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Help us bring the world premiere of Bend in the Road - a new musical based on Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - to life!

HELP US GET IT DONE!
We need your help to bring this new musical of a beloved classic to life in the Carrie Hamilton Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse this fall.

CLICK to hear the SONGS!

GOAL: $28,500

The cost to produce the show the way we want to do it is huge! We have to pay for a professional cast, live musicians, rental and rehearsal space, lighting, costumes, sets, sound, stage manager, album recording, printing, publicity and marketing… Whew, the list is long. But we can do it with your help. Our real cost is $36,000 so anything over our goal will go right into the production.

Remember, if we don’t meet our goal, we don’t get anything.  Please support us at any level and tell your friends. Particularly those friends who love great musicals, family shows and those who love spunky Anne and her wonderful adventure at Green Gables. We look forward to seeing you at the Bend in the Road!

ABOUT ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

This classic novel, published in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.  Anne of Green Gables tells the story of young Anne Shirley, an orphan, who is mistakenly adopted by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert to help them on their Avonlea farm. Anne's intelligent, joyous and imaginative ways change the lives of all those around her in this small town,  including Matthew, Marilla and nosy town gossip Mrs. Rachel Lynde. Anne finds fast friendships at school and a rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe turns complicated as they grow up.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Bend in the Road will have its world premiere this fall at the Carrie Hamilton Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse, September 14 – October 14, 2012. We’ll run for five weekends bringing this wonderful family musical to all audiences in Pasadena, CA.  Get your tickets now as a reward for backing us!!!

The cast will feature professional actors and musicians as well as students from Pasadena schools. We can only do it with your support. Please join us.

Written by Benita Scheckel and Michael Upward. Choreography by Kevin Lee. Produced by Susan Lambert.

HEAR DEMO SONGS FROM THE SHOW AT REVERBNATION!

BEND IN THE ROAD SONG LIST

ACT ONE

1.     A Home For Me

2.     Anne with an E

3.     The Lord’s Prayer

4.     Walk Like Sisters (Kindred Spirits)

5.     Math and Mayhem

6.     That Girl

7.     The Feud

ACT TWO

8.     Child of My Heart

9.     What Do You Call A Boy?

10.   That Girl (Reprise)

11.   The Haunted Wood

12.   One Little Drop

13.   The Bend in the Road

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Michael Upward, music/book, has a Master's Degree in musical composition.  He has written many choral compositions which are published by Maestro Music Press, including two full-length dramatic musical presentations for Lent: Amazing Grace and Soul of My Savior. In addition to The Bend in the Road, Michael has written three other full-length musicals including Detention! The Musical. He has written two mini-musicals the value of good nutrition called Indy Jo and the TemPLATE of Health and Mission Nutrition: The Musical which are performed over 200 times a year to school children throughout Southern California. He is a pianist, singer and musical director working with many Los Angeles area theater, opera and church groups. He dedicates this show to his kindred spirit and wonderful daughter, Kelsey Upward.  www.michaelupward.com.

Benita Scheckel, lyrics/book, is a SAG actor and a professional singer. Having guest starred in ABC's supernatural thriller, Miracles and on CBS's crime drama, Close to Home, Scheckel turned her talents to voicover as the Christmas caroler, Becky in Disney Channel's hit televsion series, Phineas and Ferb.   As a teacher, Benita has taught songwriting and composition workshops for Southland Opera in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Currently, she is the performing arts director for Blair School in the Pasadena Unified School District.  Ms. Scheckel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Education. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, Nick, and two daughters, Madison and Anna. IMDB

For further information on the show, feel free to email us with questions and comments on the show: susan @ 134West.biz

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