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Headed to NYC

I’m away for a few days to NYC.

After several visits during sabbatical, this is my first trip to the city in seven months.

And on this packed visit:

  • Manon at the Metropolitan Opera
  • Hadestown
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Big Apple Circus
  • Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
  • En Masse (an Australian circus)
  • Spencer Jones’ workshop performance of Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • some museum visits
  • and two more shows yet to be decided

Wednesday is a three-show-day!

Me at Times Square.

 

Senior recital

My three seniors have now completed their senior recital. Two of them are off to college soon.

Sydney Jones, Jett Blackorby, and Maria Knasel had a good day Sunday.  Our recital featured solo songs, duets, and trios. I’m deeply in awe of these three, and going to miss their banter and fun.

And that same evening I caught two of these students in Footloose at the Muny!

TBT: Rehearsal photo

July 1986. I was 25 years old.

The show was Where’s Charley? by Frank Loesser. I was playing Sir Frances Chesney, with Erica Gulick as my opposite number.

A rehearsal shot:

The production was directed by a local school teacher. My student Terry Murphy was Charley. I was also music director. The producer was Kansas City Parks and Recreation. And that’s about all I remember.

My kids

Many of my Webster University voice students are engaged this summer in theatre work.

Jacob Flekier (BFA Musical Theatre ’19) is in 101 Dalmations at Stages in June, and then returns to Saint Louis to play Eugene Morris Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs at New Jewish Theatre in October. https://jacobflekier.com/

with Jacob Flekier after his last show at Webster.

Cecily Dowd (Musical Theatre rising junior) is at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, performing in My Fair Lady.

Noah Cornwell (Musical Theatre rising senior) heads to Hope, Michigan for a summer full of roles at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.

Phil Solheim (rising sophomore in Musical Theatre) is at Crane River Theatre in Kearney, Nebraska in Newsies.

Benjamin B. Love (BFA Musical Theatre ’19) appears at The Muny in 1776, playing the role of Leather Apron.  He heads to Minneapolis after that to rehearse for the China leg of Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Live tour, which takes him to multiple locations in China, October – January 2020. benjaminblove.com

with Ben Love after his final show at Webster.

Sarah Dao (Musical Theatre rising sophomore) is in Kansas City for part of the summer, in Pippin with Music Theatre Kansas City.

Magnus Kroken (Musical Theatre rising sophomore) goes to Shawnee Theatre in Indiana for a show.


My Music Directing major are staying busy too!
https://musicchair.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/my-mdmt-majors/

 

Muny Teens

I attended this year’s most excellent Muny Teens show on Friday evening, then went to Meet Me In St. Louis at the Muny.

And I got to see seven of my students on two different stages.

Phoenix, who is now taller than me.
Greta, who clearly had fun on the huge Muny stage.
Muny Teens: (l-r) Maria, Ronan, Sydney, Jett, and Phoenix.