is presenting its 5th Annual Festival, now thru August 2012! Based in Los Angeles, California, FNAM is home to full productions, staged readings, workshops of musicals in progress, cabaret events, and concerts. In their first 4 years, they have presented:
- 125 Shows, Concerts and Events
- 83 Different Venues from Santa Barbara to San Diego
- Over 1,000 Performances
- Audiences Totaling Over 1 Million.
Continuing throughout the year are major outreach and educational initiatives aimed at a diverse array of students of all ages. These include Marquez Elementary School history musicals, College of the Canyons specialized programs for high school performers, composers and librettists throughout the southland, and the Festival”s own Academy for Young Professionals, which supports talented high school and college students toward careers in Musical Theatre.
Let”s Put On A Show!
Since 2008 when the Festival began to celebrate the return of the musical to the mainstream of American popular culture, we”ve seen the reverberations grow, from WICKED and the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS, to SPRING AWAKENING and GLEE to SMASH…to everywhere. But no more strongly than here in Southern California. And not just in the big shows headed to and from Broadway. “Everywhere” now includes network TV, cable, the internet, smaller theaters developing more intimate forms of musical storytelling and colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and community centers where new generations of young writers, composers and burgeoning performers are expressing themselves creatively. Where a decade ago they were organizing rockbands, today they are deciding, in the good old tradition of Judy and Mickey, to “put on a show.” The Festival”s mission is to celebrate all of that excitement, to foster the creators, to train and showcase the performers and in the process also to help build the next generation of musical theater audience and support.
A unique demonstation of this excitement and growth will be on display as part of this year”s Festival at Future Fest. Schools from all over the Southland will gather at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 30th to showcase their new American musical talents. Join them at Future Fest for a marathon of songs and scenes from new musicals performed by a new generation of talent.