Musical Theatre Training Academy - The Gershwins!
Half-Past Four: Little Jazz Bird
Sat Mar 14, 4:30-6:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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The Shedd Institute’s Musical Theatre Training Academy presents its 2nd semi-annual revue, this edition being dedicated to the fabulous songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Look for classics like "Fascinating Rhythm", "Clap Yo' Hands", "The Man I Love", "Embraceable You", "Summertime", and, of course, "Little Jazz Bird"! The 2 performances are similar with variations.
Two shows (at 4:30 and 8:30 pm), cabaret seating, bar open throughout each performance in the Tykeson Lobby.
Welcome to the Musical Theatre Training Academy's Winter Revue, The Gershwins. What a pleasure and honor it has been these last 10 weeks to work with such a talented and dedicated group of musical theatre students. The concept of creating a "cabaret" revue came to mind as I recalled popular dinner theater productions in the earlier years of my career, notably the Treehouse restaurant where I had the opportunity to work with one of Eugene's legendary producers, Ed Ragozzino. The cabaret setting allows the performers to have a more personal connection with the listener, and it seemed to me that this was an important element to be teaching young artists. In their schools, and other community opportunities, they might learn a role in a full length musical, but to learn a great song and sing it where there was no barrier with the audience is very different sort of presentation. And we could imagine no richer source of material than the classics of the American Songbook, the music and lyrics of George & Ira Gershwin. With the allure of tuxes, evening gowns, and performing in the grand space of the beautiful Jaqua Concert Hall, it was not difficult to find 14 of the top highs school performers across the city. Thank you for your support and encouragement- "who could ask for anything more?" -- Vicki Brabham
Event Personnel
Directors
Vicki Brabham, Artistic director
Jim Ballard, choreographer
Erin Empey-Hickman, choreographer
Jamie Parker, costumer
Cosmo Cole, sound, light & tech
Scenes & Musical Numbers
ACT I
 Rialto Ripples
(1917) George Gershwin, Walter Donaldson (m) Cameron Reid & Leah Reiss, soloists
 Somebody Loves Me
(1924) George White's Scandals 6th Edition Ballard MacDonald, B. G. DeSylva (w) George Gershwin (m) Hayden Swanson, soloist
 Swanee
(1919) Sinbad Irving Caesar (w) George Gershwin (m) Abigail Howell, soloist
 Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) Lady, Be Good Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Carson Frost, Meghan Ramirez & Rafael Batya, soloists
 Mischa, Jascha, Toscha, Sascha
(1921) Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Amy Miller, Ananda Burke, Bryn Garland
 By Strauss
(1936) Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Souvagini Paul, soloist
 Little Jazz Bird
(1924) Lady, Be Good Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Elena Freck, soloist
ACT II
 Jasbo Brown’s Blues
(1934) Porgy And Bess Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m)
 I Loves You, Porgy
(1935) Porgy And Bess Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Summertime
(1935) Porgy And Bess Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) featuring Ananda Burke, Abigail Howell, Souvagini Paul
 It Ain't Necessarily So
(1935) Porgy And Bess Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Sage Siepert, soloist
 Our Love Is Here To Stay
(1938) The Goldwyn Follies Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Hayden Swanson & Cameron Reid, soloists
 Isn't It A Pity?
(1933) Pardon My English Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Carson Frost, soloist
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Rafael Batya, soloist
 Someone To Watch Over Me
(1926) Oh, Kay! Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Jeremiah Price, soloist
 'S Wonderful
(1927) Funny Face Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Leah Reiss, Meghan Ramirez, Amy Miller, soloists
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Bryn Garland, soloist
 I've Got A Crush On You
(1928) Treasure Girl Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Abigail Howell
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Smarty Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Souvagini Paul
 Clap Yo' Hands
(1926) Oh, Kay! Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) Abigail Howell & Sage Siepert, soloists
 Strike Up The Band
(1927) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)


Ticket/Venue Info
Half-Past 4: Little Jazz Bird Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
        
Adult10.00  -   -   -   -  
Youth5.00  -   -   -   -  
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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