Playbills often only have space to list the musicians’ names, but the beauty of the web is we have all the room
in the world. So read on to learn about the skilled people who’ve spent countless hours learning to play a musical instrument.
In every production, they rehearse, memorize, and work as hard as anyone in the spotlight. Without them, where would the show be?
MUSIC CREW REHEARSALS (September 11th, 2019)
There are many facets to the rehearsal process and our music crew has been hard at work. Here’s a snippet from a recent music rehearsal. It’s missing a keyboard as well as a drum kit,
but it gives you a flavor of what's coming. Once the vocalists and ensemble are added, this show is going to make our Florence audience jump up and dance all over the FEC!
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE MUSIC:
PAT SAPP (Music Director, Conductor):
Her mom said she conducted music from her crib. Or maybe she was just really happy. Whatever it was, the music followed her through her life,
tapping her toes and pulsing through her veins.
She sang her first solo in church at the age of three, played piano and organ,
directed the choir, sang trios with her sisters. In school, she played in the bands and sang in the choirs.
In college, she graduated with a degree in music.
Now she says she is officially “old,” but music is her constant companion. We’re glad.
RHIANNA HAINES (Assistant Music Director, Keyboard, Rehearsal Pianist):
Rhianna Haines is a local accompanist and piano teacher to almost thirty students. She is married with four children, and has played the piano
since the age of eight. Although new to musical theater, she is looking forward to her future with The Last Resort Players. She is gratified
to be working with son Joey in this show, and wishes to thank her husband and family for their support and understanding during this production.
JUDI KELLY (Bass):
Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist/Pianist/Composer-Arranger, Judi was raised in a musical household, playing piano by the age of 6. She added the French horn for another 6 years and has been singing since she was old enough to speak. Graduating high school, she announced she’d “take a year off and join a rock ‘n roll band.” Her mom convinced her to enroll in nursing school and the RN day job supported the music. Six albums to her credit and several bands later she moved to Florence in 2012 with partner, Denny Weaver. Ten years on staff as Teaching Assistant, RN and student counselor @ Mt. Hood Jazz Workshop, she mentored under Gordon Lee, Ralph Patt and Thara Memory. Judi now studies with Ken Wannberg.
CHRIS LEWIS (Keyboard):
Chris considers it a huge honor to get to play in the Mamma Mia ensemble! Of course the music is great, but it is also fun working with such a
stellar group of people. Chris has had the privilege of playing for or conducting the orchestra in several LRP productions, and she is excited
to be a part of this one as well. When Chris is not playing the piano or the cello, she is teaching school or hiking across
entire countries with her husband, Ira.
PORTIA NEFF (Keyboard):
Portia made the great decision to move to Florence about six years ago and loves living in Florentine Estates with her partner and 5 cats. Music has always been a huge part of her life as her mother was a concert pianist. She has been involved with community theater for most of her adult life and has been in many stage productions in Northern California. Since moving to Florence, she played in the orchestra for LRP’s production of Annie and played Miss Shields in A Christmas Story. Most recently she was in It’s About Time’s productions of Murder at the TonyLou Awards and The Red Velvet Cake Wars. Having the opportunity to be involved with Mamma Mia is a delight!
MARC SHARBOWSKI (Percussion, Sets):
Marc is a good old Detroit/Motown drummer, playing drums or some form of percussion in groups throughout the Midwest and now the Pacific Northwest for close to 50 years. He also was active in theater in Detroit, on stage in plays such as Charlie’s Aunt, and Bell, Book and Candle and with set design and direction. Marc has helped LRP with set design and construction for Moon over Buffalo and Christmas Story in the past and now Mamma Mia. His most enjoyable moments are playing for the enjoyment of those in the audience.
MIKE SWAIN (Drums):
Mike studied with Cuz Cuzeno in S.F., Fred Gruber and Jo Jones in L.A., and Henry Adler in Boston. He played in LRP’s production of Grey Gardens last year. He performs with the Yachats Big Band the first Thursday of every month at the Yachats Commons.
DENNY WEAVER (Guitar):
Denny is a native of Florence. After playing in The Intruders during high school, he migrated to Tacoma to join the popular northwest band The Fabulous Wailers. After years of gigging across the country, studio recording sessions in Seattle, Hollywood, San Francisco, Sisters and Nashville, Denny settled back in Florence and is loving it! He plays weekends at Homegrown Pub, special events for the Chamber of Commerce and Art Alliances, plus other occasions. Denny is THRILLED to be included in MAMMA MIA!