Text Me

Loose Tea Music Theatre in partnership with Suzart Productions

Text Me

In Carmen #YesAllWomen, Loose Tea strives to give the opportunity for Carmen to be told in a modern context, where the story is told through her eyes, as a strong independent woman striving and achieving within a patriarchal society and the dangers that she faces simply for doing that. Thematically, Carmen #YesAllWomen will focus on systemic misogyny, violence against women, veteran’s PTSD and its effects on family and society.  The new setting adapts the literal and musical themes of Bizet’s classic, to engage the audience in a way that is approachable, reflects the issues going on in the Ottawa community and engages to move people to social action. This project presents a brand-new contemporary libretto, and a reinterpreted score for two cellos, piano, and electronic artist.

In this new setting, a piece was created to express the safety fears that female identifying people face and the covert ways that networks develop keep each other safe. In “Text Me” the audience learns that Carmen’s friends are worried about her because she doesn’t seem to be responding to her phone, the unspoken “pact” they have to keep each other safe and then goes on to describe everyday harassment situations experienced by many women. It iterates that just living as a female-identifying person is made more dangerous because of patriarchal society norms.

In partnership with Suzart Productions, Loose Tea will be workshopping and filming a new extended version of “Text Me”. This is a new musical theatre style song that will be workshopped and filmed for an online presentation. The purpose of the workshop will be to understand and identify the issues surrounding harassment and violence against women in Ottawa, to create a new libretto for the piece with these issues in mind and expand the piece to include solos, small and large ensemble parts. At the end of the music workshop, we will make an audio recording that will be used for the film which will be filmed the following weekend with the same participants. We will also be creating group dialogues that will be filed as part of the online experience. This is a voluntary commitment.

This workshop is for female-identifying and non-binary people  in community theatre in Ottawa who are 18+ years of age. We encourage all viewpoints and experiences and encourage BIPOC, LGBTQQIP2SAA and people with disabilities to apply (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, two-spirit (2S), Androgynous and Asexual).

Participant expectations

  • Be available on the following dates: May 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 *
  • Participate in sharing what you think should be included in the piece
  • Participate in creating a safe, supportive, and positive working environment
  • Adhere to all COVID safety protocols

Schedule of Activities *

May 2:  A 2.5hr Zoom session to get to know everyone and start work on stories and ideas for the workshop.

May 8 & 9:  Music Workshop and recording of 8-hour days on Sat and Sunday where we create the new piece and audio record for use in the film

May 15 & 16:  Film for 8 hours both musical aspects and group conversations

*All dates subject to change based on provincial COVID safety protocols

Application

Deadline: Monday, April 5th at 11:59pm 

Self-Tape Tips:

  • Film in landscape
  • Make sure you check your lighting so your face is clearly visible
  • Make sure we can hear you clearly

If you have any questions or need any help with any part of the application, or if self-taping is a barrier to you applying please get in touch! We are happy to help you! admin@looseteamusictheatre.com