Life Through My Eyes

Book, Music, & Lyrics  |  Lawrence Dandridge

 

CAST

Tony  |  TBA

Tasha  |  Maria Wirries

Masson  |  TBA

Britney  |  Heather Makalani

Jared |  TBA

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Sound Design/Casting  |  Christopher Michaels

Music Supervisor/Music Director/Host  |  Jonathon Lynch

Orchestrator/Audio Engineer  |  Andrew Fox

Assistant Audio Engineer  |  Evan Feist

Mixing & Mastering  |  Jay Rosen

Executive Producers  |  Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry

General Manager  |  Jeremy Terry

RELEASE DATE

Monday, February 15th, 2021

SYNOPSIS

Something's up with Tony. His mother committed suicide, there are rumors floating around school, and now, he's nowhere to be found! Tasha, his sister, gathers a group of his friends over as they read his journal searching for clues as to what could be bothering him and where he could be. Through a series of small vignettes and a collection of Tony's journal entries, we take a delicate look into mental health as it pertains to Black youth.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

"Life Through My Eyes"  |  Tony, Tasha, Company

"Still Waiting"  |  Tony, Britney

"Right Place, Wrong Time"   |  Britney, Masson, Company

"I Promise"  |  Jared, Tasha

"Don't Pass Me By"   |  Tony

"Little Boy"  |  Company

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WRITER PHOTOS & BIOS

LAWRENCE DANDRIDGE (Book/Music/Lyrics - Life Through My Eyes)
LAWRENCE DANDRIDGE (Book/Music/Lyrics - Life Through My Eyes)

A performer first, Lawrence Dandridge has a long list of credits. Most notably: 2nd National of SISTER ACT (TJ). Dandridge has since been writing and directing original works of his own: SOMETHING LIKE A FAIRYTALE, RED!, WHAT COMES NEXT!?, COMING HOMING. Lawrence is one of the resident choreographers with (Vanguard Theater Company) as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of (Aurway Repertory Theatre). A proud native of Newark, NJ.

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CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS

HEATHER MAKALANI
HEATHER MAKALANI

From the beautiful island of Guam, Heather is a proud graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she earned her BA in Music Theatre. Broadway: Disney’s ALADDIN (U/S Jasmine). Off-Broadway: EMOJILAND (Kissy Face, Visceral Entertainment). Regional: GREASE (Sandy Dumbrowski, Fingerlakes MTF). Self-produced: KOALA’N OUT- Australian bushfire benefit concert (Green Room 42). Australian Credits: Disney’s ALADDIN (U/S Jasmine), HEATHERS, RENT. AEA member. @heathermakalani

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MARIA WIRRIES
MARIA WIRRIES

Maria is an alumni of the Penn State Musical Theatre program, and has spent the last two years in the Broadway/First National Tour companies of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Back home in Sarasota, Florida, she has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra in their Concert Series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Maria is also a singer songwriter and you can find her work on Spotify. Before DEAR EVAN HANSEN, she was seen performing in the workshop for the Broadway revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

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PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS & BIOS

CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)

Founder/Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Co. Select directing credits: CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST, SONGS FROM A HAT, EMPTY FRAMES, THE GIANT HOAX, THE COMMUTERS... (nom: Best Musical; Winner: Best Director, Strawberry Theatre Fest), CLOSER THAN EVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, VANITIES, OKLAHOMA!, INTO THE WOODS, TWO BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT, SAXE AND THE CITY. Film: VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini).

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JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)
JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)

Credits include music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane), assistant music director and copyist for FINDING NEVERLAND (NYC workshop), faculty music director at AMDA, and music director for several Chicago venues. He wrote words and music for THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and THE TURING TEST (Gallery Players), and music for NEWB (webseries score), and ¡CANTA! (album). Jonathon is a Northwestern University and BMI workshop alum. jonathonlynchmusic.com.

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ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)
ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)

Andrew's theatrical and concert orchestrations include STARKID: HOMECOMING (featuring Darren Criss), Matthew Hardy’s VIRTUOSO (premiering in Poznan Fall 2020), Justin Roberts' HANSEL AND GRETEL, Starkid's TWISTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER, and FOREVERMAN (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration). Andrew has co-produced multiple cast recordings, including TWISTED and HANSEL AND GRETEL. www.AndrewFoxMusic.com

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JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)
JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)

Audio engineer and music maker who plays piano, guitar, pedal steel guitar, and other instruments. He honed his craft as an engineer at Ithaca College and as a freelance engineer around Philadelphia, then added work as a musician for theater and other media in New York, Philadelphia, and more. He can be heard on IndieWorks' studio recording of VALLEY HIGH, on record with Rachel Andie and the V Element (Tu Me Manques), Emily Drinker (Run the Race EP, more in 2020-21), and more. jrosen476.com

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EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)
EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)

Evan ran the audio production company Stacks of Wax, spontaneous songwriting & vocal improv courses (Creative Vocal Lab), was Content Director for the world’s first all-vocal TV channel, FloVoice, coached for NBC’s THE VOICE, and scouted for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. Evan teaches a cappella, runs sound for a cappella groups, and produces content/digital media strategies for bands/ festivals. Awards: “Best Arrangements/Orchestration”, “Best Musical Direction” for A CAPPELLA: THE MUSICAL (NYMF 2015).

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JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)
JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)

Jeremy serves as the Managing Director for IndieWorks, whose inaugural mainstage production premiered this past year with THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). Jeremy has also served as a Producer and GM for IndieWorks’ Annual Summer Cabaret Series. Additional producing and management work includes THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING at Minnesota Fringe Festival, the D&D inspired improv show THE CAMPAIGN, and the short film VALLEY HIGH, based on the song by Drew Gasparini.

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