Sunday, August 21, 2011
"Submissions Only" Web Series
I finally had the opportunity to see the entire set of episodes in season one of the web series "Submissions Only" which is funny behind the scenes look at those involved in casting and auditions in New York City. I don't know why I didn't make time to watch this series sooner since my thing is seeing shows when I travel. I'm hooked and can't wait for a planned second season.
The series follows friends Penny Reilly (Kate Weatherhead) and Tim Trull (Colin Hanlon) as they ride the bumpy road road of auditioning in New York City (she's an actress, he's a casting director). Created by Weatherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, the show is delightful and often funny with sweet and charming performances especially by the two leads. Despite having no budget the show is well produced and shot. The writers have been thoughtful to avoid the characters from being bitter or cocky to a fault.
For fans of Broadway theatre, the best part is seeing favorites in the regular cast and others in guest appearances. Some of them appearing in Season 1 include:
Danny Burstein (South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone)
Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard)
Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, Promises Promises)
Max Von Essen (Death Takes a Holiday, Dance of the Vampires)
Santino Fontana (The Importance of Being Earnest, Billy Elliot)
Ann Harada (Avenue Q)
Cady Huffman (The Producers)
Rebecca Luker (Death Takes a Holiday, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Show Boat)
The title is taken from the casting process where performers represented by an agents are sent to audition. I've also learned what the term 'sides' means which refers to segments taken from a script used during the audition. Each episode runs about ten to fifteen minutes.
Below are links to each episode of the season one on YouTube.com and part one of episode one is included in this post.
Episode 1 Part 2 (Old Lace)
Episode 2 Part 1 (165 Flies)
Episode 2 Part 2 (165 Flies)
Episode 3 Part 1 (Intersections)
Episode 3 Part 2 (Intersections)
Episode 4 (You're So Bad)
Episode 5 (Mean Like Me)
Episode 6 (Somethin' Else)
The show has just began a Kickstarter Project to raise funds to cover expenses, pay for equipment and compensate the cast and crew.