The Freshman Experiment
The Freshman Experiment (commonly nicknamed Fresh X by those in the know) began in March of 2007 when musical theater writers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk were looking for a new project. They wanted to do something that combined all the things they loved – musical theater, unconventional formats, and surfing the web. They also wanted to explore the flip-side of their most recent musical The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown. Instead of the fictionalized high school senior Sam who does not go to college, they were interested seeing the inside of the real college freshman experience.
Since they are old and decrepit, they knew that they needed something more than their distant memories of skipping orientation, playing beer pong, and making out in public. They knew they needed real college freshmen. The only questions remaining were who these real college freshmen would be and how they could best document the experience. After a long and hard search, they found Christine Coke and PosterChild, aspiring bloggers who agreed to write with absolute candor about their separate freshmen years. Once they were on board, everything started to fall into place… if by fall into place you mean move painstakingly through legal meetings, the process of finding the right web designer and waiting until all systems were finally go!
After many successful songs were written about the intrepid freshmen’s experiences (including “How to Return Home” and “My Heart Is Split”) and after Kerrigan and Lowdermilk finished their personal chronicle of the experience “The Freshman Experiment”, they ended the experiment in September of 2008.