‘Promiscuous’ student series to hit web mid-April

Sometimes when directing a series involving music, you have to duet mostly by yourself.

A senior project being developed this semester is a web series entitled “Sheet Music: A Ballad of Promiscuity” by theater and PTW senior Jessica Rockwell.

The Valley Vanguard

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Jessica Rockwell, director, PTW and theater senior, will hold auditions for her series, “Sheet Music: a ballad of promiscuity,” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in C181. She is looking for three women and two men to star.

“Having a web series will take things to a whole other level. The theater department is starting to branch out,” Rockwell said.

She will film, edit and direct the two episodes she is creating for her senior project.

The idea came to her in an RPW class last year after a friend challenged her to write a script.

After coming up with several ideas for the project, Rockwell decided to produce two episodes.

Rockwell believes that having a web series instead of a live production will draw in more attention from the campus community.

Previously, theater seniors have used acting, directing and choreography as senior projects.

Producing a film or web series has been done in University history, but isn’t as common as staged productions.

The series, aimed at college students, revolves around a group of adult friends that are mostly involved in the music industry, but they also have strong sex lives.

“It is not anything too serious. It’ll make you laugh,” Rockwell said. “It’ll make you think of things that happened in your own life.”

One character, Rebecca, is a singer who takes any gig opportunity she has and tends to be accident prone with her boyfriend, Brady.

Brady is a talent scout whose sexual life gets more interesting in the pilot episode, titled “One Night Stanza.”

Naomi, who is a musical composer and is sexually devious, gives advice to her two friends, Rebecca and Paige.

The character Paige, who enjoys singing, recently became single as Naomi begins attempting to set her up on dates.

Rockwell has developed twelve episode summaries. She plans continuing writing and filming the series.

No scenes are shot in nudity.

“I believe things can be done artfully and tastefully,” Rockwell said.

Auditions will be done as cold reads, but she welcomes everyone to pick up a script from C184 beforehand.

Auditions are from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Dance Studio in C181.

Rockwell will film in Saginaw beginning in February.

“Most people want to shoot in big towns like Chicago,” Rockwell said.

“Often times, people don’t pay attention to what Saginaw has to offer.”

Rockwell has interest in shooting the series by the bars on Hamilton Street, but must work with businesses to avoid customer disturbances and other issues.

Each episode will run between 10 and 15 minutes and she hopes to premiere it the week before exams.

She plans to release her senior project for viewing on YouTube.

One of her goals is to premiere the series during a Valley Nights movie screening and give out copies of the first two episodes on DVD.

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