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Meta-Musical Hits the Olin Stage Next Week

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Written by Charissa Roberson

With the advent of spring comes the premier of Theatre RC’s latest production: “[title of show],” a comedy-musical written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell—about themselves, trying to a write a musical.

“It’s very meta-theatrical,” said freshman Claire McDonald, who is the assistant director for the show. “The first time that I read through it, it got a little into my brain.”

“[title of show]” follows characters Jeff (Ryan Bennet) and Hunter (Kojiro Leonard), known as “two nobodies in New York,” and their friends Heidi (Bella Moritz) and Susan (Hayley Ramsey), along with keyboardist Larry (Eric Lee). Together, these aspiring artists struggle to create a musical before the submission deadline of a new musical theatre festival. Along the way, the friends make important discoveries about each other and grow closer as a group, reflecting the relationships that the actors have developed in real life.

“They are all doing such a fabulous job,” McDonald said. “At the very beginning, there are four people who don’t really know each other that much, and as the characters grow to know each other, they have also grown to each other more and more.”

“[title of show]” opens on April 10 and will run until April 13 in Olin Theatre. Come join this misfit quartet for an evening of laughs and “meta-theatre” as they showcase the adventure of creating a musical.