As part of the “Tall Tales” Series, The Goodwill Theatre will present Virtually Me! Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The “Tall Tales” Series is sponsored by Floyd’s Rent-All, Inc.
Virtually Me! is the rockin’ new musical that helps parents and educators foster a new dialogue with their students about technology in a fun and entertaining way. Appropriate for grades 4 – 9, this live musical production is filled with great characters, topical stories, cool songs, and high-energy choreography.
Innovative technologies are developing so rapidly that kids are finding ways to use and abuse them faster than their parents and teachers can say OMG! Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogging, texting, and gaming are changing the way kids interact with the world. While these modern innovations are a welcome means of efficient communication, unfortunately they can also be tools for a new kind of bullying: cyber-bullying. Virtually Me! tackles the issues surrounding technology today in a fun and entertaining way, reminding us all that while these modern tools are totally awesome and keep us in the know, at the same time, they need to be used responsibly. After all, sometimes the most important part of logging on, is knowing when to log off.
“We added the Tall Tales Series at the suggestion of parents and educators who saw the need for creative ways to explore issues and take a fresh look at history, literature and science. The Tall Tales Series is accessible for teens, ‘tweens’ and adults,” says CEO Naima Kradjian. “We are excited to offer this timely material and are happy to respond to our community.”
The creative team behind Virtually Me! includes: Jeremy Dobrish (director), Wendy Seyb (choreographer), Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann (composer/lyricist), Jeremy Desmon (writer) and Matt Murphy (producer).
Director Jeremy Dobrish has served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage and was the Artistic Director of Adobe Theatre Company for 13 years, for which he has written and/or directed over twenty plays. Jeremy’s plays include Notions in Motion, The Handless Maiden, Blink of an Eye, Superpowers, Orpheus & Eurydice, and Eight Days. www.jeremydobrish.com
Choreographer Wendy Seyb’s original dance comedies, including her full-length School Daze, have been presented at esteemed New York venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, The Flea Theater, 37 ARTS, HERE Arts Center, DRA Gala, St. Mark’s Church, The Duke Theater, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater. In 2007 Wendy won a Golden Nose Award for her dance comedy Super Novas. www.wendyseyb.com
As a songwriting team, Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann received a 2008 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, and they were 2006-2007 Dramatist Guild Musical Theatre Writing Fellows. Their songs have been featured in the acclaimed York Theatre Company’s N.E.O. Concert Series, Scott Alan’s Monday Night New Voices programs in Chicago and New York, as well as two sold-out engagements at The Duplex. Their song “When The Words Won’t Come” was published in the Fall 2007 issue of “The Dramatist.” Their original musical Trails was recently awarded a workshop at Millikin University. Upcoming projects include adaptations of the films Pump Up The Volume and Jawbreaker. Jeff and Jordan were recently the featured songwriters in the acclaimed “Songbook” series at Lincoln Center. www.thomsonandmann.com
Jeremy Desmon is a recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for most promising Musical Theatre Bookwriter in America as well as the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Fellowship for his work as a lyricist. Recent productions include The Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed Musicals, et al.), I See London, I See France (New York Musical Theatre Festival), If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (TheatreworksUSA) and Man of the People (Audio Web Comedy Series, Executive Producer). He is lyricist for a new song cycle, Surviving the Avalanche, as well as playwright for the non-musical comedy 7½ Wondrous Act(s) of True Love. Jeremy has written family theatrical productions that have toured the globe, including Universal’s Curious George Live!, Disney Live’s Mickey’s Music Festival and Elmo Rocks! for Sesame Place Park.
In addition to bringing Virtually Me! to student audiences all across America, Matt Murphy is currently producing the new Tony award winning Broadway musical Memphis: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Shubert Theatre and a new, touring musical adaption of the beloved Berenstain Bears books. Matt recently produced the Broadway productions of Thurgood, starring Laurence Fishburne, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his stellar performance, and the new play by Michael Jacobs entitled Impressionism, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. Matt’s producing debut in New York was the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, which became one of the longest-running Off-Broadway musicals in history during its remarkable 5-year run at New World Stages. Matt has also directed in regional theatres throughout the U.S. and has served as a guest panelist on the subject of producing theatre for several educational organizations. www.mattmurphyproductions.com
Tickets for Virtually Me! are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. You can purchase tickets online at www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time. – See more at: http://goodwilltheatre.net/?a=news&id=29#sthash.dBTj4DPO.dpuf