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All Recipes Are Home debuts in Decorah

This has been an incredible undertaking. Years of work for Sean Lewis and a year of work for us, with these last months in a vast rehearsal space figuring out how to fit our music (new and old) into a new kind of musical. On April 11th patrons at Luther College's Center for Faith and Life were the first audience to ever see "All Recipes Are Home". The band is seated stage left and upstage of most of the action. The cast sings with us, to us or the audience and sometimes we operate as their inner voice or part of the chorus. At times our music underscores scenes, creating a sonic landscape in which scenes unfold and the story drives forward.  We arrived at these ways the music works in the piece through playing, experimenting, writing, scratching something and trying something new. 

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Amanda Harwood blogging about All Recipes Are home

A couple weeks ago, I visited a Working Group Theatre/Awful Purdies rehearsal for the first time. When I entered their rehearsal space, the old library in Seashore Hall, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before their run through began, there was a flurry of activity. The Purdies were warming up across from the staging area and the actors were putting on costume pieces and running through dance steps. I found a seat near the band in an out-of-the-way nook. The room eased into a performance without me hardly even noticing.

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