Our Brief History
Cast98 is a creation of Fowlertown Web & Digital Media, a small web services shop in Athens, Georgia, USA. Our mission is to help small-budget community theatres overcome the logistical challenges of putting on large-scale productions.
Daniel Fowler, Cast98's founder, is a full-time web project manager at the University of Georgia. In his spare time, he's an avid musical theatre performer who discovered his passion for being on stage late in life. It was 2007, as a senior in college, that Daniel appeared in his first musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Over the next 10 years, he performed in at least four shows each year.
"Every theatre I visited, I had to fill out an audition sheet by hand, pull out my phone and look up my calendar, and hope I would correctly mark all my conflicts for the next two months. In every show, I missed rehearsals by accident because I'd overlooked my name in some places on the schedule. As the schedule evolved over time, it became a real burden to make sure I was looking at the most current version. To top it off, after a few weeks I would find myself double-booked for another engagement and, having forgotten what conflicts I marked originally, had no way to check if the director expected me to miss.
"Then in 2015, a director friend mentioned someone should make a website that simplifies the scheduling hassle for large casts. People recommend stuff like that to me fairly regularly, but this time it struck a chord. I love doing theatre and I'm pretty good at thinking through complex ideas, so I began planning."
Daniel Fowler, Founder
Cast98 took over four months to build, totaling over 250 hours of work that consumed Daniel's spare time. In all, he outsourced 20 hours of labor to another web developer while programming everything else himself.
"I have always been stubbornly independent. I am a perfectionist and I didn't want this to be anyone's baby but my own.
"In the end, I'm really proud of what we've created here. So far the response from directors has been extremely positive, so we are proud to advertise that Cast98 makes life easier for really busy directors."
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