Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 21, 2013

BSU author's novel inspires musical

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The Muncie resident, now married, told the listeners, “if you’re interested in connecting to other writers,” they should attend the 40th Midwest Writers Workshop (www.midwestwriters.org) July 25-27 in Muncie. The planning committee member reported authors, agents and editors will contribute to 35 instructional sessions.

FROM BOOK TO MUSICAL

• Dr. Tony Edmonds, a BSU history professor, has been using “The Circus in Winter” to encourage students to write their own family histories.

• BSU Professor Beth Turcotte led 14 students in an immersive learning experience in 2010 to create an original musical based on the book. Of songwriter Ben Clark, Day said, “It baffles me how a 21-year-old could read my book ... and write such beautiful, moving songs.”

• In July 2010, her grandmother, who told Day some of the stories, was able to watch one of two musical performances at the Circus Hall of Fame and Old Depot in Peru, where elephants used to disembark from a train. “That was a really cool thing.”

• BSU mounted a full production in September 2011. “These kids that built this set are now in New York, building Off-Broadway stuff.” Two students propelled the elephant frame. “When the elephant comes in, in silhouette … you can’t tell it’s not a real elephant.”

• At the March 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the musical gained seven awards, “an unprecedented sweep.”

• “The Circus in Winter” was performed in New York City Oct. 11-12, 2012, with Tony Award winner Sutton Foster playing the female lead, as one of eight musicals (and the only one created by students) featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 24th annual Festival of New Musicals.

• A reading for investors and producers took place May 3. A production at Cumberland Playhouse, Crossville, Tenn., is slated for next spring. “That’s kind of how things go to Broadway .... I hope it doesn’t end. I hope it keeps going.”

• Part of the musical video may be viewed at http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/undergraduatestudy/beyondtheclassroom/immersivelearning/featuredprojects/circus-in-winter. More information about Day is available at http://cathyday.com.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or (812) 934-4343 ext. 113.

 

 

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