A new immersive and intimate production of LA CASA AZUL, The Musical will debut at The Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, Indianapolis this July 11-28, 2019. LA CASA AZUL, an award winning musical, is inspired by the intense and turbulent life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. With original music, lyrics and choreography by Gregory Glade and lyrics by Kate Ayers, LA CASA AZUL is performed by a talented cast from national and local platforms. * * *
What audiences say about LA CASA AZUL, The Musical: “a masterpiece of musical theatre!”, “brilliant and visually stunning”, “the best show ever”, “an amazing and stunning work of art”, “heart wrenching”, “this show gave me chills”, “I would go again and again”, “phenomenal!”, “I hope this goes straight to Broadway, no stops between”, “remember La Casa Azul, as I have no doubt it is destined for national stage and fame”, “a powerful and dynamic masterpiece”, “pure genius”
New theatre, new actors, new artistry . . . a vibrant story of a famous female icon. A relatable musical, LA CASA AZUL is bold and beautiful, yet intimate and personal just like the layered life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. “It is a universal story of the human spirit and how we are able to take misfortune and tragedy and turn them into immense truth and beauty,” says creator Gregory Glade. “At the core, there is a simple love story surrounded by complex challenges. Struggle is within us all, yet we are capable of transforming pain and strife into raw, creative beauty as Frida did,” he adds.
LA CASA AZUL is a completely sung-through musical and is presented with a unique fusion of musical theatre, opera, and dance. These diverse artistic components help bring drama and intensity to the story. “Everything is important to this production and they all have to work together – the story, the music, the characters, the costumes, the sets, the lighting,” says Gregory Glade. “So many elements have the potential to inspire the audience members,” he adds. The main character Frida Kahlo, played by a professional Latina New York City based actress/singer Val Nuccio, will have a prominent and powerful voice throughout the performance. Supporting characters include Diego Rivera, play by JL Rey of New York City, Cristina Kahlo, played by Alyssa Lopez of San Antonio, Texas, Guillermo Kahlo, played by Bill Book of Indianapolis, and Alejandro Gomez Arias, played by Jonathan Contreras of El Paso, Texas all of whom have intertwining and influential relationships with Frida throughout her life. The storyteller is the character of Death, played by Abigail Lessaris of Indianapolis. Uniquely, this character’s voice is only heard through dancing and movement. The set is creatively designed to reflect an artist’s rendition of Frida’s image in fragments. The costumes enhance the personalities of each character and create authenticity to the time period.
LA CASA AZUL, The Musical first premiered in 2015 as a large production with numerous cast members and vast visuals. “For this evolving production, however, I want to present LA CASA AZUL in a more intimate and immersive setting in a smaller venue where the audience can be more connected to the story, the characters and the music,” says Gregory Glade. “With all art, revisions are made in order to make the product more clear, more universal, more relevant. Art is constantly evolving as our lives evolve. My art reflects my journey, just as Frida’s did,” he adds.
Back by popular demand, LA CASA AZUL, The Musical will return to the stage this July 11-28, 2019. Tickets are on sale at The Phoenix Theatre box office. Seating is limited with 12 performances only. LA CASA AZUL, The Musical is produced by Gregory Glade and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will close their 21st Performance Season with THE VIOLIN UNDER THE BED
at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 7-8, 2019.
This captivating piece, which first premiered in 2016 at The Tarkington, is eloquently choreographed by Executive Artistic Director Gregory Glade Hancock and is an audience favorite. Growing up in Kansas, Florence Marie Hancock yearned to play the violin. Knowing this was impossible as a poor, young girl of the depression era, she resorted to dreaming about holding the instrument, hearing music and dancing. THE VIOLIN UNDER THE BED is inspired by stories of Mr. Hancock’s mother and the experiences that brought her joy – art, music, nature, travel, and sports. The tiny vignettes represent segments of her life and all the gusto she brought to it. “I dedicate all of my work to my mother and her indomitable and enigmatic spirit,” says Mr. Hancock.
The concert will also include two other personal pieces created by Mr. Hancock. “Until There is No More,” which was first performed in 2014, is centered around Mr. Hancock’s personal journey with cancer. On the fifth anniversary of being cancer free, it seems appropriate to remember the emotion of this life changing experience and celebrate the milestone with this work. “The male dancer portrays me, but different aspects of my soul are portrayed by other dancers as well as emotions such as fear, strength and the disease itself,” Mr. Hancock says. “I have reoccurring themes in my work of the concept of being caught somewhere between Heaven and Earth, the challenges of this life, and the memories of where we came from and the constant search for where we are going.”
The final work in this concert, which first premiered in 2017, is “Every Moment . . . Every Day . . .” A captivating and beautiful piece, it depicts images of loss, grief and isolation which are never-ending. “At some
point in life, everyone will carry something. Sometimes it is easy to see, and other times it is invisible. There is a miracle of love and time being returned for a brief period, but then the cycle begins again,” say Mr. Hancock.
This touching full length repertoire production created by masterful storyteller Gregory Hancock is filled with emotion and enlightenment and will inspire each and every audience member.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to present the talented performing artists of the pre-professional company, G2. See their amazing energy, passion and creative storytelling as they perform popular pieces from the GHDT repertoire including “Bolero,” and excerpts from “Under the Big Top,” “Greek Mythology,” and “Down on the Bayou.” Be entertained and inspired in an up-close, black box theatre atmosphere as these young dancers perform challenging works of art.
EXODUS, Gregory Hancock’s newest work will premiere at The Tarkington on April 5-6, 2019, at 7pm. Inspired by the book of Exodus, the second book of the Torah and Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), this production will be a contemporary re-telling, set in “anytime” and “any place,” with the original plaques of Egypt being replaced by contemporary cautionary tales for the modern world. GHDT’s talented cast will inspire the audience through powerful movement and theatrical storytelling. The Original Ten Plagues are exchanged for the Modern Day Ten Plagues. The final plague in both remains the same, to parallel the similarities of the two versions. History repeats itself, though it may not look the same.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents EXODUS at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, April 5-6, 2019, at 7pm. For tickets, click here.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, the resident professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, will present the world premiere of Gregory Hancock’s newest work, EXODUS, this April.
EXODUS is inspired by the book of Exodus, the second book of The Torah and Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), which tells the story of the Israelites’ departure from Egypt, led by the prophet Moses through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
As with many of Mr. Hancock’s works, EXODUS will be a contemporary re-telling, set in “anytime” and “any place”, with the original plagues of Egypt being replaced by contemporary cautionary tales for the modern world. EXODUS will envelop the audience with visually stunning theatrical dance, costumes and lighting in synchronization with powerful and poignant, contemporary music. The talented cast will lead the audience through thematic stories of oppression, emigration and freedom, and will speak to human rights and equality that resonates globally even today.
This inspiring and thought-provoking, epic contemporary ballet, will transport the audience into an emotional story of love and sacrifice. Through the creative storytelling of Mr. Hancock, EXODUS is sure to become another masterpiece in the GHDT repertoire.
Seeking SINGER/ACTORS for LA CASA AZUL, The Musical
AUDITION DATES: Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, March 4, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Possible Call Back Date: March 6, 2019
AUDITION LOCATION: The Academy of GHDT, located at 329 Gradle Drive, Carmel, Indiana 46032
Please bring a CURRENT Resume and Head Shot. Please be prepared to sing 24-32 bars of a song that best displays your vocal skills. Please bring sheet music for accompanist in proper key.
Seeking an ethnically diverse cast. LA CASA AZUL is a completely sung-through musical.
Production dates: July 11-28, 2019 Rehearsal start date: June 17, 2019 Venue: The Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre Director: Lance Gray Producers: Gregory Glade and GHDT
All roles are available. Key roles are listed below. The ensemble also plays a variety of secondary roles.
FRIDA KAHLO Age 35-40 (plays age 21-47) Alto Mezzo Soprano Belt. An emotional, passionate, and raw voice with a large vocal range A petite and fragile woman in appearance, but strong, confident, courageous, and stubborn in presence, with nuances of insecurity, brokenness, and desperation. A charismatic, disarming, quiet force of nature.
DIEGO RIVERA Age 45-55 (plays age 36-68) Baritone A man of large stature, girth, presence, and personality. Self-absorbed and oblivious to much due to his commitment to his art and politics.
CRISTINA KAHLO Age 25-35 (plays age 20-45) Alto Frida’s younger sister. A quiet presence. Plays other characters in the ensemble as well.
GUILLERMO KAHLO Age 45-55 Baritone/Tenor Frida’s father. Caring, nurturing and proud of his children. Plays other characters in the ensemble as well.
ALEJANDRO GOMEZ ARIAS Age 24-40 (plays age 20-50) Tenor Frida’s boyfriend. Handsome, idealistic, political, ambitious, and a dreamer.
Logo inspired by the original painting “Looking Within” by Mirvia Sol Rivera Eckert with graphic adaptation by Dave Eckert.
We have cancelled our Company Audition scheduled for January 19th, 2019 due to incoming winter weather. If you are registered for this audition, please contact us to reschedule for another audition. We apologize for any inconveniences.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will be performing THE WILD WILD WEST at The Academy of GHDT weekends February 9-24, 2019.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre brings the American Old West into the black-box cabaret setting for a fun and up-close, theatrical experience weekends in February! GHDT gives a nod to the Western movies of old Hollywood with its new production of THE WILD WILD WEST. Complete with cowboys, gunslingers, bandits, townsfolk, lawmen and saloon girls, this interactive performance will feature renowned music from popular Westerns and elaborate costume of yesteryear. Refreshments from the general store will be available. Be sure to bring your loot as this is the annual fund-raising event for GHDT. Cowboy boots, chaps and Stetsons are suitable attire for audience members.