Emalee Flatness Workshop

On August 18 in the wide open music room of Willard High School, recent graduate Emalee Flatness sat next to a piano in the middle of the room staring at sheet music for her song “Bring Him Back from Carolina” as it glowed from her laptop. With her was performer, composer/lyricist, and playwright Max Vernon (short hair and sparkly jacket) and music director and orchestrator/arranger Daniel Lincoln (seated at piano).

Vernon noted that Emalee “. . . has a musical background in bluegrass and you feel the authenticity of her love of that genre of music in this piece of musical theater and that feels really refreshing because it feels more contemporary for the kind of music we want to be hearing in the theater.”

“It’s also very exciting to work with an artist who has a personal, real life connection to the material they want to theatricalize,” said Lincoln. “And also, someone so open to sharing her family history . . . and collaborating with other artists on a story that is so personal to her.”

Photos and video by Christopher Clark.

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