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Greensburg, PA – 03/25/12

Who
Dog Assassin: The Musical
When
Sunday, March 25, 2012
2:00pm - Tickets at Door - PG-13 Buy Tickets
Where
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA, USA 15601

Pitt-Greensburg is situated on a 219-acre campus located in suburban Hempfield Township just two miles southeast of the center of the city of Greensburg and approximately forty miles southeast of the center of the city of Pittsburgh.

Parking available near the theatre.

Other Info
Dog Assassin: The Musical debuts March 2012
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Schrum
Music by Jeremy dePrisco

Tickets: Regular $12
Students/Seniors $6

“Have you ever been kept awake by barking neighborhood dogs and been so agitated you wanted to use the phrase: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice’?

Dog Assassin depicts a young grocery store bagger, Bob, who makes extra money as a hitman who rids the world of noisy neighborhood dogs. His life is changed after two encounters: he meets his Spirit Guide (a dog, of course) on a camping trip, and later meets Amber, a young woman with whom he has a fling. Something she says disturbs his status quo, and he decides to become a hitman for humans. However, things go awry, and he finds himself running for his life—until he is helped by a stray dog. Renouncing this dark path, he packs up and moves away with Amber, finding reputable employment.

Dog Assassin, like the Tony-winning Broadway play Urinetown, has a terrible title, but a socially redeeming ending for the protagonist.”

Previously, Amber’s monologue from Dog Assassin was published in “One on One: Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century”. (Joyce Henry, Bob Shuman, and Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, eds. NY: Applause Books, 2007, pp. 38-39). The play will be produced in 2011-2012 at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and will feature 20+ original songs by Schrum/dePrisco performed by a live progressive rock band, with both male and female singers and puppets.
Note: These performances feature a full live band and singers, composed of students and musicians from the Greensburg area.

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Greensburg, PA – 03/24/12

Who
Dog Assassin: The Musical
When
Saturday, March 24, 2012
7:30pm - Tickets at Door - PG-13 Buy Tickets
Where
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA, USA 15601

Pitt-Greensburg is situated on a 219-acre campus located in suburban Hempfield Township just two miles southeast of the center of the city of Greensburg and approximately forty miles southeast of the center of the city of Pittsburgh.

Parking available near the theatre.

Other Info
Dog Assassin: The Musical debuts March 2012
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Schrum
Music by Jeremy dePrisco

Tickets: Regular $12
Students/Seniors $6

“Have you ever been kept awake by barking neighborhood dogs and been so agitated you wanted to use the phrase: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice’?

Dog Assassin depicts a young grocery store bagger, Bob, who makes extra money as a hitman who rids the world of noisy neighborhood dogs. His life is changed after two encounters: he meets his Spirit Guide (a dog, of course) on a camping trip, and later meets Amber, a young woman with whom he has a fling. Something she says disturbs his status quo, and he decides to become a hitman for humans. However, things go awry, and he finds himself running for his life—until he is helped by a stray dog. Renouncing this dark path, he packs up and moves away with Amber, finding reputable employment.

Dog Assassin, like the Tony-winning Broadway play Urinetown, has a terrible title, but a socially redeeming ending for the protagonist.”

Previously, Amber’s monologue from Dog Assassin was published in “One on One: Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century”. (Joyce Henry, Bob Shuman, and Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, eds. NY: Applause Books, 2007, pp. 38-39). The play will be produced in 2011-2012 at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and will feature 20+ original songs by Schrum/dePrisco performed by a live progressive rock band, with both male and female singers and puppets.
Note: These performances feature a full live band and singers, composed of students and musicians from the Greensburg area.

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Greensburg, PA – 03/23/12

Who
Dog Assassin: The Musical
When
Friday, March 23, 2012
7:30pm - Tickets at Door - PG-13 Buy Tickets
Where
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA, USA 15601

Pitt-Greensburg is situated on a 219-acre campus located in suburban Hempfield Township just two miles southeast of the center of the city of Greensburg and approximately forty miles southeast of the center of the city of Pittsburgh.

Parking available near the theatre.

Other Info
Dog Assassin: The Musical debuts March 2012
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Schrum
Music by Jeremy dePrisco

Tickets: Regular $12
Students/Seniors $6

“Have you ever been kept awake by barking neighborhood dogs and been so agitated you wanted to use the phrase: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice’?

Dog Assassin depicts a young grocery store bagger, Bob, who makes extra money as a hitman who rids the world of noisy neighborhood dogs. His life is changed after two encounters: he meets his Spirit Guide (a dog, of course) on a camping trip, and later meets Amber, a young woman with whom he has a fling. Something she says disturbs his status quo, and he decides to become a hitman for humans. However, things go awry, and he finds himself running for his life—until he is helped by a stray dog. Renouncing this dark path, he packs up and moves away with Amber, finding reputable employment.

Dog Assassin, like the Tony-winning Broadway play Urinetown, has a terrible title, but a socially redeeming ending for the protagonist.”

Previously, Amber’s monologue from Dog Assassin was published in “One on One: Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century”. (Joyce Henry, Bob Shuman, and Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, eds. NY: Applause Books, 2007, pp. 38-39). The play will be produced in 2011-2012 at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and will feature 20+ original songs by Schrum/dePrisco performed by a live progressive rock band, with both male and female singers and puppets.
Note: These performances feature a full live band and singers, composed of students and musicians from the Greensburg area.

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Greensburg, PA – 03/22/12

Who
Dog Assassin: The Musical
When
Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:30pm - Tickets at Door - PG-13 Buy Tickets
Where
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA, USA 15601

Pitt-Greensburg is situated on a 219-acre campus located in suburban Hempfield Township just two miles southeast of the center of the city of Greensburg and approximately forty miles southeast of the center of the city of Pittsburgh.

Parking available near the theatre.

Other Info
Dog Assassin: The Musical debuts March 2012
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Schrum
Music by Jeremy dePrisco

Tickets: Regular $12
Students/Seniors $6

“Have you ever been kept awake by barking neighborhood dogs and been so agitated you wanted to use the phrase: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice’?

Dog Assassin depicts a young grocery store bagger, Bob, who makes extra money as a hitman who rids the world of noisy neighborhood dogs. His life is changed after two encounters: he meets his Spirit Guide (a dog, of course) on a camping trip, and later meets Amber, a young woman with whom he has a fling. Something she says disturbs his status quo, and he decides to become a hitman for humans. However, things go awry, and he finds himself running for his life—until he is helped by a stray dog. Renouncing this dark path, he packs up and moves away with Amber, finding reputable employment.

Dog Assassin, like the Tony-winning Broadway play Urinetown, has a terrible title, but a socially redeeming ending for the protagonist.”

Previously, Amber’s monologue from Dog Assassin was published in “One on One: Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century”. (Joyce Henry, Bob Shuman, and Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, eds. NY: Applause Books, 2007, pp. 38-39). The play will be produced in 2011-2012 at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and will feature 20+ original songs by Schrum/dePrisco performed by a live progressive rock band, with both male and female singers and puppets.
Note: These performances feature a full live band and singers, composed of students and musicians from the Greensburg area.

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Word Press Launch

Spring is finally here, and with the sunshine and squirrel sightings come some changes to Shivasongster.com.

After over a year of using CMS Made Simple, we are migrating to Word Press for better functionality, ease of use and social networking integration. We will finally have a working calendar that is integrated with blog postings, Twitter and (eventually) Facebook.

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Immaculate Misconceptions Project Second Life

SL – Immaculate Misconceptions!

Sister Mary Thaylon

Friday, July 18th, 2008 – Performing Immaculate Misconceptions (IM) in Second Life (SL) has added a few additional tasks to our stagecraft that we don’t typically have in RL. For example, my script is riddled with notes to “start guitar animation here” and “teleport backstage”. In RL we had a sound person handling the pre-recorded sound cues, but in SL I trigger those via an iPod. But just like in RL, I still had to turn into a nun, though it was a bit easier this time with a simple drag and drop. The hardest part has been getting everything in the right order, with the right timing, juggling the iPod, keyboard, mouse, instrument and script all at once.

Thankfully, Steve cut the script into three acts instead of two, giving us much more prep time before each segment. All of that will change Sunday when we do all three acts in one night!

Reviewing the script again after two years, it struck me that there were several songs that could have been written or recorded for the CD, but were left out for other reasons. Don McLean’s “American Pie” – a highlight of the third act – was not recorded for the CD because I didn’t feel like dealing with the administrative hassles of recording a cover song. I also didn’t want to become trapped into doing the song as a request at live shows. People were likely to assume (wrongly) that I liked the song and would play it on cue. Since then, the hassle of dealing with covers has been reduced with online tools, so perhaps one day I will release it on IM v 2.0, after v 1.0 goes out of print. But I draw the line there.

We used the same pre-show music that I wrote for the RL shows, but after our first week of performances, I decided they were weak compared to my more recent writing. So for the second week, we are using some pieces that came out of my sideshow writing sessions for our friend Mike. They are short pieces that might not otherwise see the light of day. So in that respect, SL is a bonus for me because it provides an outlet for all sorts of styles and formats.

Another factor this time around is climate, as the summer heat has made it a challenge for all of us to stay comfortable for the show (we have a quiet third collaborator, Megh Woodward who runs some of the SL gadgetry from CA). The noise of my air conditioner is enough to drive me mad without amplification, so hearing it through my sound system with headphones on is not suitable. Instead I’ve been running it for several hours before hand, then shutting it down and using the residual chill for the length of the show. On most days this worked fine, but on one day I forgot to turn it on early and I roasted.

Performing with headphones is almost like a recording session, but not quite. You have to listen more carefully for cues visual and otherwise and it is easy to get distracted by an instant message or group announcement popping up on the screen.

At one point some residual curry from dinner got in my eye, threatening to blind me in the middle of one of the acts, but I pulled through. Yes, this is a strange (virtual) world.

Visit MUSOFYR for more about the experience.

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Reprise performance goes well…

Steve and I did a cue to cue run through on Thursday afternoon before the performance. Once again we were asking ourselves “Why do we do this?” as the pay isn’t that great and the work is, well… significant at this time in the semester for both of us. It seemed like we were back in June, except it wasn’t June outside. I managed to dodge a major sinus cold and kept my voice in shape, supported by cold medicine just for extra measure (which is always a gamble because it can dry out the voice).

But I donned my nun costume and Steve got his clicker and our reprise performance went well. Technical issues were at a minimum and the Taylor performed flawlessly, which is more than I can say for me. I forgot one of the lesser instrumental pieces completely, but covered with an improv that seemed to work. Another place – where music had been – appeared to go by just fine without it. Steve freaked me out a few times during a section that had previously been cut, but then added back in. Of course, I can’t really talk since I came in early on the coconuts before intermission. Damn it!

The CD of the music will still be available until I run out of copies, but I doubt I’ll do a reprint. Several of my favorite songs are likely to pop up on future albums with different arrangements, but I prefer to think of this project as a snapshot in time.

Now we move on to other things. We had hoped that we’d do IM in the Bloomsburg area, but alas our grant application was rejected, largely (it appears) due to misunderstanding (misconceptions??) about the concept and – many of us think – some fear on the part of the powers that be in the socio-political context of the play. In this time of religious sensitivity, this is somewhat expected, and we didn’t bother to fight it. I prefer to use my energy in other ways, but I will not forget this experience… any of it.

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Back in action

The Taylor arrived on 10/2… The night before I made a sign for FedEx, just so they wouldn’t miss me…

FedEx we love you… We are home!

The guitar checked out immediately, and appeared to play even better. I now feel like I can breathe a bit easier for the IM show on 10/5 and my Exchange Coffeehouse gig on 10/6. And after playing “lesser” instruments for a week, it reminded me of why I bought a Taylor in the first place… you just can’t beat that sound and feel.

Thanks to Mike at Taylor Guitars for putting up with my calls!

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Taylor on the way home!

Taylor has supplied email confirmation that the guitar is on the way back! They are even picking up the return shipping, and have sent it 2-day FedEx.

I’m told they replaced the entire pickup system.

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Taylor update

UPS messed up. My guitar did not make the promised three-day delivery date of 9/25. So the good news is that I will get a refund on the $143 shipping charge (but they can’t process that until the guitar is actually delivered late on 9/26).

I’ve been calling Taylor almost daily checking on how they plan to get it back to me, since I have to leave on 10/4 to get to Greensburg. While I have a backup guitar, the idea of going through all this trouble only to have my Taylor sitting in a shipping truck somewhere for an extra week until I get back home is driving me nuts.

Thankfully, Taylor says they use FedEx for shipping, so I expect I’ll get a little bit better service.