Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GrooveLily's concert-musical "Striking 12" rocks out at the Playhouse this December!


November 9, 2011

by Chad Kinsman
Patron Services Supervisor

One of the best things about our Winter at the Playhouse events is the wide variety of performances available to our patrons. It’s a great chance to share many different types of performances, some wonderfully different and unexpected. Over the last few years we’ve shown beloved holiday films with audience participation, a hilarious one-man version of It’s a Wonderful Life, concerts that bring down the house, and more. This year I’m looking forward to GrooveLily’s performance of Striking 12 on Saturday, December 10th.
I have to admit that before we programmed GrooveLily, I wasn’t too familiar with them, but after few quick Google searches, I’m hooked. Calling themselves “Just your typical violin/piano/drums theatrical power trio,” they’ve been recording and releasing music since 1994, much of it available to listen on their website. Making my way through their songs, I’m struck by their inventiveness, their exploration and mastery of a wide variety of musical styles, and if all that sounds a little too scholarly, their songs are just fun and catchy as well. I’ve had several impromptu listening parties at my desk this week. What I really love is that it’s not kid’s music, but music that is accessible to kids and adults, and everyone in between! One of the hardest things about planning a family outing during the holidays is trying to find something everyone will enjoy, and I can safely say Striking 12 is just that. Younger patrons will enjoy the story, tweens and teens will like the band’s sense of humor, and everyone will love the songs.
Striking 12 is the concert-with-a-story, band-is-the-actors secular holiday show that put GrooveLily on the map of the musical theatre world in 2002, co-written with Tony-award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).  Since then it’s played all over the world, including long runs in the band’s hometown of New York City, and was nationally released on CD in 2005. Based on the classic and poignant story of ‘The Little Match Girl’ by Hans Christian Andersen, the story has been “rewired” and modernized. It feels like a story I know, but in a completely new and immediately engaging version. Still there is the poignancy, but unexpectedly mixed with musical comedy, pop-rock tunes, old-fashioned uplift, and the little salesgirl whose holiday spirit can’t be matched. Inside the clever lyrics and great melodies are important life lessons.  It’s a touching, family-and-friends-affirming show perfect to help spread the holiday spirit to you and yours.


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