Tuesday, June 11, 2024

BANNED preview tickets now available at Vintage Theatre website

BANNED the Musical - Edinburgh Preview
Thursday July 25 - Sunday July 28th
Vintage Theatre: TICKETS AVAILABLE

BANNED the Musical at Vintage Theatre
$15 General Admission Tickets

BANNED is a modern-day musical that follows a group of gender misfits through the events leading up to their debut at a local performing arts festival. The polarizing discourse around gender today goes beyond opinions and has real consequences in society. The characters in BANNED go online to live out their dreams and escape the harsh realities of the world. We witness the juxtaposition of their psyche online and offline, we experience their inner struggles with intimacy, authenticity and acceptance. If the root cause of inequality is marginalization, the remedy is inclusion.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Working draft for BANNED program flipbook

Converting a Microsoft Word document into a PDF and then an interactive flipbook is an eco-friendly way to provide your show's programs to your audience. The process is fairly straight forward and it's a "win-win" for audience goers, producers and most of all our environment. The only downside is it requires the user to have some sort of electronic device connected to the Internet.


Here's our working version of our Edinburgh program this year. When it's complete we'll create a sign with a QR-Code for the audience to access the program and we typically have a small number of the shortened program for individuals who may not have an electronic devices.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Early blocking and choreography rehearsal

We're in the preliminary stages of mounting the BANNED show now. Fortunately, we're at the same venue in Edinburgh as last year and we have all the basic dimensions of the stage and understand the subtle nuances of our theater's footprint. It feels like we're more comfortable locking our moves in this year, but early rehearsals always seem to go through scheduling conflicts.

Here's a short video of the first chorus.

It's important to take videos of your rehearsals so everyone in the troupe can review the progress. Typically, directors start with scene 1 and go from there so it's easy to setup a secure video directory with straight forward filenames. The song "The World Wide Web" is near the beginning of the show and it's all hands on deck. Everyone in the cast has a "mobile phone" and can be seen texting online throughout the song.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

BANNED! mobile phone props for Edinburgh Fringe

Making theatre props is always fun and the BANNED show has several interesting challenges. First, all the characters use their cell phones to txt one another and we needed a prop to highlight the activity. The timing on these sorts of things is critical so it was important to give each actor the ability to turn on their phone as well as a theater tech the ability to flip all phones on and all phones off.

Here's a video of the final prototypes working in unison.

Making a realistic phone was pretty easy, we found some relatively thin puck lights that fit nicely between two electrical wall plates at Home Depot. It was like making a puck light sandwich! Using wall mounting machine screws and a nut to fasten them together, we added some foam padding to reduce vibration and stress. Then, it was off to the local arts and craft store (Michaels) for some personal design paper with an adhesive backing to differentiate each phone.

Please see our BANNED! website to purchase tickets and learn more. See you in Edinburgh!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

BANNED tickets now available!

Tickets for our Musical BANNED are now available on the Fringe's website, use the "Find Shows" menu option or use this link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/banned-the-musical to go directly to our page for more information.

BANNED tickets now available!
The Fringe's online ticketing system has lots of options and the Fringe organization has been super helpful with explaining all the ins and outs. Our venue is Riddle's Court and the theater is Willow Studio. It has a three quarter thrust stage and roughly 60 seats. We've tried to set the ticket prices at a reasonable price to accommodate everyone who wants to see our show. During the preview week we have all sorts of specials, the weekdays have some special offers too and of course the weekends are crazy. Hope we see you there...so excited!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Quad Rail Boards for the Edinburgh Fringe

With over one million people visiting Edinburgh’s festivals during August, outdoor posters are part of many participant’s marketing campaign toolbox. Working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, Out of Hand, a major outdoor advertiser, have built a wide range of highly visible, centrally located advertising sites throughout the city for Fringe performers to promote their shows.
BANNED Quad Rail Board Mockup
Their sites are positioned for maximum visibility around the Fringe performance areas, with sites outside the main venues, busy pedestrian walkways, main traffic routes and transport hubs. With over twenty different formats, there is something for all budgets and sizes of show to make a real impact on the streets of Edinburgh during.
BANNED Rail Board Concept
Their properties go real fast though, so you have to be ready for the kickoff in March. They launched there availability at noon in Scotland (6AM in Colorado) on March 26th. We had already gone through their media package beforehand and selected the best options for us. Their site opened right on time and after getting acclimated with there latest software we were able to secure several Quad Rail Boards right in the thick of things around Edinburgh.



Tuesday, March 12, 2024

It's now or never, it's something we can't ignore

The "Organized Confusions" rehearse  and write songs at Frank's Tavern, a family owned watering hole that has a stage and several empty living spaces upstairs. The group has got together to write a number that tells their story to others out there that have the same sort of feelings. It all starts with playing around with la-la-la-la and turns into a really cool song that talks about their journey as a group. You can play the song with the rehearsal track below and here's a link to the sheet music for the Fringe version of "When it Rains it Pours."

When it Rains it Pours
BANNED Version

ANA & ENSEMBLE (mix it up)

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
IT’S SOMETHING WE CAN’T IGNORE
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
IT’S SOMETHING WE CAN’T IGNORE

WHEN AT LAST MY FRIENDS WE STOOD CONVINCED
THAT RACES NEED TO BE RUN
WELL WITH HIS SMILE AND HER GENTLE STYLE
WE KICK THE BLOCKS AND WAIT FOR THE GUN

AND RACE WE WOULD, WITH ALL WE COULD
THE PEDAL ON THE FLOOR
WE’LL MEET THE TEST AND WE’LL GIVE IT OUR BEST
AND LEAVE THE REST AND NOT ASK FOR MORE

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
IT’S SOMETHING WE CAN’T IGNORE
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS (Suspense)

(DENISE enters, JOE receives an eMail and they learn their entry to the festival has been BANNED and marked as too controversial by a major advertiser, they lament then some exit.