High school senior Ashley St. Helens
has suddenly found herself living a fairy tale life....
Which is not as much fun as it sounds.
Until... the other shoe drops.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Zombie Ballet

From: Ashley <ash-prince03@gmail.com>
To: FTR <info@fairytalereality.com>,
Date: Monday, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:21:12
Subject: Harriet as Aunt Donna

I’m glad things are moving along so well with the musical. Unfortunately, Harriet likes “The Big Bitch” so much it’s causing issues in rehearsal. (They’re performing Cinderella on Friday—remember, she plays a stepsister?) The teacher just called me. Maybe I can get her to sing “If the Shoe Fits” instead....



From:  crankingitout@gmail.com>
To: FTR <info@fairytalereality.com>
Date: Thursdsay, 25 May 2011 01:12:49
Subject: Shoe Song ok?

k-ashley seemed to like the shoe song but it's thursday and i haven’t heard from you yet. Should i be nervous? i was not sure how the rhythm would grab ya… wanted to try something upbeat and contemporary… you holding out?

also i have news—got a gig in NYC that’s too good to pass up—i'm sure i can do it and keep writing.

Fairy Godwhatever song is coming along — I’ll send roughs in the morning.



From: FTR <info@fairytalereality.com>
To: crankingitout@gmail.com
Date: Friday, 26 May 2011 09:15:23
Subject: Re: Shoe Song ok?

Hey Michael,

You guessed it, I have been mulling over the song and trying to figure out how to tell you I only like it 75%. I mean, it’s really great (and the actor did a great job and I can’t BELIEVE his feet…) But I am not seeing how it works musically with the concept of a soft-shoe with a Busby Berkeley-style dance number. I thought we were on the same page but I didn’t hear the roughs and you went right to the recording.

Also, I was waiting to write you with good news this morning but it’s bad news, instead. They announced Lantern Grant winners, and we're not on the list. Plenty of vampires and zombie projects are coming out, even a cinderella zombie ballet. Maybe we're not postmodern enough. Maybe we're not violent enough for this wartime, post-Halo zeitgeist.

Going to Peets now to listen to some classical music and drown my sorrows in iced Decaf Sumatra.


p.s. Congrats on the NY job – I’d like to hear more about it, and I guess I'm glad you'll have some income. I was planning to go there myself around my bday. (I hope it doesn’t slow you down — you’re really “cranking it out” as advertised!)


From:  crankingitout@gmail.com>
To: FTR <info@fairytalereality.com>
Date: Friday, 26 May 2011 04:32:40
Subject: Re: Re: Shoe Song ok?

oh, booooooo, terrible news about the grant. do we have a plan b?

re: our feedback, yeah, i was afraid of that—i was so inspired i kind of rushed the process… will do a rewrite after FGW. i understand.

lets talk this weekend and i'll give you deets on the job—also let me poll my resources-i may have some leads on $$ but it’s crazy out there. a lot of arts funding has just dried up–orgs are giving priority to schools (maybe we should call harriet’s teacher, ha ha) and now everyone’s competing for those dollars like never before, it’s pretty bad.

But we have such a winning story, right?

Here’s Fairy GodWhatever roughs….



From: FTR <info@fairytalereality.com>
To: crankingitout@gmail.com
Date: Friday, 26 May 2011 10:11:26
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Shoe Song ok?

You’re right, we’ve got a winner. Was it Mike Nichols who said “Cinderella always works?”

FGW was not attached... please resend!



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