The Details

Length: 90 minutes (plus a 15 minute intermission)

Genre: Musical/Comedy/Drama

Age Recommendation: 14 and up. Children under 10 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket. This production contains mature themes and language.

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September 9-18, 2022

Regular Tickets: $20-$35
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35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
Directed by Steve Cisneros

Musical Directed by Shayna Sternin

Stage Managed by Loren Morris

If a picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre… This intricately woven collection of stories told through song reimagines what the modern American musical can be.


James Beardsley (Man 3), is grateful and absolutely stoked to perform in this wonderful production of 35mm. Digital Marketer by day, he is thrilled to get back into gear after a long pause from performing. Big thank you to my teachers, friends, and family for their endless support. 

Amber Florin (Woman 3) is extremely excited and grateful to be part of the 35MM cast. She recently graduated from the CAP21/Molloy College BFA Musical Theater program back in 2020. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform in multiple cabarets in NYC and a music revue called Radio Revival. Most recently though, she was seen as a tap-dancing egg in the production of Something Rotten! at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. She has also been seen in productions of Spring Awakening (Anna), Hairspray (Tracy), Bring It On! The Musical (Bridget), along with multiple original works and projects throughout college. She can’t thank her family, friends, and mentors enough for all of their guidance, love, and support. She hopes you enjoy the show

Lauren Laass (Woman 1) is grateful to be given the opportunity to narrate these images through song. This is her second show at The Phantom Projects Theatre, having recently been seen as the lovable pig Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web in February. In May 2021, she graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Some of her favorite theatre credits include Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Xanadu (Erato/roller skater/Andrews Sister), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van de Graaff). While in college, she was part of her university’s Touch of Class Jazz Choir, traveling the Midwest every year for tours and local performances. When she’s not performing, you will most likely find her roller skating at the beach. Lauren would like to thank the creative team for allowing her to do what she loves most, which is SING! Enjoy the show, everyone!

Nick Morganella (Man 2), a long time listener and appreciator of the original 35MM album, is honored beyond words to lend his own voice to these songs and stories. Favorite credits include The Secret Garden, Oklahoma! and The Addam’s Family (3D Theatricals) and ARCANE:Enter The Undercity (Secret Cinema/Netflix/Riot Games). These performances are dedicated to Mom, and to the best adventuring party in the world.

Amazing Oakes (Woman 2) is beyond thrilled to be a part of this production. Her recent credits include the Fringe Festival’s A Dream at the End of Time, and her college theatre’s production of Waiting for Lefty. But, more importantly, Oakes would like to call out their brother, their parents, and their best friend, Hayden. She would like to thank them for loving her well, and for being the reason any of this is possible. She would also like to thank the person reading this, not only for reading this far into her bio, but also for taking a moment to engage with our show. You are why we do this. Thank you.

The Production Team

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award Nominee, a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, at Playwrights Horizons starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Darling (featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s The Apprentice), the song cycle Out of My Head, Quit India (commissioned by UCLA), the music for Angus Oblong’s The Debbies, a commission for Disney Theatricals, The Frog Prince Continued (commissioned by Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre) and Jasper in Deadland (commissioned by the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program). 

A collection of his work, Rated RSO, has been seen across the country, playing the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Pace University among others, and his work has also been heard at the Writer’s Guild Awards (perf. Kristen Schaal), Off-Broadway in TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People (Summer 2010 at the Lucille Lortel), on the hit YouTube TV show The Battery’s Down (“This is Your Life” among others) and in showcases presented by Weston Playhouse, Summer Play Festival (SPF), The York Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, William Finn & Barrington Stages, New York Theatre Barn, Monday Nights New Voices, the Festival of New American Musicals in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City University (STRIPPED), Seattle’s New Voices, and more.

In 2012, he premiered 35mm: A Musical Exhibition based on the work of photographer Matthew Murphy, which has been preserved as an original cast recording by the Ghostlight label.  The piece is currently being licensed and has received productions around the US (including Baltimore, MD; Dayton, OH; among others), and will open around the world in 2013 (including London and Canada).

A proud member of A.S.C.A.P.; Ryan is an adjunct professor at Pace University in New York, and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program in California, where he also teaches Songwriting, Playwriting, and Musical Theatre History.  B.A. Music Composition, UCLA; M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing, NYU-Tisch; RSO has been mentored or taught by Stephen Schwartz, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, William Finn, Jeanine Tesori, Michael-John LaChiusa, Margo Lion, and more.

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