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Behind the Scenes

Director Kathy Slack

Production Manager Jocelyn Handy

Concept Creators Kelly Walton, Kathy Slack, and Jocelyn Handy

Research, Jingles’ Lyrics, Poetry Kathy Slack - "Just One More Piece" Additional Poetry Ogden Nash - "The Wedding Whistle"

Monologue Janie Downey - "You Meet A Guy"

Scenes Royal River Community Players - "Love For Sale",  "Coffee Date", "The Bookshelf", "The Audition", "Good-Bye Then", "Love You, Too"

Jingles’ Music Northern Pitch

Computer and Zoom Operator Don Richardson

Zoom Tech Assistant Chris Moore

Publicity Melia Coletta, Brittany Strout

Collaborators Royal River Community Players and 317 Main Community Music Center

Restaurant Organizers John Williams & Lisa Frates

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick

1. The Lover's Waltz (Molly Mason & Jay Ungar) copyright 1992. Swinging Door Music, BMI.

2. Flatworld (Andy Cutting - England)

3. Hewlett (Turlough O'Carolan - Ireland)

4. Da Slockit Light (Tom Anderson - Shetland)

5. Ookpik Waltz (Frankie Rodgers - Canada) copyright 1965. Frankie Rodgers, BMI.

6. Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar) copyright 1983. Swinging Door Music, BMI.

7. Redwing (traditional)

    Acoustic Music

Special Thank You to

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ACT 1 - LOVE IS AMAZING

Jingle #1.. Northern Pitch...Matt Scala, Tyler Sing, Eliza Watson, Ian Curran, Bryanne Green

Reader 1……………………….Lyra Legawiec - Begins "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick………………. Jeff (Piano), Mary (Fiddle) Musical Interludes

Shopkeeper…………………. Eric Kelley - Love for Sale - Scene

Man……………………………..Phil Chin - Love for Sale - Scene

Host 1…………………………..Liz Rancourt-Smith - Intro "‘Til There Was You"  Singer……………………….....Madelyn Sweet - "‘Til There Was You" 

One……………………………..Rose Goldstein - Coffee Date - Scene Two……………………………..Charlotte Goldstein - Coffee Date - Scene

Host 2…………………………..Lee Forrest - Intro "You’ve Got A Friend"

Singer………………………….Cassie Chambers - "You’ve Got A Friend"

Host 2…………………………..Lee Forrest - Intro "Blue Skies"

Singer…………………………..Randy Billmeier - "Blue Skies"

 

ACT II - LOVE IS MESSY

Jingle #2………………………..Northern Pitch

Host 3…………………………...Donna Priddy - Intro "Break My Heart" Singers………………………....Northern Pitch - "Break My Heart"

Reader 2………………………..Cindy Davies - "The Wedding Whistle"

Monologue Readers………Donna Priddy, Diane Whitmore, Stacie Vining - "You Meet A Guy"

Host 4…………………………..Alice Rohman - Intro "Love Is A Battlefield" Singer…………………………..Eliza Watson - "Love Is A Battlefield"

Reader 3……………………….Lee Forrest - "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick…………………Acoustic Musical Interlude Jordan………………………….Nancy Salmon - The Bookshelf - Scene Casey…………………………...David Webster - The Bookshelf - Scene

Host 5…………………………..Rachel Wick - Intro "If I Were A Bell" Singer…………………………..Maddie Darigan - "If I Were A Bell"

Reader 4………………………..Cassie Chambers - "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick………………….Acoustic  Musical Interlude

Director………………………...Janie Downey - The Audition - Scene Sam……………………………...Maddie Darigan - The Audition - Scene

Host 6…………………………...Eric Kelley - Intro "Ain’t No Sunshine" Singer…………………………...Rachel Wick - "Ain’t No Sunshine"

 

ACT III - LOVE IS PATIENT

Jingle #3………………………..Northern Pitch

Reader 5………………………..Diane Whitmore - "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick………………….Acoustic Musical Interlude Mother…………………………...Cindy Davies - Love You, Too - Scene Daughter………………………...Summer Davies - Love You, Too - Scene

Host 8…………………………....Phil Chin Intro "Lullabye - Goodnight My Angel" Singer……………………………Janie Downey - "Lullabye - Goodnight My Angel"

 

ACT IV - LOVE IS MEMORY

Jingle #4………………………...Northern Pitch

Reader 6………………………...Summer Davies - "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick…………………..Acoustic Musical Interlude A………………………………….Sophia Sturtevant - Good-Bye Then - Scene B………………………………….Liz Rancourt-Smith - Good-Bye Then - Scene

Host 7……………………………..Alice Rohman - Intro "Simple Gifts" 

Singer……………………………..Nipper Harding - "Simple Gifts"

Reader 7…………………………..Lyra Legawiec - "The Wedding Whistle"

Host 9……………………………..Lee Forrest Intro "Take Me Home Country Roads"

Singers…..Laura Richardson, David Robison, Ted Danforth, Pete Sawchuck - "Country Roads"

Reader 8…………………………..Madelyn Sweet - "The Wedding Whistle"

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick…………………….Acoustic Musical Interlude

Dancer and Poetry Reader…….Liz Rancourt-Smith & Maya F- "Just One More Piece"

 

ACT V - LOVE IS HOPE

Jingle #5…………………………... Northern Pitch

Readers 9…………………………. Laura Richardson and David Robison

Host 10…………………………….. Lyra Legawiec - Intro "Being Alive" 

Singer……………………………....Nick Sutton - "Being Alive"

Host 11…………………………….. Randy Billmeier - Intro "For Good"

Singer……………………………....Maya F- "For Good"

Host 12……………………………..Cassie Chambers Intro "What the World Needs Now is Love" 

Singer………………………………Sophia Sturtevant - "What the World Needs Now is Love"

Hosts 13……………………………Kathy Slack and Jocelyn Handy

Jeff Philbrick and Mary Philbrick……………………..Acoustic Ending

In thinking about how to compile and organize such a cabaret, I couldn’t help but think of putting a show together that included several art forms, from music and theater to poetry and dance. And what does each art form have in common: the power of storytelling; the narrative. When I came to Maine in ‘85 for graduate school, I was Introduced to professors who were studying the connection between the narrative and human communication. Why was storytelling so profoundly essential to our experience as transactional beings? One “take away” was that storytelling helps us rise above the mundane as well as adversity by propelling us into other imaginative worlds.

 

What better way to propel an audience into their imaginary world than to tell stories about love...not just love for others: family, friends, & beloveds, but also love of place. This thing we call love is certainly something we can all relate to. And how we experience such a beautiful expression of human interaction, be it amazing, messy, patient, memorable, or hopeful, there’s always a story to tell. In Love Is: A Cabaret, you will hear love’s many narrated iterations through poetry, song, theater, and dance. I invite you to put your cares away, step into these stories about love, and open up the escape hatch of your imagination. I hope one of your “take aways” from this show is that you will continue to live in the “holy mystery of love,” (Silvester Beaman), to remain openhearted, a potentiality that’s available to all of us in each moment of time.

 

And a final thank you to fellow concept creators, Jocelyn Handy and Kelly Walton, the folks from the communities of 317 Main Community Music Center and Royal River Community Players who helped make this happen, and to such an outstandingly talented and experienced cast!! Break a leg!!

 

Kathy Slack

Director

Director's Notes