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Happy If Happy When: A Family Musical
Every family is different. Except this one.
By Kimerer L. LaMothe
Presented by Hebron Hollow Farm
Benefitting Marc DeGarmo Dance
Latea Theater @ The Clemente
Thursday 7/26 @5:30pm-7:00pm
Friday 7/27 @6:15pm-7:45pm
Saturday 7/28 @1:15pm-2:45pm
A family of seven shares a dream of moving to the country. When a series of events launches them on their way, they move to an old dairy farm, only to find that the farm has its own ideas of what it wants this family to be. As each person fends for him or herself, the family falls apart before coming to a deeper realization of how much they need one another to create the earth-friendly life they want to live.
Kimerer L. LaMothe, Ph.D. (Writer, Director) is a dancer, writer, and scholar of religions who lives on a farm in rural New York with her musician partner, Geoffrey Gee, and four of their five children, ages 8 to 22. LaMothe is the author of five books and numerous articles on religion and dance. She has been the creator and director of three solo dance concerts, including two that premiered at Harvard University, and seven cabaret-style variety shows featuring members of her family. Happy If Happy When, her eighth show, is her first full-length musical. LaMothe has received fellowships for her work from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Center for the Study of World Religions (Harvard) and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC). She earned her doctorate in religious studies from Harvard University before teaching at Brown and then Harvard for six years. In 2005, she and Gee moved to the county so they could do their art in closer proximity to the natural world. LaMothe also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today, and serves as a consultant, lecturer, guest teacher, and choreographer for colleges and universities, dance companies, and secondary schools. When not writing, singing, or dancing, she is helping her children take care of their horse, two oxen, three cows, four cats, sixteen hens, and large vegetable garden. www.kimererlamothe.com, www.vitalartsmedia.com
Geoffrey K. Gee (Orchestrator/Music Director), graduate of Berklee College, is a musician, composer, educator, and soundware engineer. In 2015, he made his solo piano debut at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall. He is the lead in five CDs, including the latest, I’ll Be There With You. He composes music for dance companies, filmmakers, and theater productions, and has played his original piano music in 22 countries. As a soundware designer, Gee created the virtual instrument Plectrum, and serves as a consultant for several of the top electronic keyboard companies. He currently teaches full time at the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont, as the International Baccalaureate Music Instructor. www.vitalartsmedia.com
Jordan Geoffrey LaMothe, 22, is a cum laude music major from Williams College (2017) who participated in the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble; studied conducting with Brad Wells (director of the Grammy-winning vocal group, Roomful of Teeth); studied voice with Erin Nafziger; sang and acted in the Opera Workshop’s performance of Sweeney Todd, and has participated in all of our family shows. Jordan is a “Forged in Fire Champion” and full-time knife maker. www.jordanlamothe.com
Jessica Kimerer Gee, age 21, is a cum laude biology major from Wellesley College (2017) who sang with the Wellesley College Choir for four years, and has participated in all of our family shows. Jessica is entering her second year of Tufts Veterinary School.
Kyra Lewis Gee, age 16, is valedictorian of her high school senior class; President of the Granville Drama Club, Co-Captain of the Varsity Soccer team, Treasurer of the Class. She starred as Maria in her school’s production of Sound of Music. Other roles include Cinderella (Into the Woods, Jr.); Beth (Little Women: The Musical); Tinkerbell (Peter Pan), as well as our family shows. She will be attending Yale University in the fall, intent on studying music theater and chemistry.
Kai Evenson LaMothe, age 12, is an excellent drummer, singer, and performer, and has been performing in family shows, his school bands, and at community events since age 6.
Leif LaMothe Gee, age 9, is on the Glens Falls YMCA boys’ gymnastics team, loves to sing and dance, and has been performing in family shows since he was 2.