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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:

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone runs this weekend at the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Man In Chair is played by my graduating senior voice student Chase Thomaston, who is inordinately effective, hugely entertaining, utterly believable, and ultimately deeply moving in his last WebCo role.

I’m one proud teacher.



Before the recital at school on Sunday, I took a few shots of the magnificent Steinway Model D in Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University.

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As I was setting up in the balcony to take some recital photos, I grabbed this snap of the capitals of the columns on the east wall:


The ornamental capitals are about 15 feet apart, but this angle lines them up and makes them appear much closer.

Photos from the concert are posted on my school blog.

Ice day

Webster Univ Alerts

All Webster University St. Louis-area campuses are closed Fri., Jan. 13 due to weather.

That message on Thursday around 4 p.m. found me at Schnuck’s, buying the usual provisions: eggs, tonic water, cheese, meat. (Friday menu includes chili.)

I stopped by Opera rehearsal to help figure out how to manage today’s canceled rehearsals.

And then I came home.  Auggie got a long walk, since he likely won’t be getting one for 48 hours in this weather.

Even though Webster is closed today, and we have no official school activities, I’m still jet-lagged and so was up at 5 a.m.

By 6.30 a.m., some homemade bread was in the oven.  And by 8 I had fixed homemade latkes.


  • one Russet potato, grated
  • 1/3 white onion, grated or minced
  • one egg
  • enough floor to thicken a bit
  • freshly cracked salt and pepper
  • a healthy dash of cayenne or a bit of chili sauce

This makes three healthy portions.  Fry in oil over medium heat until lovely brown and crispy on both sides.  Top with sour cream.

Now 9 a.m.  Texting with folks around the world.  Listening to the new Ennio Morricone album. Here’s a reminder:


The fireplace is on.  Auggie is being attentive.  And a pile of schoolwork beckons.

[And a 9.40 a.m. addendum — the back stoop is iced over already with just the little spittle of rain we’ve received.  Rain and 26 degrees = a mess.]

Some performances

I had a busy week last week!

Christine Brewer taught a master class at Webster University on Tuesday evening.  I attended on Thursday the first choral concert of the school year at Saint Louis University High School.  And later that evening I went to New Line Theatre for a talkback with a high school group, and caught a photo of the Heathers cast — sort of a family portrait.

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Lincoln, Day 1

I arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska last evening.  This will be my home for the next week as I represent Webster University at the International Thespian Society annual conference a the University of Nebraska.

Samson did not like all the packing and cleaning.  He knew something was up.

Samson did not like all the packing and cleaning. He knew something was up.

I rode in the van with Peter, James Compton, and Edward Coffield.  We enjoyed several musical soundtracks, including Bridges of Madison County, A Gentleman’s Guide etc., Big Fish, and the first act of a new recording of West Side Story.


As usual on the first night in Lincoln, we walked across the street for a nice meal at Misty’s Steakhouse.  Of course the USA-Portugal soccer match was still on the screens, so several of us watched the conclusion of that game before dinner.  My ribeye was perfect!

I enjoyed seeing how we all dressed for dinner.  Our attire was nothing special, but without any instruction, eight of us switched from travel togs to dresses (for the girls) and slacks and collared shirt.  I have restored hope in humanity….

Last evening, before going to sleep, I finished the novel The Pillars of the Earth.  The story is grossly distended and overwritten, but it’s a good yarn, one that has held my attention for the last three weeks as I’ve chipped away at 900+ pages.  The rest of this week will be more mundane: a few professional journals, some issues of Horticulture, Food and Wine, and (dirty secrets now) Entertainment Weekly.

And the conference starts at 4 p.m. today with five hours of auditions.