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Grease!

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Grease!

Grease!

It was 1997, the 20th anniversary of The Upstagers…and it was the Year From Hell.  In a typical season, The Upstagers would present a small musical in late winter/early spring, a large musical in summer, and three comedies the rest of the year.  However, in 1997 it was decided to be a bit more ambitious.  No less than three large musicals were on the schedule: Grease!, Oklahoma! and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Rob was cast as Danny, Terra was cast as Rizzo, and fellow Music Magic member Kathryn McWilliams was cast as...

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Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

In August of 2003 The Upstagers took on one of the most popular newer musicals to come out of Broadway….Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.  Not only was this a huge undertaking from the costuming and musical aspects, it was a drama, which is something The Upstagers have rarely done.  They had never done a musical drama.  Rob and Terra were incredibly anxious to take this production on and, in this case, it meant quadruple duty for Rob, who not only had the title roles but also directed, produced the music and did the major set designing. ...

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Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

The year 2000.  It’s said that if you’re going to go out, go out with a bang.  That sums up what Music Magic did.  Rob began developing the most ambitious idea yet: A Century Of Song.  Tireless hours of research to select, then arrange and produce memorable songs from 1901 to 2000, culminating a 2-hour extravaganza that was a smashing success.  To pull this off, the group needed to expand the lineup considerably.  Adding the vocal powerhouses of Amy Altemus, Jennifer Montgomery Vega, Brandi Rose and Vincent Todman, along with the...

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Music Magic 3.0

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 3.0

Music Magic 3.0

Again nearing the end of another decade, 1999 saw some members bow out and new members come on the scene.  Lori Schifani, with whom Rob had worked in Upstagers’ theater productions in the mid-80s while she was in high school, was back in the area and ready to hit the stage in musical variety.  Her natural exuberance was perfect for the group and her experience in dance made choreography easy.  Wesley Wilson also joined the group, having  already begun to make a name for himself in the music scene and in more recent Upstagers’...

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Music Magic 2.0 (cont’d)

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 2.0 (cont’d)

Music Magic 2.0 (cont’d)

Successful events followed, one after another, and the music was now arranged and produced in-house.  Rob and Terra and established Ceti Fox Productions complete with home studio.  This enabled Rob to produce custom arrangements of music the group performed as well as custom music for musical theater productions by The Upstagers.  Unique medleys and arrangements drove a versatility in style and range that the group had never been able to take advantage of before.  However, in spite of the success and advances, personal conflicts, challenges...

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Music Magic 2.0

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 2.0

Music Magic 2.0

Two of the core members of Music Magic, Terra Winkel and Rob Wade, got married in 1989 and then moved to Maryland when Rob was transferred to the Pentagon in the Air Force.  That year saw a number of “endings”, including their participation in theater, the demise of popular Top 40 cover band Caught In The Act and, of course, Music Magic.  Fast forward six years, and we see that Rob & Terra are no longer part of the Air Force and have gradually worked their way back to Del Rio via a couple of years in San Antonio and Uvalde,...

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Music Magic 1.9

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 1.9

Music Magic 1.9

As the decade came to a close, Mitch and Debbie Goodyear moved to the east coast and Music Magic recruited new members.  Annie Van Goethem, Sylvia Gavrilov and John Ash stepped up to the challenge.  It was easy enough to add their solid vocal ability to the already proven appeal of the group, but they also had to add choreography to their tool set.  While still based almost exclusively on backing tracks, this version of the group was more thematic than previous efforts and also benefitted from some upscale costuming.  Annie, still a teenager...

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Music Magic 1.5

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 1.5

Music Magic 1.5

A couple of adjustments were made to the line up in 1987 due to availability of some of the original members, with Moisanne Calderon and Jan Pressgrove stepping in.  The group began to include some “homemade” tracks, but still relied heavily on commercially available backing tracks.  Because Music Magic has flexibility–and mobility–they got calls to perform at other venues in the area.

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Music Magic 1.0

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 1.0

Music Magic 1.0

In 1986 it was decided that Del Rio lacked a small performing ensemble that featured musical  variety.  What followed was the teaming of four Tops in Blue priors–Rob Wade, Terra Winkel, Mitch Goodyear, Debbie Goodyear– with Moisanne Calderon and Bill Culpepper.  Using the technology available of the day, the group relied upon background tapes and some custom-recorded music to create a showcase they called Music Magic.  The Tops in Blue priors used their tour experience to bring choreography as well as a professional performance...

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What We Do

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Core | Comments Off on What We Do

What We Do

It’s been said that all the world’s a stage and we are merely players.  One of our endeavors is to share our own personal experiences on that stage.  By knowing more about what we’re personally involved in you will have better insight as to what we are passionate about.  This also translates into we might connect with you and enhance your life.  Experiences in various bands–both praise & worship and secular–as well as our time in the Air Force’s Tops in Blue, years on the theatrical stage (and behind),...

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