Firebringer takes place at the dawn of humanity where one tribe of cave people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each others' heads with rocks and eating each others' babies. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She's always trying to invent things to make life easier but for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history. One that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. She'll travel from omega to alpha, and become the Firebringer.
Director and first-year sophomore at the University of Alabama, Storm Steinke, is playing Jemilla and says it has been a blast to direct the show and to make her own creative decisions.
“While it can be a little stressful both directing and being a part of the show, it’s really rewarding because I not only get insight of director versus cast member relationships but also on what it takes to build a show from the ground up,” Steinke said.
Like Steinke, assistant director, Vannah Smalley, who is also a first-year sophomore at UA, plays Shwoopsie in the show and says being on both sides of a production can be stressful because a lot more effort must be given by both positions in order to establish yourself as a leader and as a character.
“A lot of times I would have to dip in and out of the scenes just to give a note or fix the blocking and that became stressful once I started developing my role more and more,” Smalley said. “But once that balance is achieved, it is so much fun.”
Choreographer Anna Waits is a homeschooled senior and dual enrollment student at Shelton State Community College and says the show starts with the tribe members arguing and not knowing how to handle each other’s personalities and ideas and says this is similar to how people interact with each other today.
“Hardly anyone can disagree while still being polite to the other person,” said Waits. “Miscommunication happens all the time and can end with broken relationships, which are hard to mend.”
Playing the role of Emberly is UA sophomore, Emily Keller, who says she hopes audiences are reminded of the importance of family with the show’s theme.
“The tribe is a group of people who are not related by blood but are connected by a sense of care for one another,” Keller said. “Sometimes our tribe can fight or argue but at the end of the day we are a family.”
Firebringer: The Musical (Rated R) will be performed on Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.flutterflyprojects.ticketleap.com.