ABLAZE: an a cappella musical thriller

A world premieire original musical written by Matthew B. Zrebski

Staged! is proud to present the professional premiere of Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller by award-winning Portland playwright Matthew B. Zrebski. (Brunish Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts April 12-May 5 http://www.pcpa.com/events/ablaze)

At an old abandoned high school on the outskirts of town, a group of teenagers is hanging out.  Suddenly the walls around them go up in flames, and they find themselves  surrounded by fire. Their only chance for escape is a hole in a corner of the gymnasium floor. They jump in. They survive the flames. But the terror is just beginning as they realize that they are not alone…and someone is watching. As their 19 days of captivity progress, personal demons and vendettas emerge with ferocity, forcing them to either turn forever against each other or to fight for survival.

“Uncommonly thrilling…sung and acted with real skill and passion.”—Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

Following a sold-out amateur production at Wilson High School in November 2011, Ablaze continued to astound audiences and critics alike at the Fertile Ground Festival in early 2012. Featured at the State Thespian Festival as one of the top three high school productions for 2011-12, Ablaze is now being launched onto the professional stage for the first time.

Featuring 23 young professional actors from across the Portland metro area, Ablaze is a bold experiment in musical theatre, and an intense and unapologetic look at the lives of adolescents and the issues they must face.

April 12-May 5, 2013
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm/ Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

Running time: 110 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.
Recommended for ages 13+ due to mature themes

Join us for “Cerebral Mulch”—our popular pre-performance chats held every Sunday prior to the matinee. Meet some of the artists and designers behind the show, participate in lively discussion, and become an insider on this fascinating process of theatre-making. 

Dates:  April 14, 21, & 28, and May 5 at 1:10 pm. 

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This production is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with in-kind support from Oregon Children’s Theatre and Coho Theatre.
Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller  was originally commissioned by the Wilson High School Drama Department in association with Playwrights West. Originally a straight play, Ablaze premiered at Lincoln High School in 2004.


Cast and Creative Team

About STAGED! Musical Theatre
Since bounding onto Portland’s arts scene in 2005, Staged! continues to delight audiences by telling compelling human stories through song, nurturing local talent both onstage and off.  With musical theatre pared down to its essential elements—music, story, and song—Staged! produces stellar musical theatre and provides pre-professional training to young people.  Staged! has received numerous Drammy Awards for its acoustic, out-of-the-box production of Songs for a New World and for its all-teen pit ensemble for 13.

Staged! opens the S! Conservatory in September 2013, offering rigorous, professional, year-round training to young people ages 14-18.  Auditions for the S! Conservatory will be held in June. 

Summer Classes for all students ages 13-19 are held every year at the Coho Theatre in beautiful NW Portland.  Register now!