Extra! Extra! The Musical
June 22- July 1
Ah, showbiz! What compels someone to be a film or television extra? Dreams of fame and fortune? One rung on the ladder to stardom? Rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers? Passion? Obsession? Boredom? Bills? Join a group of “waiting” extras and enjoy their wide range of unique stories in monologues, scenes, and songs. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be discovered!
This musical play follows a group of extras on the set of a fictitious movie, Hopewell Pointe. The renowned director Xavier Fernandez Geneva Garcia is meticulous, if not maniacal. He pays strict attention to every minute detail, all the way down to the ”human atmosphere’’ and won’t hesitate to fire an extra who does not have a gripping life story. A production assistant, Maggie Demko, urges them to rehearse – or invent – their stories. The cast files in, herded by Demko. The rules are laid down, and the interaction begins. As soon as sufficient excuse is found, the cast performs the title song which is about the hopes and dreams of people who seek film background work. No one does it just for a buck. The extras are asked to come up with gripping life stories in case the film director needs to learn more about their potential. With that premise, each gets a soliloquy and a song spotlight. Providing choral and dance support for each other, cast members never dissolve into an amorphous troupe, but rather retain and even build their own characters through every scene, whether center stage or merely tapping feet in the back row.