- Julia Murney Fundraiser
- MST Autism Education Project
Julia Murney will perform a concert at The Sheldon Theatre on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 7:00 PM to benefit the Mustard Seed Theatre Autism Education Project.
Julia played “Tami” in the NY production of Falling but is more known for playing “Elpheba” in Wicked. In St. Louis she played another “green girl” – she was “Fiona” in Shrek last year at the MUNY.
Tickets are $25.00 for the Balcony and $30.00 - $40.00 for Orchestra seats. A limited number of premium tickets are available for $125.00 which include free parking in the Sheldon parking lot and a private post-show reception with Julia and the St. Louis cast of Falling. Pre-sales to the Mustard Seed Theatre reprise of Falling will be on sale before and after the show.
Tickets are available through Metrotix at www.metrotix.com. For more information or questions, please contact the Mustard Seed Theatre box office Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 314-719-8060.
The goal of Mustard Seed Theatre’s Autism Education Project is to create a valuable teaching tool for educators in a variety of settings. The reprised production of Falling this April at Mustard Seed Theatre will be professionally filmed and edited to create an educational DVD, with curriculum material for classes ranging from education to family counseling to behavioral analysis. The estimated cost for the entire project is $30,000.
The fundraiser event with Julia Murney at the Sheldon Concert Hall on March 3rd at 7:00 PM is the first step toward raising the funds for the project. Mustard Seed Theatre hopes to raise the first $20,000 to cover the cost of professional filming. Funds for editing and support materials will be raised after filming has been completed.
Tickets for the fundraiser are available through Metrotix at www.metrotix.com. For more information or questions, please contact the Mustard Seed Theatre box office Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 314-719-8060.
Okay, I know I promised a middle part but being in the show means I haven't had as much time to write about the show. Anyway, suffice it to say the the middle part is a mixed bag.
The good news is, the cast gets to know each other and we get more comfortable with one another. This leads to a feeling of security for actors as we try new things for our characters. Whether it's being able to let go and reveal ourselves in a dramatic emotional scene, or trying a goofy dance or a line change for a laugh - this is where the magic of discovery begins.
The bad news is, this is also where we have to learn our lines. Just when you think you know what you are doing, you have to start doing it without the book in your hand. Your comfortable, bedraggled, marked up script that has been your friend and constant companion this couple of weeks is being ripped from your trembling hands as you try to do your part(s) from memory! It doesn't help that this is an adaptation and Deanna frequently comes in and says, "So I have some script changes tonight!" But "tech week" starts tomorrow and she can't tweak the play too much more. Anyway, we all take it with a laugh and just keep going.
Really, if you like black and white, order and structure - theatre isn't for you. It's a big mess in the middle part but somehow it ALWAYS comes together. Some plays are better than others, of course, but to a large extent actors just have to trust the Director and the Process. I think that's the magic of theatre - a bunch of different people taking a leap of faith together - actors, directors, technical crew and the audience. Tech week starts tomorrow!