For the second year, Audacity designed lighting for The Green Room’s production of Annie Jr at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School.
Last week Thomas Russell Middle School came alive with the sights and sounds of Disney’s Lion King, Jr.
As the company founder, the first half of Audacity’s 2015-2016 season has been a massive step. This year has been the first time Audacity has deployed independent creative teams to a school to produce shows. And, it was wonderful!! This experience has been amazingly powerful.
The lesson I learned from Steven Pressfield, “trust the soup,” has been more evident in my life these past weeks than at any other time. As a company, we’re incredibly grateful to have been been able to hire amazing talent. As the founder, it is the most amazing thing in the world to see what great talent will produce when unleashed with young people in order to produce art.
Audacity’s show at Russell Middle School was incredibly wonderful, not only because of the amazing production values, but because of the reaction of the student participant and the school.
Before the show opened, the administration and students were asking if Audacity would come back and do another show in the spring. If there is a better testament to the stunning work done by our team, I don’t know what it is.
Director, Tom Shamrell, Assistant Director, Nick Boucher, and Music Director, Kellen Hughes, created an amazing show that was delightful to watch. The Audacity Team cultivated an excitement and passion in the students of the Lion King cast that was hard to describe. These kids were on fire. The room was filled with their powerfully happy energy. It was clear that Tom, Nick and Kellen made every kid feel important and a crucial part of the show. Every child in the show loved being part of the company.
Audacity is currently making plans to expand our program with Russell to support their school talent show and to add a Spring Musical.
Founder and President
The Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc.
One of the things we do at Audacity is provide technical theater support for other programs in Silicon Valley. This is one of the activities that help to raise funds to pay for programs in communities that cannot effort our services.
This past March, we had the honor of providing lighting to Saint Andrew’s School in Saratoga for their Spring Musical (the cast was made up of students grades 3-8). The play was written by Maggie Cole and was produced and directed by her production company, The Green Room.
For a nominal service fee, Audacity designed a lighting plot and arranged for the rental of all necessary equipment for the project. We also provided all Audacity’s lighting gear at no additional cost to support the project as well.
We also took the opportunity to recruit high school students as interns to help install lighting and to run lighting for the show.
Our interns, Kendall Goodin from Leigh High School and Amy Mullenex from Notre Dame High School, San Jose were outstanding additions to our Audacity family.
The show was a HUGE success for Saint Andrew’s.
Amy Mullenex summed up her experience with Audacity in the following note:
Thank you so so much for giving me the opportunity to come help this past week. I was pretty nervous about it considering I’ve never done anything like it before. Thank you for encouraging me and pushing me to keep trying and figure things out for myself — it’s been a very valuable experience for me and I’ve learned a lot from it! Thank you thank you thank you!
Kendall Goodin followed up her success with Audacity by being accepted for a lighting internship at Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s season at Sanborn Park this summer. She will be serving as light board operator and lighting tech for both shows at Sanborn Park.