Enjoyed a final bow at Emory & Henry College this past weekend behind the keys as music director alongside longtime friend and collaborator Stearns Matthews, our guest director. The beautiful scenic design was by a senior design major Will Spencer and the lighting design by the brilliant Kevin Dudley. Was beaming with pride at our students tackling the deceivingly challenging score.
In the thick of music rehearsals for Kander & Ebb's The World Goes 'Round, a show I've long wanted to work on. Making it even sweeter is a visit, as guest director, from my longtime friend and collaborator Stearns Matthews. Kander & Ebb's words and music, inspired students, old friends... no complaints here. Enjoy a sneak peek at our music rehearsals below. The production opens at the end of February in the Black Box Theatre at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
One of my favorite events of the year, to end our fall and spring semesters. Some fine singing and acting in store (and I get to be behind the keys). And, our program has now expanded to two musical theatre voice studios!
Enjoy a trailer with some footage of my brilliant students in rehearsal for our upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show. It's been pretty incredible getting to work on the piece again and I invite all of my colleagues and friends to come check it out on the mains stage of our new McGlothlin Center for the Arts in two weeks!
We're just about a month out from starting rehearsals for The Rocky Horror Show at Emory & Henry. To say I'm thrilled to be directing and music directing the production would be an understatement. Not to mention, my first collaboration with our newly appointed (rock star) scenic and lighting designer Kevin Dudley. The production features guest narrators nightly and a special midnight performance!
Looking ahead at another academic year and working on some brilliant projects with my students and colleagues. In the fall, I'm thrilled to be directing some of the genius that is August Wilson in a scene from Fences as a part of our "American Classics" evening featuring some of America's greatest playwrights. Follow that up with directing and music directing The Rocky Horror Show (more on that later!). And, music directing - alongside my friend and brilliant artist Stearns Matthews - Kander & Ebb's The World Goes 'Round this spring. There's also this little one-man show about the life and songs of Lorenz Hart (but again, more on that later).
Somewhere in there I'll be presenting at the Virginia Theatre Association's annual conference again. Two workshops on belting and auditioning for college theatre programs!
Directing and music directing Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at Emory & Henry College at the moment. It's our last production of the season and our first musical in the new McGlothlin Center for the Arts. Click here for more.
I'll be heading off to Greensboro, North Carolina next week to the Southeastern Theatre Conference's annual convention. I'll be presenting two of my workshops, More Than Words: Contemporary Commercial Singing for the Musical Theatre and Use What You Got: Authentic Confidence in Performance which tackles the unique demands and anxieties of performance for the singing actor. I'll also sit on a panel with colleagues from Emory & Henry and Florida Southern College to discuss with educators how to successfully prepare high school students for college auditions.
I'm extremely excited to announce that I'm developing and authoring a new book that takes an in depth look at the next generation writing for the musical theater. More details will be released soon but I can say that I've got an incredible and dynamic roster of composers and lyricists on board who will offer up an intimate glimpse into their process, inspirations and assumptions about the future of the art form. Keep an eye out for official announcements in the coming months.
I recently had the great honor and pleasure of performing alongside my music department colleagues at Emory & Henry College in our new digs, the McGlothlin Center for the Arts. It was a thrill, to say the least.
The performance, entitled Coming Home, featured the brilliant Dr. Lisa Withers, Dr. Matt Frederick, Dr. Allyss Haecker and yours truly. A friend was kind enough to capture some bootleg recordings which I'm happy to share here.
It was particularly moving getting to be behind the keys again, singing and playing (a place I feel truly at home). Much love and many thanks to the brilliant Bob Ballengee for his accompanying me on percussion.
They are bootlegs after all, so don't mind the quality, just (hopefully) enjoy.