THEATRE LOVERS COMMUNITY PRESENTS A SPECIAL PROGRAM – A PANEL OF NOTABLE THEATRE MUSIC DIRECTORS TO DISCUSS THEIR CHALLENGES AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS
We see their names in the printed program; we listen to the music they produce; our understanding of the action is influenced by their interpretation of the music.
Loretta Robinson, Moderator
Loretta has experience in every aspect of music including performance, production, direction and arrangement. She began as an elementary music teacher and quickly progressed to directing choirs, instituting a professional children’s chorus, and much more. As the Administrator of the Fine and Visual Arts K–12 for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California, she advised over 40 teachers in curriculum and instruction. In 2004, Loretta moved to New Mexico and has been involved as Musical Director with several theaters and numerous shows in the area, most notably with the Adobe in the productions Hatpin, My Favorite Year, Lend Me a Tenor, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Curtains. In the summer, she works with Summer Opera Camp for young singers sponsored by Opera Unlimited. Look for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado next July!
Madison Middle School Choir Teacher, Shelly Andes, will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Educators Hall of Fame in January. Shelly got her musical start playing the accordion and singing in choirs and performing in musicals at Cleveland Junior High School and Del Norte High School. After graduating from Arizona State University, Shelly returned to Albuquerque to direct the choirs at Cleveland Middle School for fourteen years. She has also taught at Sandia High School and Sandia Prep School; and she's frequently invited to clinic and adjudicate around the state. In addition to her part-time gig at Madison, Shelly enjoys music directing for Albuquerque Little Theatre (Spamalot and Grease), PLAY Conservatory, Bosque School and Musical Theatre Southwest.
A Vocal Performance graduate of NMSU, currently at UNM pursuing a Bachelors of Nursing, Jonathan also teaches voice lessons and instructs group fitness. He has performed widely (recently in The Rocky Horror Show at MTS and All Is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914 a co-production of Mother Road Theatre Company and the Vortex Theatre) and has music-directed shows, as well.
Cheryl has loved musicals since she was in elementary school. She acted on stage and played both piano and alto saxophone in pit bands for musicals during high school. She got her M.A. in Audiology and worked at the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY. After a long break from musicals, she was invited to play piano for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at ALT during their 2008-09 season. That led to many more musicals at ALT, MTS, Landmark Musicals, the Adobe Theatre, and Mother Road Theatre. She was musical director for Albuquerque Little Theatre’s productions of Cats (2014) and The King and I (2015). She is the accompanist for New Mexico Young Actors, a part-time administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, teaches private piano lessons, plays around town for a variety of things, and does volunteer work.
This is a continuation of a TLC series of panel discussions by people in theatre. Previously we have presented theatre reviewers, costumers, stage managers, and legal and business challenges that our local theatre groups must face. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session and an informal reception with light refreshments.
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm (doors open at 12:30pm – if you come early, you’ll be put to work)
Place: Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque (between Menaul & Candelaria)
Reservations at www.atg1.wildapricot.org.
TLC members – no cost (a perk of membership)
All others (general public welcome) -- $8.00 in advance ($10.00 at the door). Reserve and pay online with PayPal or your favorite credit card. If paying by check, first reserve online then mail check (made out to Albuquerque Theatre Guild) to: TLC, P. O. Box 20307, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0307. Provide your name, telephone number, and e-mail address for confirmation.
Theatre Lovers Community has two goals: to bring more people to more of our local theatres and to give audience members an enhanced theatrical experience. Members receive discounts at several theatres, we get into rehearsals and auditions, we enjoy talkbacks with directors and cast members, we put on special programs that enlighten us about theatre, and more. Join TLC at www.atg1.wildapricot.org.
Thanks to TLC member Janet Steele for coordinating this special TLC event and to Loretta Robinson for organizing the panel and moderating the event.