Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fun-draising with our Captain Part TWO

First off, we'd like to again thank everyone who contributed to our successful Kickstarter campaign. We did it! We raised more than the goal amount of $5,000.00 and are well on our way towards bringing this production to life. We are so humbled to have so many terrific supporters that we can't thank you enough. In addition to our Kickstarter campaign, a few weeks ago we also held a special cabaret style fundraising event at our good friends Sumi and Howard's home in Huntington Beach. Sumi and Howard are HUGE musical theater fans and were our first donors to step forward to support "Ordinary Days." On top of that, they were kind enough to open their home to us for two nights, to put on a show for anyone interested in supporting our musical. Not only did they provide their beautiful house for us, they also sang and performed with us as well! In addition to Sumi and Howard, Sumi's equally talented sister Masako joined us too.

The five of us essentially rocked the house with Broadway tunes for two nights, thrilling, and amazing the audience with all the fun we were having. Believe me, it was a lot of fun. So much so, I call it FUN-Draising!!!

Throughout the two night event, some 70+ audience members enjoyed various Broadway selections, both old and new, in addition to a sneak-peek song from "Ordinary Days" performed by yours truly and Helen. Plus, the food and appetizers made for a great evening. It was so nice to perform in front of such an enthusiastic audience. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the fundraiser! :)

Lisa Joe, with her other passion, the ukulele.

Behind the five us, and definitely the guiding force for us and for "Ordinary Days" is none other than our esteemed Musical Director, Lisa Joe. For the time that I've known her, she has always been the one to help hone our vocal skills, push us to our music theory limits, and along the way, become of one our "bestest" friends. And for the second time in Yes, And... Production's life, she is at the musical helm of our show! Our Second Captain, right next to Peter (who you guys met in a previous blog post).

Lisa is a long-time musician, having been formally taught by her equally amazing mom who was a vocal titan in her day. After her mom's passing, Lisa took over her mom's vocal teaching duties, and has been training many a singer for years now, in addition to musical directing, and playing for shows more often than not. Helen and I definitely attribute all our vocal stylings to her and are most appreciative and proud to have her aboard with us on this production. Yay!!!

When she's not playing piano, teaching, or musical directing, Lisa is a huge Disney fan, plays Table Tennis (don't call it "Ping Pong") and is constantly on the lookout for more apps to get for her iPad and iPhone. :)

Last but not least, we also want to announce that tickets to our production of "Ordinary Days" are now available via Just click on the link and it'll bring you directly to our ticket page. With all the wonderful support, be sure to book your tickets now to make sure you get a seat. :)

Thanks again everyone!


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