Why book/see Songs of a Catholic Childhood?
Songs of a Catholic Childhood with Michael Smith and Jamie O’Reilly
Fall, 2015 Chief O’Neill’s Pub, Chicago
Dec 12, 2015 Edgar’s Place, Park Forest
Finding the right fit for our programs is key to Michael and me. Between us we have a staggering resume of professional experience – as creators of special events, musical projects, and memorable theatrical productions. As a musical team, and as solo performers, we are really invested in what we do. And we are held in high regard by presenters, critics and audiences alike, on a local and international level.
We are fortunate.
“Affectionately Catholic”. Read the article about the show in the
Traverse City Record-Eagle: http://record-eagle.com/features/x63033317/Affectionately-Catholic-Musical-plays-Saturday-in-Williamsburg
“They bring us to our lives, providing an opportunity to cherish
what is simple, know what is lost, and heal what is hurt.”
As storytellers and songwriters, we find ourselves looking back and looking over our lives – the unforgettable moments, the choices we made, the surprises sprung on us, the mystery and confusion, the friendships forged – on a constant basis. It is from that genuine place of self-discovery, and our ability to find humor and joy in it, that we truly connect with our audiences. We were delighted when our friend Judi Heikes and the Alumnae Board of St. Scholastica Academy in Rogers Park, commissioned us to create Songs of a Catholic Childhood.
Now we continue the journey with concert tours and a CD recording!
AND Enjoy it. Remember it… And we won’t forget you!
WHY THIS SHOW?
“Songs is a good fit for a mature, reflective audience. One that has some miles on it regarding life, Catholicism and faith; one that has affection for life and understands doubt and disaffection.” (Judi Heikes, St. Scholastica Alumnae Board)
Michael Smith and Jamie O’Reilly’s Songs of a Catholic Childhood is a sophisticated musical program with storytelling that goes beyond comic send-ups of the nuns, and poking fun at life in parochial school. It is nostalgic for adults, inspiring to young people, and soothing for those healing from the sting of decades of wounding by a flawed Church hierarchy…
With Songs Jamie and Michael relive parochial school memories in a heartfelt – sometimes courageous, sometimes humorous – but always liberating way. Through their journey, we celebrate the wonder of childhood, and open ourselves to the wisdom of aging, and the best things in life.
By presenting their childhood and teen memories, Jamie and Michael present a profound picture of America in the 40’s, 50s, and 60s. Michael’s in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post WWII New Jersey. Jamie’s as a Baby-Boomer, a middle kid, in huge artistic family, in a small town outside Chicago.
Songs is for those who want to engage with these masterful musicians, watch good theatrical material, let it resonate with their own lives, and stay around to talk about it afterward!
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