Category Archives: Darin’s Career

MY DAY: Midway through Spring Break

I am so grateful for the kind hearts who check on me and for Nicole Melin’s delicious homemade soup deliveries. Seriously, the woman needs to have a bistro in The Oregon District! I keep getting questions, “How are you holding … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Students journeying through the performing arts

This is my busiest time of the year in the studio. The studio is busy with 90% of my 57 private students (four new students will begin this week, too) are preparing for big moments, many of which for my … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Town Hall Theatre’s INTO THE WOODS, JR

Wow! Wow! Wow! I’ve seen many excellent children’s theatre productions over the years at Washington Township’s Town Hall Theate, however, INTO THE WOODS, JR seems to have taken the prize.  Outstanding! Jackie Darnell, one of my Fairmont HS kiddoes, directed … Continue reading

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MIAGD: September Song

MIAGD: Make it a great day Around 1984 I first heard Kurt Weill (composer) and Maxwell Anderson’s (lyricist) beautiful song, “September Song,”  while spending time with my directing mentor, Joshua Logan. Mr. Logan directed the original 1938 Broadway production, KNICKERBOCKER … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lady America & The Ball State University Singers

While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers. Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Olivia de Havilland

Happy birthday to the legendary actress, Miss Olivia de Havilland who turned 102 years old today. Ms. de Havilland is the last surviving cast member of GONE WITH THE WIND in which she portrayed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. This lovely woman … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: 25 Special Advantages the Theatre Major Has – (and may not even know!)

An interesting and important list:  25 Life Skills learned in Theatre By Dr. Louis E. Catron Here’s a list of twenty-five skills, traits, and qualities of personality that are usually well-developed in individuals who complete four years of undergraduate theatre study. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s a Sunday

It was a restless night, but a return to bed after feeding the dogs and my self-seemed to cut the edge of tiredness. The sinus infection seems to have abated and my infrequent cough is productive. The rain, which has … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A visit to Salzburg

Friday night I got to see one of my favorite musicals on stage at The Schuster Center, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This is one of those musicals that can either too dramatic that it feels like painful constipation or too … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saxophone Dessert

It was the first time both the seventh and eighth grade bands would play together and I was quite nervous.  I was comfortable with my fellow seventh grade band students, but today, I would be meeting the eighth graders for the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Girls… 4 years ago

Christmas night, 2013, I returned from a home at the corner of Tylersville and LeSourdville Roads with two little bundles of joy, Bailey and Harrigan. Four days before, tragedy struck when Chief’s sister and littermate, Navi, was hit right in … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A journey through Legendale

WATCH: The Human Race Theatre Company: LEGENDALE begins. I took a journey through Legendale. And, I really want to go back. My friend, Bill Impson, will be taking his sixth journey through Legendale this afternoon. I am very jealous. Legendale? … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday…. and we’re off….

It’s 10:25 PM, Sunday night, and my day that began at 1:00 PM is finally complete. I love these long days exhausting though they can be at times.  Once I get started the momentum only increases.  By 9:00 PM I … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Tell The Story (Diction on stage)

MIAGD: Make it a great day …TELL…       …THE…       …STORY… That’s the most important thing we do as musicians, actors, dancers, sculptors, painters, poets, authors and all the components of the performing and fine arts. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday of Seuss & Spaghetti

It’s nearing 7:00 PM and despite the sadness of last night, I can say this has been a beautiful day. I putzed around my study most of the morning, accomplishing precious little, but I can say I managed to get … Continue reading

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MIAGD: “September Song”

MIAGD: Make it a great day September Song (sung by Willie Nelson) is generally the first thing to cross my mind every year on September 1.  In fact, it sticks to me most of August 31. I was introduced to this … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A return to Smith-Walbridge Drum-Major Camp

July 8, 1979.  Smith-Walbridge Drum-Major Camp; Syracuse, Indiana. My grandparents and mother drove me to Smith-Walbridge’s Drum-Major Camp, arriving on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.  The camp was located on a hill on the Northeast side of Syracuse, Indiana, at the … Continue reading

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Band Concert & Seniors’ Farewell

A truly wonderful band concert tonight, hosted by the four Kettering Fairmont High School Concert Bands: Morning Concert Band, Afternoon Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.  The musical pallet was certainly satisfied with such a wide variety of selections, … Continue reading

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Equations for Teaching

I have a six year old piano student who started in early February, and advanced rather quickly through the first section of the piano books.  And then it was time to put both hands together. The advancement and success came … Continue reading

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SWEENEY TODD at Centerville High School

Normally, when I see a production, by the end of Act One I already know what I am going to write in my blog assessment. Last night, I went to see Centerville High School’s production, SWEENEY TODD, with my son, … Continue reading

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 1997, when I was in New York City casting/directing THE WIZARD OF OZ, the producer wanted me to see Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway.  Ugh.  For me, the very idea sounded like Chucky Cheese with music. I … Continue reading

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Winding down…

The Haasienda is winding down from a not-so-busy weekend. FRIDAY Quintin’s friend David spent Thursday night Made blueberry pancakes Read-researched Watched some documentaries Dined with Brian & Joanie Pollock On-going training at ACTION Adoption Services SATRUDAY Read Napped Wrote Watched … Continue reading

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A Most Satisfying Day…

It is 2:20am, Saturday morning. I woke Friday morning at 6:00am, only to discover Flyer, who had gotten into the kibble food bin the previous night, had urinated all over my study’s area rug due to her diabetes.  At 7:30am, … Continue reading

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Just Another Week…

This has been a good week, but an ordinary one in many respects. A great week of lessons with six new students… Tons of reading and research Basic house cleaning items 63-degree weather one day, 22-degrees the next day a … Continue reading

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AVENUE Q: Centerville High School Style

“Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one’s personality.” ― Victor Garber After about ten minutes into each theatrical production at Centerville High School, I tend to forget I am watching high school students – not college or professional – performing, … Continue reading

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