The amazing and first Michigan cast of In the Red and Brown Water saying our goodbyes to our new friend from Korea, Eunji! A sweet and intelligent addition to our rehearsals, who powered through other states and terrible weather to earn her Detroit coat of arms! We loved her energy and she always shared candy with us! We’ll miss you, Eunji!
So the weekend before last I had the pleasure of culminating everything that I learned in my opera workshop class in a wonderful production of The Mikado. It was the first semester I was involved in that had this much collaborative effort from other departments; mostly the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance. Our professor, Emery Stephens, wanted us to experience what a professional opera would entail in regards to having separate directors for separate aspects of the production, thus we had the abundant pleasure of being stage directed/choreographed by the Artistic Director of Theatre and Dance here at WSU, Michael Barnes! A phenomenal source of creative insight and intelligence, Michael came in under our unheard of time restriction and not only provided us with a great energy boost, but a level of professionalism that felt standard worthy for semesters to come. In addition to Michael, hailing from our Theatre Department, we had Mary Copenhagen executing the amazing work on our costumes and makeup. The end result was nearly awe-strucking! Take a gander at Samuel Murphy and I’s costumes above. In addition to Mary and Michael, Andrew Neen, a WSU graduate, collaborated with us as our conductor. As an instrumentalist (42R) Trumpet for the US Army and Chief Editor at Pinebrook Music Company, LLC (Sole Proprietorship), the cast had an amazing opportunity to work with those who are doing well in their professions! Although rigorous in rehearsal and nearly impossible-seeming in the amount of time we had available to us: this production was extremely fun to execute! There’s possibility that we’ll be performing it again at the Detroit School of Arts; thus you’ll be hearing more on the show from that performance soon. It feels great to be a part of such a collaborative and community based college! ONLY IN THE CFPCA!
HEY THERE! MY NAME IS DANTE’ JONES AND I’M A THEATRE MAJOR, MINORING IN MUSIC! THIS IS MY 3RD YEAR IN THE CFPCA AND I CAN’T EXCLAIM ENOUGH HOW AWESOME IT IS TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS COLLEGE! LAST WEEK, WE WERE OFFERED A FREE MASTER CLASS IN VOICE FROM THE 313 CABARET’S FIRST PERFORMER AMANDA MCBROOM AND ACCOMPANIST MICHELLE BROURMAN!
-Amanda is a Grammy-nominee and Golden Globe winner whose songs have been recorded by many other renowned artists Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, and more. She has starred in U.S and European productions of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, and on Broadway in Seesaw, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Mame. Her recent cabaret show at the Cafe Carlyle was met with rave reviews by the New York Times.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE CLASS, WE WERE INVITED TO SEE THE SHOW…FOR FREE!!! THUS, I WAS NOTHING BUT EAGER TO SEE THE LATE NIGHT SHOWING OF THE 313 CABARET. WE LEARNED, ABOVE ALL, HOW TO MAKE A VOCAL PERFORMANCE THAT COULD BE A PART OF WHOLE INTERESTING PLOT OF A MUSICAL…PERSONAL, WHICH UPS THE ENGAGEMENT FACTOR FOR YOUR AUDIENCE. LOVED AMANDA AND MICHELLE! COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF THEIR ENERGY AND HIGH SPIRITS!