Director’s Note

At an early age, when I was in elementary school in Kingston, Jamaica, I learned this famous prose, “the heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. But they while their companions slept, were toiling upwards through the night”. I lost track of how many hours I have invested in this production, but it was time well spent. I might as well be called the Mad Hatter when you take into consideration how many roles I assumed for this show. I have written a new musical every year for the past 6 years and I aim to do it better every year. But what I don’t want to get lost in translation is that I am as invested as I am because I believe unabashedly that we should use all our gifts in service to mankind. As the founder and current executive director for Momentum Collective, Inc. I just see it as another opportunity to let my light shine before men.

I always get asked the question, why do musicals? Well aside from it being much of my theater upbringing, which certainly helped develop my affinity for musicals, I just feel like the world would be a much better place if we all spontaneously broke out in song and dance! I would like to continue doing my part to help make that happen. This production has been a labor of love as it gave me the opportunity to “edutain” while creating art with a purpose. That I could find exceptionally talented artists who support my dream is both humbling and empowering at the same time. We can do nothing in this life by ourselves so any success that comes out of this production is directly because of the hard work and dedication of many supportive voices and hands. After starting the writing process in mid-2016 and through several rewrites, this self declared perfectionist found a sense of peace with the final product which only came alive after being married to some of the best performers around.

The entire cast bought into Mc Inc.’s tagline of “The Art of Service” and I am grateful that they have decided to use their immense talents not for self aggrandizement but to make the world a better place. I feel a sense of great satisfaction knowing we were able to bring, dare I say a Broadway calibre show, to you the audience on a shoe-string budget without sacrificing quality. Elucidating subject matters rarely showcase on stage and encouraging thought provoking conversations was a deliberate focus of Not My Baby. I wanted to reimagine musical theater and make it more accessible and relatable to a broader demographic. I wanted to write music that wasn’t stuck on stage but had enough appeal that you would readily listen to it in your cars while driving to and from work. I wanted to celebrate the diversity of America and the contributions of immigrants towards making this country great. I hope I have succeeded in these three pursuits.

Please take a moment to let the cast and crew know your thoughts about the show either in person or on this site because we always need that to help us become better. Your presence energizes us so if you enjoyed the show I ask that you encourage others to come and experience it in person. Lastly, stay connected, because I’m not finished writing.

In Your Service,

Jason A. Ellis

Artist/Administrator/Advocate