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Newport grad seeks funds for musical
Bellevue native Jordan Frost, 18, has a big goal for this summer: to stage a student-run production of the modern musical, “bare: A Pop Opera.” But in order to do so, she needs your help.
A graduate of Newport High School, now in her first year at Cornish College of the Arts, Frost is trying to raise $9,700 via Kickstarter to fund the project.
During high school Frost was an active member of Newport’s drama department - spending time as part of the tech crew and starring in productions of “Meet Me In St. Louis,” and “Footloose.” At Cornish, she is studying costume design.
“bare: A Pop Opera” is the story of lovers and roommates, Peter and Jason, as their world falls apart during their senior year at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Boarding School. Dealing with religion, homophobia, drug use, teen pregnancy and bullying, the production has it’s fair share of controversial topics. Even so, Frost hopes people can be open-minded.
“These issues are very current,” Frost said. “[One of] the biggest issues in our country right now is gay rights.”
Her friend and co-producer, Michael Bryan, 19, agrees.
“Even though Washington state passed gay marriage, there is still the majority of the country that does not believe in it,” Bryan said.
Bryan, who met Frost during a production at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, is a freshman at Western Washington University. He said he hopes putting on this production will inspire opponents to change their mind.
What makes this production unique is that it does not fall under any specific college program. Also worth noting is that Frost and Bryan intend for it to foster a new generation of actors.
“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is seeing new talent,” Bryan said.
They hope the show gives young actors an opportunity to showcase their talents to a larger audience.
“In Seattle, the hardest part is getting noticed,” Bryan said. “I want people to see these young adults and be blown away.”
The goal of raising $9,700 on Kickstarter was decided by Frost and Bryan, who have already received quotes for the rights to the musical, as well as renting a venue. An online fundraising platform, Kickstarter campaigns have funded more than 35,000 creative projects since being launched in 2009.
At this point, only $880 has been pledged to the “bare” project, with the funding deadline set for Wednesday, March 6. However, Frost said Ghost Light Theatricals, of Ballard, has already offered rehearsal space at a discounted rate. She is also talking with Social Outreach Seattle, a coalition of LGBTQ and allied persons, about collaborating. Frost and Bryan hope to stage the play in July.
To learn more about Frost’s goal - and to help fund the project - go HERE.