The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) will provide the brand-new musical “ACE” in a fully-staged show setting for two efficiencies only at 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23, in the Judy Bayley Theatre. This special show discussion is a benefit for the NCT with all proceeds going to help money the ongoing work of the prominent cultural organization.
“ACE” features a score by Richard Oberacker, presently the conductor for “KA” by Cirque Du Soleil at the MGM Grand, with a book and lyrics by both Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Taylor is a violinist who has played extensively in Las Vegas productions over the years consisting of “Disney’s The Lion King” and “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.”
Performers from the top Las Vegas Strip reveals join the brightest young stars of NCT in addition to a complete on-stage orchestra to present this uncommon event– the discussion of a new American musical.
Embedded in 1964, “ACE” follows the journey of a boy returning the home of find the reality about his mother’s hidden past. Discovering a saga spanning three generations of Ace competitor pilots through 2 World Wars, this initial musical soars with the trials and accomplishments of a household trying to find real heroism.
“After NCT produced numerous benefit concerts of smaller new works so successfully, and after the extraordinary production of ‘The Last 5 Years’ this previous season, I felt like now was the time to push the limitations of exactly what they might accomplish in a concert discussion,” said Oberacker. “Las Vegas has a wealth of skill working expertly on the Strip and throughout the Valley. UNLV has a wealth of young talent studying to be the next generation of theater experts. NCT is where those 2 worlds can converge and I understood a musical like “ACE”, with it’s certain casting requirements, would offer the ideal chance to show off that collaboration and offer Las Vegas a possibility to experience the premiere of a new musical.”
“ACE” has taken pleasure in an excellent life in some of the country’s prominent regional theatres including The Old World of San Diego and the Trademark Theatre of Arlington, Virginia. However the authors have taken the extraordinary step of re-structuring, re-composing, and re-imagining the piece based upon the lots of lessons learned throughout the production’s history. This has actually lead to exactly what is now a premiere of a completely brand-new version of the musical. NCT vocalists, actors, and musicians will be the first artists to perform this material.
Renowned Director David H. Bell will certainly travel from Chicago to stage the event, which will take its inspiration from the legendary “Repetitions!” and “New york city Philharmonic Provides …” series in New York City, which has actually made the discussion of complete Broadway musicals in a concert setting a staple of the theater-going experience. Brackley Frayer, NCT executive director, will develop the lighting. Christopher V. Edwards, NCT creative director, will supervise the production. The musical’s composer, Oberacker, will certainly conduct the full orchestra on stage. Casting will certainly be announced at a later date.
“I have always been a fan of theater institutions that discover ways to integrate working specialists in the market with students of the craft and those simply beginning their expert journey,” said Oberacker. “NCT wases established on that concept. And I likewise think that academic theater should have a strong commitment to establishing new work.”
Tickets for the event at $30 with all proceeds benefitting NCT and can be bought at the UNLV Box Office, by phone at 702-895-ARTS (2787) or on the NCT site.
Richard Oberacker, Composer and Co-Librettist/Lyricist
Oberacker is the conductor of the orchestra for “KA” by Cirque Du Soleil at the MGM Grand. As a composer and author, his musicals include “The Bandstand” which will certainly have its opening night this fall at The Paper Mill Playhouse, “The Sandman” (premiere, Fredericia Theatre, Denmark), “The Parenting Task” ( premiere, ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), “Journey to the West” (premiere, New York Musical Theatre Festival), “The Gospel According to Fishman” (premiere, Signature Theatre), “Dracula– The Video game of Love” (premiere, CCM Corbett Theater), and “In That Valley” (premiere, National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Functions). As a conductor, his credits consist of “Drlion” by Cirque Du Soleil, and the national tours of Hal Prince’s “Show Boat,” “Disney’s The Lion King,” and “Cats.”
Robert Taylor, Co-Librettist/Lyricist
Taylor is currently playing violin and viola for the brand-new Broadway musical “Working with Nerverland” in New York. As an author, his musicals consist of “The Bandstand” which will certainly have its opening night this fall at The Paper Mill Playhouse, “The Sandman” (premiere, Fredericia Theatre, Denmark), “The PArenting Task” (premiere, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and “Journey to the West” (premiere, New york city Musical Theater Celebration). As a musician, Taylor’s credits consist of “Disney’s The Lion King” (first and second Nationwide Tours and Las Vegas), “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” (world premiere), Parade (Broadway), Miss Saigon (Broadway), and The Book of Mormon (launch of the very first national tour). He also played and soloed with a few of the nation’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Chamber Soloists, and The Saint Cecilia Chamber Orchestra. He is a graduate of Holland’s Royal Conservatory, Union College, the University of Bonn, and Princeton. Taylor will be the concertmaster in the orchestra for the “ACE” performances.
DAVID H. Bell, Director
Bell is an Olivier Award nominee for his instructions of “The Hot Mikado” in London’s West End, which he also authored. Bell’s profession has spanned a large range of International and nationwide tasks, as director, choreographer, and author. As artistic director of the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Bell inaugurated such Opening night musicals as “Elmer Gantry,” “A Christmas Carol” (adapter), and “The Hot Mikado” (author– winner Helen Hayes Award, Best Director) along with the record breaking productions of “1776” and “Kid of Eden” (Helen Hayes Candidate as Finest Choreography). In Chicago, Bell’s work has actually earned 43 Joseph Jefferson Award elections (winning the award 11 times). His work at the respected Chicago Shakespeare Theatre includes productions of “Taming of the Shrew,” “As You Like It” (winner of the After Dark Award, Best Director), and “The Comedy of Mistakes.” At the Marriott Theatre, Bell directed more than 30 productions including “The Bowery Boys” (author/director), “Shenandoah,” “Footloose,” “Maradore” (Finest Choreography), “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Chess, “” Little Me”(winner Best Director, Finest Choreographer ), and”Windy City “. At Drury Lane Oakbrook, Bell directed his opening night productions of “Phantom,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and a brand-new adaptation of “The Boys from Syracuse” (winner Best Choreography). In New york city City, Bell directed both on and off Broadway. He directed “Pictures in the Hall” featuring tunes by long-time collaborator and buddy, Craig Carnelia, which garnered both the Bistro and the Mac awards, in addition to “Give My Regards to Broadway” at Carnegie Hall, (Richard Kiley, Jule Styne, Carol Channing, Jerry Orback, Chita Rivera, Jerry Herman, George Abbott, and so on). Worldwide, Bell has worked on London’s West End, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall (author– “Theatre of Dreams”), Berlin on “Pass away Schone Und Das Biest,” Barcelona on “The Spirit of Atlanta” (for the 1992 Olympic closing ceremonies), Paris, Budapest, Vienna, and so on, The Harlem Gospel Singers, “Toronto with Patsy!” and the European Trip of the Dirty Dancing Performance Tour. Bell is a full professor and the Director of Music Theatre at Northwestern University. He is the Artistic Director of The American Music Theatre Program (AMTP).
Brackley Frayer, designer
Frayer is the chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. He has actually created for Sacramento Music Circus (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, Sugar ), the International Ancient Greek Theater Festival in Delphi (Oedipus at Colonus), American Woman Location in Chicago (Circle of Friends), as well as shows at Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas, Seven Stages in Atlanta, Hippodrome Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival and New york city Lyric Opera Company. He is a member of United Scenic Artists– Local 829. Frayer made an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Christopher V. Edwards, Artistic Director
Edwards is a producer, director, actor, battle choreographer, and teacher who has actually taught theatre arts at the University of Minnesota, Bennington College, Montclair State University, West Point Military college, SUNY New Paltz, Manhattan Theatre Club, Creative Arts Team, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Most just recently he was the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education and Founding Director for the Specialist Acting Apprentice Training at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY. Performing credits consist of London’s West end, Off-Broadway, globally and in regional and exploring theatres in the United States; the Guthrie Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, John Houseman’s The acting business, Atlantic Theatre business, Ubu Rep., Rude Mechanicals– New York City, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival among others. Directing credits include: “The best ways to Break” at The National Theatre of Norway, HERE Arts Center– New York City, The Hip Jump Theatre Celebration– New York City, Collective Consciousness– New haven, CT, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; “I Have Prior to Me A Remarkable Document Provided Me By A Girl From Rwanda” at Vermont Phase Co.; “Shakespeare The Remix” at Capital Repertory Theater; “Master Harold … and the kids” at St. Michael’s Playhouse; “7 Guitars” and “Arcadia” at Nevada Conservatory Theatre, “Love/Sick” at Half Moon Theatre, “Othello,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Worldwide in 80 Days,” “Hamlet,” “A Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Absolutely nothing,” with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Edward is the founding Artistic Director for Point of Entry Theatre in New york city City. He went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Minnesota in association with the Guthrie Theatre, and presently divides his time between Las Vegas and Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
About NCT The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) is celebrating One Decade of being the professional theatre training program of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NCT is dedicated to giving Las Vegas the greatest quality theatre by showcasing professional artists and advanced students recruited from around the nation. With an objective to captivate, however also to provoke and inspire, NCT is pleased to be a part of Southern Nevada and UNLV, and thinks our area has a cultural destiny.
Contacts: Christopher Edwards, Artistic Director of Nevada conservatory Theatre at [email protected]!.?.!.