Episode 29: I Wanna Be A Producer with Katy Lipson

This podcast is dedicated to performers who want to be their very best.

Episode 29 features an interview with producer Katy Lipson, lead producer at Aria Entertainment, talking about what it takes to put on a musical and the highs and lows it brings.

Each episode focuses on an element of performance to help you be your very best.  It also includes vocal tips and tricks, interviews and an exclusive look behind the scenes of a Producer & Musical Director.
THIS EPISODE: I Wanna Be A Producer with Katy Lipson
This episode features an interview with producer Katy Lipson, lead producer at Aria Entertainment, talking about what it takes to put on a musical and the highs and lows it brings.

Aria Entertainment is a theatrical production company headed up by Producer and Company Director Katy Lipson. For the past few years Aria has produced at least one musical revival, a new British musical, a new American musical, a play, a new cabaret show as well as a season of new musical theatre called From Page To Stage. They are dedicated to musical theatre and have a keen interest in developing and supporting new musicals.

Katy is currently working as lead producer on the UK Premiere of The Addams Family musical which launched a UK Tour from April 2017 as well as transfers of the new musical YANK! and a 50th Anniversary production of HAIR which both began life at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre where she is resident producer. Other notable productions this year include the transfer of The Toxic Avenger to London’s Arts Theatre after a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is also working on a festival of new International musical theatre called From Page To Stage at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new theatre The Other Palace which is sponsored by The Really Useful Group, Theatrical Rights Worldwide and RnH.

Katy Lipson is a recipient of a Stage One bursary and Start Up Award for new producers as well as being a proud member of the National Alliance Of Musical Theatre. She has received several Grant For The Arts from Arts Council England and works on and off-west end and around the UK in the not-for profit and commercial sectors. In February 2017, Katy was awarded the ‘Best Producer’ Award from the Off West End Awards.

 

SHOW LINKS

Aria Entertainment’s website: http://aria-entertainment.com

Twitter: @AriaEnts

 

5 Awesome Tips on How to Sing Higher Notes

There is a lot to be said on the subject of singing the highest notes.
I meet so many people who seem solely interested in being able to sing high.  “What note was that?” they ask frequently.  A lot of this stems, in my opinion, from the TV talent show era where a singer starts singing, and as soon as they hit a high note, the crowd goes wild, as if it is their ability to sing a big high note makes them a great singer.
What rubbish!
Do you know, it’s so much harder and technically challenging to singing a quiet note than a high note ?!  Singing the loudest, highest notes does not make you a great singer.  It is what you can do technically across the voice, and your ability to ‘perform’ and ‘engage’ which makes you a great singer.

Battling Against The Elements

It never ceases to amaze me just how difficult performing outside is. Whether it be on a grand stage or in the middle of a field, whether professionally engineered or a cappella, it can be a pretty difficult experience.

I’ve performed outdoors a great deal, as well as conducted many performances with choirs and singers. It’s difficult. It always is. You are battling against the elements of heat, cold, wind, rain, poor acoustic, and sometimes, with inexperienced engineers and performers. But it’s you job to make sure you deliver a great performance and remain professional throughout the experience. No matter the platform, you must ensure you deliver as if you were on the perfect stage.

You are much more vulnerable in the open air. The environment might not be as stable as you would think. A sudden gust of wind ? Rain ? A little person trying to get on the stage or talk to you ? Whatever it is, you need to be prepared. Unless something is hazardous, let it be – concentrate on your performance, not whats going on around you.

But there are ways in which we can make the experience a good one and maximise our performance potential.