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IL Jr Thespian Conference!

I had the honor of speaking at the Illinois Junior Thespian Conference last Saturday.  At first I thought, what on earth do I have to say to the students, parents and teachers that they would be interested in?  Then, I came up with a plan. I was the final speaker of the day, and I

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Boldness……and a bit of a revamp

 “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” This is a quote I have in my office.  It is sometimes attributed to Goethe, but there is some doubt if he really wrote it.  I don’t care who wrote it.  I need to read this, to

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I Sing The Body Electric!

It was late spring 1980 and everyone in my gang was talking about this new movie about a high school for the performing arts in New York.  Since I went to a performing arts high school in Milwaukee, we were beyond excited to see the movie FAME. As we watched the group of teens in

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Triplets and Trumpets!

Most of you know that we spend January and February in Thailand.  Usually, it is a quiet time for us to relax, recoup and lazily do some work via the internet. In particular, it is a time to reflect and imagine for me. For example, during this period two years ago I created the character

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It takes a Village – a HUGE village!

October 20, 2017 – Jim, Sarah, Derek, Mark and of course Tim and I gathered for a weekend of ideation about a new Christmas musical that I had dreamt of creating.  Perimeters were set, characters were detailed and then the announcement: “allow fantasy to enter into our conversation.” From that weekend a basic story was

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The show is on! Is the work done?

Hi! Associate Producer here. I was struck that many folks presumed that our work was done once the performances of the show started.  In a way, that made sense.  For the most part the “creative team” are done when the show opens.   The designers of set, lighting, projections, costumes, props – all these folks are

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