Local College Students Launch New Cavern Productions
New Artists, New Audiences, A New Approach to Art. This is the motto of Philadelphia's newest entertainment group, New Cavern Productions (NCP). The company is run entirely by local college students with a shared vision of creating a collaborative network of student artists in which all art forms can thrive and gain exposure.
Founders Steven Burke (attending UArts for musical theatre) and Evan Rieger (attending Westminster Choir College for voice performance) have put together a diverse artistic team comprised of local students. They believe Philadelphia has a surplus of young talent, and aim to provide a platform on which young artists can flourish while gaining experience in a professional setting. NCP participants will be marketed to a broader artistic community and will be included in an online database featuring artist information and work samples.
One of the main goals of NCP is to expand the current theatre community by designing productions that will appeal to a non-traditional audience. "I want your average college kids to consider a local production as something to do on a Friday night just as much as going to a bar or a movie," says Steven Burke, Producing Artistic Director. "Everything NCP develops will be marketed to include this demographic, and be built to attract the non theater goers to gain a new perspective on what theater and media can mean for them."
NCP's first major production will be The Who's rock musical Tommy, which will be performed at Theatre Horizon's brand new, state of the art venue in Norristown, PA. Tommy, which will be produced, directed and performed entirely by students, is slated for July 2014. NCP's first season will also include original video content, live music experiences, and the development of original works.
In order to commemorate NCP's launch, their First Annual Fundraising Gala will be held at Theatre Horizon on January 3rd and 4th, 2014. The celebration will include a showcase of some of Philadelphia's finest student talent, followed by a reception with food, drinks, music and more. The event is open to the general public, and tickets can be purchased on the NCP website.
Philadelphia based artists are encouraged to join the NCP network to receive information on auditions, jobs, and how to submit artistic proposals. More information can be found on the website under "Join NCP".
Discover more about New Cavern Productions at www.newcavern.org.