Dream Reality Group is broadening its vision and increasing its show schedule.
After producing 10 sold-out musicals at Park Theater over the past three years, Dream Reality Group has added an artistic director, created an internship program, and released a lineup that includes six shows for 2019.
Morrison resident Isaiah Banegas joins the staff as artistic director. He will work alongside company founder Logan Taylor, who now accepts the title of producing director. Banegas has been involved in 34 productions over the past 12 years.
“I’m not going anywhere and I’ll continue to have a hand in everything we do,” said Taylor. “Isaiah is a great fit because he grew up doing shows at the Cumberland County Playhouse starting when he was 11. He has a lot of experience as a director, working behind the scenes and working on stage as an actor. He’s here to help us become that much bigger and that much better. He’ll give people a fresh take on Dream Reality Group.”
The 2019 schedule will feature five musicals, “Mary Poppins,” “Grease,” “Freaky Friday,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It will also include “The Foreigner,” an eight-person comedy play geared toward an adult audience.
“We really want to turn our focus to tourism and getting people to come here from other areas to see our shows,” said Taylor. “From age 9 to 99, we’ll have something for everyone. We’d like to grow into a regional theater.”
Taylor is especially excited about the new internship program available to aspiring artists ages 16 to 21. The program is designed to teach young artists all about the theater and cultivate talent for the present and future.
“It’s a way for kids to learn the ins and outs and get them prepared for a career in theater,” said Taylor. “Interns will shadow staff and crew members and will get hands-on experience building a show from the ground up.”
Taylor says interns will be able to work on scenery, costuming, lighting or sound, and be a stagehand. Interns are not required to perform in a show, but are encouraged to do so.
At the end of the 2019 season, two interns will be awarded $1,000 scholarships from The Park Theatre Group.
“It will be one boy and one girl intern who work the hardest and shine the brightest,” said Taylor.
Between 15 and 30 interns will be accepted into the program. A brief application is available on the Dream Reality Group website at www.drgmcminnville.com.
“Mary Poppins” is the first show on the 2019 schedule, set to run March 2-9. Auditions will be held Dec. 10-11 at WCMS auditorium.