C.L. Askland’s Romeo and Juliet opera scored on an Akai LPK25

My upcoming musical theater opera, “Romeo and Juliet” was written with an Akai LPK25 two-octave USB keyboard. What? Muahaha, yes! In retrospect kind of hard to fathom, but there she is. I did all the music composition and beginning orchestration sketches in the Officer’s Bar of a cruise ship on my off time. The Akai LPK25 keyboard has convenient octave switching buttons on the side so I was able to easily navigate through bass and treble parts for fairly effortless composing. It was only a little tedious when doing soprano vocal lines; that’s when I really wish I had that extra octave. But hey, writing an opera on a two octave keyboard that fits in my computer bag – I’ll take that! Thank you Akai for an awesome product!

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The Producers – April 6-20, 2013 at McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA

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The Producers at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, WA from April 6-20, 2013. Presented by Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County, WA. A musical theater comedy by Mel Brooks following the antics and schemes of a broadway producer.

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Witches! the Musical – Auditions June 5-6, 2012 – Mount Vernon, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auditions for “Witches! the Musical” June 5-6, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA.  Show dates will be Oct. 19-Nov. 3 at the Lincoln Theater. This is a world premiere show about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. For more info and audition signups visit http://www.WitchesMusical.com.

Produced by TAG – the Theater Arts Guild of Skagit County.
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Broadway – The Golden Age

Broadway: The Golden Age is a film by Rick McKay. It asks the questions “Did Broadway have a Golden Age?” and “Did the Golden Age die?”. The retrospect is told by the actual Broadway performers that were the headliners, writers and musical directors from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.

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Chapeaugraphy

Video: Short Version of Chapeaugraphy-Act Tabarin – Chapeau.

Have you ever heard of Chapeaugraphy? It’s the comedy act of taking a single piece of circular felt and twisting it to make many different types of hats. The roots go back to the streets of Paris, France almost 400 years ago.

The video above will give you a feel for the essence of the act.

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Definition of Entertainment

Did you know that the latin root of  “to entertain” means “to hold between”? (Official dictionary definition at the end of this blog post). When an audience is no longer held, they are no longer being entertained. The mighty brass ring for any theatrical production is to keep the audience engaged so they are not looking at their watches and counting the minutes until intermission.

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Tulips from Skagit County

 

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I was sent these photos of tulip season in Skagit County, Washington (USA). I don’t know if it was the sender’s intention, but the photos sure make me homesick for the Pacific Northwest of the US. This is a normal spring view in Mount Vernon, WA. A view that even locals know better than to take for granted. Photos by Gary Brown, a great supporter of the arts in Skagit County.

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Mount Vernon High School Synergy Choir

Mount Vernon High School (Mount Vernon, Wa USA) Choir “Synergy” directed by Megan Lizama. I recognize some of these students from our production of Disney’s High School Musical in March 2007 at McIntyre Hall.

What a great sounding group and awesome arrangements. I’ve listened to quite a few high school choir videos on YouTube and I think this is one of the best. There’s a lot of talent in the Skagit Valley of Washington and at Mount Vernon High School. I’ve also worked with many student musicians from MVHS and they were excellent as well.

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Q&A: How to Prepare for a Cirque Audition

Email question received:

Hi Conrad,

I stumbled across your website when researching Cirque composers. I  am a student at Musicians Institute LA, and i have been invited to audition with cirque here in LA next tuesday. I am a keyboardist and guitarist (acc/elect) and was wondering whether you had any tips regarding how to make the best impression at the audition. I have picked 2 pieces on keys and one of guitar, as well as a piece of my choice.

I love the cirques music, feeling and message and i dearly hope to give the best performance that i can possibly give at the audition.

thanks
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TAG Auditions for Christmas Carol – Mount Vernon, WA

Theater Arts Guild (TAG) auditions for the musical A Christmas Carol will be held September 9 and 10, 2008 at Lincoln Elementary School auditorium in Mount Vernon, WA. Singers, dancers and actors with talent of all ages, ethnicities, and “body types”! Parts for up to 60 actors! Show opens Nov.14 at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon. For appointments check the TAG website for detailed audition tips and information about the show at www.theaterartsguild.org.

TAG Reunion – August 2nd 2008

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Mount Vernon, WA – If you have ever been involved with a Theater Arts Guild Production, You Are Invited to our TAG Family Reunion! Please join us on August 2nd at the Conway Muse for fun, music, food and hangin’ out with fellow cast and crew members from every show we’ve ever done.

For more information and ongoing updates go to the newly renovated TAG Website at http://www.theaterartsguild.org.

Skip Hamilton and Aviathar Pemberton

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Conway, WA – April 26, 2008 at 8:00PM Skip Hamilton and Aviathar Pemberton, the “Eclectic Music Experience” will perform at the Conway Muse. $10.00 at the door.

Aviathar is one of the most fun people I’ve ever played with. Anywhere Aviathar is…well, that’s the place to be.

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