We are about to start our second weekend of the world premiere musical THE HOME GAME at Blue Gate Musicals in Shipshewana, IN, and I have to say... it's been quite the exciting trip so far around the bases.
This is my first time being part of a world premiere. That means I'm getting to originate a role and have a hand in the creative process. Under the direction of musician/composer extraordinaire Wally Nason and producer Dan Posthuma, this cast of nine was put to the test in rehearsing a brand new musical in a little more than a week. And boy was the pay-off nice! Our first audience on Friday night was a wonderful surprise. They laughed and cheered the entire way through.
With script changes and costume changes and track changes down to the wire, every one was flexible and professional and the outcome was fantastic. The music tracks are absolutely gorgeous -- each was orchestrated and recorded by a 40-piece orchestra in Nashville. Speaking of Nashville, the cast is headed to there next week, April 24-27, to record the Original Cast Album.
I'm looking forward to the Opening Night "premiere party" on April 22, and until then... let's Play Ball!
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.