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August 2, 2013

MSU grad hopes to continue momentum after off-Broadway production

MSU grad hopes to continue momentum after off-Broadway production

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As for Darg, who presently lives in Maple Grove but has remained in New York for the duration of his production schedule, he said he's been pleased by the response.

"It's gone pretty well, overall," he said. "The audiences have been laughing and clapping — and that's always a good sign. ... Until something is in front of an audience, you don't know how it will go."

Darg said the performances may have run a bit long and there were a few snatches of dialogue that were eclipsed by actions on stage, so he'll revise his script slightly before attempting to mount any further productions.

Though nothing is finalized, Darg said a number of people expressed interest in his production in New York City. He's also hoping the play's reproducability — the sets are minimal, costumes (besides the sasquatch) are contemporary, acting responsibilities are evenly distributed and the music can be played by a five-piece ensemble — will make it attractive to school and community theatres.

"It's still early in the process," Darg said. "But it's our intention to take (the musical) and produce it again and move it forward."

In addition to the subsidy he received from the festival, Darg relied on the crowd-source fundraising website Kickstarter to raise an additional $5,065 for his production. Even while his production has not yet turned a profit — which is not at all unusual in the world of musicals, where only a small fraction ever recoup investment and production costs — Darg said he's satisfied with what's he's accomplished.

"When we set out, we had a very daunting task," he said. "We put on a musical, and we made it work.""

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