Katy Lipson is the producer of the From Page To Stage Festival coming to the Landor Theatre. We sat down for a cup of tea and a chat about the festival.
Can you tell me about yourself and your career highlights to date?
I am a producer, musician, singer and composer who has been focused on my company Aria Entertainment for the past 3 years. I have a focus on musical revivals and new musical theatre and previous to producing I have worked as a Musical Director, Vocal Coach and performer. My career highlight to date has to be the transfer of my production of “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” to The Arts Theatre London last summer.
Tell me about the From Page To Stage Festival and how it came about.
I am incredibly passionate about musical theatre and in particular new writing. I had already produced a couple of shows at the Landor Theatre and was having a conversation with the Artistic Director Rob McWhir who asked if I would be interested in putting together a few pieces of new musical theatre. I had worked previously with my first company A STAGE KINDLY and had many contacts and potential writers to involve. The 2013 season was a success and this year I submitted an application to the Arts Council for Support and was lucky enough to be successful.
If we asked your friends to describe you in three words, what would they be?
Passionate, hard-working and determined
From Page To Stage has a Kickstarter campaign running to help fund the show. For those who may not be familiar with this, what is it and how does it work?
It is when we ask our friends and supporters to potentially give a small amount of money to help us reach our target of £2,500; rather than finding someone to donate £2,500 we will perhaps attract 250 people to grant us just £10 each.
With so many theatre shows failing these days, do you feel there is more pressure than ever to try to make this festival succeed and how have you dealt with this pressure?
For me success for this season will mean reaching out to new audiences, developing the work and artistes involved and creating some new partnerships with Artistic Directors around the country; it’s slightly different as this is non for profit activity and so we are not so much relying on long runs of shows and ticket sales to achieve our goals and objectives. As always I have just put everything into selecting the best works, creative teams and company to serve the showcases, readings and full musicals well.
Do you have a particular favourite moment, song or line from any of these shows?
I fell in love with the Mistress Cycle from the moment I read the title; this is a particularly wonderful lyric from it;
Because The Woman I Am Today
Is Not The Woman I Want To Be Tomorrow
I Want To Be Swinging From The Stars
Not Wishing On Them
Riding The High Seas
Not Running From Them
Feeling I Shine
Do you have a favourite Musical Theatre show or song that means a lot to you?
I am a big fan of the music in The Light In The Piazza and I love Miss Saigon! It must be the romance! I try and listen to a new musical every day so I can constantly expand my knowledge of the genre.
Thank you for having Tea With Wilma
Click here to book tickets to the From Page to Stage festival at the Landor Theatre.