Lynn & Kenny

The gifted creative team behind Enter Love is spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Lynn Lupold and Kenny Shepard. Among the multiple hats they wear in this production (both credited and uncredited) Lynn is the producer and wrote much of the music while Kenny is the director, choreographer, and wrote the lion’s share of the book. Enter Love premieres at Theatre on the Square September 12 – 27. What keeps you coming back to this show? KS: Lynn and Clay keep me coming back to the show. We developed a special car pool bond when we did the show in Lafayette. I’m not sure why we don’t carpool to TOTS? I also love the music Lynn created. It’s really a privilege to get to hear her songs sung so beautifully every night in rehearsal. LL: The show has changed in all four of its productions which on one hand makes it a constantly evolving product. That is good I think. Mostly the show has continued to keep a light hearted, fun style that just is enjoyable to watch. Kenny has done another … Continue reading

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Austin in Enter Love

Austin is afraid of flying but took a big promotion that requires travel to provide for his husband and baby at home. He’s played by Danny Kingston in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. We don’t see your love interest on stage in this show? What’s it like telling that story without someone else to work with? DK: It’s fun and challenging. I get to create the man of my dreams… but he can’t be perfect. My goal is to clearly get across the dynamic of our relationship. What’s lovable about Austin? DK: Austin has a big heart. He is easy to talk to. I think his fear of flying and sass also play a hand in his intrigue. Besides you, which characters in this production are people going to fall in love with? DK: All I’ll say is… Fern. Just wait. What’s your favorite song in the show? DK: A duet I sing with the incredibly talented Clay Mabbitt titled, I Can’t Remember. What’s the longest time you’ve been stuck in an airport? … Continue reading

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Alex & Grant in Enter Love

Alex tends the airport bar and knows everyone who passes through. Grant is a pilot she loves who loves her back, but he also has a wife and a four-year-old daughter back home. They’re played by Jill Kelly and Lincoln Slentz respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. Jill, what’s lovable about Lincoln? JK: I think the real question is, what’s NOT lovable about Lincoln?! He is fantastic! Is his character Grant lovable? JK: Grant is a man who is torn in different directions. Sometimes when you look at a character who is having an affair, it is easy to feel angry at them and judge… but everyone knows that being human is hard and that people can be flawed. That being said, Grant is intelligent, funny, hard working and sensitive. His heart is open and giving… he truly wants to be a good man, and the love he feels for the people in his life is real and genuine. Lincoln, what’s lovable about Jill? LS: Jill is one of the sweetest people ever. And her … Continue reading

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Harold & Fern in Enter Love

Harold and Fern are a charming couple wandering through the airport who just can’t seem to find each other. They’re played by Josiah Ray McCruiston in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. You have the unique challenge of playing two characters in love with each other, but we never see them at the same time. Is that harder or easier than working with another actor? JM: I believe that it’s both, it’s easy cause I know myself and my limitations and how far I can go. It’s hard due to the fact that I can’t have that connection on stage with my counterpart. Who’s the better partner, Harold or Fern? JM: Fern, she has an open heart that’s big enough for the world, and she knows how to make her knowledge accessible. Besides those two, which characters in this production are people going to fall in love with? JM: Alex, Frank, Kate, and Samantha What’s your favorite song in the show? JM: I can’t pick one, so don’t ask. All of them are very well written, and I … Continue reading

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Tommy & Angela in Enter Love

Angela is being called into active military service, and her boyfriend Tommy is at the airport to see her off. They’re played by Jenny Reber and Ramon Hutchins respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. Jenny, what’s lovable about Ramon? JR: What isn’t lovable about Ray? Being around him is so easy! He is such a passionate person… he cares so much about his craft, about people, and just about life in general. He has such a positive attitude. It’s hard not to feel better when around him. And what about his character, Tommy? JR: I think Tommy is similar to Ray, in the fact that he is one of those people who are easy to be around. I love that Tommy is a free spirit…and softens Angela’s hard edges. Ray, what’s lovable about Jenny? RH: My sweet sweet Jenny! This is my third time working with her, and I feel she teaches me something new every time. She has been very encouraging to and for me. She is also incredibly talented. It makes me … Continue reading

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Kate & Samantha in Enter Love

Samantha became a flight attendant to escape the repressive environment of her youth. Her fiancé Kate adores her, but isn’t nearly as invested in having a big wedding. They’re played by Nathalie Cruz and Kristin Watson Heintz respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. Nathalie, what’s lovable about Kristin? NC: If I were to have a dream (woman) partner onstage, she would be it. It’s rare to come across an actor that you sync in right away. Her ideas seems to fit mine! And this lady is funny and fun to watch on stage. KH: Awwww And what’s lovable about her character, Kate? NC: Kate to me is a very grounded character, the yin to Samantha’s yang. She can be a potty-mouthed girl and still be adorable. She’s real and yet very intriguing, that’s sexiness you can’t get enough of. KH: I totally think the potty-mouthed thing was type casting. Kristin, what’s lovable about Nathalie? KH: Nathalie and I had never worked together before this show and didn’t know each other and then all the sudden, we’re a couple! … Continue reading

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Amy & Frank in Enter Love

Amy is a flirty divorcee who passes through the airport a lot for her work as a regional sales rep. Frank is a bankruptcy attorney who doesn’t wear his wedding ring when his wife isn’t around. They’re played by Joanna Eve Winston and Clay Mabbitt respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month. Joanna, what’s lovable about Clay? JW: Clay is lovable because of his boyish sense of humor and his endless array of comic book-themed t-shirts. What’s lovable about his character, Frank? JW: Hard to say…through all of his failed attempts at being suave and alluring, a simple sweetness shines through. I can’t help but find the big oaf a little attractive at the end of it all – even if he is a totally-confused horn-dog. CM: …they’re not all failed attempts. Clay, what’s lovable about Joanna? CM: I’m figuring out as we work together that she’s game to try anything. Kenny could ask her to do whatever ridiculous voice or move to see if it works, and she doesn’t hesitate. Her ego is not an obstacle. … Continue reading

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What Your Enter Love Flight Crew Is Excited About For IndyFringe 2015

A few weeks before our show opens, Indianapolis hosts 11 days of live theatre goodness in the form of the IndyFringe festival. We asked the folks behind Enter Love which shows in the festival caught their eye. Maybe we’ll see you on Mass. Ave this week! image: Zach Rosing   From Nathalie: There’s a lot of local originals I can’t wait to see! From Kristin: I’m looking forward to seeing several things at this year’s IndyFringe but Holy Ficus is top on my list! I love Tim Hunt. I love quirky, off-beat stories. I love Paige Scott’s music. Excited to witness it all come together! From Ray: I look forward to seeing some of friends perform. Also this will be the second time I experience Fringe. My first, time I was in a show and missed out on a lot. From Jill: To be honest, I haven’t seen a list of the shows yet….but I am a big fan of anything Ben Asaykwee! So, I’m hoping he has either written or is involved in a Fringe show this year! :) [ed: Ben’s not doing … Continue reading

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Meet Eric VanCleave, Musical Arranger for Enter Love

Eric VanCleave is a freelance musical director, arranger, studio producer and educational clinician. Clients include top high school musical organizations as well as professional production companies including Cedar Point Amusement Park. Eric is also the owner of Lafayette Music Productions, Inc. Previously, Eric was Director of Choral Activities at Lafayette Jefferson High School where he directed nationally acclaimed choirs and developed a comprehensive musical theatre program. He also created the Musical Theatre in Education Program, bringing top Broadway performers to Central Indiana for workshops and guest performances. He has twice been recognized by the Indiana General Assembly for his contributions to the Arts in Education. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Ball State University and received his Masters in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Today, Eric continues to conduct musical and motivational workshops with performing groups throughout the United States. You can reach him directly through http://lafayettemusicproductions.com/

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Meet Lynn Lupold, Composer for Enter Love

Lynn Lupold (Composer, Lyricist and Co-Director) has been involved in music for over 30 years as an arranger, composer and educator. Although her career began as a saxophone player, Lynn later found the piano and her dream to write music and lyrics. Today, Lynn is the Executive Director of Red Boat Productions. Lynn’s earlier compilation of songs for the CD, THIS TIME was well received and noted for its blend of easy listening, love songs, folk and musical theatre. Recently, Lynn’s music found another venue as a successful cabaret performance as ENTER LOVE debuted to standing ovations at The Connoisseur Room in downtown Indianapolis. With her company, Red Boat Productions, Lynn has expanded ENTER LOVE to a musical theatre piece with the help of colleagues, Don Seybold (Book) and Eric Van Cleave (Musical Director and Arranger). Lynn earned a Secondary Administrative degree from Harvard University and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Music Theory/Composition from Butler University. As an educator, Lynn worked as a Choral Director at both Noblesville and Lafayette Jefferson High Schools and was Principal of … Continue reading

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