A Bounty of Joy

after party

Backstage, following the Adam Barruch DANCEworks performance of Sweeney Todd, it was as if a magic wand had been waved across the faces of performers and the former audience.  Everyone was beaming.  A few people were weeping. From joy.

Joy was pervasive.  Joy was intense.  Joy was contagious.  Joy was exhilarating. Joy was a blessing shared by most in attendance.  I wished I could bottle it.

The performances were the culmination of months of planning and preparation, here in Santa Barbara and in NYC.  After four weeks of intense work by Adam and each of his remarkable performers, a new work of physical theatre was created to the music of Sweeney Todd. This group soared above and beyond what most of us thought possible in the span of four weeks.

This residency reinforced for me the importance of what we’re doing here at DANCEworks.

Choreographer Adam Barruch called it “the best month of my life!”

Actor Timothy Heck told me it was “the perfect residency.”

Their words meant so much to me. They are the result of a large team effort that came together with the artistry of the choreographers and dancers resulting in something unforgettable for all concerned.


I need to express my gratitude to so many!

Thanks to David Asbell, Executive Director of the Lobero Theatre for his steadfast enthusiasm and support for DANCEworks.

to the devoted staff of the Lobero who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen; Angie Bertucci, Marianne Clark, Sheila Caldwell, the stagehands and all others concerned.

to David Bazemore, photographer and videographer extraordinnaire.

to the local print media, in particular,to the Santa Barbara Independent and Charles Donelan, for their generous coverage of this residency.

to all the remarkable, engaging, super-talented cast of dancers/actors/musicians who participated in this residency.

to Adam Barruch whose genius gifts just beg to be shared.

to all donors and organizations who have helped support DANCEworks, including the DANCEworks Board of Directors.

This residency was just the beginning of the road for Adam’s exploration of Sweeney Todd.  If all goes as planned, it’s the first giant step for a new musical theatre adventure that ultimately might land on Broadway. I look forward to sharing the next chapter with you soon.

In the meantime, “My cup runneth over.” I think it’s also correct to say, “Our cups runneth over.”

Thanks again to one and all!



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