On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Jackie Rens about EDGES, this year’s musical production from Oakfields College.
EDGES is a contemporary, coming-of-age musical that explores the trials and tribulations of young people moving into adulthood while navigating issues such as individual identity, complicated relationships, societal expectations and unrequited love. This series of musical vignettes provides a voyeuristic ‘slice of life’ peek into the lives of numerous characters as they dissect and assess various aspects of their lives ranging from Facebook addictions to skirting around the word ‘love’ in a new relationship.
The creators of EDGES, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are an American song-writing duo whose original songs have been featured on NBC’s series SMASH, and most recently in the film LA LA LAND, (for which they won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song). Most notably, of course, is their work on the original musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN which earned them the Tony Award for Best Original Score. EDGES marked the duo’s debut as songwriters when they were 19-year-old undergraduates in musical theatre and has since been performed in hundreds of productions worldwide, including South Korea, Australia, China, the Philippines, Denmark and more.
EDGES will be directed by local actress and head of the Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre, Jackie Rens. Supporting her as assistant director and choreographer is the multi-talented Weslee Swain Lauder whose work on the musical SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at the State Theatre earned him a Naledi award nomination for best original choreography. Musical director is Dawid Boverhoff who won this year’s Naledi Award for Best Score / Arrangement / Adaptation for the production ALTYD IN MY DROME which debuted at the Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre.
This production will also feature special guest appearances by two highly acclaimed and popular public figures. The names of these stars will be made public shortly, so keep an eye on the Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre’s Facebook page for this exciting announcement!
Listen to Renos’ interview with head of the Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre, Jackie Rens here:
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