Producer Ian Miller, of Des Moines, is one of the creators and participants in the stage performance called “The Nitch,” featuring an all-Iowa cast of characters, poets, musicians, acrobats and more.
“‘The Nitch’ is a story, an adventure really, of the individual search for self-definition, using creative means to help define the individual,” Miller says. “We’re hoping that we inspire creativity amidst the viewing audience.” In the dramatic portion of the show, Miller plays a masked animal character who’s trying to read a book to the audience but he’s constantly interrupted by other pesky animals who aim to steal the book. The antics eventually result in an outbreak of pie-throwing.
Miller says, “This is an expansion of what we’ve done in the past where we’re adding in a juggler and an acrobat and musical guests at every stop to really harness the power of that old-school Vaudeville theater.”
The messages embedded in the entertainment include an emphasis on the importance of literacy and individuality. While it’s geared for a young audience, he says “The Nitch” appeals to adults as well.
“It’s a family-friendly show,” Miller says. “We do our best to weave a tale that speaks to the child in anyone.” The book which Miller’s character tries to read aloud during the show is an actual book, a 62-page illustrated prose about “discovering your passion and purpose.”
Miller created the book, which became the show, along with author Satyrus Jeering. “When I sat down with Jeering to create this story, I was hugely inspired and the process itself actually helped me find definition in my own creative journey,” Miller says. “I would hope it does the same for the audience. If they’re entertained at the end of the day, if they get a laugh and a smile, that’s really all we need.”
The first of the six scheduled performance is set for January 28th at the Hawkeye Community Theater in Fort Dodge. More shows are upcoming in: Corning, Keokuk, Greenfield, Red Oak and Elkader. Learn more at: http://satyrusjeering.com.