Greetings, Acting Manitou friends! I hope you're having a great school year and getting excited for camp this summer! Last year was my first year at Manitou, and I'm thrilled to be returning for second session this year.
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Tabb, and I work on the performing arts staff with Steve at Friends Seminary in New York. We're about to head into tech week for our spring musical, "All Shook Up," so things are getting busy! This stage in the process of preparing a show is always challenging, but ultimately super exciting. It's so gratifying to see how everything comes together in the final stretch!
When contemplating what to write about for you, I thought I'd talk a little bit about what a music director does and why I enjoy being one.
Broadly, an MD is the person who is responsible for anything related to music in a show. Basic duties include assisting the director with auditions/casting and rehearsals, teaching songs to actors/singers, hiring and rehearsing pit musicians who will play in the show, accompanying rehearsals (if the MD is a pianist), and conducting performances. In addition, MD's collaborate with the director to determine cuts in the music, and often do vocal and instrumental arranging, if necessary. In many ways, an MD is a musical jack-of-all-trades.
So, why do I enjoy being a music director? I'll tell ya! Growing up, I studied piano pretty seriously, which involved lots of solitary time practicing. While learning Bach partitas and Chopin etudes is a worthwhile pursuit, it can be lonely! In high school and college, I began accompanying singers and playing for musicals, and I discovered that being part of a collaborative effort was more fun and rewarding than going it solo... for me, anyway! It's such a thrill to be part of a team of artists whose mission is the creation of theater. Theater, at its best, can be magic, and that makes all of us who contribute to it magicians!
I look forward to making some magic with all of you magicians very soon!