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