The garden's growing!
1. Auditions for Quonnie: The Musical are Monday, July 11 at 6pm here in Charlestown RI. Quonnie kids ages 5 and up are invited to audition. I've written singing and non-singing parts, and I'm editing the first full draft now! The musical is all about Quonochontaug, the area of Rhode Island I call home. In the mid 1670s, Quonnie was illegally sold to British settler Thomas Stanton, by a "fake" Native American. That history is covered in our show, as is Thomas Edison's disastrous flirtation with Quonnie as a potential factory site, and the catastrophic direct hit of the 1938 hurricane. As I've researched this project, I've discovered that everyone loves Quonnie because it never seems to "change" - a funny thing to hear about a place that's 400+ years old! But, the Quonnie's natural beauty is constant, as is the friendliness of its people. Shows will be August 19 and 21 at the Quonnie Grange.
2. I'm serving as a voice coach/teacher at the Royal School of Church Music camp, to be held at Salve Regina University in Newport August 1-7. I'm excited to work with these talented young singers! There are still openings for youth and adult singers -- consider making this your musical family vacation. Sacred music in a beautiful seaside location. . . be like the Von Trapps, with salt water!
3. And here . . . garden photos. I'm not one of those people who thinks stone fences are pretty all on their own. So, I have been building up berms of dirt against the 140-foot fence, and loading in plants from my former garden, my mother's garden, and my mother-in-law's garden. The church secretary gave me some hosta, too. I think it looks good so far . . . need more Asiatic lilies and boxwoods!