Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Performances Galore!!!!

Okay, so just so you know, I have a few posts that I've already started, but haven't had time to edit and post yet. So be patient.  JK

But this one is a little time sensitive, so I thought I'd buckle down and get my blog on.  So currently, Jordan and I are in rehearsals for two different productions.  I thought I'd take the time to let you know about both, so you can plan your schedules accordingly.  After all, our shows are on the EXACT SAME WEEKEND (which, btw, is why I can't be in the one Jordan is in,,,which makes me real real sad).

Anyway, so Jordan is playing the role of "Peter" in world premiere by Rob Gardner, called Lamb of God.  I am not just saying this because Jord is in it, but it is INCREDIBLE.  I have been in on the whole process from conception to recording, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music you'll ever hear.  It is stirring and emotional, and leaves you with an unmistakable feeling of hope and love.  Rob has composed a number of great productions, including, The Price of FreedomJoseph Smith the ProphetSaints and PioneersBlackbeard, and 12 Princesses (sorry, there was no link).  But seriously, Lamb of God is one of his best, if not THE best.  My favorite is the orchestration, which, btw is played by the freaking LONDON SYMPHONY on the cd.  Jordan and I were privileged to hear the final recording at a friend's house a few nights ago, and I can't tell you how excited I am for the premiere performance.  Unfortunately, I can't be in it, or go see it  But, YOU can!  I don't want to sound preachy or anything, but tickets are super affordable, and you can bypass the Ticketmaster fees if you go to this link:

The dates are September 10 and 11 at Gammage Auditorium, with performances beginning at 8 pm. Along with Jordan, the cast includes Linsey Maxson, Jenee Wright Prince, Greg Adams, Amy Jo Halliday, and Michael Sackett.  Seriously, you'll be glad you did.

Okay, now to my stuff.  So, those same dates (plus a few), I'll be doing a concert version of The Music Man in a collaboration with Phoenix Theatre and the Phoenix Symphony.  I am playing Marian, and I am super excited about it.  The show will be semi-staged, with all the songs, but some of the dialogue is cut down to make the show no longer than 2 hours.  But if you want something even shorter, you could come to the Saturday matinee which is the "Family Performance"--only 1 hour.  Pretty much that means that it is only music, with a narrator telling you what is going on. Rehearsals are going really well.  I am pretty tired, but I think it will be really cool with the Symphony.  We'll be performing at Symphony Hall on Friday night the 10th, two shows on Saturday, and closing matinee on Sunday.  Check out the Phoenix Symphony website or buy tickets here

So anyway, the point is this:  if you are in Arizona on the weekend of September 10, give me an early birthday present and show up at one of these to places.  I want them both to succeed so much, so pick your pleasure (or go to both!)  and enjoy a great weekend of music!!