February 21, 2011

Special Presentation by Regent Alums

Ever been curious about the process of writing an original musical? How about how you fund and produce your work once it's written? Come to Screening Room A on February 26th at 7:00pm and find out!

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Bruce and Michelle Long will be talking about the process of writing and producing By Grace, and will be available for Q & A after the hour-long presentation.

Synopsis of the musical:
It is 1956 and the world is abuzz with the news of actress Grace Kelly’s impending wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. From the seamstresses at MGM studios creating the wedding dress to Catholic schoolgirls living vicariously through the plentiful tabloid rags, everyone is consumed by the media frenzy. No one is more intent than Grace Kelly’s family and friends who are grabbing their fifteen minutes of fame regardless of the cost to her reputation or happiness. Those surrounding the bride-to-be become more and more consumed with the attention they glean by association. Yet once the nuptials have concluded, and interest in their involvement wanes, the sudden finality of the wedding brings a slap of reality as they taste firsthand the fickleness of celebrity and the loneliness that only fleeting fame can bring.

About the Presenters:
Bruce Long and Michelle Hoppe-Long are both Alumni of Regent University. An accomplished writer and director, Michelle Hoppe-Long has worked in film, television and theatre for the past twenty years, garnering over fifty awards for her outstanding original work, creative design, and exceptional talent in both stage and screen venues, including a 2008 Crown Award for her screenplay adaptation of The List with Malcolm McDowell, released by FOX.

A member of the Dramatists Guild she has received CITA outstanding new play of 2009. Michelle was also co-creator and writer of The Knock Knock Show, a children’s television program airing on the Fox Family channel. She has directed across the country, garnering best director nods from the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and from the North Carolina Theatre Conference for the past seven consecutive years.

Michelle has used her vast experience at both the professional and educational level, investing in the future of the arts as a board member of CITA and NCTC. She works additionally as Director of Fine Arts at a private college preparatory school in Charlotte, North Carolina, her work at which, won her the honor of North Carolina K-12 Educator of the Year for 2009-2010.

Bruce is a stand-up comedian, also involved in producting feature films and theater.
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