Witches! the Musical – 2013 Trailer

2013 trailer for my show Witches! the Musical. This trailer contains clips from the October 2012 community theater premiere at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. The next run of this Salem musical will be June 2014 at the Whitby Courthouse Theater in Ontario, Canada.

Thank you so much for the awesome support of the Theater Arts Guild, cast, crew and local audiences. It was a very exciting and fulfilling run for us and your feedback was very generous in helping us bring the show to it’s next level.

Witches! Video Showing April 30, 2013 in Mount Vernon, WA


On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7pm the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA will host a free public video showing of Witches! the Musical recorded during it’s October 2012 premiere run. This is a fundraising event for the Lincoln Theater Digital Futures Initiative. The event will include presentations by Theater Arts Guild (TAG) and members of the creation team.

Witches! is a new musical about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. The story contains many of the historical people involved in the trials including Bridget Bishop, Dr. William Griggs, Abigail Williams, Rev. Samuel Parris, Giles Corey and the Circle Girls. Visit the show website: Salem Witch Trial Musical.

Entertainment News NW Magazine October 2012 Issue – Witches! the Musical

Entertainment News Northwest Magazine October 2012 issue. Cover photo of Witches! the Musical. Photo by Lindsey Bowen. Visit the Entertainment News NW website at: http://www.ennw.info and read their article on Witches! the Musical by Laurel Larsen here: http://www.ennw.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/October-2012.pdf

World Premiere Oct. 19 – Nov. 3, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. Presented by Theater Arts Guild. Directed by Jane Skinner. Book, music and lyrics by Conrad Askland. For tickets go to: http://www.lincolntheatre.org/performance/witches-musical

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Witches! the Musical – Writer Interview

September 7, 2012 – Mount Vernon, WA

Interview with Conrad Askland – writer of “Witches! the Musical”

Premiere Info

Why did you choose the subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials?

Originally I had picked a different subject. But while researching that other project I ran into a major problem with the plot that ruined the project for me. That plot problem became my new focus for a different project which I started working on, and may be my next project. During that process I realized it was just too big to attack for my first full length musical. So I started over looking specifically for an existing story, a topic I felt hadn’t been done well as musical theater in the past, and that incorporated children.

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Press Release: Witches! the Musical World Premiere

Press Release
September 7, 2012 – Mount Vernon, WA









Theater Arts Guild presents Witches! the Musical, a Halloween world premiere production based on historical events of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Famous historical characters come to life with a cast over 30 strong as Witches! the Musical portrays the dark events of the Salem Witch Trials with a spine tingling score of rock, hip hop, classical and 20th century music styles mixed with satire, fantasy, fact and fiction.

Directed by Jane Skinner with book, music and lyrics by Conrad Askland. Rated PG-13 for content. More info at www.WitchesMusical.com or call the Lincoln Theater at 360-336-8955 for tickets.


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Witches! the Musical – Auditions June 5-6, 2012 – Mount Vernon, WA



















Auditions for “Witches! the Musical” June 5-6, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA.  Show dates will be Oct. 19-Nov. 3 at the Lincoln Theater. This is a world premiere show about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. For more info and audition signups visit http://www.WitchesMusical.com.

Produced by TAG – the Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County.

Actor’s Equity Staged Reading Guidelines

I was looking up information about setting up a staged reading for a new musical. Found these staged reading guidelines from Actor’s Equity.

Click to access Stage_Reading_Guidelines.pdf

Actors’ Equity Association will permit Equity Actors (“Actors”) to participate in Stage Readings upon completion of the attached forms and under the following guidelines:

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Wittenberg Theater

Theater Wittenberg Closes Its Doors –
The Theater Wittenbergs sustaining institution, a special purpose association, has resolved to close the theatre beginning in summer 2001. The decision will affect 156 jobs. A theatre for children and young people and a project-based music theatre will remain in operation.

Wittenberg has a long tradition in cultural events. The City Theatre Mitteldeutsches Landestheater reached a great importance in GDR times. Since 1996, the City proposes Open-Air theatre shows based on the Lutheran history still alive in many historical places of the ancient town. As highlights, in 2001 and 2005, Fernando Scarpa became the artistic director of the “Bühne Wittenberg” (Stage Wittenberg), a project for theatre, art and culture in the whole of Germany which attracts to the City plenty of audience and whose success achieves European echo. Hamlet is said to have studied here.

Nazi Censorship on the Arts and Music – Entartete Kunst

The years 1927-37 were critical for artists in Germany. In 1927, the National Socialist Society for German Culture was formed. The aim of this organization was to halt the “corruption of art” and inform the people about the relationship between race and art. By 1933, the terms “Jewish,” “Degenerate,” and “Bolshevik” were in common use to describe almost all modern art. http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/ARTS/artDegen.htm

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Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass

Kristallnacht — the Night of Broken Glass

On November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a series of riots against the Jews in Germany and Austria. In the space of a few hours, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed. For the first time, tens of thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps simply because they were Jewish.  This event came to be called Kristallnacht (“Night of the Broken Glass”) for the shattered store windowpanes that carpeted German streets.

“Those that do not learn history are forced to repeat it.” Never forget.


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Charlie Rose – Stephen Sondheim / James Lapine


Stephen Sondheim, Composer/Lyricist
James Lapine, Librettist/Director

Sondheim says you can not make an audience like something, but they have to understand the intention. Preview performances focused on making things clear to the audience.

Sondheim On “Send in the Clowns”


Stephen Sondheim talks about the writting of Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music – with excerpts of the rehearsal with Sally Ann Howes. Insight into Sondheim’s composing process – he says he does not let lyrics or melody get too far ahead of each other during the writing process.

Sondheim says he likes to know how a song will end when he starts it.