Category Archives: Musical Theatre

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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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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SPOTLIGHT: Muse Machine’s HELLO, DOLLY!

As the song goes, “there’s no blue Monday in your Sunday clothes” and let me tell you this was no blue Monday after seeing Muse Machine’s production, HELLO, DOLLY, this weekend. I was proud of my students Tommy Cole as … 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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SPOTLIGHT: There’s No Business Like Show Business….

There’s no business like show business Like no business I know Everything about it is appealing, Everything that traffic will allow Nowhere could you get that happy feeling When you are stealing that extra bow. There’s no people like show … 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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CAROUSEL

I fell asleep and woke at 2:00am. Let the dogs out to potty and discovered PBS is playing Live at Lincoln Center: CAROUSEL, starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Jason Danieley, and Stephanie Blythe. So impressive.  The voices are incredible.  The … 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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Hold On

One of my favorite moments in the musical, THE SECRET GARDEN, is when Mary Lennox confronts Dr. Craven, and is told she will be sent away.  Martha, a chamber maid at Misselthwaite Manor, encourages Mary to ‘hold on.’ It’s a wonderful … Continue reading

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Gearing Up For The Weekend…

This week has been relatively quiet, even mundane.  I completed a good deal of writing, and research, created more meals in the crock pot, taught three new students, and watched several movies with Quintin. Tonight, we will see one of … 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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A Saturday at the Sea

This Saturday morning had a nice little twist to it.  We were up, showered, dressed, and out of the house by 9:45am, and eating breakfast at Panera in downtown Centerville where we were joined by Amy Kress, and her youngest … Continue reading

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The Hounds of Spring

[Hit the play button on HOUNDS OF SPRING; listen as you read, and then, sit back and enjoy this fantastic piece of band literature by Alfred Reed.] A beautiful day it is!  It is only 50-degrees this tenth day of … Continue reading

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Darren Paquin: An OUTLINE for living…

I am sitting in my study, as I do four days a week, writing.  Each afternoon through mid-evening I teach private lessons. But prior to teaching, I have three-scheduled hours of writing time, cheerfully followed by errands, and household chores. … Continue reading

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Theatrical Structure Explained

Producer: Leaps Tall Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A Locomotive Is Faster Than A Speeding Bullet Walks On Water Gives Policy To God Director: Leaps Short Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A … Continue reading

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…25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE…

Today was the first time I’d ever seen the musical, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.   One of my voice students, Heather Barker, portrayed Logainnr Schwartzandgrubenniere, and Heather was absolutely hilarious!  Heather began studying with me when she … Continue reading

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Go see JERSEY BOYS at Schuster Center

I’ve never had the opportunity to see this musical, but have always been fascinated with it.  The music is incredible, and the arrangements for the musical are invigorating! Go see it!  Enjoy it!               … Continue reading

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…The Wonderful Weekend of Rah's…

The weekend was a delightful world-wind of activity, all centered around music and friends! Friday evening after teaching, Quintin and I headed for Beavercreek High School where I served as a judge for the show choir’s invitational.  Friday was middle … Continue reading

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