Early next month, nearly a dozen Eagle Rock School students will perform in a non-traditional musical at the Walter G. Reusch Auditorium, located within the YMCA of the Rockies in Estates Park, Colo.
This abstract musical, titled Songs for a New World, depends entirely on the storytelling abilities of its cast members, each of whom creates a character and the story line underlying that character. Each song performed during this — Eagle Rock School’s latest Spring Musical — introduces, describes and completes the student’s entire story, giving performers one chance only to communicate their feelings and draw the audience into believing in that particular character.
And that, as any director will tell you, is an imposing task. The musical, developed by Jason Robert Brown, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, April 6; Friday, April 7; and, again on Saturday, April 8.
If there is a theme running through these songs, it revolves around surviving crises in a modern world — a task that might require actions and solutions that weren’t available or even possible for those who suffered injustice, grief and other survival modes in former generations.
Eagle Rock students were instructed to create a character portfolio that assisted them in inventing an in-depth background covering their character’s life. The thinking was that such a personal assessment is necessary for the students to understand and develop who they are so they can successfully communicate their story.
Performers use few spoken words, depending almost solely on songs to communicate their stories. Students focused first on themselves — identifying, discussing, and analyzing how or if they personally have an effect on the portrayal of their fictitious character.
Every student performs at least one solo, which can bring forth a position of vulnerability, especially for those who have never performed in front of an audience.
Eagle Rock School students participating in Songs for a New World include Aviv, Ella, Barbara, Lydia, Carolina, Myles, Marcus, Moe, Emiliano, Evan and Jafar. Musical numbers — and their participants — include:
- The New World — All Ensemble
- On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492 — Evan
- Just One Step — Lydia
- I’m Not Afraid of Anything -— Aviv
- The River Won’t Flow -— Evan/Emiliano
- Stars and the Moon — Carolina
- She Cries — Jafar
- The Steam Train — Emiliano
- The World Was Dancing — Myles
- Surabaya Santa — Barbara
- Christmas Lullaby — Ella
- King of the World — Evan/Jafar
- I’d Give it All for You — Myles/Ella
- The Flagmaker — Aviv
- Flying Home — Jafar
- Hear My Song — All Ensemble
- What: Eagle Rock School’s Production of “Songs for a New World”
- Where: Walter G. Reusch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies (Estes Park)
- When: Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 7 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 8 at 7:30pm
- Tickets: May be purchased at the door
- Proceeds: Benefit Eagle Rock School’s Graduate Higher Education Fund