From Fab 5 to a cast of 25
The journey began where I hand-picked some of the top students of my music production school all the time. The last thing I wanted to do was to create a massive cattle call where too many people wanted to join the movement that was underway. I wanted to keep things tight to my chest and with those that I can trust. To the quiet selection process, I precast roughly 25 artists ranging in age, passion, and capability. The plot of this show was to be the journey of a number of children in a private school vying for an opportunity to work with Andrew Lane at Disney Studios. Sound familiar? LOL
The show would run much like Fame of the 1980s, where musical numbers will be intermixed with dramatic character arcs and story developments that would leave the viewer fully involved and at the edge of their seat. I had custom-written 12 episodes that illustrated the skills of each cast member while also matching their natural personality. This approach saved me from eating to provide High-Level Training for individuals to move from their natural baseline as an actor. Though now thinking about either adapting the script or rewriting the content for the new cast moving forward.
Just as we were fixing the ramp-up with major fundraisers, community awareness, and other exciting things, 2019 hit us and y’all know what that brought.
The project then turned into an online training experience where I continued to train the team in production strategies while preparing to shoot viral videos to get us started. Unfortunately during this time and the seemingly unending Madness of that era, a number of kids aged out of their anticipated roles and the project now had to be rethought and re-developed.
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