A rambunctious, joyous crowd of party goers sat stock-still, spellbound by a two scene excerpt of “The Education of Lala Girl” on Sunday night. You could hear a pin drop, a hundred breaths held, an awed hush, and then. . .”what a rockstar performance!” And the buzz has started. Join it. Share it. Spread the word with us. An amazing adventure is unfolding right here in Santa Cruz.
On another note, rehearsals begin early at The Equal! Equal! House, before breakfast and tea, emails, phone calls, etc. They roll into the afternoon, with “The Imagine-a-nation” and “The Education” delivering full run throughs, strengthening line by line into incredible nuance and detail. The much beloved and anticipated “Emancipation” rehearses in two sections, one per evening. It’s an in-depth, intense, and incredible process that brings these shows to you!
Bonny Doon’s Bear Creek Studio houses an organized artistic furry that is David Rhodes at work. Precise and punctual, creative and clever, he is a mastermind of East/West musical blends and capture the Chinese cowboy essence of Long Shoe in “The Imagine-a-nation” in musical compositions that literally defy the imagination! His team of musicians graciously and skillfully accommodates the inarticulate requests of this playwright/performer and translates them into soul-stirring melodies and rhythms. And if you could only see the magic of Justin, the sound recording wizard of Bear Creek Studio! It’s more dazzling than Hogwarts to watch him work miracles and wonders in the sonic realm.