Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, a song cycle inspired by the photographs of Oliver’s husband, Matthew Murphy, will be presented by students at Harvard University October 7-9.
In preparation for the show, Oliver and Lindsay Mendez, an original cast member, will visit Cambridge, MA, to work with Harvard’s 35mm production team.
While on campus, Oliver and Mendez will also hold two master classes presented by Learning From Performers, a program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard. The first is a seminar led by Oliver focused on creativity in art-making, and the second is a workshop based on Oliver and Mendez’s Actor Therapy program, in which selected musical theatre students will perform for and receive feedback from the duo.
35mm: A Musical Exhibition, according to press notes, “is a song cycle with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver that explores the overlap of photography and music, two methods of vivid storytelling. Each song is inspired by the photography of Matthew Murphy, exploring a moment frozen in time, a glimpse into a story. Audiences are taken into each slice of these stories visually, by observing the picture, and aurally, with the addictive pop-rock soundtrack. This multi-sensory experience is a unique and progressive take on what musical theater can be.”
Directed by Missy Dreier with music direction by Liz Kantor, the cast includes Ashley LaLonde, Brooke Sweeney, Brian Cami, Geoffrey Binney and Jacob Rienstra. The production team also includes Kira Telgen (stage manager), Kara Roberts (producer) and Lindsey Ruggles (production advisor).
Performances will be held in the Adams Pool Theatre at Harvard University October 7 at 7:30 PM, October 8 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM and October 9 at 2:30 PM. Visit HRDCTheater.com/35mm for tickets and more details.