Well, if you've somehow made it to this nook of the internet...greetings, and welcome! I'm excited to share my new website with the world, and give you a little update about what I've been up to lately!
On June 2, I appeared in a staged reading of excerpts from two new musicals, showcasing work from the class Creating Musical Theatre: A Collaborative Lab, part of the educational program at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. I played Alana, a Hawaiian singer/songwriter, in 38 MINUTES, written by Rhiannon Lewis and Jack Zager; and Sadie, a snarky student, in ELDERHOOD, written by Rachel Carlson and Charlotte Daniels. All four composers are recent high school graduates with bright futures ahead of them, and I am so delighted to have been able to help bring their shows to life! It was also a joy to work with such a terrific and fun cast and creative team. Randy Brenner and Stormy Sacks co-taught the class and also served as director and music director, respectively.
As with any new work in development, a large part of our rehearsal process involved brainstorming, ideas being bounced off of one another, and a whole lot of playing and figuring out things together. The Wallis' partnership with composer Stephen Schwartz and the ASCAP Foundation made it possible for Mr. Schwartz to attend one of our rehearsals and give his feedback to the young writers. It was exciting and interesting to hear his response to the shows and share his own experiences and processes in songwriting. After the performance on June 2 - which was nearly sold out - there was a brief Q & A with the creative team. I'm very grateful to have been a part of this project! New works are always so fun. And if you haven't seen a show yet at The Wallis, I encourage you to go! They have terrific programming and wonderful opportunities for community engagement with the classes they offer. I think there's something there for just about anyone - a true gem of a place in beautiful Beverly Hills.
The week of June 10, I began rehearsals for StageWorks Fresno's productions of MAMMA MIA! and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, in which I will be in the ensemble. It has been many years since I have worked with this terrific company in my hometown. We're in the thick of rehearsal now, dancing A LOT! It's going to be fun. All ticketing and information can be found on StageWorks Fresno's website. Please click here.