FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 21, 1998
Gayle Roberts, GRPR, 206/285-4999
VIOLIN VIRTUOSO TALIA TONI MARCUS JOINS
THE TEAM FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
HUNCHBACK AT THE KING CAT THEATRE
OCTOBER 22 THROUGH NOVEMBER 22, 1998
KMTT the Mountain and Fred Meyer Provide Corporate Sponsorship for Hunchback
SEATTLE - Seattle First Artists Company, producer of the new rock musical, has announced that violin virtuoso Talia Toni Marcus will perform in the world premiere of Hunchback. Hunchback will play the King Cat Theatre in downtown Seattle for four weeks only, October 22 through November 22, 1998. Tickets, ranging in price from $18.50 to $42.50, are on sale now through Ticketmaster at 206/292-ARTS or by calling the Hunchback Hotline at 206/516-4125.
Talia Toni Marcus, a concert violinist and composer, combines her varied interpretive skills with an amazing ability to dance while weaving intricate harmonies through her strings. She has entertained throughout the world, composed for film, television and theatre, and recorded with numerous outstanding classical, jazz and rock performers.
A professional since the age of eleven when she joined the immortal Jack Benny on stage for over 250 shows, Talia later toured with Van Morrison and was a featured player on his hit album Into the Mystic. She was also a part of The Band's celebrated Last Waltz tour. She has recorded and played with Pavoratti, Kenny G., Ornette Coleman, Jermaine Jackson, Carla Bley's Jazz Composers Orchestra, The New American Orchestra, and was the featured soloist on the film score for An Officer and a Gentleman.
Most recently, Talia has appeared in Seattle Rep's Irish extravaganza The Shaughraun, which also played Bostonís Huntington Theatre, and in Nikki Appino's production of Djinn. She has also performed for audiences at Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, Fremont Festival, Best of the Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, and several productions at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.
Talia has received artist-in-residence grants from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Scola Sperimental in Rome, and American Student Center in Paris. She has taught in University Extension programs at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Yale, Peabody Conservatory, and for the city schools outreach programs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berkeley and South Whidbey.
Talia will perform in Hunchback as a featured soloist and as part of the musical ensemble performing on stage; Douglas Burnett (bass), Steve Hill (drums), Michael Eades (guitar), and Tom Kellock (keyboards and musical director).
Sponsorship for Hunchback is provided in party by KMTT the Mountain and Fred Meyer. Coupons for a discount on Hunchback tickets are available with purchase in the music departments of area Fred Meyer stores. John Fisher, morning host on KMTT will emcee The Festival of Fools, a Hunchback Halloween extravaganza on Saturday, October 31.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 22,1998
Gayle Roberts, GRPR, 206/285-4999
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
THE ROCK MUSICAL "HUNCHBACK"
Tickets On Sale Now For New Rock Musical Playing The King Cat Theatre Beginning October 20, 1998
SEATTLE - Casting is complete for Seattle First Artists Company's production of the new rock musical, HUNCHBACK, which world premieres at Seattle's King Cat Theatre beginning October 20, 1998. Tickets are on sale now for HUNCHBACK by calling Ticketmaster at 206/292-ARTS or visit the HUNCHBACK website at www.hunchback.com. Group discounts are available for parties of ten or more.
HUNCHBACK, written and directed by local performer/composer/writer C. Rainey Lewis, is closely based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This new musical avoids the substantial liberties taken by Hollywood film adaptations, and retains all the power and pathos of Hugo's original tragedy. The score includes twenty original songs from lush ballads to bluesy barrelhouse to soulful R&B, filling out the classic 15th century Parisian tale of Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Frollo. A new recording of music from HUNCHBACK, performed by Rainey Lewis is currently available at Blockbuster, Queen Anne, and Borders Books & Music.
Director Lewis has compiled a performing company of 28 singers, dancers and musicians. The cast includes: Nadia Deleye, Derek Horton, Guy Bogar, Frank Cruz, Meghan Arnette, Theresa Baker, Bryce Cahn, James Clearwater, Jonathan Hochberg, Ilana Long, Stefan Mitchell, and Bhama Roger. The dance ensemble headed by Choreographer Mark J. Kane includes: Richard Ayres, Diana Cardiff, Hassan Christopher, Alison Cockrill, Holly Eckert, Debbie Franz, Kristin S. Gentile, Shawn Hare, Alissa Wehrman, Wendy E. Wherry and Jeremiah C. Wilson.
The musicians for this unique rock musical are: Douglas Barnett (bass), Steve Hill (drums), Michael Eads (guitar), Tom Kellock (keyboards) and violinist Talia Toni Marcus.
Lewis has also assembled a dynamic local production team for HUNCHBACK. They are: Tom Kellock (Musical Director), Bill Forrester (Scenic Designer), Rose Pederson (Costume Designer), Jay Strevey (Lighting Designer) and Frank Video (Video Designer). David Morden is Associate Director and John Kingsbury is Producing Director.
This new musical production plans to combine a timeless story with exciting contemporary music and groundbreaking production technology. Hunchback is a production of Seattle First Artists Company, which believes that if live theatre is to remain competitive in the Electronic Age, it must ultimately provide similarly unique experiences.
As part of this year's Bumbershoot Festival, an abridged performance of HUNCHBACK will be performed at the Bagley Wright Theatre on Sunday, September 6 at 3:15 p.m. Additional shortened previews will be showcased at the Broadway Performance Hall on October 9 and 10. Visit the HUNCHBACK website for further information, at www.hunchback.com.
KMTT is the proud radio sponsor for HUNCHBACK. Listen to "The Mountain" at 103.7 for upcoming HUNCHBACK promotions throughout the summer and fall. For further information and interviews, contact Gayle Roberts at GRPR, 206/285-4999.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 19,1998
Gayle Roberts, GRPR, 206/344-2984
John Kingsbury, SFAC, 206/516-4125
AUDITIONS TO BE HELD JUNE 13th & 14th
FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE ROCK MUSICAL
Singers/Actors and Dancers Sought for Principal and Ensemble Roles
SEATTLE-Seattle First Artists Company (SFAC) will hold open auditions for the new rock musical, "HUNCHBACK", which makes its world premiere in Seattle. The production will be directed by its creator, C. Rainey Lewis, and choreographed by Mark Kane. There are five principal roles, seven ensemble roles, and twelve dancers. The production will open on October 20th and play eight performances per week for four weeks at the King Cat Theater. All positions are paid. This is a non-Equity production.
Auditions are by appointment only. Singing and acting auditions will be held on Saturday, June 13th and 14th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at A Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union Street, in downtown Seattle. All singer/actors should prepare a rock song or popular ballad, and a monologue. No accompanist will be provided; cassette tape and CD player will be available for pre-recorded accompaniment. Audition appointments are five minutes in length.
Dance auditions will be held on Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Body Balancing Studio on Capitol Hill, 1512- 11th Avenue, between Pike and Pine Streets. Dancers must be experienced in modern (post modern/release) and jazz (musical theatre), as well as contact improvisation partnering.
Callbacks for all performers will be held on June 20th and 21st. Qualified performers may schedule an audition by calling 206/516-4125.
John Kingsbury-Producing Director
1122 E Pike St Suite 1294, Seattle, WA 98122-3934
(206)516-4125 Fax (360)2213369
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 15th, 1998
Contact: Gayle Roberts, GRPR 206/344-2984
LOCAL PERFORMER/COMPOSER TO STAGE
WORLD PREMIERE OF "HUNCHBACK"
FOR SEATTLE AUDIENCES
Soundtrack For New Rock Musical, Based On Victor Hugo's Classic Tale, To Be Released April 17th,1998
SEATTLE - Local performer/compser/writer C. R. Lewis has announced the staging of Hunchback, a new and innovative musical, to play the King Cat Theater in October, 1998. C. "Rainey" Lewis conceived of the project and plans to direct the production with a local staff of designers. Hunchback is premiering in Seattle en route to Broadway. A new recording of music from Hunchback, performed by Rainey Lewis, will be available in stores on April 17th, 1998.
Hunchback is the second musical written by Lewis, who began her career as a singer/songwriter in Memphis, Tennessee. She toured the U.S. and Europe with French superstar Johnny Hallyday, and was a three-time winner on television's "Star Search". Having written songs from age five, Rainey's writing credits include collaborations with such stars as Tina Turner and Michael Bolton. She has recorded numerous songs for television and film. In 1990, she began writing Hunchback, which she completed in 1993 after relocating to the Seattle area from Los Angeles.
Hunchback is closely based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This new musical avoids the substantial liberties taken by Hollywood film adaptations and thus retains all the power and pathos of Hugo's original tragedy. The score includes twenty original songs from lush ballads to bluesy barrelhouse to soulful R&B, filling out the classic 15th century Parisian tale of Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Frollo.
This new musical production plans to combine a timeless story with exciting contemporary music and groundbreaking production technology. Taking advantage of not only the computer age, but the benefit of living in the technologically-fertile Pacific Northwest, Hunchback will incorporate video projections of pre-recorded live action scenes and computer-modeled imagery. Hunchback is a production of Seattle First Artists Company, which believes that if live theater is to remain competitive in the Electronic Age, it must ultimately provide similarly unique experiences.
Lewis has assembled a dynamic local production team for Hunchback. They are: Tom Kellock (Musical Director), Mark J. Kane (Choreographer), Bill Forrester (Scenic Designer), Rose Pederson (Costume Designer), Jay Strevey (Lighting Designer), and Frank Video (Video Designer). Casting will be finalized in June.
Hunchback will play The King Cat Theater October 20th through November 8th, 1998. Tickets will go on sale in June.
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