FROM STAGE TO SCREEN
A Timeline of The History of "Pumpkin Spiced Musical"

2016: Staged reading for industry professionals

In 2016, in hopes of putting a team of musical theater professionals together to stage PSM Off-Broadway, Ben held a staged reading in Manhattan, NY.  It was attended by various industry professionals, including producers, directors, and theatre owners.  Unfortunately, while he found both a producer and an Off-Broadway theatre owner who were interested in staging the musical, it wasn't feasable due to the very high costs involved.

The Cast!

JAMES PARKS

Peter Anthony Moore
James Parks
Chandler Reeves
Katie Brady

CHANDLER REEVES

PETER ANTHONY
MOORE

Chandler, James, Katie
Cast in action
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BEN & ELIZABETH STIEFEL

KATY BRADY

2017: Live performances

In 2017, Ben staged PSM locally in Brooklyn NY, to three sold out performances.  The audiences loved the show, giving him 

the impetus to turn PSM into a feature length film.

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PETER ANTHONY MOORE

SOFIE W. SMITH

NATALIE PERRY

JAMES PARKS

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photos by Napier Lopez

2018-2020: Development of screenplay and music

The years 2018-2020 were spent adapting the stage play into a screenplay, tweaking the storyline and music, casting, and preparing for film production.

2021: Filming the movie

Early in 2021, with cast and crew set, pre-production for filming began.  Ben met individually with each actor and film crew member,  explaining his vision for the movie and exchanging ideas and concepts.  With his co-producer and wife Elizabeth Stiefel, he then set about turning their home into The Sam 'n' Ella Ad Agency, recorded the soundtrack, directed many weeks of rehearsal, all leading to filming in late November.

Soundtrack Recording Sessions

Rehearsal Fun

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JAMES PARKS

DANI
HONEYMAN

ERIN
HERRICK

LEXI MARCERON