A snapshot of our recent TCCAN workshop this past weekend. Our Education outreach has really been stepping it up a notch this year in terms of opportunities for our members to grab some great cabaret skills and utilize them in their performances. Much of this is due to the diligence of leader Vicky Mountain. In particular, her connections at the fabulous MacPhail Center where we have had some great meeting spaces complete with open windows, sound systems and great pianos on hand. It makes for a great setting and we are lucky to have it.
This one concerned the all-important time we have to collaborate with our accompanist, even if the time is short. A great lead-in can make or break your song. So it is important to know what you want, how to ask for it, and notate what you need in your music. The same can be said for your finish, it all needs to tie seamlessly from dialogue, to music, to lyric so that it delivers exactly what you want to your audience. Phil Mattson was on hand to share some of his expertise as 5 members tried out new and old pieces of their material. Vicky took great notes which will eventually be shared to all via the DropBox account.
I know that our calendar gets full with Salons, Showcases, meetings, committees et al. But remember that these monthly workshops are a great membership benefit as well. And also, for any of our network of fans out there - all workshops are open to anyone to attend as an observer if you wish to learn more about the process of bringing cabaret onto the stage.