A story in Thursday’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union, tells of a world premier on the Winona Lake, Ind., campus of Grace College. A musical written by student Anastasia Canfield, with help from her brother, Josh Canfield, a Broadway actor, will be presented. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
Grace Student’s Original Musical To Be Performed On Campus
Anastasia Canfield, a Grace College senior, wrote a musical over the last year with some help from her brother, Josh Canfield, a Broadway actor.
Over the next two weekends, the public will be able to see the world premiere of their original show – “Coed P.E. … and Other Bad Ideas” – on the Grace College campus.
“I wrote the script and the lyrics, and then I had my brother, Josh Canfield, who he is an actor on Broadway, he’s in the show ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,’ he helped do the music. He helped sort of put the lyrics and make them work and kind of make them really catchy. Annoyingly catchy actually so they get stuck in your head,” she said.
She started working on it about a year ago in a writing class. Grace Professor Mike Yocum heard she was writing a show and told her to “finish the show and we’ll put it on. I was not expecting that to happen so I was like, ‘Oh this is a real thing. I actually have to make this really good.’ So I started working on it for about a year, and then I asked my brother to help me with the music and sort of help me edit it a little bit. I just finished it when we were doing auditions, and we’ve still been kind of tweaking it, but we’re opening this weekend. I think it’s done,” she said.
Yocum said, “I said, ‘If you write it, we need to do it.’ We’re a school. If students are being creative, we need to help that creativity keep growing, so that’s why we decided to do it.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. May 4-6 in the Little Theatre in Philathea Hall on the Grace College campus.
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