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Helpless, Satisfied and a Football Game?
I have a friend from Milwaukee, a mature, theatre-going woman, who just loves HAMILTON. Before she saw the show live in Chicago, she downloaded and printed the lyrics to the show. She wanted to be familiar with the story before she saw the show. She was not too familiar with hip hop music, so she
Pilot Productions of THE MYSTERY OF CUSTODIA
THE MYSTERY OF CUSTODIA – our new virtual, online musical is being tested….right now! Several pilot productions of the show are being performed by middle schools throughout Illinois. What’s a pilot production? Well, normally, when we develop a musical we “test” it by doing workshops. A workshop is a staged mini version of the show.
A New Musical in 5 weeks – WHAT???
The challenge was daunting. How could we ever create a new musical in such a short time? Musicals take years to create and develop, right? And this one had to be all solos and monologues – how on earth are we ever gonna do that? Schools and summer programs needed something immediately! This was a
Black Lives DO Matter!
Dear friends, All of us at CPA Theatricals want to join our voices to those of the black community – and, indeed of all Americans of good will – in expressing our anger and our grief at the brutal and deadly treatment of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. This pattern
A New Virtual Musical!
I hope you and your family are safe and well. We are hunkered down here in Chicago, eagerly waiting for our mayor to open the parks. But every day I am reminded about how fragile life is. How important it is for all of us to stay alert – and, even more, to remain calm
Whatcha up to?
Well, you haven’t received a blog from us in a long time. In many ways it feels like the last month was the “month that wasn’t.” But, still, there’s lots to say. I want to look beyond the CPA Theatricals doings. About two weeks ago, I participated in a Zoom with about fifteen of my
GIRLHOOD in high schools!
About a month after GIRLHOOD opened its pilot production at Bravo Performing Arts last summer, I received an email from a high school in Hammond Indiana. They asked if the show could be done with an all high school cast. As you may recall, GIRLHOOD is the story of girls starting in middle school and
IL Jr Thespian Conference!
I had the honor of speaking at the Illinois Junior Thespian Conference last Saturday. At first I thought, what on earth do I have to say to the students, parents and teachers that they would be interested in? Then, I came up with a plan. I was the final speaker of the day, and I
Boldness……and a bit of a revamp
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” This is a quote I have in my office. It is sometimes attributed to Goethe, but there is some doubt if he really wrote it. I don’t care who wrote it. I need to read this, to
I Sing The Body Electric!
It was late spring 1980 and everyone in my gang was talking about this new movie about a high school for the performing arts in New York. Since I went to a performing arts high school in Milwaukee, we were beyond excited to see the movie FAME. As we watched the group of teens in