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Central Mass’ Molehill Productions Opens New Musical About Love

Friday, June 07, 2013

 

Local actors and playwrights display the creative power of love. Photo by Briana Gardell

"Love: in a number of acts", an original and unique musical romantic comedy by Molehill Productions featuring all local playwrights and performers, is coming to the GB & Lexi Singh Performance Center in Whitinsville starting this weekend. The cast will perform six shows over a two weekend period beginning on Friday, June 7th, at 7 pm.

The musical will be presented in anthology form. It has a "play within a play" storyline, where the over-arching book, written by Seth Leary (the owner of Molehill Productions) and Sean Costello, incorporates musical interludes, written by Leary, and three one-act plays, written by two different local playwrights, Kara Krantz and Kelly Flanagan. The three one-acts are entitled "Recess", "Requesting Leave", and "Iced Tea" respectively.

A Creative and Original Story

The story overall is about love and magic and the pursuit and presence of the two in our lives. A charismatic yet bumbling magician must perform a love ritual in order to earn his Love Card, so he may then pursue a lady magician. To this end, the magician brings together a dynamic ensemble of actors whose jobs are to represent love in its many forms through a myriad of mediums. As the love stories and songs unfold, so do the latent and blossoming feelings between the cast members, and the audience is able to experience the Love Ritual both in the presentation and from a unique behind-the-scenes view.

"The book writers, Seth and Sean, wanted to create something unique and new. The entire process has been almost like a workshop, with aspects being adjusted, changed, and added up until the last few weeks before opening night," says Kara Krantz, the musical's director , and one of its producers and writers.

"The purpose of "Love" is first and foremost to entertain the public, then to showcase local playwrights and performers, and to expand the boundaries and expectations of live theater. "

The creators of the play promise, above all, that attendees will have a great time both listening to and witnessing this incredibly creative production.

"You will laugh uproariously, listen to beautiful music, and be moved to the many various emotions that accompany the quest and acquisition of Love in our lives," remarks Kara.

Local Pride

Cast members include Michelle England, David Plante, Cassie Tortorici, Joel Krantz, Danielle White, Adrian Knowles, Wade Porter, Vivian Nichols, Rachael Leary, and Dana Fitzpatrick. In addition to artistic and musical director Seth Leary and director Kara Krantz, the production team also includes executive producer Briana Gardell, technical director David Plante, and stage manager Julie Standrowicz,

The greater Worcester area should consider itself fortunate to have such awesome talent located right within its community, and moreover talent willing to push traditional creative boundaries and experiment with progressive techniques.

"We hope to expand the definition of live theater. We believe shows like this, especially when showcasing original and upcoming talent can walk that line between the absurd and the classic. We can create something that is accessible, entertaining, and original. It encourages camaraderie, human connection and interaction, and stirs the creative process in all of us, which is a crucial part of creating a better life for everyone in the Worcester community," says Kara again.

Seth Leary, the founder and owner of Molehill Productions, has already had a notable career in theatre. Seth, with Sean Costello, opened their first original production, "Bob for God," at Gateway Players Theater in 2002. Since then, they've had a number of original plays produced throughout the New England and Northeast region, including "The Balance" in Bedford, NH., "Becky's: in concert" with collaborator Brian Sampson, and "Tragical, Comical, Historical, Pastoral" in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information please view the musical's event page or find Molehill Productions on Facebook. General admission tickets at the door are $15.

 

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