I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Clear Space Productions New Works Festival!

Above is a picture of Doug Yetter (on the right), the Artistic Director of Clear Space Productions and Ken Skrzesz another member of Clear Space, who sang the part of Gabriel in the New Works Festival. Donna de Kuyper sang the part of Jane. Donna had appeared in Chorus Line on Broadway (one of my all time favourite musicals). Ken and Donna sang the love song from Possessed, More Than Life Itself, with passion and sensitivity. It was strange to hear it with American voices but they really gave their all to the song which was such a compliment. I had to introduce the song in the context of the musical and also say a bit about what I was up to in New York. Somehow I managed to make everyone laugh but this wasn't too difficult because they all seemed so excited to have this random Brit at the show and were so enthusiastic, it was a joy and well worth going all that way for.

The first half of the evening was an introduction to a new artist - Alysia Lee. She had just graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, John's Hopkins University. She presented an amazingly broad selection of songs from Mahler to Richard Rogers. My favourite musical song was Taylor The Latte Boy by Marcy Heistler and Zina Goldrich. Alysia had brilliant comic timing in this song and is a really fabulous singer.

The second half of the evening, which included our song was a mixture of new musical songs. There was also a song from another MMD Member called No Answer with music by Tim Saward and lyrics by Tim Saward and Darren Deeks. This was brilliantly sung by David Button. David was the first person I met as I walked into the theatre and was full of fun and an extremely good performer. He also drives a very nice little sports car, which he kindly took me back to my hotel in!

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