It started at the same time as Gerry in The Attic. (our last musical, which turned out to be a trumpeting success) But it wasn't until about May 2018 that I approached the girls. We were having dinner in the rehearsal room and I asked everyone to exit the room except these girls. Gary Beaubouef and I had had this idea to do a musical set in Japan. Set in a small town near Kanazawa we would bring to life the stories of a group of drummer girls. We loved the idea and gave t
(Japanese follows) Drop those T’s, elongate those vowels, make your ‘th’ sound like an ‘f’—you’re a Cockney now, Laura!
As an American from the Great Lakes area, natural Cockney English accents aren’t something I grew up hearing, let alone trying to use. From my high school days as a huge Renaissance Festival and theatrical combat nerd, clean English was the only real dialect challenge thrown my way. Preparation for that was simple, as I could get away with just copying som
How long does it take? Dreamcatcher took us about a year and a half in production, with half a year for pre-production which is time spent in carving the story and figuring out how to approach the massive task of putting on an original musical. Jukebox Paradise was about three years, because we already had other shows lined up when Brian brought us the concept, meaning that we couldn't get the show on stage for about 2 years. He had been working on the songs and the concept
Dreamcatcher - An Original Musical One sunny afternoon Gary and I were sat in the break room at work. We were going through a list of stories that Gary had written and we were trying to decide which one would be a possibility for the stage. At this time Gary wasn't thinking "stage" and was writing these stories set in all kinds of places with loads of characters, far more than WE could ever hope to cast in a play. Nothing seemed possible, dare I even talk about "Brother Am
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life" Charles Dederich & Brian Cullen - Jukebox Paradise I wish someone had told me this quote when I first decided to take a leap of faith, trip over and accidentally start a theatre company. As far as this collection of writings, I've been wanting to do this for some time but never had the nerve to do it. I mean, who would really want to know about KPB Theatre and its stories. Who cares? Well, I care. I'm writing this because I