Spells of the Sea Streaming Soon!
If you're up to date on the Filmed Live Musicals podcast, you'll already have heard from Metro Theater Company's managing director Joe Gfaller, artistic director Julia Flood, and actor/composer Guinevere Govea talking all about the brand new musical Spells of the Sea.
MTC is one of my favorite theatre's to stream from. Their work is always delightful, inspiring, and fun, and Spells of the Sea looks like it will be no exception. The musical started as a dorm room quarantine project for composer and actor Guinevere Govea, and was adapted into an award-winning podcast.
After being optioned by MTC, the musical is currently playing its world premier run at the Grendel Theatre in St. Louis where it was filmed live by Higher Education Media during its opening week. The capture is part of the PNC Art Alive’s funded MTC Remote initiative which aims to make theatre more accessible across the St. Louis region and beyond, and allows MTC to stream all main stage productions in their 2022-23 season. We love to see it!
Spells of the Sea will be available to stream on demand from February 24 until March 10, 2023.
Learn more about the musical, and where to buy streaming tickets, in the database!
Ep 55: Spells of the Sea
In part two of our special on Metro Theater Company, I chat about the brand new musical Spells of the Sea with director Julia Flood and composer Guinevere Govera.
Discover how the magical new musical transformed from a dorm room quarantine project to a podcast and then became a fully fledged state musical! Hear how the University of Texas facilitated the project, the challenges of creating new work in the age of covid, and how actor-musos helped to solve a tricky problem!
The world premier of Spells of the Sea opens at the Metro Theater Company in St Louis on February 10, 2023. Streaming details will be announced soon. Purchase tickets here!
Julia Flood has directed Digging Up Dessa, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus, The Hundred Dresses, Frida Libre, Bud, Not Buddy, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, Out of the Box, Talkin’ Trash, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Unsorted, and Say Something, Do Something! for Metro Theater Company since she moved to St. Louis to become artistic director in February 2014. Julia served on the national board of directors of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA from 2011 to 2019, and brings more than 40 years of experience to her role as artistic director of Metro Theater Company. Learn more at MTC.
Guinevere Govea is an award-winning actress, writer, and composer from Austin, Texas. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and dance as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Guinevere’s first musical, Trash! The Musical, was a semi-finalist for the O’Neil National Musical Theatre Conference in 2021. Her second, Spells of the Sea, won Best Original Script at the B. Iden Payne Awards in Austin. Learn more at www.guineveregovea.com and follow on Instagram.
In the first of two episodes featuring Metro Theater Company in St Louis, host Luisa Lyons chats with Joe Gfaller, MTC's Managing Director.
Tune in to this fun and informative chat to discover:
Purchase tickets to Spells of the Sea here.
Joe Gfaller joined the Metro Theater Company team in 2019. During his tenure to date, Metro Theater Company has seen dramatic growth in both its audience base and its donor base. In partnership with Artistic Director Julia Flood, he has co-led the company through its recent evolutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, from its virtual programming to its safe return to live performances. Prior to joining the MTC team, Joe received national recognition for his work in building young, diverse, and national audiences for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis during his tenure as director of marketing and public relations – and for expanding OTSL’s civic footprint as the producer of the company’s Opera Tastings series, through artist community tours, and the creation and growth of its Engagement + Inclusion Task Force. His career has also included roles with the American Repertory Theater, the Alliance Theater, and 7 Stages, and consulting projects for the National Blues Museum, the Utah Symphony, and the documentary film Flint: The Poisoning of an American City. He has directed over two dozen professional or university productions, including regional premieres by David Mamet, Caryl Churchill, and others. A graduate of Harvard University, he also serves as adjunct faculty at Webster University in the Arts Management and Leadership MFA program.
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