Piano - The Last Five Years
This has been a busy year for Secondary Characters! How have you been involved?
We decided last summer to give a two show season a go, Oklahoma! as the main stage show and The Last Five Years as the new Spotlight production. I was music director for Oklahoma!, though as I spent 6 weeks at Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, it was great to have Rebecca Paulding as assistant music director and pianist.
I invited Renate Rossol, a colleague and friend from Winnipeg, to come out to music direct The Last Five Years, and I have loved getting the chance to play in the band this time; Jason Robert Brown is a great musical theatre composer, and I really enjoy working with a small group, only 5 in the band and 2 actors.
What are you up to next year?
I'm returning to University of Manitoba to do a masters in collaborative piano.
Any word on what Secondary Characters is planning for next year?
We've applied for several show licences, have found out which ones are available for next summer...and haven't narrowed it down from there yet! However, it is likely that it'll be just one show, for next summer anyway.