Musical theatre workshops and productions

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Greater Tuna then Cabaret, then….

“Greater Tuna” was a dream show for me when I was an actor – and it was a play NOT a musical.  The show has two actors who play more than 20 characters.   The play is a dark comedy, a commentary on small-town, Southern life and attitudes and a withering satire of the same.  It

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What is a “pre-read?”

As a producer, I always tell my writers that I need to hear what they write, I cannot just read the lines on the page. As we work on the script I hire professional actors to “give life” to the dialogue.  I listen to what they are saying, watch their expressions and try to imagine

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The Things You Learn Along the Way…

During our recent trip to Thailand, we took a weekend excursion to a small island.  The morning of the return, we climbed aboard a pick-up truck with benches on the back for the brief ride to the ferry that would take us back to the mainland. At the last minute we were joined by two

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The Power of Illusion and yet….so real!

The star walks on stage to thunderous applause.  The audience has paid huge amounts of money to see him perform close up….very close up.  He wears a black shirt and jeans, the set is simple – stark even.  He picks up his guitar, starts to play.  The audience is silent.  And then . . .

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GIRLHOOD and GRACE updates…

Several supporters have asked me for updates on the two shows we are developing, so here goes: GIRLHOOD is a musical we are developing for middle and high schools.  Its focus is on girls becoming women.  The show focuses on four characters from when they first start middle school (about age 12) to when they

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Why are we in the theatre?

Why do people get involved in theatre?  Good question!  I suppose there are many reasons.   But I recently reconnected with one of the deepest, most touching reasons. Larry Little and I attended a performance of MATHLETE SUM-IT at Viking Middle School, in Gurnee, Illinois. The performance was wonderful; it was delightful to see the talent

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