“Sooo how does this work?”

This is one of the questions the bro and I constantly get asked whenever we meet with someone about the show.

Person looks at us, gestures back and forth and asks, “Sooo how does this work?”

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Which Came First: the Book or the Song?

Currently, the bro and I are doing a Christmas show out in Bristol, PA for the month.  It’s a great little gig, with some fantastic people.  Most of the rehearsals are at night however, so we’ve taken this opportunity as a mini writer’s retreat and trying to write/finish Musical 2 (for lack of a title).  It takes place in Italy during WWII, specifically toward the end of the war and the northern occupation.  It’s a fascinating topic and one that most people haven’t really explored.  It’s one even I’m learning about as we continue to research and write.

We’re slowly getting through it (we’re up to about 4 scenes in Act 1) and we have to finish the whole show by the end of the month for a deadline.

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Writer’s Block is a Real Thing

If you’re a writer, then at some point in your life you’ve encountered the dreaded writer’s block.  Hell, if you’ve written a school essay you’ve encountered it.

It’s real.  It’s horrible.  It sucks.

It happened to me the other day and I was quite surprised by it.  I know.  You must be thinking, “Ummm Cristina, this is nothing new to you right?”

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Submissions and Rewrites

Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been bombarded on both sides of the theatre industry–acting and writing.

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Musical Theatre Festivals

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again! I can smell it in the air; the mad dash to finish a song, finalizing last minute scene changes, the sweat, the tears, the shear panic–all ending in shear exhaustion and jubilation that you got everything in on time.

It’s Festival submission season for new writers.  For those of you unfamiliar with this tear-inducing season, it’s when many Theatre and Musical Theatre festivals open submissions for new works.  This is a prime opportunity for new writers to get your shows out there.  It’s also a great opportunity to get your works finished because–hello–deadlines!

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