Flow Recap: Behind the Scenes of the Fringe Festival
Words and photos by: Lalaine Ignao
Meet Basil Considine, artistic director for Really Spicy Opera and producer, writer and actor for the production, Game of Thrones: The Musical at the Fringe. He arrived in Hawaii with his traveling group out of their homebase of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Considine began his love for theater during his sophomore year of high school in San Diego, where he initially sang in choir and was eventually drafted into pit choir for a school musical. At first, he thought it was cheesy until he experienced the dress rehearsal. From there, his love for the theater grew and eventually launched his company, Really Spicy Opera.
As his company celebrates their 11th season this year, Considine decided to share his work, Game of Thrones: The Musical, by traveling and going on the road to other Fringe Festivals after a successful turnout in Minnesota. Considine wanted to bring it to Hawaii, especially with his grandparents living on the island.
The idea behind Game of Thrones: The Musical first came about when Considine read the novels and thought that creating a musical out of the story would make an interesting spin. Fringe Festival became a perfect marketing opportunity to promote his musical, since his company was based in Minnesota for three years and in Boston for seven years before that. After being selected, Considine began writing the production and decided to input ideas that the show did not talk about, but the novels did. He would write monologues about what he believed the female characters would think about. The cast enjoyed the idea, thus creating a feminist version of Game of Thrones.
“[The] writer’s goal is to entertain while also telling life lessons and good morals and things like that which the show becomes more thoughtful. The laughs mean more when it’s based on truth so there’s some things. If you speak truth, it doesn’t stop people from laughing but does it shows that some of the things that we laugh are because the only sane thing to do is laugh because when the world is a terrible place, being able to laugh at other people is what we need.”
The show brings an opportunity to talk about the issues that women face, both the good and the bad, while exploring the diversity of the world. Considine also intertwined children’s shows such as Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street into the musical to include humor and serious moments throughout the show.
“The Fringe Festival shares a very powerful environment where people with no prior experience can have the opportunity to do what they want. It allows one to take the first step into creating because there’s nothing like creating to make one understand if there is something someone wants to continue doing and have the opportunity to connect with other people.”