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"Creating Music Theatre"

A 3-Day Residency Designed For Participants 18 years and Older

A terrific project for arts venues with theatrical  departments!

1) "Creating Music Theatre" Master Class
2) Lecture/Demonstration

3) Community Wide Capstone Performance



What:       "Creating Music Theatre" Master Class: For those who have already written music and would like to expand their compositional palette.
Open to anyone 18 years or over who can play guitar or piano.

This is an example of a hands-on workshop experience for aspiring or established composers/lyricists comprised of four 2-hour writing sessions, with the goal of creating one song (lyric, music, harmony) per pair of participants, for public performance. (Obviously, different age groups require age and skill-appropriate processes.)

The lyricist and composer shall: 

1) Create and shape a lyric from a monologue of their choice found in "The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues" (book provided by instructor). 
2) Set their lyric to music. 
3) Completed compositions will be performed by vocalists and accompanists other than the writers, using local talent.
4) Instructor critique and Q&A with the audience will follow this short performance. 
5) One or more songs from this class will be included in the Capstone Performance. 

What: "Process to Product" The Craft of the Art", Lecture/Demonstration
Qualifications: All are welcome to attend who have an interest in the craft of composition and the skill set necessary to bring an idea to fruition.
A 90 minute lyceum on creativity, collaboration through the respectful exchange of ideas, and a brief description of song structure and style.
Here we also will explore how to define goals, how to access creativity and how to nurture the collaborative relationship necessary for creating the best result possible through serving the music. 

Capstone Performance 
A two hour performance by The Gary Rue Quartet of past favorites from Mr. Rue's 45 years in the theatre, incorporating local talent for select sing-alongs'. Included in the concert will be stories and tall tales about career, performances, hits and, of course, the inevitable misses... 

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Music & Lyrics Recommended Schedule
(Recommend Wednesday through Friday)

 "Creating Music Theatre" classes 

Day One, 10am-12pm:           Session I: Explanation of song structure, collaborative process, pairing up, choosing a monologue, first steps.

Day Two, 1pm-3-pm:              Session II: Critique of first draft, continue writing 

                                                Overnight homework 

Day Two, 1pm-3pm:               Session III: Critique of 2nd draft, polish 

Day Two, 7pm-9pm:               Session IV: Performance of all songs written by the class, performed by local talent (other than the writers.) 

Day Three, 7pm-9pm:           Quartet Performancewith Q&A after, featuring a performance of two songs from the master class, and cameo 
                                                           performances by local vocalists for both Children's and all ages' songs. And the stories...Ah, yes, the stories!

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Financial Information (Arts Tour MN ONLY)

$5000.00 Flat Fee
Arts Tour MN pays 75%
Net Cost to Venue: $1250

The MN State Arts Board requests specific dates included along with a Letter of Agreement.
Letters of Agreement due via email attached file by July 8, 2019
(Net cost to venue of $1250 due to Artist upon award of grant)


Much younger then, but I've been at this for awhile

"Milky Way" (sung by Anna Kim Ostroushko, daughter of Peter and Marge Ostroushko). This is a good example of what I'm offering for the younger set. It was written by Delano, MN  elementary school students grades 4-6, in honor of one of their own who had succumbed to leukemia. They wanted to build an amphitheater in their friend's memory, and during the workshops, had decided to call it The Milky Way. The students, in four class sessions, offered up lyrical phrases, mixed emotions amid musical notes chosen from a corresponding color wheel and out of thin air, and harmony selected from a demonstration process ("How does this chord sound with this note?", etc.) Then we put it all in a big pot and stirred. This is the result. Wonderful! Push PLAY below.


Look up at wonders all around,
Look up at heaven looking down on such a lovely day,
Let's spend it all right here,
Beneath the Milky Way...


 Look up at dancing butterflies,
Look up hear music in the skies,
The hummingbirds will hum us back where we came from,
Back to the Milky Way, 


(Look up) octillions of stars,
(Look up) beyond Jupiter and Mars,
(Look up) get moon dust in your eyes,
(Look up) at glowing fireflies,


Look up, the night is settling down,
Look up, there's quiet all around,
And if you're very still,
Your heart will drink its fill,
Here in the Milky Way.