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Live Music is Worth It!

February 1, 2017

by Ani Gyulamiryan

Instructor of piano at The Lesson Studio

ani_blog_1 Taiyuan, China

In the piano lessons I teach at the Lesson Studio, I often get a first-hand view of how music takes a hold of us. Western classical music, specifically, has gained a universal appeal since its inception in Europe. Countries like America and China have adopted and even continued in their own right to advance Western Classical music, and music lessons are both a staple of education and cultural inheritance. The concert hall is where our cultures diverge; in the West, the majority of classical concert goers are from the older generations, but the audiences in China are predominantly comprised of young professionals, kids and entire families.

In the summer of 2016, I completed a month long tour across China with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. I performed in a multitude of majestic concert halls, which have cost China billions of yuan to build in the past couple decades. In every concert of the fourteen cities we performed at, there was row after row filled with bright, enthusiastic, curious children. And they were part of an audience of young men and women, students, professionals and entire families that attended our concerts in order to be exposed to Western music (performed by an American orchestra). It was very moving to see how receptive and appreciative the near capacity audiences were in every city we toured throughout China.

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Shenyang, China

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Chongqing, China

Colorado has also continued to expand and grow its musical education. There are more music studios in every county than there were just a few years ago. They are doing better each day because of the growing interest in music education and awareness. However, students often seek lessons to become musically aware, instead of becoming proficient in an instrument. Although music lessons can be any student’s introduction to great music, artists and venues, eventually they must grow to become ‘plugged-in’ with the current music scene themselves. As a piano teacher of ten years, I have noticed some trends in the music lessons at private studios and various education centers. One growing trend in private lessons is a focus on music appreciation within the framework of individual lessons that dismisses its importance outside of the lesson and the private teacher’s influence.

As a piano instructor, I often tell my students about the composers they study, their adventurous and rebellious lives, and the intended meanings behind their masterworks. However, it is rare for these students to have experienced live performances of the works they study. The music scene today is vast, and performances at local concert halls offer a great exposure to the masterworks of classical music, but many music students remain largely unaware of these events.

To gain a broader exposure and appreciation of classical music, I encourage students of classical piano, orchestral music, jazz, or any instrument to explore their community and find the best performances in their area. Check the local library for amazing performances coming up, search on university and music schools’ websites for their upcoming concerts, find the season schedule of local orchestras. Attend some of these live concerts in order to develop your own musical taste! Western classical music is more varied in style than the number of different genres of music, so there is much variety to enjoy.

Music appreciation occurs not only in the classroom or during a music lesson, but also outside of it in the ever changing and rich world of the concert and recital hall. Attending a live concert will develop a student’s ear, make them more aware of the musical culture, enable them to become more musically educated, and aid in their personal musical growth. Hopefully every student can remember a concert they attended that made a powerful impression upon them, inspired them to continue, or was possibly the best musical experience in their life so far.

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Yichun, China

 

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Tangshan, China

Photo Credits: Roger L. Powell

 

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Creative Processes and Products- Order and Chaos in Dialogue

March 5, 2016

Jim Simmons no guitar

By Jim Simmons

When beginning to write your own music, you will quickly discover the need to record your ideas. Soon after this discovery, another usually follows: namely, the need to make decisions about the ideas that have emerged.

These two problems have many solutions, and that is a good thing, because as you grow in your craft, so too, will your craft change. Even stranger is the fact that your creative process will also undergo its own changes and life cycles. Let me give an example:

Genesis used to write all of her chords down on paper, with the lyrics underneath, but now that her guitar technique has improved beyond simple chord playing, she’s found it difficult to describe what her guitar accompaniment is doing with words, letters, and symbols on paper. After trying to notate riffs and ideas simply by labeling them as they occurred (idea 1, idea 2), she became frustrated at never quite remembering what she had played. So, then Genesis began to video herself playing the ideas.

Now, what could some of the hidden difficulties be in the new approach? Perhaps our song writer still has the necessary and difficult task of sifting and choosing before her, and this may not just apply to different sections of the song—perhaps, she’s discovered there are two versions of a section that seem equally satisfying, and she can’t choose between them.

I have recently been undergoing certain changes in my own creative process, similar to the ones described above. I want to offer a few encouragements to any creators out there who’ve struggled with such challenges.

First of all, your song, project, piece, whatever it is—it doesn’t have to be the end-all-of-all perfect artistic/musical statement that you make. So, don’t feel the need to put all of your ideas into one song/piece/etc. Hopefully, you’ll write more in the future, so leave something else to say for later projects. Secondly, if you have differing versions of a musical section, that may be a good thing, since deliberate variations often lend interest to the listener. Regarding creative process, remember that just because it’s a “process” doesn’t mean it has to be systematic. It’s true that sifting through videos, audio recordings, lead sheets, and other sorts of sketches can be a chore, but such work will always bear fruit. Even if you wind up creating “too much” material, you may eventually use some of the leftovers to get you started on another work.

Lastly, creativity is, in my mind, more a way of life than a means to an end. It’s true that an artist should seek to share their work with others, and that it’s a shame when an artist never gets their ideas out of their head. But, similarly tragic is an artist haunted by perfectionism and the fear of failure. As good as you (and I) want that song, or piece, or project to end up sounding, creating music and art are values in-and-of-themselves. So, on one hand, be passionate about the quality of your finished product. But, on the other hand, be free, messy, methodical, imperfect, and committed to the chaotic, ordering process of creativity.

Here are some videos documenting a piece as it grew. I was sick at the time, and not very concerned with my playing technique, so some of the notes sound pretty bad, and some of the videos end with me more frustrated than satisfied, but I am so glad I can now reference these for the new version of the piece that is now underway.

 

Happy Creating!

Jim Simmons

 

Part 1

https://youtu.be/yV2omIwbb6w

 

Part 2

https://youtu.be/ImQ7S7SCTkM

 

Part 3

https://youtu.be/mAmsnKcG0f4

 

Part 4

https://youtu.be/myDghjcYWUc

 

Part 5

https://youtu.be/a4ACWH5A2IM

 

Part 6

https://youtu.be/0J0FYVyhJqI

 

Signs You Might Be Cut Out for a Career as a Musician – or signs your child might be cut out for a career as a musician

November 4, 2013

By Hugh Lobel, piano instructor at The Lesson Studio

Hugh Lobel , The Lesson Studio

Hugh Lobel, Piano

1.     You enjoy practicing. This first one might seem obvious, but it’s critical to pursuing a career as a musician. Regardless of whether you want to be a folk singer, a rock drummer, or a classical pianist, you’ll need the chops when you hit the stage and there’s only one way to get there. Professionals spend hours a day practicing their instrument, maybe even seven days a week, and if you don’t honestly enjoy the act of sitting in a practice room working out the finer points of your technique and your music, trying to be a world-class musician can feel like a real slog. That doesn’t mean that you will enjoy every moment you spend in a practice room; to the contrary you’ll often find yourself practicing out of necessity more than desire. But if you don’t enjoy it at any point, the constant effort might not be worth it.

2.      You’re a night person. By this I don’t mean the kind of person that sits up until 2 a.m. playing Farmville on the weekend. No, a musician is someone who doesn’t mind WORKING late into the night. Remember that gigs (see also concerts) almost always occur in the evening, and may start as late as midnight or even later! Don’t forget that the concert might be late, but your job doesn’t end when the gig ends.  There are people to meet, there’s equipment and stage material to strike, and after-parties to attend. If you’re a classical musician these after parties are often formal, and might be necessary to help inspire those donors to keep on giving! If you like the idea of making late nights a regular thing, the world of music might just be right for you.

3.      You’re patient. Very VERY patient. Astronomically patient. If you want to be a world-class musician you have to think long-term. No one becomes a success over night, and for that matter, no one masters a difficult piece of music in a day! There will be goals that can be achieved in a day, such as getting a certain scale a little bit faster, but some goals will take a week, a month… possibly even years! Making it to fame could take decades, and often does! But for the true musicians amongst us, these things don’t matter as much. We can keep working away in those practice rooms, taking those gigs, enjoying our successes where we get them and keep pushing forward. There’s always something bigger to achieve, but the day-to-day achievements are important steps. Keep your eyes out for those, and that patience won’t be so hard to find.

4.      You’re a perfectionist.  Remember how I mentioned that you’d be in a practice room a lot, and that patience is important? Here’s where those two things come together. A musician greatly benefits from perfectionist tendencies. You’ll be in that practice room a lot, working out some incredibly difficult techniques and figures, and it helps to really want each moment of a piece to be exquisite. After all, what’s the point of running through the first three beats of that one measure two hundred and thirty six times if you don’t really care whether you hit each of those notes at just the right time with just the right amount of volume and just the right intonation? Perfectionists have to deal with extra stress: we worry that everyone hears every microscopic imperfection that comes out when we play in public and judges us for it. We bite our nails, grind our teeth, and pull our hair out over what other people think of a three minute song (and no this is not healthy,) but we also find nobility in striving for something outstandingly good, and nothing satisfies an audience quite like a performance that blows them away.

There are more signs I could go over… possibly in a future post, but these are all requirements for a career as a musician. If you don’t find that you fit all of these requirements, DON’T SWEAT IT! You can still learn an instrument beautifully, and play to your heart’s content for family and friends. You can carry your skills with you through your entire life and share your love of music with everyone around you. But if you are thinking of making a career out of being a musician, think about these necessities, and talk to your teacher more about what it takes. You just might be cut out for it after all!

Practice Tips and Strategies

July 10, 2013

by Ricardo de la Torre, Piano instructor at The Lesson Studio

Your success at the piano is greatly determined by the way you practice. More important than how much time you spend sitting at the piano is how you spend this time. Quality means a lot more than quantity here.

It’s a good idea to make a plan to know exactly what you will cover in each practice session and what goals you want to achieve. When you don’t have a lot of time to practice, you need to make the most out of it. Having some strategies to make the process more efficient will help a lot.

Here are a few tips:

• Remember to practice in small chunks. You can take a section of your piece and break it down into smaller sections. Make sure these sub-sections make sense musically (they are phrases or parts of phrases that have a clear beginning and end). Work on one section at a time and then put them together. Reintegrate them into the whole by starting a little before and stopping a little after the section you want to improve.

• When things seem too hard at first, always simplify your task. There are many ways to do this (i.e. play hands separate, slow the tempo down).

• Consistency is very important. Try to make practicing every day a habit and stick to it.

• Don’t always start practicing at the beginning of the piece. This approach almost always results in a performance with a solid beginning and a shaky end. Try a different spot every day or start with the most difficult parts.

• By the same token, if you only practice the parts you like or can play well while neglecting the more difficult spots, the integrity of your performance will suffer. Have priorities and spend less time with the parts you can already play well while devoting more time to the harder sections.

• Make your goals attainable and realistic. If you are too ambitious you might feel overwhelmed and frustrated. By making steady progress with smaller goals at a time you’ll actually get the results you want faster than trying to get too much done at once.

• Only repeat a passage once you have it right (in terms of notes, rhythm, dynamics, articulation and fingering). If you’re unsure, it’s better to wait and ask your instructor. Practicing a mistake will fix it in your memory and will be very difficult to undo later.

• Use your ear! Practicing is mostly about self-assessment. Stop frequently and evaluate what you just did. Always have a purpose for repeating a passage. Mindless repetition is not very useful.

• Remember: playing through your entire piece from beginning to end several times in a row is not practicing! (Unless of course you’re in the final stages of preparing for a performance).

Ricardo de la Torre, Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Ricardo de la Torre

Practice Makes Perfect (or Does it)?

April 30, 2013

by Ron Troester, Voice and Piano instructor at The Lesson Studio

How to be Successful in Practice and Reach Your Goals in Musical Performance:

1. Be careful to find a time that works well for your practicing that isn’t interrupted by other activities, even if for only 15 minutes. Focus your energies to that time on getting better!

2. Choose a different point of focus for each day, and set aside a day for a fully coordinated practice session or rehearsal that assimilates what have been your points of focus earlier the week or in the previous few days. The pursuit of success requires you to cultivate a commitment to consistency. Quality practice time is essential to amount of success you will receive.

3. Use the approach of: generalization, specifics, generalization, details, generalization. Take time to look over the piece from beginning to end, and get a good sense of the time signature, style and the form. Recognizing sections that repeat can greatly reduce rehearsal time.

4. Do something to warm up your voice or fingers—scales, patterns, a familiar song. It begins the focus on what you are going to do and gets muscles ready for action.

5. Now be more specific. Take time to learn notes correctly—vocal line, or each hand on the keyboard, so that you have the patterns in your hearing and muscles right. It doesn’t matter how much time you take for this, but it greatly reduces re-learning parts that weren’t correct at the beginning. Use the syllables to find pitches and intervals that are difficult, fingerings that work best, and then write them in the music! This will remind you of what to do next time, without so much review time. And then review it often!

6. Pay attention to details. Find the trouble spots and isolate them—take great care to really get these comfortable. Then put these sections back into the song to get consistency in the whole piece. Be careful you are always thinking of the tempo, dynamic and phrasing markings.

7. Think of performance details as well during these times—are you rehearsing as you would perform it? For vocalists, this includes knowing the text, what it is saying, and how you can convey it in the best and most interesting manner. This is part of the rehearsal process.

8. Put the piece back together—from beginning to end. Now evaluate your work thus far. See what you can do successfully with the piece, and where to go back and detail specific sections again.

9. Don’t always start at the beginning to run through a piece—start at the back, or in the middle, then keep adding sections toward the beginning of the song and run to the end. It is common for everyone to start at the beginning and then the end sections don’t get rehearsed as well, and it sounds weak or not as comfortable.

10. Run the piece from beginning to end, thinking of performance level as you do. Don’t let just one time influence your rehearsal. Do it several times, and it will show more and more improvement and confidence. Muscle memory is the key—repetition, repetition, repetition!

11. Life happens – the unexpected or unthinkable shows up as Murphy’s law takes you to court. Sometimes you have too much on your plate or there’s additional stress, and you find it difficult to focus. So, you have to cut back on rehearsal time Then, what rehearsal time you have suffers because you’re exhausted or distracted. When the time comes for that special live performance gig you’ve been dreaming of, you stumble and fumble your way through, and it doesn’t go the way you would like. Change up the routine, take a couple days break, ask for another opinion or evaluation—then go back to your normal routine again.

12. Discipline is vital to your arrival, survival, and potential for thriving in the pursuit of being a better musician. Realistic pacing and realistic goal-setting are both key to helping you stay disciplined and keeping your commitment to consistency. Manageable goals are important—don’t expect it to all happen at once. Enjoy the small successes as well as when you reach bigger goals!

13. As you consider your performance on a piece of music, focus on showcasing your strengths and the ability to communicate your passion and interest in the music selection. In other words, what would you like your audience members to feel, think about, or even want to learn more about? These objectives in how your music can serve others will help you with choosing material for your song sets as well as selecting stories to share that resonate with your personal passions and your desire to make a difference. Music has the ability to inspire, encourage, entertain, enlighten, and educate. And most of all, you should enjoy this—HAVE FUN!

14. At the same time, don’t allow yourself to not push your skills. Take a moment to sight read something quickly—see how you do. Don’t make every piece about getting it all perfect. It is good to be able to know that you can learn quickly, as well as taking the time to work out more difficult music.

15. Ask yourself who has had an impact on your success. What specific qualities have they had a hand in developing or encouraging? What impact have they had on feeding your passions and objectives in the pursuit your musical success? Give thanks for the opportunities that will come as a result of your desire to be your best and do your best. Consider the impact that your being served has had on how you strive to serve others. Write down their names of those who have inspired you to serve, and thank them any way you can.

16. This positive attitude of using your unique gifts to serve others will give you peace and purpose through the rough patches and smooth stretches. It will help you press on past any unexpected stalls and crawls that will creep up occasionally on your journey to true musical success!

Ron Troester, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Ron Troester

Summer Music Fun!

April 2, 2012

By Denise McCoy, Voice, Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Summer is right around the corner! Keeping kids entertained with social events will make any parent happy. Why? …Because happy kids equals happy parents. There are plenty of Memorial Day events in and around Denver and Boulder. As most Boulderites know, Memorial Day brings the Creek Fest. It’s a three-day festival with vendors, music, food, dancing, and even a little ducky race down the creek! There is a little bit of something for everyone. On the performance end, there will be five stages with various shows. The five stages are broken up according to interest and age, which are: bandshell, festival stage, community dance stage, kids’ stage, as well as teens’ stage. Information can be found on their website at:

http://www.bceproductions.com/boulder-creek-festival/performers/

If Boulder isn’t an option, or you want a variety of weekend plans, Denver has baseball games, concerts, an arts festival, and a parade! More detailed information can be found on their website at:

http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/museum-art/memorial-day-denver-weekend

Once Memorial Day weekend is over, summer music lessons are a great way to keep kids engaged in something fun and educational. Music lessons can help students prepare for the following year (get ahead!) or to catch up from the previous year. For any students who have auditions coming up for various musicals, shows, or choirs, the summer is the perfect time to hone in on the skills needed to succeed in your audition.

There are plenty of ways to keep your kids busy with music this summer! Look around at various websites and festivals for opportunities! Your kids will thank you, and you might enjoy the family time too!

 

Increase Practice Productivity by Warming Up!

March 1, 2012

By Paul Perry, Voice & Piano, Instructor at The Lesson Studio

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Greetings!

Everyone who plays piano needs to take incredible and meticulous care of their hands. It is important to create a pre-warm-up routine with both stretches and scales before intense practice sessions.

Release the tendons and muscles of your hands, arms, and shoulders by doing some simple stretching before you actually start to practice playing the piano. There are many simple things you do with a tennis ball, including placing it against the forearm and gently massaging up and down the length of your arm (both topside and underside of your arm!) with as much intensity as feels good to you. Also, grip the ball in the palm of your hand, flexing and releasing the muscles, four or five times in each hand. Gently stretch your fingers, roll the shoulders front and back, and find a routine that serves you and your practice!

Play a variety of scales or simple melodic passages before moving on to repertoire.  Be mindful that your forearm is in alignment with your wrist and that your hand does not move as you strike the keys—only the fingers are moving. Avoid twisting your hand as you play, and notice if your palm is excessively lifting up, or is arched down. These habits can overstretch the tendons in your hands—No es bueno! Equalize the strength of your fingers with scales—in particular, the ring finger and pinky are traditionally weak. My right ring finger, for instance, is built just a bit differently than the rest of my fingers. I really need to stay focused on balancing the weight between my fingers in my right hand.  Hopefully after developing a quick pre-practice routine, you will notice that you can practice for longer, more productive periods of time, and without fatigue!

Joyful playing!

Paul

The Piano: A One Man Band Instrument

December 12, 2011

by Robyn Yamada, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Robyn Yamada, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Robyn Yamada

The improvisational pianist is a complete combo.  For example, inside the heart of every improvisational pianist lies a versatile bassist.  It is  imperative that one is always thinking about where the structural line is going and leading the rest of the “combo” through the changes.  There are endless possibilities in creating a good bass line – the structural foundation, really.  The mid-range of the piano (middle C to high C) becomes the guitarist, i.e. mainly used for comping chord changes over the bass line and creating a basic rhythm.  It’s what I like to think of as the jello that holds everything together.  Also, the drum section happens in the mid range.  The comping of the changes is very percussive in nature and sets the rhythm and tempo of the piece.  The upper register of the piano is used for the color instruments (lead guitar, fiddle, flute, horns).  In short, leads should not be played in the mid-range but above high C.  Lead lines played in the mid-range have a tendency to get muddy.  The melody of the piece should be in the mid-range, with fills and solos moved up for clarity and distinction from the main melody.  This concept remains consistent when working with a vocalist.

In summation, the piano as a solo instrument, when approached with a combo in mind, can be used very effectively.  The bass remains below middle C, the rhythm instruments should be played between middle C and high C, and the color instruments belong above high C.

Musical Family Gathering

October 4, 2011

by Denise McCoy, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Denise McCoy, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Leson Studio

Denise McCoy

Welcome back The Lesson Studio students! I hope your summer was relaxing and musical! The fall is the start of many music seasons in theaters and concert halls in the Denver Metro Area, as well as local venues, such as the University of Colorado. It is really important for the students and the parents of students to be involved in seeing live performances because not only does it enrich the growing musicians education, it is fun and can be done as a family. Parents who are involved in their child’s musical education are more likely to create positive views towards their study of music and encourage the student to practice. By bringing your child to live concerts, the student can see what it’s like to perform music live. They can see that live performance may have more to offer than recorded music, and the student can see first hand the work that goes into putting together a concert. Practice, hard work and love for music is what makes a performance successful.

Here are a few suggestions for concerts this fall:

Colorado Symphony has a wide range of genres that are performed in an acoustical setting. Here students are more likely to see their instrument performed in an ensemble. This season there are contemporary concerts with performers such as Patti Lupone, Ozomatli, and Jim Brickman. The symphony is also putting together a multimedia performance called “The Planets: an HD Odyssey.” This type of performance integrates different forms of art, to express a theme. On the classical end, Beethoven’s 7th is being performed, as well as Faure’s Requiem, and an all Dvorak program, just to name a few. Renee Fleming, who in my opinion in a famous, real life opera star, will be performing in March. For any young singer, this is definitely not a concert to miss!

http://www.coloradosymphony.org/

If you want to find concerts that are a little more wallet friendly, Colorado University offers a wide variety of concerts throughout the school year. There are student recitals, which are free and can be instrument specific, that are great for a young musician to attend.

http://music.colorado.edu/

The Denver Center offers a massive, and impressive variety of shows that is great for any musician to see. A few to mention are, The Lion King, A Christmas Carol, Wicked, and Hair.  I recommend a concert at the Denver Center, purely because of the wide range of interest that they cater to.

http://www.denvercenter.org/home.aspx

I hope you can take advantage of all this area has to offer musically. There are a lot of talented musicians in the area. I am sure they would like your support and I am sure your kids can really learn from them, and further enjoy music and what it has to offer.

The world is our stage…

September 18, 2011

by Garrett Smith, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Garrett Smith, Voice and Piano Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Garrett Smith

I want to talk about performance. Different stages, different levels of performance. Venues, degrees, heights, hysterical to barely audible. Divine to mundane. Terrifying and restrictive to freeing and natural. Red Rocks to the shower. The Met to the cab of your truck. Anytime you tap into that intimate place inside yourself where you encounter your muse and let it out, you are performing. For yourself, for the angels, for your family, to patrons, or to total strangers. To outwardly manifest the phenomena of organized sound, which we call music, you are to some degree performing, as you should. It is healthy to perform. It’s an exercise in letting go, in being natural, in being indeed totally yourself, a divine creature gifted with the capacity of producing combinations of beautiful sound.

We humans are not the only ones to appreciate beautiful sounds. I have two cats. One, Ash, loves to play my guitar (with his tongue, or teeth, or sometimes paws, but mostly his mouth.) Whenever I whistle, sing or play the piano, he’s right there rolling on the floor in utter bliss no matter how loud. The other, Mobius, is a bit more reserved, perhaps even offended by these noises uttering from my interaction with the physical world. The difference seems to be an appreciation of music. If you pay attention, you may notice just as in the Disney princess stories, the birds and squirrels and deer drawn to your music. Even if not such a fairytale scenario, one increases her/his magnetism through the practice and power of performance. People can see when someone is comfortable enough with themselves to allow the beauty of song and sound to move through them.

One of the ways to improve your performance level is to watch professionals of all sorts of genres. Good DJ’s, jam bands, pop stars, folk artists, bluegrass, family style-around-the-campfire, worship music, opera, musical theatre, indeed any theatre (the beats and timing of stage theatre and film for that matter are somewhat musical, for example looking at the cadence in Woody Allen’s dialogue, or Shakespeare) are all going to that place where music lives from different roads. I am involved (in fact starring as the title role) in an original musical comedy, “Casanova at Twilight” being premiered in a week. Written by Tony-award nominee, TV soap star of “All My Children,” and on and off-Broadway actor, Bill Mooney with original music by CU’s Hunter Ewen, this show is raucus, hilarious, and all about timing. You will see a cast of high caliber who have created these characters and this show through their various trainings to bring the audience and themselves the ups and downs that make life so exciting and, indeed, sexy. You can find tickets at cupresents.org (including $5 student tickets!) and we are playing two weekends. There is a free preview on Thursday, the 22nd if you can’t afford tickets, just mention Garrett Smith. I encourage you to come see our process of performance in this intimate space of the Atlas Multimedia Blackbox Theater, and experience what it does to you. Perhaps you will be inspired. Perhaps you will seek your own stage.

Cheers,

Garrett