Creative Impact Fund Project: El Romantico

El Romantico is Julia Rosa’s first musical. Intended to be a bilingual piece in Spanish and English, delving into the disconnect between fathers and daughters during their teenage years and how many times the ones holding their relationship together are mothers.

The story is about a father and daughter’s relationship through music. The dad is a hardworking worker who plays his guitar at social gatherings and work. The daughter is in a new school, in a new city, in a new country. Little by little, their relationship becomes more distant. She starts to develop new interests, one of which is boys. Dad is not someone she can ask for advice about boys. Mom is the one to talk to about boys; she gives good advice. What happens to the good hobbies daughter used to have with her dad, like playing the guitar and singing?

Well, they are not enjoyable anymore because Dad only talks about how the music these days sucks (but daughter likes that kind of music, does that mean Dad hates the songs she has been making and uploading to YouTube?) Mom knows they need a relationship, so she sneaks a notebook into her daughter’s backpack. In this notebook, the daughter recognizes Dad’s handwriting. In the old crunchy notebook, there are the most beautiful songs about everything she relates to.

Julia’s father passed in 2021, and her creativity shut down. She wanted to create this piece with her father, but unfortunately, it did not happen. He was a songwriter who taught her so much about music. Stay tuned for performance dates.


SEEKING ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGER FOR NEW PLAY WORKSHOP AND READING


EL ROMANTICO

by Julia Rosa Sosa Chaparro

Music by Olaf Sosa, Julia Rosa Sosa Chaparro and Maic Corral 


DATES: June 3-7 2024, TIME: 4-8 pm

PUBLIC READING JUNE 7 2024, 6 PM 

PLACE: JULIA DE BURGOS CULTURAL ART CENTER

COMPENSATION FOR ACTORS $300

COMPENSATION FOR STAGE MANAGER/PA $400



New musical workshop in Spanish 


Synopsis: El Romántico" tells the story of a father and daughter who find themselves drifting apart during the daughter's teenage years. As they struggle to connect and understand each other, they both feel the growing distance between them, as if they don't know this version of themselves. However, music becomes the unexpected bridge that brings them back together. 'El Romantico,' a new musical written by Julia Rosa Sosa with music from her dad, Olaf Sosa, and music producer Miguel Corral, made possible by the Assembly of the Arts Creative Impact Fund.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:


EL ROMANTICO (He/Him) 17 year old  Must play guitar and sing, a hopeless dreamer and romantic that is looking for a better life.  young version of Dad

JULIETA (She/Her) 17 year old, the fierce a high school student with great ambitions, young version of Mom

PAPA (He/Him)  40s-60s Must play guitar and sing, a hard working father that is struggling how to manage his life in this new stage of his life 

MAMA (She/Her) 40s-60s Mom of Lily, the fierce leader of the household that is trying to push Lily and her dad closer 

LILY (She/Her) 17 year old must sing, a shy teenager that has enroll in the local talent show in her new school

VICENTE 40s-60s A guarding angel to El Romantico, a carpenter 

CONDUCTOR  (can be played by a range of ages) The show host 

GUADALUPE (She/Her) 17 year, a high school student passionate about music 

PASAJERO  (can be played by a range of ages) A bus passenger 


Some actors will be playing several characters 

Descriptions of the characters are as they are identified in the script, however actors from all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to audition for the characters they would feel inclined to.  Performers of all races, ethnicities, national origins, gender expressions, body types, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

Actors from all experience types are welcome to audition, the director will do her best to schedule rehearsals to accommodate folks with jobs, child care, and family commitments.


To be consider please send a video of a short monologue and a song to elromanticoworkshop@gmail.com


There will be a video and audio recording and photographs of the Public Reading for archival purposes.


MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROJECT https://assemblycle.org/meet-julia-rosa-sosa/