On February 16, 2012, my musical collaborator Emily Thompson and I premiered “To A Muse” at the school where she teaches in East Hanover, NJ. We are both very proud of this work and both feel it represents some of our strongest material. But it must also be said that this group of youngsters from Central School in he East Hanover School District are so extremely talented. It’s not easy to get up and sing a comic song, a dance song, or a love song in front of one’s parents, teachers, and friends. This is a very special, talented group of kids.
In the show, a school class visits the museum to follow up on some lessons taught in school. The teacher announces that final projects are due soon. Theodore wishes for some inspiration and accidentally invokes the nine Muses to his side, each of whom want to inspire him. Theodore is annoyed and wishes them away, but in fact they are not allowed to leave until Theodore IS inspired. Only Theodore can see the Muses, but in due time his sister Thea and his friend Hector also accidentally invoke the Muses. The show is all about finding inspiration in spite of traditional education, while at the same time respecting tradition and finding inspiration in it. (Indeed, respecting tradition is an insight into Theodore’s ultimate creative solution!) And along the way, some really good laughs occur.
Here are several pictures from the show. A DVD has been made and can be ordered by anyone wishing to receive a copy.