Bill Dickey’s Big Broadway Bash

Marquee BDBBBOn Saturday, June 15, 2013,  as part of Bill Dickey’s Big Broadway Bash, the PGMC performed for a near capacity crowd with the largest chorus in their 33 year history!  The three hour extravaganza featured 170 singers, a 8-piece orchestra, three smaller performing groups, and costumes and sets galore!

Full Tilt performs "Hello!"

Full Tilt performs “Hello!”

David was excited to contribute in several ways to the programming for the evening.  Eight of the orchestra arrangements were written by David, including the Overture for the evening.  As the director of Full Tilt, the PGMC Broadway sub-group, he co-directed and helped stage Hello! from The Book of Mormon.  He also directed and staged Keep It Gay from the Producers, and Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Show.

Full Tilt performs "Keep It Gay"

Full Tilt performs “Keep It Gay”

“It was a joy to work with this great cast,” David said.  “They worked hard for eight weeks to get every nuance just right.  They were so creative, each bringing their own perspective to the final project.  It is amazing what can happen when a bunch of uber-talented people get together.  The challenge as a director is to stay out of the way and not mess up the creative process!”

Congratulations to PGMC on a spectacular show!



Tracy Wows Auditions!

In the past two months, Tracy Webber, a student of two years, has really put herself out there in the audition circuit. As a result, right now she is working on three shows.

Little Shop of Horrors 2Opening September 13, 2013, Tracy will be play the lead role of “Audrey”, the flower shop assistant, in Little Shop of Horrors at The Gallery Theatre, McMinville, OR.

While working on “Little Shop,” Tracy will be assisting as an understudy for Once on This Island, the inaugural production of Enlightened Theatrics, Salem’s new professional musical theatre company. She was also asked to play a cameo role in the Albany Civic Theatre production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

And Tracy thought there weren’t any roles out there for her to play…

“You’ve got to have a dream!
If you don’t have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?”



Marilyn Makes Move

Marilyn has been accepted to the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy in Los Angeles, CA.  Idylwild is a four-year private high school resident program that prepares students for a career in professional theatre and film.Marilyn 13
 
Marilyn has studied with David for the past two years, focusing on vocal production, stage presence, and sight-reading and musicianship.  

Marilyn was accepted to the Idyllwild resident high school program in May.  She was also awarded a 40% scholarship for tuition, room, and board.  

Wow!  Way to go!  Be sure to save us seats for your first performance on Broadway!



Hannah is no Quack…

UofO Logo…but she is a duck!

Hannah recently received word that she has been awarded $19,000 in scholarships to attend the University of Oregon as a piano major.

For her audition she performed Prelude #8 in F major from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier; the Rachmaninov Prelude in C# minor, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Hannah has been a delightful student for the past five years.  She is also an accomplished trumpet player, and plays regularly with the Salem-Keizer symphony.  Her smile and enthusiasm will be greatly missed as she moves south to continue her studies.  Hanna is so full of music, it will be exciting to watch this next adventure unfold for her.  Go Hannah!



Macey cast as Mary Lennox

Secret Garden

Congratulations go out to Macey! She recently began rehearsals for the Pentacle Theatre production of The Secret Garden in the lead role of Mary Lennox. Macey has been studying piano and performance coaching with David since last fall. She has been working on vocal training with Kara Quello for several years as well. Macey will bring a wonderful grace and powerful voice to Mary, a young girl who blossoms as she and a young gardner bring to life a neglected garden. In the process she also brings new life to her sickly cousin and uncle. For tickets, visit Pentacle Theatre.org.