I started this blog when I discovered how difficult it is to find out what shows are coming to town or playing at any one time, other than the big ones. I thought there would be others who would appreciate a blog about musical theatre in Calgary, and who might go to more shows and broaden their horizons a bit if someone else were willing to do the research. I have limited direct involvement with any Calgary theatre companies and am not paid to promote any shows or any of the links I include on my site, nor do I accept advertising (at least at this point). I do, however, accept (and welcome!) complimentary tickets for shows I write about.
Like you, I’ve loved musicals all my life (significantly influenced by my mother and the Wonderful World of Disney, I suspect). I am a classically trained pianist (Royal Conservatory of Music) and French Horn player, and performed on stage (just the chorus, alas) and in the orchestra for several musicals when I was in university, but practical person that I was (or perhaps it was my 118th place finish in that Bach piano competition in Grade 11, who’s to say?), I chose to study geology instead of music, so have generally had a “regular job” with enough travel to keep me from being involved in musicals other than as a spectator.
I’m a late-bloomer in terms of writing (I think the correct term would be “mature, emerging etc.”), as I only started in my forties. I produced, directed and performed in my first show (Eve: The True Story) at the Calgary Fringe Festival in 2008 at the age of 48 (easy math, for those that care).
I am currently taking a break from musical theatre writing and working up a 5 minute stand-up comedy routine which I plan to perform at an open mike night this spring – and who knows, maybe it’ll have music too. Watch for this in 2015.
For a sample of my songs see Lynn’s songs