This coming semester, I’m looking forward to being involved with two classic musicals: Singin’ in the Rain (performed by Villanova Student Musical Theatre) and Mary Poppins (performed by the students of Upper Moreland High School)! I can’t wait to tackle both of these shows; Singin’ is a wonderful homage to classic Hollywood and makes use of a songwriting style that I’ve grown to really love in the past two years of performing in retirement communities. And Poppins, though I didn’t grow up with the film, contains so much legendary, classic music, and the students of UMHS have already been phenomenal to hear from during auditions. Both shows held auditions last week, in a flurry of activity just before a nearly 3-week break before rehearsals for both begin the first week of January, and I’m very excited to dive into both!
Singin’ will be performed February 18th – 22nd, 2020.
Poppins will be performed April 23rd – 25th, 2020.
I’m happy to report that I’m working again at UPenn this fall, this time with Penn Singers Light Opera Company for their fall production of Into The Woods! I couldn’t be more excited to take on this masterfully composed and orchestrated Sondheim classic, featuring a more traditional, orchestral pit than I’ve worked with in the past, as well as a gender-bent and extraordinarily talented cast which is sure to bring one of my absolute favorite musicals to life in a way that I’m really looking forward to. Into The Woods runs November 21-23, the weekend before Thanksgiving!
This summer has been especially exciting because I’ve had the opportunity to perform my first few gigs with After the Bar men’s a cappella! It’s awesome to be back in this environment; performing with the Humtones in college was not only a ton of fun but also something I’d looked forward to for years. Now, I’ve got time to create new arrangements and sing with a group of talented guys. We have a handful of gigs this summer, but our concert is going to be on the evening of September 21st!
Thanks to the time I spent working in senior living facilities, I came into contact with a great organization called Philly Senior Stage. PSS works to bring classic Broadway music and musicals to senior living facilities in the greater Philadelphia area, and I’m excited to be performing with them regularly! It’s such an awesome mission that can really brighten the lives of older adults.
I spent a few weeks early this year developing a concert version of Bye Bye Birdie with Aileen Goldberg, which we’ve been taking to various senior living facilities, and I’ve also recently begun accompanying Robb Hutter, PSS’s founder, in various interactive drama classes and performances as well!
Finally, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing in Philly Senior Stage’s fully staged production of Carousel! We begin rehearsing in late April; I’m especially excited because it will really be my first acting experience since the fall of 2016, so I’m thrilled to officially be back onstage.
I’m thrilled to be working again on such an important and relevant show, especially with such a great team! We spent last week assembling an excellent cast that I was able to begin working with this week. If you’re in the Philadelphia area at the end of April, come check us out! Updates can be found at Front Row Theatre Company’s Facebook page.
This semester, my former a cappella group, the Haverford College Humtones, have commissioned me to create a few arrangements for them! I’m really excited about the opportunity to keep arranging a cappella music, particularly for male voices; it’s where I got started on the “other side” of music making, so I have a great fondness for it.
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Right now, I’m working on the Mainstage show at Bryn Mawr College. It’s called Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, and it is pretty rad. It’s about The Simpsons and the aftermath of an apocalypse, which are my two favorite things. I get to write music for the show, imagine what music would sound like 82 years after the disappearance of electricity, and teach music to and make music with a lot of talented singers, actors, and artists.