Monday, July 26, 2010

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Lynn Lupold, the composer.

Lynn Lupold is the composer for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical that also includes a book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Lynn said several of her songs were made into a cabaret show with five performers - including current cast member Kathleen Carter - in the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis. Don contacted Lynn, explaining that he heard she wanted someone to write a script and asked to create one.

"By the end of December 2009 and the first part of January, Don came up with a draft of what the script could look like. From that point through March and early April, we were continuing to cut and rewrite and do different things," Lynn said. "I approached Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre about taking a chance to produce the show, and he agreed. And I contacted Kenny Shepard to ask if he would be involved.

"As we've been working, we have moved and changed some things. We've done some rewrites as Eric Van Cleave added the orchestrations because we reached a level where we had to ask, 'What will this look like and sound like?' Don's idea of making the script a series of examples of relationships caused us to look at what kinds of characters we would put in those places. There were some songs that began as solos but now are duets. There originally was one song written for a man and woman that now is being sung between two women. We want the characters to be a little different and because of that the songs had to change slightly."

Lynn said staging a world premiere of an original musical sometimes can be a challenge, but it also allows for a lot of freedom.

"I've done musicals for years so I have a sense of what it is like to put a show together, but there always has been a blueprint. There was something to work off of. As we've moved through the process with Enter Love, things have become more exciting - you can create whomever you want and how they look," she said. "Our intent is to put everything into a package to see if the show can be produced someplace else and we can provide the next cast and next director a sense of what it should look like."

Lynn explained the importance of the subtitle.

"One of the things we're trying to do is highlight relationships. There are all sorts of different relationships represented. In this setting, it is trying to show that if you walk into an airport, these are the kinds of people you will see walking around," she said. "And I also think coming and going, relationships, lives and loves, marriage, all these things are what's happening in the moment. 'For Our Times' means we're very transient, very mobile and we don't sit around very long and that includes having a relationship with people."

She also gave a lot of credit to the people working on the production.

"I'm thrilled with the people in the cast, and I'm thrilled that Kenny took a chance because he's a very talented guy who has done musical theater at a high level. And I'm always thrilled to have Eric involved. He was a student of mine in high school, so I've watched him grow up. To have a project with him is really exciting. I think they're all wonderful," she said.

Lynn, who says David Shire and Stephen Sondheim are her favorite composers, described what an audience will take away from a performance of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times.

"Hopefully they'll have at least one song in their head," she said. "I also hope they appreciate that this is a special moment because no one has ever seen or heard what this show is like. If it goes on to another venue, the audiences at the Civic Theatre production can say, 'I was at the world premiere in 2010.'"

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website or the show's website.

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