May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

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  • Braintrusts…

    Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration is a book recommended to me by my mentor – Ken Davenport.   It is written by Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar Animation.  Yes, the company that created the first full length animated film done completely on a computer. […]

  • 23….20…and 7….and GIRLHOOD – an update!

    Some of our supporters have asked for an update on GIRLHOOD.  So, here goes: 23 –  Twenty-three people will write the songs for GIRLHOOD.  Since GIRLHOOD is a song-cycle (click HERE to learn more about song cycles), each song will be composed by one…two or three people.  We are really proud that the songs w […]

  • Bravery…and Girls…

    As we were working on the logo for GIRLHOOD, our graphic designer suggested we use a silhouette of a girl on top of the logo.  She gave us several examples, but they just did not seem right.  Finally, one of our creative team said something like, “The story is about teaching our girls to b […]

  • 2nd Reading of Christmas show…

    May is a strange month for weather in Chicago. It can be in the 90’s and it can snow.  So, planning events can be very difficult. The second reading for our Christmas show was scheduled for one of those “iffy” days in May.  I could sense that it was going to be hot, and I […]

  • 1 in 14…

    1 in 14.  When I was at the most successful time of my professional acting career, I booked ONE job out of every 14 auditions..  I started writing down the number of auditions, then I circled the number when, and if, I actually got the job.  Now, that is rejection. I was reminded of this […]

  • Inspiration from a cat?

    GIRLHOOD, my most recent project, is a song cycle musical that tells the stories of middle school girls as they experience the challenges of daily life from middle school through high school.  Through interviews with girls, I have developed seven central characters that will be featured in the show along with a large ensemble. Recently, […]

  • NYMF this year…

    Last year the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) featured musicals including THE TIME MACHINE, MOTHERFREAKINGHOOD and of course, 57th NATIONAL MATHLETE SUM-IT (formerly Numbers Nerds). I just received word of the exciting new shows in this year’s festival, to be held in July. First, a bit about NYMF (crazy name, ha?)  It is the largest […]

  • I found this ….

    I saw this on a friend’s Facebook timeline.  And, I paused after reading it for a couple of reasons.  First, I believe in this.  I use this as often as I can.  And, many times, it works.  But, of course, it does not work all of the time.  I don’t know why, but that is […]

  • The BEST ideas win…regardless of where it comes from!

    I have a confession to make.  I am not a good collaborator.  But, I am getting better at it.   It has always  difficult to me to be “One of the team” and not just the boss.  But after managing a business for 18 years, I have gotten better.  And I have learned that collaboration is […]

  • Writing stories that are not your experience…

    Writing a story that is not your experience….. The other musical that I am developing is a show created for middle school students to perform.  It is called GIRLHOOD, and it will tell the stories of girls’ experiences in middle school and beyond, ending up with their graduation from high school. But, what do I […]


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