Musicians, filmmakers, composers, songwriters, music producers, stage crafters and attorneys can learn from the creative team of Jambalaya, the Musical, in a series of specialized workshops offered in partnership with Lafayette Economic Development Authority’s Opportunity Machine and UpStage.

Songwriter Jeff Barry; Nancy Gregory, the creator of Jambalaya, the Musical; the show’s musical director and composer Kennard Ramsey; entertainment and intellectual property attorney Michael R. Shapiro, and set designer Joe Stewart will lead sessions.

At 3 p.m. on August 28, 2016, Nancy Gregory will lead UpFront Success: The Non-Salesy Way to Sell Your Talent. During her session--which will take place at the Opportunity Machine, located in the Louisiana Immersive Technology Enterprise (LITE)-- Gregory will explain how a creator can grow his or her talent. Gregory, a dancer and choreographer, took her skills from the stage to the director’s chair and beyond. For decades, she has produced a variety of high-profile staged events. She directed and choreographed Razzle Dazzle, a gala honoring Nigel Lythgoe, producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. She has also directed both television and film productions (including the Mickey Mouse Club that spawned Justin Timberlake, Christina Aquilera and Britney Spears). Her credits include multi-million dollar stage spectaculars throughout the world, including NFL Superbowl half-time shows; A Magical Evening with Ben Vereen; Ole Blue Eyes, the 100th birthday celebration of Frank Sinatra with Frank Sinatra, Jr., and the star-studded Eagle & Badge Awards for the city of Los Angeles.

Attorney Michael R. Shapiro, well-known in the entertainment industry, will lead Copyrights, Unfair Competition and Multi-tier Distribution at 5 p.m. on September 1, also at the Opportunity Machine’s office. This session, which is relative to songwriters, artists, music producers, filmmakers, new media creators and attorneys, will discuss the media industry and where it is today, regarding content creation distribution and exploitation. Shapiro, Jambalaya’s business manager and legal representative, is an entertainment attorney who specializes in entertainment, media and communications law. Shapiro’s name frequently pops up in association with the long list of high profile artists he has managed, including Fleetwood Mac, Wilson Phillips, Eric Clapton and Steely Dan.

Grammy Award winner and Songwriter Hall-of-famer Jeff Barry and Jambalaya’s musical director Kennard Ramsey will team up for We Scored: Getting Your Music In Film and Television. This session will take place at 5 p.m. at the Heymann Center. Barry is known for his long list of Billboard hits, including River Deep Mountain High, Chapel of Love and Leader of the Pack. Ramsey is known for his film and television credits, including Hair Show, Fortunes of War, Ringmaster and Romeo Must DieLincoln Heights, Knots Landing, Trauma Center, Beverly Hills 90210 and The X-Files.

Emmy Award winning set designer Joe Stewart (Friends, the Ellen Degeneres Show, Two and a Half Men, included), who is Jambalaya’s set designer, will lead Setting the Stage: A Look at Digital Techniques and Other Tricks of the Trade. Stewart’s session will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 3 at the Opportunity Machine’s office.

UpStage--a not-for-profit performing arts presenter, based in Lafayette--is managing the production and its creative director, Jacqueline Lyle, is the associate producer of the new

musical. Lauren Fontenot assists in the production management.

Gregory decided to hold rehearsals and the workshop performance of Jambalaya, the Musical in Lafayette, La. and, to the extent possible, cast only local actors, singers and dancers in the initial public show.

Rehearsals began August 1 at Gerami Academy, which has provided the production with free rehearsal space until the show loads into the Heymann Center on September 2. The cast, which numbers nearly 30, is all paid.

“The purpose of the workshop performance is to see Jambalaya on a big stage, with stage lighting and other production values,” says Gregory. “The workshop performance will also be an investor audition, as we pursue angel investors across the United States and overseas to support a potential tour of Jambalaya, the Musical.”

The production has also tapped the talents of local stage craft professionals, including set builder Matthew Whittle, lighting designer Brian Schneider, costumer Neysha Perry, stage manager Kylen Wijayasuriya and zydeco musician Chubby Carrier.

Tickets for Jambalaya, the Musical are on sale now through TicketMaster. All seats are $25. Tickets purchased at the Heymann Center box office provide consumers with the lowest ticket and service fees.





For more information, contact Jackie Lyle at 337 781-1273 or jackielyle@gmail.com

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