Thursday, November 8, 2018

Regional Broadway World Award Nominations

WYSIWYG has been nominated for seven regional (Colorado) Broadway World Awards.
What an honor to be nominated for all these awards by the Denver theater community. Thank You!

2018 Regional Broadway World Award Nomination Recipients

Our nomination categories include:
Production -
Director -
Music Direction -
Actor -
Actor -
Actress -
Actress -
Brandon Bill
April Alsup
Randy Chalmers
Brandon Bill
Jessie Sotwick
Thomas Ilalaole

Guess that sums it up!
If you’d like to vote for any of us, follow this link:

The voting period has expired!

Monday, September 24, 2018

10th Annual Planet Connections Awards Ceremony

Here's some pictures from the Planet Connections Awards Ceremony at the Abrons Art Center in New York City on September 21st, 2018. Jay Michaels was our publicist during the festival and greeted us after our limousine arrived. There's even a picture of Glory Kadigan giving us one of the festival's most prestigious awards!
2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivities Award Ceremony Ticket April Alsup with Jay Michaels Glory Kadigan announcing 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Award Winners April Alsup accepting the WYSIWYG award and gift bag

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Our 2018 Award Nominations by Category

Here are the award nominations we received for this year's run at Planet Connections.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

2018 NYC Planet Connections Festival Scrapbook

We've been collecting all sort of pictures over the last few months related to our NYC Debut  of WYSIWYG. What a great experience taking a musical to the Big Apple turned out to be. The process all started back in early Spring and ends the end of August. Two weeks in New York with old friends, with new friends and of course the fabulous shows and all the tourist attractions. Thank you Planet Connections, Ackerman, and all our NYC fans for the support! WYSIWYG :)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Video Excerpts from the 10th Planet

Here's a short video of several scenes from our performance run at Teatro LATEA. We had plenty of footage from our shows during the festival since we placed a video camera in different locations each night. There was one night when the electric piano wasn't available so we used an acoustic upright.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Denver theatergoers...mark your calendars!

After a successful run in the Big Apple, the WYSIWYG theater troupe has secured 3 performance dates (August 16th, 17th & 18th) at the Avenue Theater in Denver. We're all excited to share our work with our Colorado theater friends, so come out and support this fabulous cast and crew. We're working on making tickets available now and I'm sure they'll be available shortly!

417 E. 17th Ave. Denver, CO 80203

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WYSIWYG Pool Party

It was nice to have the cast over for a little fun this weekend. It feels like the calm before the storm though. There's a lot of things to manage when you take a production out of state, but the weather was great and it's important to smell the roses once in a while too.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Piano Facade Prototype

For our latest production of WYSIWYG the piano is actually used as a bar in several scenes and unfortunately many theaters today don't always have an acoustic piano readily available. So we decided to build a prototype of an upright piano facade. The requirements were that it had to be sturdy, portable, light weight, easy to assemble and fit an 88 key digital piano.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Denver Area Preview of WYSIWYG at Vintage

We've scheduled a Denver area preview of WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora on July 12th at 7:00PM. In just 2 weeks, we head off to Manhattan to perform the new musical in the Big Apple at New York's 10th Annual Planet Connections Festivity. So mark your calendars for the free 7:00 PM show at Vintage to support the home team.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A little right brain and a little left brain

Making stage props can be challenging and fun at the same time. Scouring the surplus stores off Colfax in Denver is always an adventure! There's a scene in WYSIWYG that we needed a device to highlight the faces of the characters while they are online. It had to be simple, bullet proof, look like a phone and have a bit more luminosity; of course, Denise gets leopard skin. Remember the scene in "Suspicion" where Hitchcock puts a light in a glass of milk!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Eco-friendly WYSIWYG Festibill Program Insert

QR codes are machine-readable optical labels first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. Typically, a smartphone is used as a QR code scanner to convert the code into some useful form (such as a standard URL for a website, thereby obviating the need for a user to type it into a web browser).
We're trying to be as eco-friendly as possible, so this July we'll be hanging posters with the QR code above around the LATEA theater entrance so patrons can view our festibill program insert directly on their smart phones. Try it out now and yes we are tree lovers in Colorado.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Devices, Devices, Devices

It seems like these days people are on their devices all the time and the characters in WYSIWYG are certainly no exception. They're always checking-in online to see their messages, latest news and upcoming events. For our NYC run we decided to nest and print our post cards and flyers on foam core to simulate the plethora of devices being used by people today.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ackerman Institute | Gender & Family Project

We've teamed up with the Ackerman Institute for the Family during our Planet Connections New York City performance run. A simple Google search, a cold call and a few was a match made in Heaven. It's uncanny how their message of authenticity matches so closely to our show.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Blocking in a eco-friendly digital process

We've moved on from our music rehearsals to blocking and the cast is starting to endure the gotchas of a digital process. Everyone was used to marking up paper scripts the traditional way, but we wanted to embrace Planet Connections emphasis on being eco-friendly. It's amazing how much paper is wasted mounting a musical


Thomas has been using their phones, while Jessie uses a laptop. Brandon and April are using tablets, but one is an Apple iPad and one is a Microsoft Surface device. There are a plethora of applications that support markup on the electronic scripts, but synchronizing with the most up-to-date script on our shared Google drive has been challenging.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Our New York City Base Camp

We were so lucky to find an apartment a block from the Teatro LATEA theater. It has several floors and there's a rooftop garden that we may actually be able to see the theater from. Google maps has a neat 3D function that let's you view the area from a lot of different angles and perspectives. Here's a couple of static screen capture images.

Looking North
Looking South

Friday, May 4, 2018

Here's the poster we're using for the festival

It's rather symbolic, an iPad with a broken screen, a sticky note with the tagline "Logout and Login to Life". It's multi-dimensional too! An iPad in an iPad with a photo of a person taking a picture of herself in a mirror with an iPhone.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We have our cast for New York!

Jessica Sotwick

Jessica is ecstatic to be back in the city she used to call home. While performing is her main career path, she is also a full-time special education paraprofessional for severe needs students at a high school in Colorado (and loves it). Some of her favorite past credits include Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Sister Mary Downing in Disaster!, Ruth Two Bears in Dogfight, and Mrs. Fleming in Heathers: The Musical. She would like to thank Brandon and April for trusting her with this role. Love wins.

Thomas Ilalaole

Thomas Ilalaole was born in Vallejo, CA and raised in Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and now lives in Parker, CO. He is skilled in all dance styles, vocal performance and acting and has trained in New York, California and on Oahu. His favorite Oahu credits include John in Peter Pan, Fender in Hairspray, Mrs. Bumbrake and Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, and Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap.

He won the Hawaii State Theatre Council Po'okela Awards for "best ensemble in a play" for Peter and the Starcatcher and The Mousetrap. His Colorado credits include ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, ensemble and young Bernadette in the Regional Premier of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mikey in Hairspray and Jetsam in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Randy Chalmers

Randy is a Denver based performer, most recently seen in the Town Hall Arts Center production of Ain’t Misbehavin. He was raised in Colorado Springs and is the oldest of four.

He found a passion for singing early in life. Randy became a part of every singing group available throughout his schooling including show choirs, Madrigal ensembles, jazz choir, and a couple of operas. His major influences and inspirations were found in gospel and R&B music.

Randy is a 2017 True West Award recipient most notably known for his several turns as Seaweed J. Stubbs, a role that introduced him to the Denver theater community, in Performance Now‘s 2014 production of Hairspray. Other credits include Benny - In The Height (Town Hall Arts Center) and Sebastian - The Little Mermaid (Inspire Creative)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Logo Concept Iteration



Here are some ideas we have for giveaway trinkets for our upcoming performances in NYC. You have to get on top of these sorts of things pretty fast since most of the time bulk quantities come from foreign countries and there's always lag time and some back and forth with sample reviews and such. Here are some samples we've requested:

Monday, March 26, 2018

The logo is coming together

The logo is coming together nicely. We placed the logo in the tablet being held with the silhouette of human hands. It's a nice way to include the juxtaposition of the real world and cyberspace.

Friday, March 23, 2018

More Logo Concepts

Here's several new logo concepts we've come up with for the next performance run of WYSIWYG. The title is placed over a standard World Wide Web logo and spider web metaphor type World Wide Web logo. We used a couple of different font styles too and yellow glow around the title to reinforce the element of electronic devices. It has a better connection to the theme of the show. We'll be adding a tagline and a streamlined description soon so stay tuned!