4@15: Four New 15 Minute Musicals at The Royal Family Arts Centre Set for This Weekend

By: Apr. 14, 2016
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4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will commence performances Saturday, April 16, Sunday, April 17, and Monday, April 18, for four performances only at the Royal Family Arts Centre. Kristen Lee Rosenfeld serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs.

4@15 commissions musical theatre writing teams to write mini-musicals for musical theatre actors from UCI's New York Satellite Program (Dr. Myrona DeLaney, Director). The writers are given ten days to write the new musicals tailored specifically for the talents of the actors, culminating in a staged concert performance. Now in its tenth year, this cycle represents the 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th show in the 4@15 catalog.

Performances are Saturday, April 16, at 3 PM; Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM and 5:30 PM; Monday, April 18 at 7:30 PM. Tickets: $10 (general admission) available online at: 4at15uci2016.eventbrite.com. Performances at Royal Family Arts Centre, 145 West 46th Street #3.

The four new musicals include:


Music by Kristin Bair

Book & Lyrics by Sarah Ziegler

When Cailen discovers that a precious heirloom was stolen from her apartment, she is distraught. Luckily, she knows who to call... Dustin Gavins, Private Investigator!

With Jacob Ben-Shmuel, Alexa Crismon, Taylor Fagins, Cailen Fu, Mario Montes, Santiago Rivera & Leya Van Doren


Music & Lyrics by Benjamin Velez

Book by Tim Duncheon

When an outsider candidate wins supporters by promising to fill the college cafeteria with unhealthy fast food, four establishment rivals must unite to defeat him.

With Tivoli Evans, Gio Munguia, Kelsey Olson, Erica Schaeffer, Laurence Turner & Rachel Williams


Words by Janine Robledo

Music by Aden Kent Ramsey

The chickens on Sally Cider's apple orchard find themselves in a precarious dilemma as they strive to be more than what they are.

With Nikko Arce, Megan Bowen, Travis C. Brown, Julia Brunelli, Jonathan Edzant & Luzma Ortiz


Book & Lyrics by Kate Chadwick

Music by Josh Freilich

Hunter, the jock, has a temp job as a bouncer at Comic Con NYC. Can he survive a mob of nerds at the standby line for one of the biggest panels of the year?"

With Mata Barr, Ethan Thomas Bell, Nick Bourgault, Wynsum Kearns, Sean Stover & Cara Wodka

More info on the writers:

KRISTIN BAIR is a Philadelphia-based composer, and a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. She and her collaborator Kevin Hammonds received the 2015 Jerry Harrington Award from the BMI Foundation. Their musical comedy Super Hero was produced as a staged reading by the Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab in 2014, and it also received an Anna Sosenko Grant. They have received commissions from URock Theatricals and the NYC Children's Theatre. Other projects include Prospect Theater Company's Musical Theatre Lab and Prospect's Summer Intensive. Kristin's work has been featured in BMI Smokers and at NYTB at the D Lounge.

KATE CHADWICK grew up in ballet and theatre (BA in Drama, high-honors in Musical Theatre Performance from University of California, Irvine; Post-Graduate Diploma in Acting from The Oxford School of Drama, UK). In 2015, she graduated from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She had a showcase of her songs in William Finn's Cabaret series at Barrington Stage in the summer of 2015, a short-opera was performed at Hartford Opera, and she's had her songs performed at Sardi's, 54 Below, The York Theatre and The Laurie Beechman. Member of Actor's Equity and the Dramatists Guild. www.katechadwick.com

TIM DUNCHEON'S plays include Breaking News!, Almost Free, Speak, Lavinia, and I'm From Outer Space (Ars Nova ANT Fest). A 2015-16 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, Tim has also had work read, developed, or performed by The Flea, Naked Angels, and The Amoralists. His pirate musical Fearsome Frank has been developed at The Paradise Factory, The Musical Theatre Factory, and in residency at the Blue Mountain Center. Tim is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of Yale, where he studied with Michael Korie, Rachel Sheinkin, and Donald Margulies.

JOSH FREILICH is an NYC-based composer and arranger whose arrangements and compositions have been performed at numerous venues throughout the world in concert and theatrical settings. Composer/orchestrator credits: Turn Out (composer), Carlotta (composer), Color War: The Summer Campy Musical (co-composer), Moving Right Along: The World of Jeff Blumenkrantz (orchestrator), Month Upon a Time (orchestrator), The Star Child (composer), A New Brain (additional arrangements). Additional musical directing credits include: Spelling Bee, Children of Eden and RENT. Workshops include: Up Here (w/Alex Timbers, Joshua Bergasse), and Once Removed (w/Melissa Bell and Graham Russell).

ADEN KENT RAMSEY is a New York based composer of musical theatre/film. Works for musical theatre include The Curious Contents of Christie's Waste Basket (words by Janine Robledo), One Wish (words by Nolan Doran), and Survive (words by Jason Purdy). Ramsey and Robledo's musical, The Curious Contents or Christie's Waste Basket, was read by professional actors at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ as a part of a week-long writing retreat in 2013. Ramsey and Purdy's short musical, Survive was a finalist in the Davenport 10 minute play competition in 2012. Ramsey graduated from Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (cycle 22) at NYU in May, 2013.

JANINE ROBLEDO, lyricist, playwright and singer/songwriter, is a recent graduate of the cycle 22 Musical Theater Writing program at NYU where she was a recipient of the Paulette Goddard award. Since her graduation in 2012, she has had her work performed at venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, Duplex Theater, 54 Below in NYC, and Two River Theatre in Red Bank, which held a second reading of her show The Curious Contents of Christie's Waste Basket in June 2013. A workshop production of her musical comedy, Chaundria and the Giant, written with NYU alum Micah Joel, was recently performed by the Three Act Theater Company at the Manhattan Center for Movement and Arts.

BENJAMIN VELEZ is a graduate of Columbia University where he studied film and wrote music and lyrics for the 114th Annual Varsity Show. He is a composer/lyricist in the Advanced BMI workshop where he was named the Jerry Harrington award winner in 2012. His work has been featured at the Yale Institute for Music Theater, NYMF, the NEO series, the Civilians, and Cutting Edge Composers. His original musical Afterland had a reading at the York Theater earlier this year, directed by Mark Brokaw. He is currently collaborating with John Leguizamo and David Kamp on the original musical Pain In The Aztec.

SARAH ZIEGLER is an advanced member of the BMI Workshop. She is currently developing The Bronte Project with composer Lucas Syed for NYC's Theater in Asylum. Sarah's work has been performed at cabaret spaces across the city including 54 Below (Lady Parts and Broadway Babylon) and the New York Theatre Barn (Sarah vs. Sarah). In 2015, she was the winner of The York Theatre's Tune in Time, a musical theater speed-writing game show. This past fall, Sarah and composer Nicky Phillips had a short musical in Stage Fright, Prospect Theater Company's Fall Musical Theater Lab. Sarah has a Masters in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and occasionally takes the stage as a performer herself. www.youtube.com/szigfer.