Steven and Candace Decker have worked more than 22 years as theatre professionals; both work at UW-Waukesha. Steven is Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications and Candace designs costumes and is a cabaret artist. They love their dog Smokey Joe and are passionate about the arts.
Here's the Decker Dish from STEVE DECKER (Associate Professor of Communications and Theatre Arts at UW-Waukesha) .....
Last night I enjoyed a performance by the Windy Hill Vocal Jazz Ensemble. There were some terrifically timeless standards and pieces from various musicals that made the evening quite wonderful. My colleagues here at UW-Waukesha- Professor Craig Hurst and Professor Nancy Van Brunt performed a wonderful duet on the trumpet and piano of Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me. I really enjoyed the evening overall, but have to admit my love of Gershwin. His songs are part of our everyday life songbook.
As I listened to the music, I remembered directing a musical based on Gershwin tunes a few summer’s back titled Crazy for You. It is one of those big musical casts, boy gets girl, boy loses girl and gets girl back stories that we all love. There is plenty of silliness, glitzy costumes, dancing, sight gags and a happy ending. It is escape in its purest form from the mundane struggles of the everyday.
It is a perfect example of the magic of art making people happy.
Our concert season on the UW-Waukesha campus marks the end of the academic year, and signals the planning stage for our annual summer musical.
This year we have decided to tackle a musical that has the worst title ever- Urinetown-The Musical. Please don’t let the title fool you- it is a fun, satirical musical with those great things all musicals need- a love story, a hero, a villain, spirited dance numbers, and general silliness all wrapped up in amazing music. I hope you might come out to audition, help out backstage or pencil in a performance to attend on July 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24. Like me last night in the lobby, I hope you will let the power of music transport you to somewhere else for a little while. We all deserve a little escape this summer. See you in the aisle.