Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a throwback to one of the most fun productions I’ve been a part of 😃 I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the musical pre-show I designed for Coronado Playhouse‘s production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”!
The songs featured here are:
0:06 “Sumer is icumen in,” a mid-13th century round, written in the Wessex dialect of Middle English.
0:49 “Fair Phyllis,” an English madrigal by John Farmer, published in 1599.
2:11 “Now Is the Month of Maying,” an English ballett (similar to a madrigal) by Thomas Morley, published in 1595.
“Much Ado About Nothing” was the first Shakespeare production I sound designed (I had not yet attempted composing my own music for Shakespeare’s lyrics!), and for the pre-show, transitional music, and dances, I used only music that had already been composed by Shakespeare’s era. If you’d like to see more of my Shakespeare work, check out this playlist:
Thanks to John Pauter for the archival footage from the show – and especially to the team at the Coronado Playhouse for giving me this opportunity! I learned a lot from my work on that show and really enjoyed being part of it 😊I’m also grateful for the recognition of my work in the form of CPH Blue Ribbon and San Diego ACT Aubrey Awards (for sound design, musical direction, and acting [Ursula/Balthasar])!
I’m most grateful for the dear friendships I made from that show with my “By’r Lady” castmates: Margaret, Hero, and Beatrice 💜
I hope you enjoy these pieces, and thank you, as always, for watching!