Dear Summer Lyric Theatre Patrons,
It is a pleasure to be serving again in the official capacity as Interim Artistic Director for Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University, a company that has marked so much of my career and is so dear to my heart. I began performing in SLT 1996 as “Bill Calhoun” in Kiss Me, Kate; that was five years before I joined the Tulane faculty as Director of Choirs and resident Musical Director for SLT. I first acted as Artistic Director in 2015 when Michael Howard retired.
I have conducted or performed in exactly 50 full-length productions in my tenure at SLT. I knew the great Frank Monachino, though I never had the pleasure of acting or conducting under his direction. I worked most (20 fulfilling years) under the genius of Michael Howard. Most recently, I created exciting shows with Michael McKelvey, who has accepted a teaching position in Colorado. While accompanying rehearsals, molding voices, and leading orchestras, I have absorbed untold hours of talent, ingenuity, and commitment.
There will be a search for a permanent Artistic Director for Summer Lyric, and I look forward to maintaining the standard of excellence of our beloved company until that time. Our first item of business has been to select the 2022 season. We aim to produce three full productions in Dixon Hall and are still waiting for the rights to be finalized for one of the shows, which would be a regional premiere!
We will announce the shows to you in January. In the meantime, please start marking your calendars for an exciting season! We cannot wait to create productions that will hopefully move and inspire.
C. LEONARD RAYBON
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs
Virginia Beer Professor in Singing
Bandstand (June 23-26)
Into the Woods (July 14-17)
Rent (August 4-7)
Join us this Summer for our exciting shows!
Summer Musical Theatre Workshops for ALL AGES!
Thank you for your support in creating another stellar season of shows! Please continue to check back with us for future updates.
If you have any further questions, you can contact the box office by phone at 504-865-5269.
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