What’s the way into a story?

Some time ago I blogged about the appeal of being commissioned to write, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity over the last year to work on a few different commissioned projects.

Getting the work is amazing. But then comes the responsibility: create on someone else’s schedule.  A deadline can be intimidating, and perhaps it should be.  The more I write and create, the more I realize that it’s a good thing to be backed in a corner by time with expectations swinging away at you.  It forces you to solve the problem at hand – fighting to find a way into a story, and making it out of the predicament alive.

Three Monologues, which I wrote for the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre in November in Red Deer, and then was reproduced (get it?) for the stage in the Spring at another event in Southern Alberta, was one such project.  The experience was invigorating.

And it was a positive one.  Enough so that I was commissioned to write another original piece that will come to life as That Towering Cross, an Easter production this coming Spring in Red Deer, Alberta.

For a writer, a way into a story can be a deadline.

For a theatre audience, it’s through the performances of actors, and in the case of That Towering Cross, it will also be through a choir.

I want to take this opportunity to invite people in central Alberta into this story in a unique way.  The producers of the show will be holding auditions for the production’s 6 roles.  Here’s the info:



A musical collaboration by playwright Andrew Kooman, with music by Kimberly Messer. Under the direction of Annette Bradley & Laura Geelen.

  • Seeking 3 males (one male age 30-35 yrs & two males over 45 yrs all with possible singing ability)
  • Seeking 3 females (one teenager with solo ability, one female age 20-30 yrs, & one female over 45 yrs with singing ability)
  • Non-auditioned Choir all singers ages 12 & over are welcome (solos and small ensembles included).

Friday, November 14, 2014 5 pm-6:30 pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014 3pm-5pm 

at Liberty Christian Assembly (1B, 6315 Horn St, Red Deer).

There will be a cold read from the script.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays starting January 13, 2015.

Performances will be on March 26, 27 & 28, 2015 at the Memorial Centre in Red Deer.

If that invitation tweaks your interest, please contact the following people:

For drama info – Laura 403-596-3041

For music or general info – Annette 403-346-0065

For volunteer opportunities – Jena 403-352-3678