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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Rock the Casbah Premiere Party Aftermath

       The mad rush of actors, singers, ticket takers, turbans and guitars all came together for a smashing performance July 18th at Las Chicas (Tokyo Salon) in Omote Sando.
      Many thanks to all who contributed so much effort, especially in the final weeks leading up to the show. It was a tough start, from ground zero, performing the show in public for the very first time, but well worth having done. 

      The measure of our success is that we completed the show, as planned, and drew more than 50 people to the venue that night. We certainly left the audience wanting more and, more than that, left ourselves vast room for improvement. 
    The road ahead for Rock the Casbah is long, with many more rehearsals to go before the next show. But we have begun down that road, and that's what matters most.
      What we now have on the drawing board are plans for a July performance/party. On paper, it will be roughly the same: 3 or possibly 4 scenes from the play, a full set of Clash songs from the band, a warm-up act and a DJ.
       In practice, we are taking the performance to a much higher level with the inclusion of dance, real stage lighting, better costumes and much stronger, more thoroughly rehearsed acting.
        To that end, we are in the process of recruiting a choreographer, dancers and actors for at least the roles of Amir, Billy and Khalid. Coty Saxman is committed to continue as lead in the role of Johnny Mohammad and front man for the show band. Given the strength of his performance on only three weeks of rehearsals, we have very high expectations for our next outing.

July 2016

Rock the Casbah: Premiere Party  II              

Monday, March 9, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Coming, Summer 2015:

New Guerrilla Theatre is a new platform for funding and developing performing arts talent. We use film, stage performances and street theatre to win sponsors for musicians, singers, actors and dancers performing in original musicals.     Rock the Casbah is the debut effort. The goal is to put on a musical. The real story is how we achieve this as outsiders, starting without big money, or big connections – only big dreams.
A documentary film series will capture the challenges we face each step of the way. Instead of renting theatres, selling tickets and hoping to get enough to cover costs, we’re producing the musical scene-by-scene on the streets, in public spaces indoors and out, invited and uninvited. These guerrilla theatre performances will be filmed for the documentary and as trailers for YouTube, etc., creating promotional leverage and viral momentum for both our sponsors and our eventual stage performance.
The essence of New Guerrilla Theatre is Just Do It: turn the business disadvantage into a cultural and marketing advantage.

     This is the true story of a band of writers, musicians, actors and dancers producing a musical as outsiders, in the streets, for the people.
Rock the Casbah brings a politically, socially and artistically relevant musical experience to a new generation in new way. We need musicians, actors, dancers, coreographers, directors, sound techs, videographers, video editors, fund-raisers and more. Don't delay:
Join us now! 
For information on how you can participate, contact:
Dave McCombs, executive director, New Guerrilla Theatre Ltd.