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Tinyard Hill

2007 Festival

Casey Hushion

Music Director
Gillian Berkowitz

Colin Donnell, Heather Ferguson, Michael Lanning and Sally Mayes

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Total Cast Size: 4
Orchestra Breakdown:

piano, guitar, bass, percussion

Genre & Style:

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In South Georgia, 1964, a blacksmith and his son are desperate to keep the family’s two-hundred year old shop from becoming another “pioneer” tourist joke.  But as the Vietnam Conflict escalates and a summer romance blossoms, the world grows too large to ignore in this moving story about big love and small-town dreams. Tinyard Hill has a score by published theatre and film composer Mark Allen (2005 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing) and book and lyrics by Thomas M. Newman (O’Neill Center Theatre Fellow and NYU Musical Theatre Graduate Program Writer).

Development History

Tinyard Hill was presented by NAMT Member NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in April, 2006 and was selected for further development by Goodspeed Musicals in 2007.  The writers also received a Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre Writing, presenting Tinyard Hill in March 2007 as a part of the First Look Reading Series at the Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch.

Festival Successes

Development trajectory through 3 NAMT theatres in 2008: The Human Race Theatre Company (OH), Goodspeed Musicals (CT) and Red Mountain Theatre Company (AL), full productions at TheatreWorks (CA) in 2009 and Cumberland County Playhouse (TN) in 2010.