‘Apartment 3B’ Pocket Musical Website
By Sierra Blanco & Livia Nelson
This website encourages audiences to participate in my latest musical, Apartment 3B. It guides them through different methods of supporting the project and engaging actors, musicians, and theater people of all types alongside digital audiences.
For three months, I wrote and composed the DIY Digital Pocket Musical Apartment 3B. Due to the pandemic, I was determined to make the musical accessible to as many people as possible—both to act in and to view—and decided to create a website to showcase the work and walk people through participating in it. I designed the website on Wix, designating pages for instructions, demo and karaoke tracks for the music, accompaniment tracks, and the script alongside more typical web pages like the homepage and contact page. Then, I discussed web design with my amazing mentor Livia, who walked me through ways to streamline parts of the site and further market it!
Sierra Blanco won the Sondheim National Young Playwrights Competition, Writopia’s Worldwide Plays Competition, NYC Write A Play! Competition, and was Guest Playwright to the O’Neill Young Playwrights Festival. Her poetry was published in the New York Times and her play “Bang!” in “A Decade of Shared Stories.” Her play “The Smallest Heroes” received a contract with YouthPLAYS. She received the Perelstein Discover Your Passion Scholarship for Musical-Theater Composition. She is a winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Musical Songwriting Challenge. She had three Off-Broadway productions of her work and maintains membership at the Dramatists Guild, AEA, and MENSA.
Livia Nelson is the Director of Product Design at Ravelry, the internet's biggest pattern database and social website for knitters and crocheters. As an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, she was in the Honors Fiction program and received degrees in English and German. She enjoys writing short stories, rock climbing, volunteering for political campaigns, and knitting. She has been a mentor at Girls Write Now since 2017.