I’m excited to announce that I’ll be calling the Stagenorth Theater, in Washburn, Wisconsin, my theatrical home away from home later this winter! I have the opportunity to serve as Artist-in-Residence with The Stagenorth Groundlings during February and March, for their production of Jesus Christ Superstar (JCSS), in which I’ll be performing the title role. With the support of The Stagenorth Groundlings, I’ll live and work for 5 weeks in the Chequamegon Bay area, rehearsing in the evenings, and engaged throughout the week in area schools working with drama clubs, show choirs, and theater departments.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of driving over to Washburn and Bayfield to take part in the annual Holiday Show at Stagenorth, sharing the stage with both young and veteran performers of the area, as well as some special guests, including Wisconsin Public Radio legend John Munson. Upon my arrival, a warm, welcoming, and artisticly vibrant tone was set by Liz Woodworth, Artistic Advisor with the Groundlings, and also director of their upcoming production of JCSS. She gave me a tour of the theater, got me settled at the lovely Winfield Inn in Bayfield, and was just such a joy to spend time, laugh, and make music with over the weekend as I participated and performed in the Holiday Show over two nights. Aside from the enjoyment I got from singing The Christmas Song with Liz on the keys, as well as sharing a live-looping wintery improvisation with the audience, I love my time backstage with my fellow actors and musicans performing in the show, meeting board members of the Stagenorth Groundlings, and chatting with the wonderful patrons of the Chequamegon Bay theater community.
Huge thanks to Liz Woodworth and The Stagenorth Groundlings for the invitation and opportunity to serve as Artist-in-Residence this winter! I’m looking forward to sharing time, developing new artistic relationships, and further strengthening the artistic connection between our two theater communities on Lake Superior – the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, and the Chequamegon Bay.