O'Neill Music Theater Conference Snags Kate Wetherhead, Lindsay Mendez, Jarrod Emick, Barbara Walsh to Test New Shows

News   O'Neill Music Theater Conference Snags Kate Wetherhead, Lindsay Mendez, Jarrod Emick, Barbara Walsh to Test New Shows
Casting for The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's summer 2011 National Music Theater Conference, which will develop four new musicals in rehearsed public readings, has been announced.

Kate Wetherhead
Kate Wetherhead

The Conference, under the leadership of artistic director Paulette Haupt, runs June 25-July 15 at the O'Neill's Waterford, CT, campus.

Here's the breakdown:

Unknown Soldier by Michael Friedman (composer and lyricist), Daniel Goldstein (lyricist and librettist) June 25, 26, 29, and July 1. Featuring Whitney Bashor, Erik Lochtefeld, Lindsay Mendez, Catherine Porter, Matthew Scott and Price Waldman.

Son of a Gun by Don Chaffer (composer, lyricist and librettist) and Chris Cragin (librettist) July 2, 3, 6 and 8. Featuring Billy Brimblecom, Michael Castillejos, David Finch, Lori Fischer, Rebecca Hart, Van Hughes, Ryan Link and Skye Scott.

The Shadow Sparrow by Keith Gordon (composer), Charlie Sohne (lyricist) and Anton Dudley (librettist) July 7, 10 and 14. Featuring Danny Binstock and Barbara Walsh. Suprema by Daniel Zaitchik (composer and lyricist) and Jordan Harrison (lyricist and librettist) July 9, 10, 13 and 15. Featuring Heath Calvert, Jarrod Emick, Jamey Hood, Carl Kimbrough, Theresa McCarthy, Rachel Resheff, Price Waldman and Kate Wetherhead.

Artistic director Haupt said in a June 20 statement, "Casts at the National Music Theater Conference play a vital role in the development of a new work. Their willingness to go out on a limb each day to bring their characters to life enables the authors and composers to learn what is on the page and what still remains to be written to tell the story they want to tell. We are fortunate indeed for the superb actors who join us this summer."

Read more about the season here.

Tickets are now on sale for this year's summer conferences, including the National Music Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference public staged readings July 6-30 and Cabaret & Performance Conference presentations Aug. 3-13.

Tickets may be ordered online at www.theoneill.org or through the box office at (860) 443-1238. Discounted tickets are available to O'Neill Members. For information, email Membership@theoneill.org or call (860) 443-5378 ext. 211.

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