Introducing our M.D. for the Florida Festival of New Musicals

Shane_FfrenchHis name is Shane Ffrench and his bio. is an amazing read of wonderful accomplishments both in the USA and his native Ireland.

Shane comes from Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford in Ireland an area rich in music and culture. Shane has worked as a resident Musical Director at Raglan Road in Disney Springs Florida for almost 2 years, where he manages all entertainment, conducts rehearsals, composes new material for the in-house shows and monitors all entertainment daily to ensure it is running smoothly.

You can check out his entire protfolio of credentials here.  We look forward to working with Shane at the 2018 Florida Festival of New Musicals.

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Florida Festival of New Musicals 23 – 26 August 2018

FFNM_LogoOn behalf of Executive Director, Heather Alexander, and Artistic Director, Roy Alan from The Winter Park Playhouse, Orlando, FL we are delighted to announce that The Stranger from Seville, our musical adapted from the extraordinary novel ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera’ by Béa Gonzalez, has been accepted into the 2018 Florida Festival of New Musicals (23 – 26 Aug.).

Congratulations too go out to our musical theater writer colleagues, shown below, for similarly being selected into the 2018 Festival:

 

 

DIAMOND AND THE NORTH WIND

Book by Jeffrey Haddow / Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow & Thomas Tierney / Music by Thomas Tierney (New York, NY)

EXTENDED STAY

Book by Jenny Stafford / Lyrics by Jenny Stafford & Scotty Arnold / Music by Scotty Arnold (Denver, CO)

HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN

Book & Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys / Music by Clare Cooper (New York, NY)

MISS ISABELLA RAINSONG & HER TRAVELING COMPANION

Book, Lyrics & Music by Ross D. Martin (Fulton, MD)

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Book, Lyrics & Music by Alan Becker (Vashon Island, WA)

A Really Good Explanation – What is Flamenco?

BY JASON WEBSTER | FROM THE SPRING 2018 ISSUE OF CLASSICAL GUITAR

A strange question, you might think. Everyone knows what flamenco is: A rich musical and dance heritage from southern Spain that today enjoys official protection from UNESCO, no less; a powerful art form, instantly identifiable, that attracts and repels with equal force, and that has become the single most emblematic soundtrack to any Hispanic experience. No film, documentary, or television program that has even a passing reference to the Spanish-speaking world is complete without a few notes of flamenco guitar laid over sultry, sunny images, with perhaps a clicking castanet or two thrown in for good measure. No, the usual question posed by those with any interest in the matter is how do you do flamenco? Continue Reading →

And So it is April…

Flamenco PalmasWell, there is much to tell, but I promised that in April and May we would be doing demos of a few of the new songs written for The Stranger from Seville.  And so we are, and they’re in progress

The completely revised and corrected score and script of the show is locked-off and awaiting the NYC Workshop later this year in the Fall.  We know it will take place sometime around the middle of September.

Full details of the workshop with creative and casting information will be posted on this website.

More news on another fabulous opportunity for the show taking place later this year to be announced shortly.  Watch this space!

Take care,

Kevin