Finding Helena :: A Rock Musical

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About Finding Helena 
'Finding Helena' is a New Modern Rock Musical that takes place during the German occupation of Poland in 1940. Helena, the daughter of a Nazi officer, finds love in an unexpected way and quickly discovers this is not the life she hoped for. 

Helena, 21, lives a sheltered life of privilege as the daughter of a Nazi officer. That all changed in 1940 when they moved from beautiful Berlin to occupied Warsaw to oversee the construction of the Ghetto. Her life is further turned upside down when she falls in love with Ari, a Jewish Resistance fighter. Can their love survive the Reich’s ever-tightening grip?  

Our Creative and Producing Team

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Lolo: Music and Lyrics

Lauren “LOLO” Pritchard is a songwriter, artist, actress, composer, and activist who was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. Surrounded by the arts from the time she was a young girl, it became undeniable that music would be what guided her.

In 2006, at 18 years old, she originated the role of Ilse in the 8-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening. In 2008 Lolo signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and has since released two full-length albums, Wasted In Jackson (Island Records UK/Spilt Milk) in 2010 and In Loving Memory Of When I Gave A Shit (Atlantic Records/Crush Music) in 2016.

When Lolo is not on stage she spends her time writing for other artists, bands, and composing musicals. In 2017, She was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on Panic! At The Disco’s hit album Death Of A Bachelor. Lolo is a co-writer of “High Hopes” and “Say Amen” from Panic! At The Disco’s 2018 follow up album, Pray For The Wicked which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The global hit, “High Hopes”, achieved #1 on all radio platforms and forever marked its place in history as the longest-running #1 song on the Billboard Rock Chart.

Lauren is the composer and lyricist of the country/folk musical Songbird (book by Michael Kimmel, dir. Gaye Taylor Upchurch) which had its off-Broadway premiere at 59E59 in October 2015 (NY Times Critics Pick), followed by a run at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ in 2018. Songbird will be presented by special arrangement in the Spring of 2021 at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston, MA. She is currently working on three new musicals: Finding Helena (book by Alexandra Conroy), Beethoven (book by Morgan Siobhan Green), and Pink Boxes (book and lyrics by Megan Dobkin). Lolo currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and fur babies.

Alexandra Conroy: Book and Lyrics

Alexandra started writing at two years old when she started telling her mother bedtime stories. Her creative depth and voice as a writer was obvious then and only grew. Always dabbling in short stories and plays, she was also very active on the stage, performing in musicals at age 7. She has appeared in independent films and some television, but she was always writing. She wrote her first feature-length screenplay at 14. Her favorite roles played as an adult are Duke Frederick in As You Like It and Ms. Andrew in Mary Poppins.

She spent the first half of her life in NYC, attending the theatre on a very regular basis - seeing more musicals than she can count. 

Alexandra is a devoted student of World War II, since reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. She is mesmerized by the experiences of everyday people who overcame such great odds and still believed in the beauty of humanity. One of her fondest times was spent at Pearl Harbor listening to the Veterans’ stories. 

Currently, she splits her time between Texas and New York and is finishing her BFA this year in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting and Playwriting at Texas State University and moving on to an MFA program in the near future. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and spends her free time caring for her blind-and-toothless rescue dog, Tamale.

Paul Stancato: Co-Producer and Director

Paul Stancato is a creative show director and choreographer who works in theatre, film and television and is making his Producing Debut with 'Finding Helena'. Recent credits include Urinetown, Into the Woods, Disney's The Little Mermaid and Aida (BroadwayWorld nomination, Best Director & Best Choreographer) Paul directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway hit, Friends the Musical Parody, Off- Broadway (NYC), Las Vegas (The D Hotel) and now will be going on tour throughout the world in 2020. Paul is also the Artistic Director for Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt Carroll, IL.

Awards/Fellowships: Mike Okrent Fellow (nominee), Society of Directors Observer Fellow (award), University of Florida Outstanding Alumnus Award, Drama League member, and a Lincoln Center Director's Lab member.

Ian Bentley: Co-Producer and Orchestration

Ian Bentley’s career is as diverse as they come. While ascending as a successful Internet and marketing entrepreneur, he has showcased his creative talents as a Music Producer, performer, and songwriter. As a graduate of the University of Florida’s prestigious theater program, Ian returned to his roots, made his Broadway producing debut with ‘The Encounter’, one of the world’s most cutting-edge theater pieces to date. Ian is also involved in the critically acclaimed Broadway show ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. 

Today, in addition to co-lead producer of ‘Finding Helena’, Ian is taking his decades of music experience and applying a cutting edge, modern soundscape to the incredible writing of Lolo and Alexandra Conroy.

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