Student Center: DEAR JOURNAL Blog #2: The Next Steps
To kick-off this year's Student Center, BroadwayWorld approached DEAR JOURNAL's co-creator Eric Gelb to blog about the team's challenges, rewards and lessons in putting together the production.
Below is Eric's second blog entry. If you missed last week's, catch up here! And check back soon for another instalment!
THE ROAD TO: 'Dear Journal: The Musical'
BLOG #2: The Next Steps
Ryan and I hadn't raised any funding for the show- my parents put $175 towards set materials and I put all of my money towards the show, so we were able to purchase some stuff for the show. It was easy to see from the start that a fast-paced show like this would require lots of quick changes and lots of costumes. Working with (at that time) over 40 costumes, I gathered a fantastic costume and makeup team.
I began purchasing some costume pieces for the show and trying them on the performers - my vision was coming to life. I was happy - for the moment. We made the move for our rehearsals at the Library, and it worked well. The teens were starting to get the hang of it, and Ryan's availability was getting better. He was able to make more the rehearsals now, and we had a song down.
However, our streak of good fortune quickly ended. By the middle of the summer, we were down four leads due to the inability to keep a commitment. We basically lost a huge chunk of our cast, and our show was scheduled to open on November 10th. Ryan and I were about ready to give up. Money was a problem. The set didn't seem like it was going to fit - that was $75 down the drain for one set piece. We were frustrated, confused and upset. Was producing an original musical REALLY worth it?"
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