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Zack's Place Musical
Beauty and the Beazt
December 15, 2021 at Town Hall Theater
Jim Sadwith and team are making a documentary about the process!

Zack's Place Documentary

Zack's Place has a wonderful opportunity to have a documentary following the process of putting on this year's Zack's Place Musical, Beauty and the Beazt. Zack's Place is looking for ideas for funding and Grantors who may support this endeavor.

For the past 9 years Zack's Place has performed a home-grown musical: ANNIE, PETER PAN, ZAPOLLO XII, THE VOYAGE OF THE ZACKLETON, MISSING MONA, A STEP IN TIME, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, THE WIZARD OF ZOZ and JUNGLE BOOK. Each of these stories were rewritten and combined with popular music in order to adapt to the needs and abilities of the Zack's Place participants. The all-star casts are always comprised of not only participants but also other community members. During the three months of rehearsals, the cast works hard at memorizing lines and lyrics, working on diction and performance, and learning dance steps with a choreographer. Sets and costumes are designed and assembled by community volunteers. Finally everything comes together to create a magical performance at the Town Hall Theater with a standing-room-only audience.

This year we hope to document on film the work, drama, setbacks and exhilarating successes experienced by any theatrical production but in this case through the eyes and lives of Zack's Place participants. This will culminate in the December 15thpresentation at the Town Hall Theater of our take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAZT. The project is being written and directed by long time Woodstock resident Jim Sadwith. Jim has had a successful career as a producer, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning director and has directed several films in which he worked with actors with differing abilities. He has already written and directed several musicals for Zack's Place: ZAPOLLO XII, THE VOYAGE OF THE ZACKLETON and THE WIZARD OF ZOZ. For the past three years he has also been a Professor of Film and Television at Savannah College of Art and Design.

If you know of a foundation, or a private funder that would be interested in this project, please email or contact us as soon as possible. The project begins in September of 2021. The performance is on December 15, 2021.

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