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Paul Alexander Nolan: From small-town Saskatchewan to Broadway’s bright lights

  This article just appeared in Refined Lifestyles Regina. I've known Paul since he was a kid--I performed with him several times back then, and have even had the chance to be in a professional show with him once, when he played the Beast in Persephone Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast in Saskatoon in 2007 (I was Monsieur D'arque and several other things). It was great to chat with him for this article, the second time I've interviewed him. For Rouleau native Paul Nolan, the moment it really struck home he was performing on Broadway came in March, 2012, in the first performance in Broadway’s Paul Simon Theatre ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:39, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I've sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone I am today. In high school, I sang in the choruses conducted by my father, James Lee Willett, at Western Christian College. At Harding University in Arkansas, I sang in the Harding A Cappella Chorus, directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis Jr., and also in the rather boringly named Men's Ensemble. Since then, I've sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Singing with the Prairie Chamber Choir

This year I've joined the Prairie Chamber Choir, directed by Melissa Morgan. I've missed singing with a high-quality choir, and this one definitely is that. We're working toward our Christmas concert on December 18, but we did have a mini-concert recently, singing three songs by Winnipeg composer Sid Robinovitch in the Classical Showcase of Break Out West 2016 (a.k.a. the Western Canadian Music Awards). And here's a video! The first piece is part of the set of songs for which Sid was nominated, although, alas, he didn't win. You'll find me second from the left (audience left, not stage left) on the back row.

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:36, October 31st, 2016 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Merry Christmas: me singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Here's a holiday treat (at least, I hope it's a treat): me singing "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" at Christmas Crackers 2015, the annual holiday revue of The Golden Apple Theatre here in Regina. It was a great evening all the way around, and this was my small contribution to it. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!  

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:49, December 20th, 2015 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Yep, I've recorded another Christmas song. Here in Saskatchewan, we don't exactly "dream" of a White Christmas as have the occasional nightmare about it, but, hey. It's still a classic. Enjoy! [audio mp3="http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2013/12/White-Christmas-Mixdown-1.mp3"][/audio]

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:13, December 5th, 2013 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I've been experimenting with my recording setup today. Now that I have a MacBook, I can have my microphone in the same room as my computer (no fan!), which has opened up much better possibilities for doing things like mixing my voice with backing tracks. Which is how I created this. I only did a couple of vocal takes and didn't do any editing, so this is a straight-through recording--a little rough in spots, but serves as a proof of concept. Whaddya think? [audio mp3="http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2013/12/Have-Yourself-A-Merry-Little-Christmas.mp3"][/audio]

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:45, December 4th, 2013 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Tickets on sale for my play As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts

Tickets are now on sale for my play-with-music, As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts, featuring music from the '30s and 40s found in the old house where I live that used to belong to my wife's grandparents, and then to her parents (and indeed, we are dedicating the show to the memory of my wife's mother, Dr. Alice Mary Goodfellow Hodges, a most remarkable woman who unfortunately died on August 17 and so will not be able to see the show inspired by her parents' home.) Here's how I'm describing the show in publicity materials: A warm, funny, touching play ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:42, September 22nd, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays | Comment now »

Canadian Chamber Choir seeks applicants for conducting fellowship for 2013 project in B.C.

The Canadian Chamber Choir, with which I sometimes sing and on whose board of directors I served for a few years, is once again seeking applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program. If you're a budding conductor, this would be invaluable...so read the press release below and consider applying! *** For Immediate Release CANADIAN CHAMBER CHOIR ANNOUNCES FELLOWSHIP FOR CONDUCTORS “A national treasure" -- Montreal Gazette "Beyond brilliant . . . Don't miss this choir" -- Hamilton Spectator The acclaimed national ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for conductors: the CCC seeks applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program in conjunction with its October 2013 British Columbia tour. This is an ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:33, May 19th, 2013 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Regina Lyric Musical Theatre to produce my play this fall

Oh, look, I do still remember how to blog! It's been a while, but, hey, April was the cruelest month, what with novel rewriting and family duties and let us not forget income tax. Oh, and I was also performing, in Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's spring show, When You Wish Upon A Star: Music from the Wonderful World of Disney. My solo number was "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)," but I think the highlight of the evening for everyone was the men's chorus performing "The Bare Necessities." It involved tail-waggling. Let's leave it at that. But speaking of Regina Lyric Musical Theatre brings me to this bit of news, which ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:01, May 6th, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays | Comment now »

I finish a play…and sing of Saskatchewan

As I've mentioned, I've been writing a play, tentatively titled The Piano Bench: A Love Story with Evening and Ghosts. Today I finished the draft script, which I'll be passing on the fine folks at Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, which I hope will be staging the play (with me directing it) this fall. Since it's a play with music, I've assembled a CD of the songs I'm thinking of including in the play, all of which are drawn from the old sheet music in this house of mine, which has been in my wife's family since 1939. (The house, and specifically the piano and this music, are in fact the inspiration ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:27, January 17th, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays, Writing and Editing | Comment now »