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Musical Revival: A New Theatre Company

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- A new theatre company has arrived in the Corridor.

Revival Theatre Company held their first auditions Sunday at Orchestra Iowa.

Founders Brian Glick and Cameron Sullenberger have been in the theatre business for more than a decade.

A year ago, they noticed that there was more talent here than opportunities for aspiring performers.

"We're here to bring something special," Glick said. "So being here today is kinda surreal."

Glick and Sullenberger started casually talking a few years ago about musical theatre. Their passion would lead them to dreaming about owning a theatre company.

"I think if you would have asked us then, we both would have said it was just simply an idea."

A conversation that led them to doing this but to get here wasn't easy.

This duo had mixed ideas about what they should bring to the table. They settled on a classical and contemporary pieces that would provide actors the opportunity to grow during the different performances.

"We started with some preliminary sketches and ideas on what a theatre might look like. We were at a friend's house when we started thinking of theatre titles. There are so many great revivals on Broadway
but when you think about when shows are done in any theatre, they are a revival," Musical Director Sullenberger said.

So came the name, "Revival Theatre Company."

"I have to pinch myself every once in awhile," Sullenberger said.
 
After funding events and networking throughout the community, they are now holding auditions for three shows.

"We want to do the big ones and the forgotten ones," Sullenberger said.

Children of Eden, Dogfight and Pippin will take the stage in the next year.

Children of Eden will open on September 4th at the Brucemore.

Any actor over the age of 8 is encouraged to audition.

"We have a great idea of what's good and not good."

Talent that they know is here in the Corridor and they are hoping will help make for a successful first year.

"The unknown is exciting," Sullenberger said.

"The true test is in the product. We're anxiously awaiting the first performance of opening night," Glick said.

Glick and Sullenberger plan to hold two more rounds of auditions at Orchestra Iowa Monday from 6-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.

For more information, check out their website here: www.revivaltheatrecompany.com
 
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