Since graduating from Timberline High School, Eric McCree has been working towards a career in theater. After graduating from the The Art Institute of Seattle, he now works from Feld Entertainment, a company that produces live shows for Disney.
McCree recently took a break from his touring schedule with Disney Live and Disney on Ice in Asia to stop in Boise and lay the groundwork for his new company, Titus Theatricals, which he plans to base in Boise.
The company would develop new theater pieces with the intent that they would go on to New York City and on the global stage.
His first project is an interesting hybrid of theater, musical theater and American jazz dance — “The Bench,” a show conceived, directed and choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.
It’s about a couple in love who trace their relationship through highs and lows, successes and challenges on a park bench.
It’s a unique approach to storytelling that uses dance as its main medium, supported by narrative, improvisational jazz and projected imagery. McCree discovered the show at the Theater League Conference in 2006. Now, Lalama, McCree along with lyricist Joel Mason, jazz composer David Lalama — Kiesha’s uncle — are working to develop the piece for an international tour.
McCree plans to do that in Boise starting in the summer of 2013.
In June, McCree spent a few days in Boise meeting with dancers, musicians and theater professionals to create partnerships that will help him realize his goal.
So, stay tuned for what’s to come. McCree plans a full reading/performance — sort of the equivalent of a staged reading, but in this case for dance — next summer. Then the wants to begin touring “The Bench” in 2015.