A new musical tests its wings in South Egremont

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EGREMONT — From the associates of this summer's sold-out production of the musical "Spring Awakening" at The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn, comes an original musical stage adaptation of a short film, both titled, "What We Were."

A workshop performance of the new musical will be staged at The Barn at 8 p.m. on Friday, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The project is being produced by siblings Jackson Teeley and Caitlin Teeley, both graduates of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, whose family members own and help operate the inn and manage live entertainment in The Barn.

Cast members and some themes of their "Spring Awakening" show are carried over in this new production.

Both Teeleys worked on the book; Jackson created the music and lyrics, and musical direction is done by Mike Pacifico, who also worked on "Spring Awakening" with them. The returning cast members, in addition to the Teeley siblings, include: Ali Louis-Bourzgui, Caroline Fairweather, Joey LaBrasca and Brianna Nicola.

Caitlin Teeley said in an email, "we are so excited to bring our first new work to The Barn with the same agenda of supporting local talent from more of a development standpoint. It will be a workshop, but hopefully the start of my brother and I establishing even more of a theater base and perhaps the starts of a company here at The Barn."

"What We Were" is a stage adaptation of a 2015 short film by the same name created by Jackson Teeley, with fellow Monument talent Corey Potter, the assistant director and co-producer of as well as actor in the film; Wilder Bunke as director and cinematographer; and Victoria Aldam as script supervisor.

The synopsis for the film, which debuted at the 2016 Made in the Berkshires festival was, "A young musician returns to his hometown to confront the realities of fame, the inevitability of change and the importance of home."

The musical stage adaptation seems to have evolved from the film version, describing the show as being "woven from moments of past and present," as it "deals with a pair of siblings who must let go of the past in order to navigate the present. With the assistance of old friends and blurred memories, they set out to define what home means once you've left it."

Whatever the outcome, the fact that this returning group of talented twentysomethings is deepening its roots at The Barn during the height of the Berkshire summer cultural season is noteworthy, and definitely makes this ensemble one to watch.


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