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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!


Holiday gathering

My Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts musical theatre majors joined me at home on Sunday evening for some holiday merriment.

L-R: Phil, Magnus, Will, Sarah, Nate, Cecily, Ben, Noah, Jacob.

The menu included my homemade hot pepper jelly with cream cheese and wheat crackers; homemade banana bread; Brie and smoked Cheddar; vegetarian baby quiches; and a spiced cranberry punch.

And a good time was had by all.  I miss these kids whilst I’m on sabbatical.


As usual, I am insanely proud of my Webster University voice students . . . this time thanks to the university production of Brigadoon. (It’s still running today, with one more performance at 2 p.m. at the Loretto-Hilton Center.)

Brigadoon was the first Golden Era musical I ever music-directed, and it holds a special place in my heart. And this production was lavish to view and lovingly sung.

Two of the six principals are my voice students. Here they are getting married:

And after the show, these selfies with my kids:


Head shots

I made the offer a few weeks ago.  And several students took me up this weekend.

I need to work on my portrait photography, and several sophomores in the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts needed headshots.  Why not offer a free photo shoot, so that I could get some practice and they could (I hope) get some decent shots?

Several of the students have posted photos on Facebook, so I’m sharing a sample of the work we did on Saturday and Sunday! —

I’ll have these three in MUSC 2910 Applied Musicianship for Musical Theatre this semester, and get to witness these glorious talents three times a week.

Proud teacher

I’m an incredibly proud teacher this weekend.

Five of my Webster University voice students are in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. I saw the show again Friday night, and will it again on Sunday.  Tonight I sat with the parents of my senior Jacob Scott; visited with the parents of my senior Chase Thomaston; and finally met the parents of my sophomore Jacob Flekier.  Caroline Adams’ parents were also in the house, although I did not get a chance to say hello.

Yesterday I posted a photo of me with Chase.  Today’s photos are with the Jacob the Elder and Jacob the Younger (top photo).

And here are some production photos with my five students in them:


What I did last week . . . .


International Thespian Society Festival 2015.  Student recruiting.  Being a teacher and coach.


A month of theatre

Prior to the last performance of JERRY SPRINGER.
Prior to the last performance of JERRY SPRINGER.

The long month of theatre is over.  I have a week to recover, but this week includes theatre of Holy Week and all of its passion and glory.

February was a cruel month of hyper-drive activity.  March has been a month of hyper-theatre.  We had 12 performances of Jerry Springer: The Opera; the show closed last evening. I went to NYC and caught performances there.  I attended two shows at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, including Honk! yesterday where my insanely talented and gosh-can-he-hold-the-stage student Jacob Scott had a starring role.

Jacob Coray Scott in HONK!
Jacob Coray Scott in HONK!

And earlier this week I saw the season-closer show at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis.

imageAnd received that little award on Monday (something I still have a hard time believing . . . .).

Let’s add to that some theatrical music performances too, including the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition prelims we hosted yesterday at Webster, and some regular Thursday recitals, and Bob Chamberlin’s divine last lecture he gave ten days ago.  And choral and orchestral concerts.

So Holy Week waits.  I’ll see one more show on April 1.  And then the next New Line show starts rehearsing on Easter Monday. Three days later I have the premiere of some new vocal music, sung on his senior recital by James Stevens.  April promises plenty of gifts as well.