From Company Member Nia: Our biggest concern with writing and composing our own musical from scratch was ensuring that our songs made sense to the audience and told the complete story of Emily Warren. It turns out, by only listening to our lyrics, Tony fully understood our concept and message! We were so relieved. Of course, there were several things we as songwriters needed to work on, but Tony's amazing feedback left us confident to make those changes. He spoke to us about over rhyming, organization of our lyrics, and our use of extended vocabulary possibly being a mouthful to sing once the lyrics are tied to music.
It was a big step to even walk into Tony's recording studio. I doubt any of us ever thought that we would be getting our own music performed and published. A lot of us never believed our potential would reach this level of publicity. With that being said, for us to share our raw lyrics with professional songwriter, musician, producer and artist Tony Conniff, and be given constructive criticism; it felt as if we stepped into the world of professionalism in the music industry.
We are now editing our songs and improving them in all the ways Tony suggested, as well as adjusting the structure of a few of them. It was amazing and so genuine for Tony to take the time to help young aspiring lyricists like us bring Emily Warren Roebling's story to life. We are almost there and can use all the help and ideas we can get! Thank you so much for believing in us and keeping up with us. Scotland, here we come!
Check out Tony's website at: http://tonyconniff.com/
From Company Member Carol: Yesterday we took a trip to Roebling, New Jersey in order to visit the Roebling Museum and learn more about Emily and her family. For me, this was a chance to learn more about Emily as a person instead of as an engineer. I was also excited to get out of the city and do some hands-on research instead of just reading about the Roeblings. In addition, being the techie I am, I hoped to find inspiration for set and costumes. Though Emily lived in Trenton, the town of Roebling gave us a good idea of how the people lived at the time.
In the museum, we got to see a bunch of Roebling artifacts, including steel, tools, identification badges, and even a piece of “Roblingite,” which was named after Emily’s husband, Washington Roebling, because of his love of minerals and extensive mineral collection.
We also got the chance to just be together and take in the beauty and history of the town. We learned that 70% of the people living in the town are descendents of either John Roebling or the workers of the Roebling company. I found this bit of information really powerful because it made me realize that Emily, John, and Washington were all real people, and even though logically I knew they were real, this trip made me realize that this isn’t just about the Brooklyn Bridge; it’s also about people who loved, cried, suffered, and laughed.
All in all, even though this trip made me excited to continue writing and really helped me with the writers block I was having with my scene, it gave me so many new ideas I want to add to the show. I am especially excited for the rest of this journey as we continue building Emily Warren.
Want to know more about the Roebling Museum? Visit their website for upcoming events at: http://roeblingmuseum.org/
From Company Member Kirstian Gutierrez: Today we went to visit our wonderful friends at Materials for the Arts and shop for some fabric that we plan on using for the clothing for our musical! After searching for what seemed like forever, we found wonderful colors and patterns to use for our petticoats and dress. We have a nice array of vibrant plaids for bright compliments and geometric shapes as a subliminal homage to the construction of the bridge. We paid attention to the tiniest details! We are extremely excited for the end result and cannot wait for you guys to see what we have in store! Stay tuned!
From Company Member Roxanne Rosario: Our experience at the Brooklyn Bridge definitely helped us with our research. We first went to the Brooklyn Museum to find out more about 19th century. Moreover, we learned about women's rights and how it was in the workforce and wages; we saw how New York City has evolved to what it is now. We also visited a memorable monument, which was the office of the Roeblings where they planned and executed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and where John A. Roebling died. Lastly, we visited the Brooklyn Bridge where we walked all along it and saw the important plaques that made an impact in history. John A. Roebling and Washington A. Roebling had their own plaque mentioning them as engineers, while Emily Warren Roebling was not mentioned in the same plaque as one of the engineers that helped build the Brooklyn Bridge. She was, however, dedicated in a separate plaque.
The past two weeks we've spent writing and writing! We brainstormed all the things we wanted to include in the script and decided that if we kept them all, we'd have a 5-part miniseries! We reviewed our list and decided just to keep that things that directly involved Emily. We wrote everything out and moved things around to a plausible order. Once we started to make connections, we made two columns- one that represented what was happening with Emily, and one that represented what was happening with the bridge. We divided everything and now we're writing dialogue and lyrics. We'll post lyrics as soon as they're polished!