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No Way Theatre's Virtual Cabarets

February 12, 2021 - 5pm PST / 7pm CST

I am happy to have been invited to participate in No Way Theatre's online cabarets as a 2020/2021 company member!  They will feature many different artists performing songs and monologues.  Up next will be "The Love Song Cabaret" to get you in the mood for Valentines Day.  I will also be performing an original song as part of this event, so make sure you catch this premiere!  This cabaret will be streaming on Youtube and Facebook.

If you want to catch the previous No Way Theatre cabarets, they are available on their Youtube Channel.

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Recent

New Songs - "Read, Brother"

Thousand Faced Theatre Company

A new song is available for listening, through my friends at Thousand Faced Theatre Company!

This song was inspired by the works of Filipino-American writer, Carlos Bulosan.  His semi-autobiographical novel, America is in the Heart, details his journey from the Philippines to the United States, where he fought for the rights of immigrant laborers.  Over half a century later, his writings and activism remain important in the narrative of Asian-American history.  “Read, Brother” depicts a young Carlos living in Binalonan, a rural area of the Philippines.  With his family living in poverty, his brother, Luciano, stresses the importance of learning to read and write.

Listen to the song demo on TFTC's newsletter here.

Special thanks to Sydney Crutcher, Peyton Johnson, Dina Perez, and Cece Sanchez for singing backing vocals!

Buried Deep - A New Musical

Drake University, Des Moines

"A mother and son live their stagnant and emotionally distant lives when someone bursts in with artifacts from their family's past. As these relics open up old wounds within their family, they must find a way to reconcile their identities despite the generational rift between them."

 

Music, lyrics, and book by Jeremy Berdin
"Buried Deep" will be put up as a staged reading by Drake Theatre People.

 Thanks to support from Drake Theatre People, Buried Deep had a successful virtual reading despite campus closures.  With direction from Sydney Crutcher, accompaniment by Elaine Wedeking, and a wonderful cast, this musical has taken an important first step in its development. 

"Here and There" - A Senior Recital

March 7, 2020 @ 5pm - Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines

This upcoming spring will mark the culmination of my vocal work at Drake University. Because my journey in theatre has taken me far and wide, I feel it's appropriate to cap off my time here with songs that capture feelings of traveling: Heading to, coming from, and leaving behind.  Come join me and a few other guests an evening of music during my last semester at Drake!

Special thanks to my voice teacher, Gloria Olson; and my accompanist, Elaine Wedeking; who have been supporting me in my lessons for the past four years!

"Do the Work" - A Cabaret

December 9, 2019 @ 7pm - Noce Jazz Club, Des Moines

Come for an evening of Golden Age and Contemporary musical theatre!  Under the professorship of Adam Yankowy, Drake University's MTII fall class presents "Do the Work", a cabaret presenting our work and studies over the past semester.  In memory of the late, great Hal Prince; we will also be featuring songs from shows that originated under Prince's direction.  We hope you will join us for an evening celebrating our work from the past few months!

Electra

October 3 - 5, 2019 @ 7:30pm, October 6, 2019 @ 2pm

- Coleman Studio Theater, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Des Moines

A Queen masterminds the murder of her Husband and takes the throne with her new lover. Her Daughter, Electra, grows up in the grip of a cruel regime, swearing revenge. Her Son Orestes, exiled as a boy and raised in the arms of the rebels, waits to embark on a holy mission to reclaim his country.
 

Two decades later a twist of fate brings Brother and Sister together; united by hate but divided by faith. With the country on the brink of civil war, the most powerful family in the Kingdom are torn apart from the inside as their dark past once again becomes the present.The revolution will be televised, but are The Gods watching?

This Is OUr Youth

February 21 and 23, 2019 @ 7:30pm, February 24, 2019 @ 2pm

- Coleman Studio Theater, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Des Moines

This Is Our Youth is a bittersweet portrait of Youth poised on the cusp of the scary, disillusioning path to adulthood. In Reagan Era New York City, three privileged Upper West Side kids – the swaggering, drug-dealing Dennis; his dispirited, free-thinking best friend and whipping boy, Warren; and confused, self-conscious fashion student Jessica –

hang out, scheme for cash, challenge each other and make tentative steps toward authentic, vulnerable connection, all in a period of less than twenty-four hours in Dennis’ apartment.

Little Women

January 24 - 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm - Coleman Studio Theater, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Des Moines

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, LITTLE WOMEN follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, and their beloved mother Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts. Jo, an aspiring writer, weaves the story of herself and her sisters, and their experience growing up in Civil War America. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.