Alan's Confectionery (the musical)

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    Promo Video Summer 2016

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    "Some folks can snatch the sweetness out of the cake and never crack the crust".

    Alan's entrepreneurial spirit has navigated the family through the Great Depression and World War II. But at least one of his children is plagued with an unanswered question from the past, "What happened to Mama?”. The story takes place in St. Louis in the 30s and 40s. It's a story about family, a mother separated from her children by circumstance and a struggle that she shares with her oldest son to be reunited. The original score is heavily influenced by the music of that period. 

    Click here for a complete synopsis of this play in PDF format.

    Click here for a copy of the complete script in Kindle format (mobi).

    Click here to listen to a few mp3 demos from the original score.

    Your donations will help us bring this story to the big stage. You can donate by clicking right here.

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    Performance Schedule

    The premiere public performance of this work was an abridged staged reading that took place on January 25th 2015 for PDX Playwrights Presents as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of new works for the theatre. It was a one time performance that sold out a week in advance!

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    Book, Music and Lyrics by Alan Alexander III. Directed by Brian Demar Jones. Music Director - Steve Cleveland. Cast: Seth Rue, Carmen Brantley-Payne, Josie Seid, Mariah Richardson, Chloe Hennessy, Lauren Steele, James Dixon, Cheryl Thompson, Irvin,Jerry Foster, Ernest Whaley, Reese Bowes. The Band: Steve Cleveland (piano), Mary Sue Tobin (sax), Leah Hinchcliff (bass), Ward Griffiths (drums). Transcriptions-Susan Peck.

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    The Big Picture

    This is a 6 year project and we're about 3 years into it. It began with some oral history interviews from the elder women in the Alexander family (playwright, composer, Alan Alexander III is the grandson of the protagonist in this story). Then 18 months of research and another 18 months of writing the story and the score. The first table reading was at Portland Center Stage in October of 2014. The first public (abridged) reading was for Fertile Ground in January of 2015. We are now working toward a fully produced multiple performance run; with costumes, set, choreography, and a full 'orchestra'! We're hoping to release the original cast album by the end of this year. We'll be shopping this work here in Oregon and elsewhere in the US.

    Your donations will help us bring this story to the big stage. You can donate by clicking right here.

    Big Thanks to our sponsors so far!

    Gold Patrons ($50.00 or more): Anonymous, Alexa Wiley, Jeffi Powell, Joyce Alexander, Gary Powell, Jo Ellen Legg.

    Silver Patrons ($25.00 to $50.00) Rick Ray

    Chocolate Patrons ($10.00 to $25.00) Art Alexander.

    In Kind Sponsors: Susan Peck, Jo Ellen Legg, Christable Prost, Image Wear, Joanne Fong, Sheila Mahan, Pam Grant Ryan, The August Wilson Red Door Project, Kevin Jones, Fertile Ground, PDX Playwrights, Artist Repertory Theatre, Tonisha Toler, Portland Center Stage, Jerry Foster, Passin' Art Theatre, Michael Hoeye, Martha Banyas, Nicole Lane, Far Lookout Writer's Retreat, Portland Community Media