You can bring a new musical to the stage!


If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are a musical fan, you know that some of the biggest hits have started with workshop performances here in our theatre community.  We have a large community of musical theatre creatives living and working here.  With incubators like PlayCafe’s successful showcase program, Musical Cafe, there is also now a fledgling pipeline for those works to start their development journey without the resources the big theatres have.

Spare Stage is very pleased to be taking one of the musicals showcased at Musical Cafe in 2016 and giving it the next step in development with 6 workshop performances in November and December.  These performances will provide you the audience – the musical theatre loving audience – a chance to give the creative team your impressions and feedback.  Just being in the audience helps the team know important information about how well certain moments work or don’t. Your direct feedback is even more invaluable.

These performances will include live accompaniment with a 4 piece, some lighting, sound, costume, and prop elements, and will be staged and performed off book.

Spare Stage needs your help.  While we are working on getting grants, we have some challenges because we have been on hiatus and our budget is so small, we don’t currently qualify for most of them. Personal loans can only cover so much and ticket sales won’t cover all expenses, especially the ones that have to be paid long before ticket sales, like venue rental deposits.

Venue Rental for auditions, rehearsals, and performances: $4,000
Stipends for actors, music director, creatives, musicians, etc.:  $5,000
Other production costs (scripts, publicity, props, costumes): $1,200

Funds raised to-date: $1312*



About the Musical

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is updated to our contemporary world, where the major characters compete in a singing reality TV show called The Right Note. At the start of the play, eliminations are down to eight contestants. The upcoming live TV episode will feature “Dynamic Duets,” during which the remaining contestants believe they will be able to pick their singing partners. One contestant has gone missing, though, and his twin sister takes his place during the dress rehearsal to keep him from being eliminated by default.

“I had the pleasure of directing a 20-minute excerpt of this play in January 2016, and fell in love with the concept and really wanted to give Jerome and Rice an opportunity to help them develop the work and get it ready for the next level,” says Laylah, Spare Stage’s Artistic Director, of The Right Note. “After the reading in May, I am more convinced than ever that they have a viable concept that will be enthusiastically received.”

This new musical adaptation of Twelfth Night with a diverse cast of characters and terrific music deftly balances the whimsy inherent in this familiar mistaken-identity plot and inclusionary romance, with a nod to current popular culture — all of which is supported by well-crafted text and an engaging musical score.

“I’m deeply grateful to Spare Stage and to the wonderful cast that is helping us hear the ENTIRE script & score in combination for the first time.” Rice Majors (composer & lyricist) said of the private reading we held in May.

What Your Donations Will Help Pay For

Venue – we will be renting a 50-60 seat theatre space for a six performance run, in addition to the rehearsal space rentals for the four to five weeks prior

Cast and Production Team – we pay stipends to all of our actors, designers, the creatives, music director, technicians, and stagehands

Musicians! – we’ll be hiring a three piece band to play the music live at each performance

Props & costumes – there will be some minimal costuming and prop elements used during the performances


*With many thanks to:
Alan Olenjiczak
John Masselli
Genevieve Perdue
Madeline Puccioni
Michael Borque
John Andrew James
Dan Fernandez
Sally Dawidoff
Harry Lines
Bobby & Jason Wood
Chas Belov
Karen Rorick
Kenneth Booth