When Krista Eyler sent the idea for a music to her producing partner, Barb Nichols, they did not know they ended up having the first stage on a journey that would ship them all the way to 42nd Street in New York City.
They did not know this one particular song would turn out to be the basis for “Overture: the Musical,” and they absolutely didn’t know that their modest, scrappy production, forged with mates and family, would close up profitable Best of Fest, Audience Decision, for the 2019 New York Musical Pageant.
Nor did they understand their 4-calendar year journey would culminate in a documentary, premiering on Kansas Town PBS Thursday, April 15.
But together the way, with every ending, there was a new beginning. The feature-size documentary, “Worth Waiting For: Journey of a Musical,” is a Kansas Town tale, a women’s story, and a hardly ever-give-up tale, both equally on stage and off.
“’Overture’ has usually been this ever evolving, ever surprising story,” suggests Eyler, who wrote the music, starred in the guide purpose and co-created and co-wrote the script with Nichols. “It has just taken so quite a few pleasurable, heartbreaking, and unforeseen turns.”
“It was overwhelming and mind-boggling and you type of bogus it till you make it,” suggests Nichols in the documentary. She directed the musical.
The journey started out in 2016, with lyrics jotted down into a notebook adorned with the visage of prolific songwriter Dolly Parton. The tune grew to become the inspiration for a script centered on the Kansas Metropolis Philharmonic in the course of the 1950s, and featuring mainly serious-lifetime historic Kansas City figures.
In summer season 2018, Nichols and Eyler produced a truncated version of the musical for Fringe Competition in Kansas City. They premiered the entire two-act version later that 12 months, at the Arts Asylum. Then, the musical was recognized into the New York Musical Pageant, wherever Eyler, Nichols and their cast gave five Off-Broadway performances in a whirlwind few of weeks.
“Barb and I drove to New York, with all the costumes, props, groceries, in my husband’s crimson truck,” Eyler states. “We drove two days to New York and then as quickly as the clearly show was done we virtually threw every little thing in the truck on 42nd Street. I think I still experienced my bogus eyelashes on and was in my flip flops, and we just filled the truck and drove back again.”
But that was not the end.
Eyler and Nichols flew back to New York for the festival’s awards ceremony. “They had declared all these awards, and we didn’t gain anything,” Nichols remembers. “So, we were being like, ‘Can we wrap this up?’, scrolling on our phones, when I listened to ‘Overture.’ I assume I hit Krista and claimed, ‘Oh. My. God! We gained!’ Then I consider I just started laughing. We could not think it.”
“I observed our story as a person that was gritty and hopeful and inspiring…that whatever opportunity is presented to you, you go out and get it…and see how far you can go,” says Eyler.
She recognized that, in their struggles and successes, they had the makings of a complete other tale, and they could explain to it with the help of an unforeseen cache of footage.
Back again in 2018, when “Overture: The Musical” debuted at the Arts Asylum, they partnered with a young filmmaker, Jashin Lin, who filmed rehearsals and performances at the theater. “They preferred to apply video and we assumed we could have this video for house motion pictures, just to keep in mind sometime what we did, who was included, just for enjoyment,” says Eyler.
Eyler herself had a good total of footage, shot on her cellular phone. “I was generally documenting what Barb and I were being doing,” states Eyler, regardless of whether it was placing established items with each other, loading in, loading out, attending meetings, producing thank you playing cards, and more.
Eyler also asked the forged and crew for any video clips they took through the course of action.
Making the documentary was a continuation of the musical’s “do-it-yourself” vibe. Eyler, who has a background in tv news reporting, interviewed the forged and edited the film herself.
In “Worth Waiting around For: Journey of a Musical,” viewers get a sense of the musical, via songs and snippets of the perform. But the documentary focuses on the authentic-life people who made it come about.
Together the way, they skilled a lot of parallels, lifestyle imitating art imitating existence. “’Overture’ is about financial hustle, and the enjoy of audio, and the love of earning artwork no subject what,” states Eyler. “We retained sitting there shaking our heads likely ‘man, this is ridiculous, we are undertaking specifically what we have created our characters to do.’”
All their fundraising for the musical was grass roots. They finished up boosting about $15,000 for the Kansas Metropolis reveals, and then experienced to increase $64,000 for the New York Musical Festival.
Unfortunately, the festival announced personal bankruptcy in January of 2020, so “Overture” in no way obtained its reduce of the box workplace receipts. Nevertheless dissatisfied, Eyler, Nichols, and the forged and crew acknowledge they ended up section of a thing particular. “It was a once in a life time possibility for all of us,” states Eyler.
With all the ups and downs the encounter experienced made available, locating its way to Kansas City PBS was somewhat uncomplicated. Producers at the station had been straight away amazed with their uniquely Kansas Town story and good quality of their video clip. Eyler’s biggest challenge was trimming the duration of her primary documentary approximately by fifty percent to adhere to the PBS time frame. She headed again to the chopping home, continuing the enhancing course of action that experienced taken them from initially drafts, to Fringe, to New York, and now, to broadcast.
Not each component of that journey will make it into the PBS slash. Just one solid member had key medical procedures, and they nervous not only if she could join them in New York, but about her lifestyle. Fifteen members of the forged stayed in a unairconditioned rental property in Brooklyn through a heat wave. “It was like theater camp for grownups,” Eyler laughs. And Eyler’s brother, who played keyboard all through rehearsals and performances, achieved his now-spouse, then a solid member.
The musical has previously been certified two times, on its way to its upcoming daily life, as other teams create it, fulfilling the subsequent step in Eyler and Nichols’ desire.
“I think this is a time when we need to have hopeful, inspiring tales,” says Eyler. “We have experienced a ton of darkness and our tale is just one of gentle. Granted, we had some stuff materialize in it that was disappointing, but producing this documentary assisted me see this in a various way. I wouldn’t have changed this encounter or traded it for the planet.”
The total-duration edition, on Vimeo, is offered for 1 12 months for on demand 24 hour rental.
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