elaborate magic act within the show. 

Working with Jeff was thrilling,” says Howard, a recently graduated senior at Northwestern.  “The technical skill that goes into even the simplest tricks was surprising, exciting and incredibly challenging.  But now I can produce a light bulb out of thin air, and you can bet I’ll be using that at parties. 

The illusion design elements combine with a revolving platform stage amidst projections, soaring vocals, and stunning backdrops. The production makes use of onstage rain and fire, and Eugene Lee’s barn wood set sits in a moat of water.   

The production is epic” says AMTP producing director, Heather Schmucker.  “We make it rain in the theatre, we burn down a barn, and we have a magic show within the show. Not to mention the age-old theatre saying, ‘Never work with animals or children.’ We’ve got both.” 

 

 

     
       

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University Watch – upcoming shows at DePaul and Northwestern

by Rachel Bykowski

  

De Paul University – with Chicago PlayWorks 

Alice in Wonderland

  By: Lewis Carroll
Adapted By: Sharon Holland
Music By: Mark Elliott
Directed By: Sean Graney
Dates: January 13 – March 3, Tuesday/Thursday 10am, Saturday 2pm
Venue: Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive
Tickets: Only $8 (box office: 312-922-1999)

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Northwestern University – Dolphin Show

 The Wizard of Oz

  By: L. Frank Baum and W.W. Denslow
Directed By: Katie Spelman
Starring: Danielle Gaines (Dorothy), Claire Neumann (Aunt Em/Glinda), Andi Alhadeff (Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch), Darren Barrare (Wizard), Mark Underhill (Scarecrow), Reed Wilson (Tin Man), R.B. Embleton (Lion), Andrew Howard (Uncle Henry/Guard)
Dates: January 23 – January 31, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays 2pm
Venue: Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University (Evanston)
Tickets: Students/Kids: $10, Faculty/Staff: $20, General Public: $25
  For Wizard of Oz tickets, call 847-467-4000.  Ticket info here.

 The Dolphin Show is America’s largest student-produced musical.  Started at Northwestern University in 1939, The Dolphin Show is now celebrating its 67th year.  More about the show’s history here.

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