I have a new obsession, and I’m basically taking the opportunity to talk about it everywhere. I don’t know if anyone who reads my blog is actually anywhere near as passionate about musical theatre as I am but I’m going to just ramble about it anyway. New obsession is in the form of a new musical called The In-Between, which is so new, it only has a concept album at the moment. Here’s the synopsis from the website:
Nineteen-year-old misfit and perpetual underachiever, Flick Wimple, has always lived in the shadow of her caring but neurotic elder sister, Alice. Since their parents died in a car crash, Alice has had to become more of a mother to Flick – a responsibility that traps them both and heightens their love-hate relationship. Resigned to the way things are, Flick determines to expect nothing exceptional from life and give little in return.
She is forced to re-evaluate, however, when one day she steps through the wrong doorway and finds herself trapped in the space between parallel worlds; the place known as the In-Between. There she is met by the mysterious, if slightly nerdy, Guide Calicus; a young man who has spent his entire life leading people between worlds. He offers Flick the chance to leave her problems behind and journey to another world and, as he leads her through the In-Between, the two begin to form a close bond, causing him to wonder what it would be like to live a life of his own.
But all is not right in the In-Between; other Guides are starting to go missing and tears are appearing in the walls… Ultimately, Flick must make a choice; to hold on to her past, her sister and the world she knows, or risk everything to try and save much more…
Doesn’t that sound kind of awesome? I’ve listened to concept albums before, but never before there has been a full production album to go with it, so now I’m sitting here going, “What do you mean this isn’t a full-fledged West End hit yet?” The music is really catchy and all available to listen to for free on YouTube. I also bought all the sheet music and actually pulled my keyboard out for the first time in months. Just you watch, these songs are going to turn me into one of those people who films themselves singing and posts it online (maybe. I can play piano and I can sing but I have trouble doing both at once).
Aaaaanyway. It’s WIPpet Wednesday! *waits for fanfare*. And since I’m speaking about music and musicals and things, here’s a link to Sunday’s post where I talked about Pinterest boards for my WIPs and also linked to some songs that have a certain resonance with my WIPs.
I really wanted to share the Really Dramatic Bittm that I wrote last night, but then I decided not to because if I’m clever, I can make sections of the 2000 words or so I’ve recently written last the next few Wednesdays (well, at least for next week, too). So instead I give you twelve lines from a scene which is basically the beginning of the Drama. Felipe has left the hospital where Cait is working, but they are attacked by a faction of people from the opposing country, who believe he’s still there. Cait gets up and starts getting herself dressed enough to go outside and confront them.
“I’m going out there,” Cait replied. “The sooner they’re made aware that Felipe is no longer here, the sooner we’ll be out of danger.”
“Cait, how do you know that? Gallit men are unforgiving, who’s to say they won’t just take you and have their way with you to justify coming all this way to themselves?”
“Hattie, I have to do something.”
“Then we’ll come with you,” Meg declared, also going to the stand and pulling her robe down.
“Meg, you can’t, you’re too –”
“Don’t tell me I’m too young, Cait. There are only four years between us and if this hospital is overrun by Gallit forces, I’m going to be just as in danger as anyone else. They might even go for me first because I’m younger. So if you’re going out there, so am I.”
Meg has been quite a revelation since I began writing this scene (which is new to this draft). Before, Hattie was really the only one of the roommates who said or did anything; the others were just kind of mentioned and there to fill up space. But Meg now continues to get More Awesome. Lizzie is still just kind of there doing not very much, though, so maybe I might adjust it so there’s the three of them sharing.
If you would like to join in on WIPpet Wednesday, do feel free! All that is required is that you either post an excerpt of your current WIP or write the opening of a new one, that somehow corresponds to the day’s date (so 12 lines for June 12, etc! We encourage creativity with this :D). Then come on over to the linky, leave your info and come and stop by a few of the other WIPpeteer’s blogs. We also support each other on Twitter using the #WIPpet and #WIPpeteers hashtags. As always, thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. 🙂 I shall be off now, and shall catch you all soon!