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Encore Songbook Project “CD Release Party”
January 13 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm• Free
It was a spark in 1997 between Eliza Roaring Springs and Lydia Lord. It became a troupe in 1998. Encore Theatre was dedicated to singing and telling individual stories to children in elementary schools and children incarcerated in juvenile detention centers throughout Oregon. By the time it finished in 2005, Encore Theatre, and its cast of seniors age 65 and older, had performed on a shoestring budget provided by grants and donors to more than 80,000 children in the state. It highlighted the universal issues of youth and aging, some of which are difficult and can be best done by elders and with song. “The schools absolutely adored us,” says Lord, the pianist who wrote the original music for the troupe. Now Encore Theatre is back in a retrospective way, with Lord and former members and supporters of the troupe (including original member Alan Aldrich, who died of pancreatic cancer in December) collaborating on The Encore Songbook Project. Lord spent the past summer putting the finishing touches on the songbook and accompanying the 24-song CD, which Lord says she will release to senior performing groups who want to create their own shows for children.
A CD release party for The Encore Songbook Project is 1 to 5 pm Sunday, Jan. 13 at The Very Little Theatre’s Stage Left. For more information, contact Lord at Lydia@tunefultributes.com. — Dan Buckwalter