Meet the Collaborators
Ahoy Everyone! I'm Carmel, creative producer of Spectacle & Mirth, the house that brings you such madness as the Teacup Cabaret, The Marvelous Mechanical Maiden, and the Shenandoah Fringe Festival. The last few years have been very good to the vaudeville community of the Central Shenandoah Valley. But many of us need a reliable place to rehearse and perform year round. I believe we can continue to fill the niche for small scale theatrics, vaudeville, and collaborative performance by sharing the resource of a venue and raise all boats.
Queen City Music Studios is a school of music for learning by ear.
A certified and licensed Musikgarten teacher. The Musikgarten program is the only early childhood curriculum to use music and movement as a pathway to music literacy, and address the whole child. Contact me about a free class for perspective families!
I also offer private lessons for teens and adults in voice, and beginner guitar, piano, and bass, as well as ear training and aural music theory. Group music making endeavors are available such as harmony singing workshops, secular choral singing groups, jamming workshops, and other collaborative classes.
Making Music With Friends is an after-school class for middle-school aged kids that offers beginner lessons on several instruments and a chance for young people to explore and develop their singing voices and musical ear through aural music learning. Incorporating whole body movement with rhythm, vocal, and ear training exercises at each lesson, students will learn how to use their voice as an instrument and expand their listening skills in a fun, encouraging environment.
Joy Rayman is the Kettle's resident bellydancer and collaborator. She has been studying the art of bellydance for nearly 30 years, and is the artistic director of Fire in the Belly Dance Co. based in Charlottesville. Joy has been a teacher and performer in the region since 2000, and has had several years of training in the Salimpour technique of bellydance and briefly studied flamenco as well. She likes utilizing the wonderful space the Kettle provides, to create choreography, or just mess around in movement. Joy also teaches weekly classes and hosts The Full Moon Hafla, a monthly gathering of music and dance.
"Dancing is not just getting up painlessly,
like a leaf blown on the wind;
dancing is when you tear your heart
out and rise out of your body to
hang suspended between the worlds."
Master Eleanor Graham
Eleanor loves crafting things and experiences. As a musician and performer, she delights in interdisciplinary collaboration. You may have seen her playing and singing along with Carmel in a Teacup Cabaret, or as the cellist in Caravaserai at ShenFringe 2017. As a maker of things, Eleanor enjoys working with fiber, glass, found objects, and most anything she can get her hands on. She is happily learning how to use *all the tools* at the Staunton Makerspace (she cut out that tea kettle on their Lasersaur)!
Matthew Word Bain
Matthew Word Bain is a musician, songwriter, live sound engineer, and sometime stage and film actor. He plays guitar and piano and sings. He engineers live sound for broadcast at WTJU and for the Prism Coffeehouse. In the past he has produced live events, spent countless hours behind mixing boards in both studio and live settings, as well as recording sound for film. In the future he is a highly sought after producer and engineer of recordings and live events, a celebrated writer, and an accomplished clarinetist.
The Harrisonburg Harlots
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Erin Riley: The Magician of Life
Mary Baldwin University's Shakespeare and Performance Program
Photos by Pat Jarrett