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House lights down. Cue the music. The curtain rises weekly on KRCB’s early-morning news segment Second Row Center. There’s a lot of theatre in the Bay Area. With so many options and limited time and resources, how does one go about deciding just what to see? That’s where a critic can be of assistance. Theatre critic Harry Duke has been knocking around Bay Area stages for twenty years since his days in the Sonoma State University Theatre Arts program. He’s turned what used to be post-show con ...
 
I love teaching music to kids! I am a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher and plan to share lessons about singing, playing instruments, recorder technique, creative movement, improvisation, guided listening, any other techniques that will help you teach music better! Find more information and ideas on my blog: www.MakeMomentsMatter.org
 
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 3/18/19. This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will do a deep dive and take you through my 3rd grade lesson plans. We’re visiting Austria and my mad piano skills will likely make a debut. If you’re not fam ...…
 
On December 4, 1956, a legendary jam session was held at rock and roll pioneer Sam Phillips’ Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley were labeled the “Million Dollar Quartet” by a local journalist and the moniker stuck to the recordings of the session released decades later. In 200 ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 3/11/19.This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will do a deep dive and take you through my Kindergarten lesson plans. There will be a visit with my friend Wendell the Narwhal and a trip to YouTube to see my ...…
 
Anyone going to a performance of Hello, Dolly! - running now at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco through March 17 - with an appetite for an enlightened look at male/female relationships is likely to leave quite hungry. The current national tour of the 2017 revival of the 1964 Broadway smash based on Thorton Wilder’s 1955 revision of ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 3/4/19. This week I’ll share a little bit about using bulletin boards for music advocacy and I will do a deep dive and take you through the plans for my upcoming Second grade musical performance that’s all about the ocean! If you’re ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 2/25/19.This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will do a deep dive and take you through my Kindergarten lesson plans including a non-Baby Shark Shark song and Orff instrument exploration! If you’re not fami ...…
 
Sometimes the most interesting dramas are the simplest - a single set, a few characters, a conflict. “Naturalistic” plays, as they are sometimes referred, were the result of a late 19th century movement in European theatre to enhance the realism of plays with an understanding of how heredity and environment can influence an individual. The most ...…
 
Musical zombies rise from the dead to sing an evening of ‘50’s pop standards. Let me try that again. On February 4, 1964, The Plaids, an eastern Pennsylvania-based vocal quartet, were headed for a major gig at the Fusel-Lounge at the Harrisburg Airport Hilton when their cherry red Mercury was broadsided by a bus full of Catholic schoolgirls. Th ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 2/18/19. This week I’ll share some of my favorite tips and ideas for learning centers, including thoughts about assigning students to groups, rotation tips and tricks, time spent at each station, how to use and reuse materials, and ...…
 
To see or not to see? That is the question. Anyone with even the slightest interest in theatre has probably seen a production or two of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in their lifetime. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s - if not the world’s - greatest play, it’s one-third ghost story, one-third dysfunctional family drama, and one-third reven ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 2/11/19. This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will do a deep dive and take you through my 1st Grade lesson plans including a look at my Old McDonald instrument lesson. If you’re not familiar with musical ...…
 
Serial killing would seem to be rather ghoulish subject matter for a comedic play, yet Arsenic and Old Lace has been a reliable audience-pleaser for over seventy-five years. Sonoma Arts Live has a production running through February 10. Joseph Kesselring’s tale of the Brewster sisters and their pension for helping lonely old men meet their make ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 2/4/19. This week I’ll share a little about using bulletin boards for advocacy and I will do a deep dive and take you through my ukulele lesson plans for Grades 4 and 5. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday nigh ...…
 
When playwright August Wilson passed away in 2005, he left behind a body of work that has become a staple of the American theatre. As much a documentarian as a poet and author, the ten plays (Jitney, Fences, et al.) of Wilson’s Century (or Pittsburgh) Cycle chronicle the twentieth century African-American experience mostly through the lives of ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 1/21/19.This week I’ll start by sharing a little about learning center signs and rotations and then I’ll take you through my 3rd Grade lesson plans. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern t ...…
 
Continuing with the tradition of theatre companies producing theatre about theatre, 6th Street Playhouse is presenting Ken Ludwig’s 1995 door-slamming farce Moon Over Buffalo. The backstage comedy runs through February 3. Buffalo, New York’s Erlanger Theater is hosting the repertory company of George and Charlotte Hay (Dodds Delzell & Madeleine ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 1/21/19.This week I’ll start by sharing a little about learning center signs and rotations and then I’ll take you through my 3rd Grade lesson plans. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern t ...…
 
It’s said that musicals are the bread and butter of community theatre, so here’s a list of the North Bay productions I toasted this past year. Here are my top torn tickets of 2018: Part Two, the Musicals (in alphabetical order): Always, Patsy Cline… - Sonoma Arts Live - Danielle DeBow’s Patsy was as heartbreaking as Karen Pinomaki’s Louise was ...…
 
This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 1/14/19. This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will do a deep dive and take you through my 1st Grade lesson plans and framework for my upcoming 1st Grade Concert. If you’re not familiar with musical Monday ...…
 
‘Tis the time for “Best of …” lists, so in the spirit of my illustrious predecessor and with a nod to the substantial differences in mounting a musical versus a play, here are my top torn tickets of 2018 - Part One, the Plays (in alphabetical order): Blackbird - Main Stage West – As dark subject matter goes, this look at a pedophile and his vic ...…
 
For years, Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater has closed out the year with a musical cabaret show. Past years’ productions have celebrated the work of musical artists from Edith Piaf to Mahalia Jackson to Frank Sinatra. This year, the work of classic American tunesmith Cole Porter takes center stage via Love, Linda, a look at Porter through the eyes o ...…
 
Dear Evan Hansen, I attended the opening night performance of the San Francisco run of your national tour at the Curran Theatre. I’ve heard a lot about your show - the six Tonys (including Best Musical) and the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. I’ve seen the songs performed on various television shows and many of my friends own the album. ...…
 
One-person shows with a holiday theme tend to skew toward the male variety, whether it’s a show about a disgruntled department store Christmas elf (David Sedaris’s Santaland Diaries) or a single dad desperate to maintain the fiction of Santa Claus with his children (David Templeton’s Polar Bears). Even Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol has be ...…
 
For folks looking for some respite from Christmas shopping or from becoming participants in the demolition derby that is mall parking, North Bay theatre companies are providing several seasonal entertainments to help keep you in the holiday spirit. Family-friendly musicals are the usual fare and there are several on tap. While not all would be ...…
 
When after sixteen years David Templeton hung up his theater critic’s hat, his stated purpose was to turn his full attention to other pursuits: artistic, journalistic, theatrical and otherwise. Since then, he continues to write, has a full-time gig as the Community Editor at the Petaluma Argus-Courier, and took a featured role in Left Edge Thea ...…
 
If you’re trying to avoid attending the umpteenth production of The Nutcracker in your lifetime, Marin theatre companies are providing several other entertainment options for this holiday season. Last year, the Marin Theatre Company (marintheatre.org) was one of the participants in the rolling world premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melco ...…
 
For an area with as large a gay population and as much theatre as Sonoma County, it’s surprising how little gay-themed theatre is produced in the region. Oh sure, the larger companies will produce the more mainstream musicals like Cabaret or La Cage aux Folles every few years, and Halloween usually brings The Rocky Horror Show, but little else ...…
 
I don’t know anyone who attends theatre to reinforce their belief that life is simply a series of travails to be endured until the sweet release of death, but if you’re out there, have I got show for you. Birdbath Theatres is presenting Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a new adaptation by Jesse Brownstein, directed by David Abrams and playing at ...…
 
In the past month, North Bay stages have been occupied by vampires, ghosts, a Thing, and Transylvanian transvestites. The Novato Community Playhouse now finds itself overrun with the most ghastly, heinous, and horrifying creatures ever to set foot on a theatrical stage. I am referring, of course, to white upper middle-class parents. They are th ...…
 
If you’re wary of attending the latest splatter fest at your local multiplex and seeking a kinder, gentler Halloween season entertainment, Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions brings you Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, running through November 4. It’s an old-fashioned ghost story laden with Coward’s acerbic wit and charm. Author Charles Condomine (Tim K ...…
 
At a time when the language of diplomacy has been reduced to a 140-character tweet transmitted at 3 am, it’s good to be reminded of the men and women for whom the quest for peace demanded actual thought and personal interaction. J. T. Rogers’ Oslo, now running in its West Coast premiere at the Marin Theatre Company through October 28, is a look ...…
 
The credits for the Spreckels Theater Company production of The Addams Family, running now through October 28, notes that the musical is “based on characters created by Charles Addams.” It is not a recreation of the beloved 1960’s sitcom. It is not an adaptation of the visually inventive films of the ‘90’s. At the insistence of the Charles Adda ...…
 
There’s an interesting style of theatre in which a piece of dramatic prose, usually a short story or selected chapters from a longer piece, is fully staged and performed. Usually referred to as a “word-for-word” or “page-to-stage” dramatization, it takes some getting used to as literally every word on the written page -every word- is spoken. It ...…
 
If you’ve missed having Summer Repertory Theatre around this year, 6th Street Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls” may hold you until SRT’s return in 2019. SRT Artistic Director James Newman helms this production of the 1950 musical about colorful New York gamblers trying to avoid the police, a persistent fiancé, and the goodly influence ...…
 
Last year, Healdsburg’s Raven Players surprised this critic with a very interesting production of Quiara Alegría Hudes “Water by the Spoonful”. The play, which tells parallel stories of the tribulations of a returning Iraq war vet trying to assimilate back into civilian life and a group of recovering drug addicts trying to stay clean, was not w ...…
 
Open Shut Them is a classic fingerplay song for Kindergarten and 1st grade. It gives you a chance to talk about behavior and staying in control of your hands all while you teach a really catchy song. Fingerplays are short poems or rhymes that require the singer to use their hands and fingers to help act out the story. In the next few episodes I ...…
 
Spreckels Theatre Company opens their season with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel about a boy with ‘behavioral difficulties’ took England and Broadway by storm and earned multiple awards on both continents. Christopher (Elijah Pinkham) is a 15-year-old boy with an unspeci ...…
 
Like an Elizabethan game of whack-a-mole, as soon as North Bay theatre companies knock out one outdoor summer Shakespeare production, another one seems to pop up. Marin Shakespeare brought us Pericles at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows amphitheater, the Raven did A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Healdsburg’s Seghesio Winery, and Shakespeare i ...…
 
With September come football games that actually matter, open season on California tree squirrels (daily limit of four) and the opening of the new artistic season for many North Bay theatre companies. Here’s some of what they have in store for local audiences: Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater (cinnabartheater.org) transforms itself into Berlin’s Kit ...…
 
Theatregoers hankering for a classic or the desire to see something new have two productions running now that fit the bill. Cinnabar Theater presents the 50-year-old classic Cabaret. The Kander and Ebb musical, which has gone through significant changes via numerous revivals since its 1966 debut, is the tale of two couples whose lives intersect ...…
 
Little Bunny Foo Foo is one of my favorite fingerplays for Kindergarten and 1st grade because it gives you a chance to talk about behavior while you teach a really fun song. Fingerplays are short poems or rhymes that require the singer to use their hands and fingers to help act out the story. In the next few episodes I’ll be sharing some of my ...…
 
So, what’s former Spreckels Performing Arts Center Manager Gene Abravaya been doing since his retirement to the Arizona desert? “Well”, he told me in a recent interview, “I’ve been enjoying my retirement and developing style and techniques for the abstract sculptures I am interested in designing.” “Oh”, he added, “and I’ve been working on a new ...…
 
Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more with special guest Aileen Miracle. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast: Musical Mondays: http://bit.ly/MusicalMondays Aileen’s Name Games Blog Post: http ...…
 
Relationships are front and center in two very different shows now running on the North Bay’s northernmost stages through August 19. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center is presenting Heroes, playwright Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of a 2003 French play about three World War I vets in a retirement home. Gustave (Robert Bauer), Henri (Peter Immord ...…
 
Transcendence Theatre Company’s seventh season of “Broadway Under the Stars” continues with a dance-centric production entitled, appropriately enough, Shall We Dance. The show runs through August 19 at the Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Transcendence imports Broadway and national touring professionals to populate their productio ...…
 
Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more with special guest Tracy King. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast: TGIF Giveaway 8/3-8/5: http://bit.ly/TGIFGiveaway Tracy’s Steady Beat Swords Blog Pos ...…
 
‘Tis the season for Shakespeare al fresco so pack a picnic, grab a blanket and check out these North Bay productions: Marin Shakespeare closes out its season under the stars with Pericles, a play whose authorship by Shakespeare has fostered many a debate. Plot points include incest, assassination, famine, a shipwreck, marriage, maternal death, ...…
 
Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast: TGIF Giveaway: http://bit.ly/TGIFGiveaway Setting Goals Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2ydP6AW David’s Facebook Page: bit ...…
 
Jukebox musicals have become the bread and butter for a lot of community theatre groups. Minimal casts, simple sets and the built-in audience that comes with a popular singer or musical group is tough for an artistic director to resist. Around since the 1970’s, the genre really exploded onto the scene with the success of the ABBA-themed “Mamma ...…
 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame was originally scheduled as the closing production of the Spreckels Theatre Company’s 2017-2018 season. The musical, whose development by Walt Disney’s theatrical arm started in Germany and ended in New Jersey (having never made it to Broadway), is an atypical Disney production. More Les Miserables than The Little Me ...…
 
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