In Conservatory, we have several music days where the glorious Steph McCollough comes in and works with us on songs for our final show. The most important day came in January, where we were to bring in drafts of songs to perform for Steph and our director, Jess Mitolo. I brought in a song called "Tired and Overworked," a music-hall, Supercalifragilistic-style song about having 9 jobs. All I had were the lyrics and a vague tune, and the knowledge that Sarah Liken would sing it with me.
I turned to Steph and said "It's a music-hall, Mary Poppins like number. The opening is a vamp. I trust you." That version of the song, with only minor changes, is the version that made it to stage. I have never felt more like a writer than in the moment when I finished scræming the song and the class broke into applause.
From there, I choreographed the number and staged the number and ran it over and over again. But I never stopped enjoying it.
And my class! They didn't just sigh and say "Ok Ryan sure we'll live out your Disneyland fantasy." They all CHIPPED IN. Everyone helped smooth the dancing and create harmonies and stage the number, and (as far as I could tell), legitimately enjoyed doing so.
This is that song, the most Mary Poppins-ass opening number this side of a Royal Doulton Bowl. Ignore the tech snafu at the beginning! I left it to really bring home ~~~the magic of live theater!!!
"Tired and Overworked"
Music and lyrics by Ryan P. C. Trimble
Sarah Liken, Ryan P. C. Trimble, Tania Córdova, Faith Pharr, Michael Shambo, Courtney Sanger, Nickolas Daniel, Jack McWilliams, Liz deCoen, Franklin McFarland
Show Director - Jessica Mitolo
Musical Director - Stephanie McCullough
Stage Manager - Abby Beggs
Videographer - Jerry Ochoa
“Are You Afraid of the Art?”
Performed at the e.t.c. Theater as part of The Second City Training Center Conservatory Program