President Mom has now had several productions across the United States, so I pulled together a sizzle reel from footage from one of the recent productions. Enjoy!
Becca has written several educational songs for FunKiddzTV, an online educational series. Becca's lyrics can be heard in many of their videos, and she frequently gets to work with collaborator Julian Blackmore on these songs.
You can follow FunKiddzTV on YouTube here.
Here's a little bit more about FunKiddzTv:
"FunKiddzTV is designed to engage and educate kids from all over the world through a series of upbeat animated Music Videos, stories and interactive learning. Here, your child can learn everything under the sun, from ABC to Animals, colors to shapes, and so much more! Our programming is among the best at helping children learn education basics in an entertaining way Here we house one of the internet’s largest collections of educational resources, nursery rhymes for children, and cartoons for the whole family. Our content is intended help grow with your child. Enjoy our huge collection of nursery rhymes for your children, that you and baby can sing together. Make sure to subscribe today so you don't miss any of the fun!"
The 90 minute 4 character musical closed out the 2016 Developmental Reading Series and starred Max Crumm, Lesli Margherita, Lance Rubin, and Aneesh Sheth. It was thrilling to hear the show performed by such an incredible cast of all-stars and to get feedback from a live audience for this new piece.
Looking forward to sharing an update on the show soon.
I've been collecting my thoughts on feminism/life in urban America on a separate website I'm calling Femme Chose. At Femme Chose, I've also been interviewing female writers and sharing those conversations via a podcast called Shakespeare's Sisters (a Virginia Woolf tip of the hat). You can check it out on the site or subscribe through iTunes. Check it out, and if you like it, be sure to write a review!
If you're a female writer who'd like to be interviewed, send me an email at becca at whynotbecca dot com.
My full-length play will receive a workshop reading at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood on May 4th as part of their Living Room Series presentations of new works.
I'm thrilled for this opportunity to hear this play in front of an audience for the first time and to work with theatre-makers on the West Coast.
If you're in LA, come check it out for free at 8pm on Monday, May 4th at the Blank's Second Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. I'd love to see you there!
Dan Marshall and I just returned from an incredible week as the Tam & Young Arts Chair guest teachers at 'Iolani School in Honolulu.
We taught twelve classes ranging from Finding the Writer's Voice to Quiet Subversion: Musicals of the 1960s, and we worked with over 100 students in the Upper School. The students were attentive, involved, endlessly creative, and open to dive outside of their comfort zones. For that, we'd like to say, "mahalo!"
Additionally, Dan and I were lucky enough to get to take in some of the beautiful sights of Oahu. We enjoyed surfing The Seconds, swimming in the Makapu'u Tide Pools, checking out the swap meet at Aloha Stadium, and even running the Hapalua Half-Marathon!
Ke Akua pu a hui hou!
Christmas Quartet, the newest musical by Becca Anderson, Julian Blackmore, and Dan Marshall, will have a developmental reading in late March as part of the lovely Charissa Bertel's Composer Salon Series.
Christmas Quartet had a private reading in New York City in December of 2014.
The talented students at the 'Iolani School in Honolulu will be presenting President Mom in April.
My collaborator and I have been invited to visit the school, teaching master classes, presenting a cabaret, and attending rehearsals as part of the Tam & Young Arts Chair visiting artist program.
We are excited and grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to experience the Aloha state and meet these gifted young performers!
We are honored and thrilled to be included on this exciting list from Hypable as one of the 10 best NYC theater shows of 2014! Keeping company with Aladdin and Heathers will most likely go to our heads. (It already has).
I am thrilled to share that my musical Academia Nuts, written with Julian Blackmore and Dan Marshall, was named the Play By Play Best New Musical at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Our fabulous director Thomas Caruso was awarded the prize for Excellence in Direction, our actors Jennifer Simard and Alyse Alan Louis won awards for their performances, and the writing team received Honorable Mention in the categories of Excellence in Writing (Book) and Excellence in Writing (Lyrics).
Congratulations to all the winners! A full list can be found here.
Academia Nuts is featured on page 20 of today's (July 23, 2014) Metro New York as the number one show from the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival! We are flattered and honored to be in great company (they also loved Cloned! and Searchng for Romeo). If you're in New York City, pick up a copy and give it a read!
We finished up our sold out run at NYMF this week. It was an exciting and wonderful experience, and I am thrilled I was able to be a part of the festival and this production. Rehearsing, rewriting, and producing were a workout and a blessing.
Thank you to The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the Kevin Spacey Foundation: America for support Academia Nuts. I could never have put the show up without these generous organizations that care about and foster the arts.
Our full cast and creative team have been announced, and we couldn't be more pleased!
Rehearsals have begun, and the time is doing an amazing job with the material already. We are thrilled and humbled by all of the talent involved with Academia Nuts this summer, and I hope you can come see the show. Tickets go on sale on June 16th!
I'm thrilled that casting is now complete for Academia Nuts this summer at the New York Musical Theatre Festival!
Keep your eyes peeled for a press release soon. We begin rehearsal three weeks from today and tickets go on sale June 16th.
Be sure to check out the NYMF website for more details!
My children's play President Mom recently won the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Prize in Huron, Ohio. The three finalists for the prize were presented as staged readings by the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, and the winner was selected through audience votes.
I was lucky enough to be able to Skype in for the performance, and I couldn't be more pleased with how professional and talented the youthful cast was. Bravo!
I'm happy to announce that my children's play President Mom is one of three finalists for the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival at the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre in Huron, Ohio. My musical Hatter, written with Brandon James Gwinn, was a finalist for this award in 2012.
A free reading of President Mom will be presented on May 3rd at 2pm in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands.