To accompany the post I just made about amateur and DePaul organization theatre, I would like to talk about the show I just directed over the past weekend! With the DePaul Theatre Union, I got the amazing opportunity to direct my first musical and it was a blast.
With the help of the E-Board of DePaul Theatre Union, I was able to put on a full production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn. This is a fun show, however it is a hard show to produce due to the audience volunteers needed. Three to four audience members are invited onstage and spell along with the actors. Due to this, the actors must be good at improv, along with being good singers and actors. They need to ad-lib and interact with different audience members every night, which makes for a unique show.
The Producers of DePaul Theatre Union, comprised of student volunteers, helped organize auditions in the Schmitt Academic Center. Over 50 people from all grade levels and majors auditioned to be apart of the cast and crew. After careful scrutiny, we chose 9 strong actors, 10 commited crew members, and 5 production leaders.
Over four months, our whole team worked very hard to create this amazing piece of art. The Theatre School gladly let us perform in their facilities. Over the last weekend, we had over 150 come out to see our performance. Friends and family of the cast and crew flew out from all over the country to our beautiful musical. We were sold out for all four performances and got really good reviews.
All in all, I had so much fun directing my first musical! It was stressful at times, but I could not have chosen a better community to find myself in. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to direct a musical while here at DePaul!