In Fall 2012, we asked for help to make The Hinterlands, an original musical web series about Paul, a bullied gay teen contemplating taking his own life. With the support of over 260 amazing contributors, we were able to complete filming on The Hinterlands in Spring 2013. If you were one of the generous people who helped us reach this exciting point, THANK YOU!! We would not be here without YOU!
The Hinterlands features a slew of established and rising Broadway musical theatre stars, including newcomer Connor Russell (Disney’s Aladdin world premiere) as Paul. Playing his family includes Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly (ChittyChitty Bang Bang, Nice Work If You Can Get It), John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Curtains, Spamalot), and Zoe Considine (A Christmas Story). Additional cast members include David Andrew Anderson (Meet John Doe) with Caitlin Kinnunen (Spring Awakening, next to normal), Daniel Quadrino (Bye Bye Birdie), Andrew Brewer (Off-Broadway’s Nymph Errant) and Brianne Wylie.
We are now set to enter the final three phases of the project, which are:
- Post-Production – including editing, color-grading, color-correction, audio mastering, title treatment, ADR (automated dialogue replacement), et al.
- Website Design and Hosting – including working with a web designer in the construction of a website that will both host The Hinterlands web series as well as provide links to resources for young people.
- Partnerships, Marketing and Distribution – including establishing relationships with anti-bullying individuals and organizations in order to spread The Hinterlands, devising a marketing campaign for The Series and creating a strategic distribution model to reach as many young people as possible.
We are now asking for your help in completing The Hinterlands and sharing it with LGBTQ kids and all kids across the country who face the devastating impact of bullying.
A guiding factor in the creation of the Hinterlands as a musical web series – rather than a staged production – was our belief that kids need to be able to access a story like this from the safety of their own laptops, iPads and smart phones. And kids in the real hinterlands are the most in need of a project like this, as some communities are highly intolerant of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender kids. To enrich The Hinterlands viewing experience, the project's website will include links to resources from existing organizations for youth, parents, teachers and allies. The Hinterlands website will also host an online community for fans of the series that is a safe place for kids to interact and provide support to one another.
If you are unfamiliar with The Hinterlands, you may visit our first Indiegogo campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hinterlands where you can learn more about the project.
You can also get more information and materials about The Hinterlands at www.hinterlandsthemusical.com
The Writing Team:
Danny Larsen (composer & co-lyricist) and Michelle Elliott (bookwriter & co-lyricist) are graduates of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Their newest musical, Lost at Sea (working title), is a passionate exploration of the lives of women aboard a notorious pirate ship. Their previous show, Cloaked, received a New York Off-Off Broadway production at CAP21 in June 2010. It was then chosen and presented as part of the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Works in August 2010. Danny and Michelle were awarded a 2011 Jonathan Larson Grant for Cloaked. Michelle was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Librettist for Cloaked. Their first musical, The Yellow Wood, received the 2006 Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Daryl Roth Award. The Yellow Wood was presented as part of the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Works in 2008 and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival of New Works (NAMT) in October 2008.
The Creative Team/Project Support:
Brandon Ivie is a theatre director dually based out of New York City and Seattle. He is the founding artistic director of Contemporary Classics, a Seattle-based musical theatre company dedicated to producing and developing contemporary musicals, where he created the New Voices songwriter showcase series, which has had 13 wildly popular editions partnering with Seattle Repertory Theatre and ACT Theatre. He has directed or produced Seattle premieres of The Last Five Years, A New Brain, John & Jen, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, tick, tick… BOOM!, Zanna, Don't! (Seattle Times Footlight Award). He has developed musicals regionally at Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, New York University, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. He was on the artistic staff at The 5th Avenue Theatre for four seasons as casting associate and artistic projects manager, where he recently returned to direct Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, which received a Seattle Times Footlight Award. On Broadway he has provided dramaturgical support for next to normal and Catch Me If You Can, and is currently assistant directing A Christmas Story. He studied at University of Washington, participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and is a proud SDC member.
Annie Cull is a creative marketing professional working in the field of sustainable investments. After relocating from the Midwest, she got excited by the active film community in Washington, DC. In just the last two years she has contributed to a handful of short films for festivals and contests serving as Co-Producer, Associate Producer, Assistant Direct and Production Assistant. Annie has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent more than a decade living in Minneapolis, MN, where she was a member of the board for a small non-profit theatre company. She writes and has performed stand-up comedy.
Kat Ramsburg is a New York based dramaturge. For six years she served as the Education Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre, a leading regional theatre in Seattle, Washington. She also spent two additional years as their Annual Fund Manager. In New York, she is privileged to be the assistant to Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and is currently working with them on their upcoming musical with director Michael Grief. She is also an active member of Actors Equity Association. Currently, Kat is studying playwriting at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.
Roxy MtJoy is a director, playwright, and designer based in New York City. Her work has been seen at The New OHIO Theatre, the Hollywood Fight Club Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, SLUT Theatre Festival, and Second Stage, among others. Roxy is an alum of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and has performed long-form improv at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, iO West, the Del Close Marathon, and the Sarasota Improv Festival. She was a finalist for the Director’s League Fellowship and the Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowship. Roxy holds a B.A. in Theatre from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.