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See Emily Villarreal in a new role

Miss Emily Villarreal, who recently played Suri in SoundBeacon Entertainment's "Esther, A New Musical," can now be seen in the newest addition to the “Texas History Musicals” series, Red Scare, a musical comedy that explores 1950s witch-hunt hysteria. Created by John Cecil and Texas Comedies.

Also appearing in the show are Creighton Moench (who played Haman in "Esther") and Kristin DeGroot (who we met when we worked with Miriam Relyea on her original musical, "Called By Name."

Red Scare plays for 2…

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The City Theatre takes on "Noises Off"

We at SoundBeacon, have a special place in our hearts for The City Theatre.  Glenna met Artistic Director, Andy Berkovsky, when he was just starting this local theatre in 2006, and we have watched him develop a devoted following through quality works and diverse programming.  "Noises Off" is one of our favorite shows.  The SoundBeacon team has seen it performed on the Bowie High School stage and on Broadway (twice in one season - because you can't beat Megan Hilty and Andrea Martin for an evening of great…

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Rounding Out the Cast

We have had so much fun introducing our cast to you! 

Here are the final two members of our cast, who are certainly not least in our eyes!  Phil Rodriguez plays King Xerxes' steadfast bodyguard, Harbona, with the perfect balance of sensibility and humor.  Bennett Neiman plays Mordecai's Jewish friend, Tamir, with authenticity and charm, and brings other characters to life with equal aplomb as part of the Ensemble. 

PHIL RODRIGUEZ was most recently seen on stage as The Pharoah in the Georgetown Palace…

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Two very different roles

Laura Freeman and Michele' Crowder play two very different roles in "Esther, A New Musical" (Feb 10, 2018, ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage).  Laura plays Zeresh, the wife of the villainous Haman.  Zeresh is as scheming as her husband, but loves all things that sparkle and shine!  Michele also loves things that shine, but, as a member of the Ensemble, she plays roles that are sweet and fun, like one of the Hindush Girls who dances at the king's big celebration.


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Running the Palace

You will feel the energy as Jeremiah "AJ" Abdullah and Kirk Kelso take the stage in "Esther, A New Musical" (Feb 10, 2018, ZACH Theatre).  AJ, as Hathak, looks after the queen's personal business, and Kirk, as Hegai, guides the palace virgins through beauty treatments and lessons in palace protocol.  Together, these two help Esther as she adapts to life in the palace.

JEREMIAH "AJ" ABDULLAH is a first year Acting major at the University of Texas at Austin. He has had the…

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Susan Johnston Taylor

A recent transplant to Austin, SUSAN JOHNSTON TAYLOR plays the role of JUILY in "Esther, A New Musical" (Feb 10, 2018, ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage). Susan has studied voice including opera and musical theatre for over a decade and most recently appeared as Diane in Austin Theatre Project's Bare. Favorite credits include  Brigadoon (Fiona), Into the Woods (Rapunzel - twice!), The Secret Garden (Rose),  Ragtime and  Les Misérables. When she's not belting out show tunes, she can be found exploring her new city…

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Introducing Elizabeth Neiman

ELIZABETH NEIMAN will play the role of Amira, the daughter of the villainous Haman, in "Esther, A New Musical" (Feb 10, 2018, Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage).  Elizabeth (Lizzy) sparkles with energy both on and off the stage and, always has an encouraging word for everyone she meets. Her performance education includes Circle in the Square Conservatory (New York, City, NY) and Ryder University (Lawrenceville, NJ).  Memorable roles include the Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), Cindy Lou (The…

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Steve Williams is Mordecai

STEVE WILLIAMS will play Mordecai in the stage reading of "Esther, A New Musical" (Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage, Feb 10, 2018).  Steve brings his considerable theatre experience to the role, having performed in numerous shows at ZACH Theatre, Georgetown Palace Theater, the Vortex and Austin Jewish Repertory Theater. Former roles include Joseph (Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Harry Houdini (Ragtime), Barnaby (Hello, Dolly), and El Gallo (The Fantasticks).  When…

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Meet Emily Villarreal

Emily Villarreal will play SURI in "Esther, A New Musical," on February 10, 2018 (Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage).  Miss Emily moved to South Austin from the bustling Big Apple. With a degree in Musical Theatre from Manhattanville College, she hit the ground running in weird Austin. After much encouragement from her friends, she created her own recurring, self-directed, musical theatre showcase Cabernet Cabaret (@CabCabATX). In her free time, Emily focuses on shaping her craft with training, research, and…

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Creighton Moench as Haman

CREIGHTON MOENCH will play "evil Haman" in the stage reading of "Esther, A New Musical" on February 10, 2018, at Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage.  Creighton has been seen in performance spaces around Austin, including Zilker Hillside Theatre, The City Theatre and Jewish Repertory Theatre.  Most recently, he appeared as Daddy Warbucks in Annie at Georgetown Palace Theatre.  Other roles include Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid), Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd), and Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast).  Creighton is also a…

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Smile! It's Matthew Redden!

MATTHEW REDDEN will light up the stage with his trademark smile as the charismatic King Xerxes in "Esther, A New Musical," on February 10, 2018, at Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage.  Matt is well-known in Austin for his leading roles at ZACH's Topfer Theatre.  Some favorite roles include Bert (Mary Poppins), Peron (Evita), and Robert (The Drowsy Chaperone).  His resonant, vocal style and charming personality will have you swooning along with all the young women in the story of Esther.


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Introducing Jessica Cohen

JESSICA COHEN will play the role of DALIA in "Esther, A New Musical," on February 10, 2018.  Jessica has been seen in various local productions around Austin, most recently in the Georgetown Palace Theatre’s production of Annie (Tessie), as well as Seussical (Jojo), The Sound of Music (Gretl), and The Little Mermaid (Flounder).  She has also been seen around town singing at Cabarets, Curtain Calls, Talent Shows, and an occasional National Anthem.  When she's not performing, she spends her time playing piano…

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Meet Ryan Smith

RYAN SMITH will play the title role in "Esther, A New Musical!" on February 10, 2018, at Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage! 

We had our first rehearsal with Ryan on December 30th. You are going to love her voice and the way she brings life to Esther! 

Ryan is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  She has performed in "Peter Pan," "The Sound of Music," and "Oliver!" at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston.  She is also a regular performer at Austin's premier Zach Theatre…

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Living the Dream

Megan Rabuse and Glenna Bowman - "Living the Dream" at Evil Snail Studios, recording new tracks from "Esther, A New Musical."  Studio owner and audio engineer, Kfir Gov, is well known for his expert skill.  He's also one of the nicest guys around.  So much fun!

The image with this post is the control board that produces the sound recording.  The viewing monitor shows the audio waves for the vocalists and instruments.  It is an amazing process to go from raw tracks to fully produced music! 


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What the heck is a stage reading?

"What the heck is a stage reading, anyway?"

This question was posed to me recently after I sent out a post about our upcoming stage reading of "Esther, A New Musical."  It's a good question, so I thought I would share the answer with all of you - in case you don't already know.

A stage reading is part of the development process for a musical. Actors present the entire show, including dialogue and songs, but without sets or full costumes, and with minimal stage movement. The purpose is to gauge the…

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They sing AND dance!

We are excited to introduce Lara Noelle Holloway and Emma Center, from the cast of "CALLED BY NAME" (Sept 21, 22, & 23 at Austin Oaks Church).

Not only does Lara lend her finely-tuned voice to the Ensemble, but she also provides choreography for the show. Check out this short clip:

Lara holds a bachelor's degree in music from Houston Baptist University and she received training at Humphrey's School of Musical Theatre.  She is skilled in tap, jazz, swing and lindy hop, and she has provided choreography…

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Bowie High students help with production

Bowie High School's slogan boasts its "Pride in Performance." This pride is evident in three Bowie High students who are part of the technical team for CALLED BY NAME (Sept 21-23 at Austin Oaks Church).

Matthew Bosnyak provides lighting design, assisted by Julia Cabrera.  Lauren Collins is Assistant Director. According to Director, Glenna Bowman, "all three students are very talented and resourceful. We are lucky to have them on our production team."

Bowman worked with Bosnyak and Collins in May of this…

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Meet the Bowmans

No, these Bowmans aren't related, but they share their considerable talent on the stage.  

Joel Bowman plays Jonathon (son of King Saul) in CALLED BY NAME, The Story of Mephibosheth (September 21-23 at Austin Oaks Church).  Joel is a sophomore at Bowie High School.  He has been performing for public audiences since he was 5-years old, when he played the Young Kangaroo in "Seussical" at the Dell Jewish Community Center.  Most recently, he played a sinister Flotsom in "The Little Mermaid" at Bailey Middle…

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