Cast98 was created by Daniel Fowler, a web developer, project manager, and actor in Athens, Georgia, USA. That's me.
My mission with Cast98 is to help small-budget community theatres overcome the logistical challenges of putting on large-scale productions.
In my spare time, I am an avid musical theatre performer who discovered my passion for being on stage late in life. It was 2007, as a senior in college, that I appeared in my first musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. I was hooked. Over the next 10 years, I performed in at least four shows each year.
Every theatre I visited, I had to fill out an audition form by hand, pull out my phone and look up my Google Calendar, and hope I would correctly mark all my conflicts for the next couple of months. I occasionally missed rehearsals because I'd overlook my name or ensemble group on the schedule. It was hard with a cast of 60+ to scan a 5-page document for my rehearsals. As the schedule evolved over time, it became an additional burden to make sure I was looking at the most current version. Occasionally I would forget what conflicts I marked at auditions and had no way to check them.
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. If directors found scheduling to be as big of a hassle as I did, there must be a real need. Challenge accepted.
"I still needed a boost from my wife, who put me on a deadline in the summer of 2016. Without her, I may have never built Cast98."
Daniel Fowler, about my wife
I'm very proud of what Cast98 can do - it is automating the bothersome logistics related to auditions, casting, and scheduling. The response from directors has been positive and I am happy that Cast98 makes their lives at least a little less frantic. I hear whispers at auditions from people who don't know I'm the guy who built it: "It's so nice I can do this on my phone." That feels good. Really, really good.
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