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As I walked in to the Winship Drama building on Saturday morning, nostalgia came over me for the days I spent in the chorus of musicals Annie and Grease.
Upon entering the B. Iden Payne Theatre, where UT's first-ever musical workshop was taking place, I remembered the strenuous practices it took to bring a musical together. I would go to sleep with blisters the size of baseballs and dream of the sun coming out “tomorrow, tomorrow.”
Just imagine what it would be like if the musical had never before been performed, if the musical didn’t even have music yet, and if you had just nine days to bring it all together. This was the case over the weekend at UT's Department of Theatre and Dance for director Johanna McKeon, MFA ’02, and music director and theatre professor Lyn Koenning, MM '83, Life Member.
The idea to bring a musical workshop to UT, where a curriculum for musicals was nearly nonexistent, was thrown around by McKeon and Fine Arts dean Douglas Dempster more than a year ago at an alumni mixer in New York City. McKeon is currently associate director of the Tony-winning musical American Idiot.
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