The section I’ll be performing was composed in the past few months and shows the early scenes involving a middle school student struggling to survive his physical education class.
The music is truly straddling opera and musical theater with a bit more emphasis on the musical theater tradition than I expected. And the good news is, even after listening to it non stop for a week, I really like it. There are equal parts Sondheim, Stravinsky, and (if you know my tastes, you’ll know how shocking this part is) even Rachmaninoff!
I have to credit Bruce Pachtman for encouraging me to sign up for these workshops at regular intervals. They force me to write new music and also forces the work to get up on stage before an audience. This gives me a chance to see how it works as theater, whether some parts are slow or confusing (or really hard to memorize). The next workshop will be in mid January as part of Bruce’s Solo Sundays series at Stage Werx, and if I can stay focused throughout the holiday season, I may be able to perform the first 50 minutes of the opera in its entirety!
But first things first. I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon memorizing and rehearsing for tonight. Hope to see you there.
Words First at Counterpulse
1310 Mission Street
Wednesday Nov 2, 7:30