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Another artistic invitation to the community by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

Left to Right: Vickie Steen, Emcee for Playwrights and Composers ; Milo Graamans; Jacob Hanna; Brian Hanna; Audrey Bryann Young; Carly Bryann Young

Left to Right: Vickie Steen, Emcee for Playwrights and Composers ; Milo Graamans; Jacob Hanna; Brian Hanna; Audrey Bryann Young; Carly Bryann Young

Playwrights and Composers Event
Mark McConnell

A panel discussion combined with vignettes will be held on Sunday, June 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Alice Silverman Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center. This is a PAC Alumni event sponsored by the OCCA “Entertain the Future!” Capital Campaign, and will feature five of the PAC’s current talent pool.

A “wright” is a maker or builder of things. In the case of a play or musical, the creative process of taking an idea from a book, a biography, or a modern day issue and assembling the pieces to “build” a performance piece is the main focus of the panel discussion. Once the play is written, the next step of the process is to refine it in the “workshop” by actually casting and rehearsing the piece. The second part of the afternoon will focus on vignettes that have been chosen by the authors to showcase their works and reveal the rewriting process.

This free – “donations accepted” – event is sponsored by Toby Murry Toyota / Toyota Northwest. The spotlight will be on the three original scripts that will be performed this summer at the Newport Performing Arts Center. First up in June is ‘The Black Tulip’ produced by Coastal Act Productions. In July, ‘She Loves Me Not’ will be produced by Porthole Players. Finally ‘Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Unbound’ will be presented in August by Palladine Studios. Tickets and performance dates can be found at coastarts.org or by calling the PAC Box Office at 541-265-ARTS (2787).

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For the first time, Coastal Act Productions presents a world premiere musical, ‘The Black Tulip’. Written by Brian Hanna, with music by Jacob Hanna, this musical play is adapted from the Alexander Dumas* book of the same name. The story follows Cornelius von Baerle, the fictional nephew of two actual Dutch brothers. Set in Holland in the 1670’s, opposing political forces clash over control of the future of their country. An innocent tulip fancier, Cornelius lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and is unwittingly caught in the crossfire of political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer’s beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. 
*Alexander Dumas’ books include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
 
Brian Hanna is a native Oregonian who has loved living and raising a family on the coast for the past 20 years.  He enjoys teaching math and physics at Newport High School.  Although he played trumpet in high school, he didn’t start participating in theater until the CAP production of ‘Willy Wonka’ several years ago.  Writing the adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ ‘The Black Tulip’ was really a vehicle to see how serious his son Jacob was about pursuing music as a career.  He is grateful for the amazing creativity and wonderful support the Oregon Coast gives to the arts.
 
Jacob Hanna is a graduating senior at Newport High School, valedictorian, drum major, and IB Diploma candidate.  He will be studying Commercial Music this fall at Brigham Young University and hopes to one day write music scores professionally.  In addition to his love of music of all types he enjoys cross country, track, and being the big brother to his four biological sisters and one Italian exchange-sister.  He began his music career playing trumpet in middle school, and continues today, guided by his inspiring band director, John Bringetto. He loves the amazing opportunities provided by living in a small community, including his experiences conducting for Coastal Act Productions and the Newport Symphony Orchestra.

‘She Loves Me Not’ is an original musical with book, music, and lyrics by Milo Graamans. This world premiere will be directed by Carl Foster Miller and produced by Wyma Rogers for Porthole Players, Ltd. Milo’s inspiration comes from a modern day situation. “A young woman introduces her college boyfriend to her family the day before she comes out as a lesbian,” is all Milo says about the musical!
 
Milo Graamans has a background in classical piano, including studies at the University of Oregon School of Music. He dropped out of college to become involved again in the Newport theatre community, where he has been active off and on since 2009. He is currently the organist at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, and also accompanies the Central Coast Chorale.

Carly Bryann Young’s original stage play ‘Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Unbound’, which will have its world premiere at the Newport Performing Arts Center this August. This year in March, the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Burbank hosted a stage reading of the play. ‘Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Unbound’ is the real-life story of melancholy teenage writing prodigy Mary, who runs away with her lover, radical poet and science enthusiast Percy Shelley. Mary’s naive aspiring-starlet stepsister Claire tags along, leading them to the retreat of her idol, bad-boy celebrity writer Lord Byron. Together, they form a group of intellectuals who call themselves ‘The Elect’. When Byron issues a challenge to write a frightening story, Mary weaves their personalities, and her own tragic experiences, into a literary patchwork. But her creation also foreshadows things to come, for the very people who have given her inspiration will become sources of heartbreak…and tragedy. Carly’s sister Audrey will act in the title role of Mary Shelley.

When 22 year-old writer, Carly Bryann Young, and her sister, 20 year-old performer Audrey Bryann Young, arrived in Newport, their first destination was the Newport Performing Arts Centre. “It is such a beautiful theatre,” says Carly. “We got to see some demonstrations and shows, and were really amazed by the level of talent in singing, dancing, and performance art. It was reassuring to know that we had settled in a place where people were creative.” They lived in Hilo, Hawaii for 8 years, where Carly took advanced literature & filmmaking courses at the University of Hawaii at the age of 12, while Audrey performed in the University’s dance program at age 10. Carly was writing novels, screenplays, and stage plays (one placed in the Top 20 of the 2007 Young National Playwrights Competition in New York). “I was encouraged by a lot of great mentors,” Carly recalls “including novelists, the University professors, and a professional screenwriter who taught me the mechanics of screenwriting.”

“Audrey wanted to train as an actress, and I wanted to be able to work with actors more extensively,” explains Carly. “When actors are speaking your lines, acting out your characters, and you get the audience reactions – it becomes a living thing.”

This program, sponsored by the OCCA, is a fundraising event for Entertain the Future!, benefiting the Newport Performing Arts Center which is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. You can “Play a Role @ the PAC” by attending or contributing to the campaign.

Entertain the Future! : A Capital Campaign to Enhance and Expand the Newport Performing Arts Center, is a $4.3 million project consisting of a series of sequential initiatives, including: 1) enhancing the Alice Silverman Theatre to improve performance experience; 2) expanding the Studio Theatre to allow for an increased range of performance activities, 3) enhancing audience amenities to allow for simultaneous staging of performances, and 4) expanding storage, practice space, and green rooms to accommodate increased scale and scope of performances. To date, over $1.1 million has been raised!

Funds are currently being raised for the next two phases of the campaign. Initiative #3 – Signage Upgrades: Signage will be added to help promote the additional events and activities being staged at the PAC. This will include signage and marquee lights installed on the building. Initiative #4 – Alice Silverman Theatre Lighting Upgrades: Currently many lighting instruments are over 20 years old. Newer lights mean more energy efficiency. The limitations of the current lighting technology used at the PAC do not allow for the scenario of two shows in one day, or concurrent productions, as it takes from 10 to 30 hours to make major lighting changes. As the capacity of the PAC increases, there is a need to be able to double the number of instruments so two shows can be set at once. This component of the project will replace the existing lighting instrument inventory in the Alice Silverman Theatre with new equipment that is both flexible and energy efficient. In addition to energy savings, it is contemplated that the new equipment will allow for improved artistic quality, allowing for special effects and better control of lighting on the stage areas with a larger variety of lighting instruments.

On the average, the PAC is home to over 170 performances each year, with 26,275 attendees, and 790 participants on stage and backstage. Over the last 25 years more than 517,000 people have attended ticketed performances. Another 117,500 people have experienced the arts through rehearsals, school shows, community events, regional and statewide music festivals, workshops, and meetings. The PAC is the heart and soul of 12 resident presenters: three theatre companies, three dance groups, a symphony, two choral ensembles, a film series, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and HD Live! All of these resident companies provide a vast compliment of opportunities for hands-on learning and participation in the performing arts to people of all ages.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast. Located in Newport, it manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.
For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787), visit www.coastarts.org , or email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone, crickbone@coastarts.org .

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