Acting Up – Speechless
The absolute best thing about the movie Adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin was the addition of this song for Jasmine!!
Acting Up – No One Else
I got a chance to accompany a soloist performing this at a NATS Regional competition. I’ve been in love with it ever since! (Though I’d much rather listen than play it – it’s a challenge!)
Auditions and Cast List!!!
The first week in February was all about auditions! This will be my ELEVENTH show with the students at Fort Dodge Senior High and it’s a REALLY different choice for us.
The show is “Bright Star”, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It was nominated for several Tony awards in 2016. Unfortunately, that was the same year “Hamilton” was nominated for several Tony’s. (I’m just kidding – I LOVE the score of Hamilton and hope to actually see it someday!). The music has a very folk music/bluegrass sort of feel and it’s much more of an ensemble show than a “star vehicle”.
Usually our audition week goes like this – Auditions Monday through Wednesday (kids just pick one day to sign up for) during which everyone must sing and dance and then they may choose to read for a speaking part. Thursday is reserved for callbacks with the cast list going up on Friday right after school.
But we don’t need to hold callbacks this year!
I’m totally serious. The cast list is complete (with the exception of a few one line type roles from the chorus and assigning specific portions of the chorus to songs that don’t need the whole cast.) It will feel REALLY weird not to stay after school tomorrow – Thursday – and watch more auditions. The cast list will get posted in a couple of different online places and then we meet for the first read-through on Monday!
My favorite time of the year is about to begin!
Friday Fun – Big Girls Don’t Cry
Still want to see Jersey Boys onstage!
Showtime . . . Almost
My favorite time of the year is almost upon us! The first week in February will see students from Fort Dodge Senior High auditioning for the annual Spring musical. This will be my 11th musical as the theatrical director for FDSH and I look forward to the experience every year.
This year we are doing “Bright Star” written by Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) and Edie Brickell. It was nominated for several Tony awards . . . the same year as Hamilton, The Color Purple, Waitress . . . it was a big year for great shows that year!
This show is a bit of a departure for us stylistically. It’s definitely more of an “ensemble” show, providing numerous actors with featured moments on stage. I’m excited to get the process started . . . even if auditions and casting are super-stressful! So here’s to another exciting Spring watching students share their passion onstage!
Friday Fun – Dancin’ Fool
I’ve been a Barry Manilow fan for as long as I can remember and was lucky enough to see the stage production of Copacabana while I was living in Erie. This is such a fun song!
MT Faves – Bright Star
I’m so excited to direct Bright Star this Spring! Auditions will take place the first week of February and I can almost guarantee you’ll get tired of hearing me talk about the show as we move through the rehearsal process. But until then, here’s a taste!
MT Faves – What I Was Born to Do
Bring it On: The Musical is a serious guilty pleasure of mine. I’m COMPLETELY the wrong age demographic for that particular show, but the music stole my heart. Enjoy!
MT Faves – Heart of Stone
If you have been paying attention to the world of musical theater in recent months, then you’ve heard of Six: The Musical. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite song so here’s one of several!