Here it comes!
The Spring Rumpus is upon us! A dear friend just texted me to say good luck on my “graduation," referring to the fact that this party/concert marks the end of an era for me. Wild Things Music is going on hiatus, I’m going on sabbatical from teaching, and this will be the last Rumpus for a while.
I’m ruminating on this change even as I’m going through it, but right now, I need to get down to the theater to help set up sound gear … so I look forward to thinking and writing and sharing more about this change soon.
(And this dynamic is a big part of what’s motivating the change: I want to think, write, imagine, share … but there are these immediate, concrete details to take care of. Sound gear to set up. E-mails to return. Logistics to communicate. For every lovely and amazing moment in the classroom or on stage, there is all of this organizing to do. And I don’t mind doing the organizing. But wow, does it eat time. And energy. And brain space.)
Well. A bit of ruminating slipped out I see, despite myself.
But back to the Rumpus: as I told my students yesterday, ifeveryone in town could have witnessed what I have seen over the last weekof Rumpus rehearsals, I think we’d need to move the show to the Wilma. Or perhaps the Adams Center. Seriously.It’s been so magical!Here are some of my mentalsnapshots:
- a flock of tiny Fledglingsholding hands and passionately singing “We Shall Overcome"
- a pack of Coyotes with their arms around each other singing, " ‘till we meet again…I’ll miss you Coyotes my friends."
- a band of middle-school Wolves, sharing their musical dreams with each other
- a bevy of wildF.R.O.G.S., shaking it to “Tainted Love," forgetting that they aresupposedly “adults"
- a mighty herd of Wild Things of all ages, Rumpusing down Higgins Avenue singing, “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!"
In short: the Wild Things Music Spring Rumpus is going to be phenomenal. We hope you’ll join us!
Wild Things Music Spring Rumpus | Friday, May 17
- $10 in advance at amymartin.org
- $12 at the door starting at 6:30 p.m.
- proceeds support scholarships for this year’s Wild Things Music students
- Fledglings (grades K - 3)
- Missoula Coyote Choir (grades 3 - 5)
- Wolf Pack (grades 6 - 8)
- F.R.O.G.S. - Federation for the Renewal Of Group Singing (adults)
- Turning the Wheel (pictured above, leading the Market Mob!)
- Josh Farmer
- The Rumpus Band (Caroline Keys, Bryn Cunningham, John Adam Smith, Rosie Cerquone and more)
Audience members will also be encouraged to participate in the fun — no one will leave the theater un-Rumpused!
*The pre-show carnival includes a variety of musical games, Turning the Wheel movement play and a chance to make your own Rumpisizer!
Don’t miss out on this celebration of all thingsmusical, creative, connected and wild!