Carousel Productions will present an original musical song cycle, “Better Than I Am,” written by Jared Chastain on Friday and Saturday at the Williams Vaughan Theatre at The Brass Ring. “Better Than I Am” is a collection of original songs. This song cycle will be sung by Nick Gelona, Elizabeth Patterson, Kirstie Currier, Kennedy McAlister, Antonio Rodriguez and Chastain, who will also accompany the performances.
The music from the song cycle is all inspired by personal feelings and thoughts throughout Jared’s life so far, and can be considered “reflections” of the past.
Proceeds from the show will go toward Chastain auditioning for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Composition Workshop in NYC, where he would like to continue to grow his education of the art of composition.
Chastain is an aspiring contemporary musical theatre composer born and raised in Ardmore. From a young age, he has always been involved in music. He began to truly realize this passion in his high school years, where he participated in numerous All-District and All-State Choruses, as well as many solo and ensemble competitions.
Adding on to the spark of this realization was the day he was introduced to the Brass Ring Studios. He was involved in Broadway Kids and voice lessons with Vicki Gelona from the age of 15 to 18. He has been featured in numerous Jim and Ida Williams Summer Youth Theatre productions at the Brass Ring, most recently as Emmett in “Legally Blonde.” Chastain will also be featured in the upcoming musical this summer, “Godspell.” After high school, Jared attended the University of Central Oklahoma for the 2011-12 school year, and the first semester of the 2012-13 school year, as a musical theatre major. While studying at UCO, he was cast as an ensemble member in “Once On This Island” by Ahrens and Flaherty, and as a featured soloist in the production of “Sing For Your Supper” by Rodgers and Hart. He sang along with the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers led by Dr. Karl Nelson, and was vocally instructed by Dr. Robert Glaubitz.
Tickets will be available at the door for $15. To reserve a seat, call (580) 226-9278 and leave a message.