I suppose like any other person who has spent 18 years doing the same job, there comes a time when you realize you need a little change. I came to this place a few years ago when I knew I wanted something different as a Director and Producer. I realized I was seeking a way to help my actors reach higher levels of performance skills and an opportunity to reach these levels, thereby enabling my company to continue to set a high standard of excellence and continue to progress.
As I sat on the edge of the ocean watching my two daughters play in the waves, I realized that theatre is very much like a wave, something that transfers energy from one point to another. In the same way, a theatrical experience transfers energy to its audiences. In fact live theatre is an excitement of energy moving progressively. I thought of over 2000 singers who have stood on our stages in these past 19 years and reminisced how many of these people had gone on to sing elsewhere, be on a board of directors of a theatre company, taught singing, or directed their own shows and how many lives one performance could move. When I added in the equation of the number of audience members that saw these performances I began to think of how that compares to the large waves in an ocean starting from one tiny drop of water.
I decided to change my company and begin all kinds of new approaches. As of today we are now called Wavestage Theatre Company.
With the changing of our name we are not only rebranding our company, we are launching into a new era. We will continue to have a smorgasbord of terrific musicals for people who love to sing and dance. We plan to make a difference to our actors lives by providing stepping stone opportunities for our performers thereby enabling our actors to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their community.
Here at Wavestage, actors are given instruction, guidance and opportunities to explore new stage techniques, find confidence, and let their souls shine.
Musicals are written for groups of people to come together, hear stories and legends, and react to the human experience. At Wavestage, we choose musicals that tell the distinct stories that make connections to our individual lives. Our audiences will continue to delight in high quality affordable entertainment. We believe that live theatre is an important part of daily life. It is through our music and drama we share the stories of the past, challenge our assumptions, expand our understanding and express our hopes for the future.
Being involved on stage or in the audience allows people to learn from each other. People who may not have one single shared experience can be drawn together have their souls moved when their hearts are warmed by the same song. Wavestage believes in the necessity for continued live theatre in an era of electronics and gadgets we passionately encourage folks to bring their families out to experience the magic and power of Wavestage.
For our actors, there will be many new changes including new programs and workshops. It is our hope to encourage our performers to understand that by working and preparing for top quality performances and by working hard and believing in themselves they can achieve some magical moments in their lives. Be sure to read about our new programs for youth and education workshops for adults.
Casting in all main stage productions is by audition only. The auditions for the 19th season begin in January 2013. Be sure to sign up for an audition time early in the New Year.
Join us. Ride the wave.
Sarah Kyle Artistic Director Wavestage Theatre Company