Troy Foundry Theater creates its first musical

TROY — For the first time since its inception nearly five years ago, the Troy Foundry Theater will present a musical.

Rest assured, fans of avant-garde theater and immersive performance and installation art, it won’t be “Oklahoma!” nor even remotely like “The Sound of Music”, although there is little to say at this time about what it will actually be. That’s because the musical doesn’t exist yet.

“It’s going to be completely original and very Troy Foundry-style,” said TFT co-founder and creative director David Girard. “How that’s going to play out in terms of storytelling, I can’t tell you, because we don’t know yet,” he said.

For now, according to Girard, the musical exists as “pieces of writing” and a “thematic thread that may or may not work.” Troy himself will be both an inspiration and a character of sorts, Girard said, as will the space that will eventually house the performances. Several Collar City locations are under consideration.

Like many recent Troy Foundry productions, the musical will be collectively conceived, created and developed through intensive training and brainstorming sessions and retreats for months before rehearsals begin in the fall for live performances. October or November, Girard said. The extended creative time, larger cast, and larger budget required for a musical led to Troy Foundry’s first online fundraising effort devoted to a single production. By Thursday morning, with 18 days left in the campaign, the fundraiser had raised $650 towards a goal of $5,000.

The idea to forge a Foundry-style musical came to the company, which has anywhere from eight to 16 core members depending on the project and individual schedules, when a realization struck: “We have an army of musicians and really talented singers,” Girard said. .

Original music in the form of subtitles and incidental pieces has been part of past TFT productions. The challenge, Girard said, will be to create a full score, songs, and some kind of understandable story while incorporating elements that have become Troy Foundry signatures, including overlapping dialogue, or in this case the singing, and different scenes taking place simultaneously in different rooms.

“Can you have songs at the same time, with instruments playing in other rooms and getting the sound through?” said Girard. “What if you had two or three songs in two or three rooms, all different, but with the same chord progression? Is there a way to start in several smaller places and merge into one bigger place? have to understand,” he said.

Girard added, “That’s what we do all the time. Now we ask how we can do that with a musical.”