Freeman Theatre and Dance Series Presents Musical Theatre: New Works Initiative

Published on March 22, 2017 by Ashley Smith  

Samford University’s Department of Theatre and Dance premieres a new program and production in April in the School of the Arts . 

Musical Theatre: New Works Initiative is a workshop opportunity for students to become part of the creative musical theatre process. Assistant professor Clayton Winters is directing the new workshop performance of Pretty Funny, a work by Philip Farugia and Marisa Guida. Musical theatre students spent their spring break rehearsing the production and providing feedback to the musical’s creators.  

Pretty Funny is the first new work produced by Samford, but it will become part of the musical theatre curriculum moving forward. 

“For our students and Samford to be influential and effective in the future of musical theatre, we need to help shape those stories,” said Winters. “This workshop program connects our students to individuals in the industry, provides exposure to professional rehearsal schedules, encourages collaboration and introduces them to the workshop concept.” 

Pretty Funny is a family-friendly show that has a strong message of self-reliance and empowerment, Winters added. Samford provides Birmingham with a unique premiere opportunity to see this show on its way to Buffalo, New York, this summer. Farugia, one of the creators, will attend opening night. 

The production is April 6– in Brock Recital Hall. Tickets are available at tickets.samford.edu. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 6–8 and 2:30 p.m. April 9.  

Ashley Smith is marketing and communication coordinator for Samford Arts.

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