Saint Louis University Theatre Students will record an original cast album of a brand new musical-theatre work created by Visiting Artist composer Colin Healy expressly for and in collaboration with SLU student and faculty artists.
SEEING OTHER PEOPLE is the story of Charlie and Ruth, a young couple aloft in the world of high art. It follows a surreal and disorienting path through the psyches of the young couple as they navigate a tragic event that leaves their world unrecognizable in the most literal sense. Penned by Colin Healy, and directed by Stephanie Tennill, the album will premiere for download on May 1, 2021, and be available on streaming services late May
Colin is a dog-owner based in the city of St. Louis who is also a composer, music director, and the artistic director of Fly North Theatricals. Starting at age 15, as a touring singer/songwriter with South Florida-based rock band The Republik, Colin's work as a recording artist spans four full-length studio albums -- three as a performer (Last Chance Planet, 2006, The Unexpected Answer, 2010, We Are The Wild Things, 2012), and one as a producer (The Gringo: Original St. Louis Cast Album, 2017). 2012's We Are The Wild Things, was recorded at Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and James Iha’s (Smashing Pumpkins) legendary Stratosphere Studios in New York and was produced by Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls). Healy's body of studio work has been recognized by Billboard, College Music Journal and has received radio play nationwide. His work as a composer includes Forgottonia (2018/21) The Gringo, (2018), and Madam, (2019/20) with the debut production of The Gringo headlining the 2018 St. Lou Fringe and becoming the best selling show in that festival's history. He currently serves as an artist-in-residence at St. Louis University and as music director of the Vocal Companies at the Center for Creative Arts (COCA).
Director and Soprano Stephanie Tennill has performed with such companies as the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera and has made appearances at Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Room and has been featured at Lincoln Center as well as with Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One series. Additional musical theater credits include a 10-month run as Cornelia in the American Girls Revue (off-Broadway), Deb in Hot ’n’ Cole, as well as The Cabaret Singer in the world premiere of the Rodgers and Hart ballet Glad To Be Unhappy. Ms. Tennill was a member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege voice faculty and has taught voice at Highbridge Voices (Outstanding Teacher Award), Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, and the world-renowned Saint Thomas Choir School, where she headed the vocal program for eight years. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Louis University where she heads the Vocal Program, teaching voice as well as Musical Theatre Performance, and serves as director for musical theatre productions (Godspell, Seeing Other People). She is on faculty with Union Avenue Opera's Young Artists' Program, Crescendo, serving as a director (Hansel and Gretel) and Voice Master Class Instructor. Ms. Tennill serves as Co-Director of Musical Theatre at Manhattan School of Music’s summer program, MSM Summer, where she has served as both stage and music co-director since 2015.
DONORS, SUPPORTERS AND WAYS TO GIVE
Matthew (Matty) Palmer, sophomore, is incredibly excited to be involved in this project. He’s been involved with theatre for close to a decade with some credits including Les Miserables, Newsies, and Fiddler on the Roof. As a neuroscience major, this project is very apt for him as it deals with many aspects of psychology that can be underrepresented in popular culture. He wishes to thank everyone involved with this project for an excellent time and excellent output!
Friends of the Theatre
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Giving Levels and Benefits
Recognition in the theatre playbill and lobby display.
Benefits of Member plus two tickets to a U Theatre performance.
Benefits of Member with four tickets to a U Theatre performance and invitation to the Dean's Reception.
All previous benefits with two season tickets to the U Theatre and an event with the chair of Saint Louis University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
All previous benefits with four season tickets to the U Theatre and show sponsorship recognition.
All previous benefits plus an original, signed costume rendering and season sponsorship recognition.
All previous benefits plus $500 of your gift awarded to a student in your honor from the Friends of the Theatre Scholarship Fund.
$18.18: Special Category
In honor of the Saint Louis University Bicentennial, the 1818 Company category focuses on entry-level donors, especially recent alumni.
*Donors at the Patron level and higher become members of the President's Circle Annual Giving Society.