Mike's Brass comes back to the Fringe with their signature dance+live brass music+spoken word, this time telling the myth of Medusa.
Genre and Content
Dance Dance - Modern Original Music Physical Theater Puppetry Spoken Word Historical content Kid friendly
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Cast and Crew
Rachael Schlee received a B.A. in Theater from Saint Olaf College in 2007, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Augsburg University in 2018. She has performed in many artistic endeavors around the Twin Cities, most recently High Flight, Circus Mcgurkus, and Rumpus for the MN Fringe Festival. She is thrilled to be dancing with Mike’s Brass once more, and is excited to tell this story. Outside of Fringe, Rachael enjoys hanging upside down in aerial class and teaching 5th and 6th grade students that reading is life.
David Pelletier GuirePerseus
David Pelletier Guire is very excited to be in his second Mike’s Brass show at the Minnesota Fringe. Last year, you may have seen him as Max in, “Rumpus.” A year older and wiser, he’s excited to tackle this story from Greek Mythology. David loves acting, dancing, swimming, his pets, and YouTube videos about subjects ranging from video games to science to politics – and he has opinions! Thanks to Carin for inviting him back and to Mom and Dad for their love and support.
Noë Tallen is thrilled to be back with Mike's Brass this year at the MN Fringe after performing in Rumpus and High Flight.She has also been a company member/producer, actor and director with Tedious Brief Productions at the MN Fringe in Mead Hall, The Final Act, Tempests (as director), and Bard Fiction. Noë has worked with Theatre Pro Rata, Loudmouth Collective, Theater in the Round, Starting Gate Productions, Great American History Theater; Walking Shadow Theatre Company; Guthrie Theatre; The Gremlin Theatre, among others. She also spent 11 years as a company member with Theatre Unbound. Some of her favorite roles have been: Galileo in The Life of Galileo , Mona in Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and Brutus in Julius Caesar. Her current role as Mommy is one of the best of her life. Love to Evie and Ben.
Danielle is the Executive Artistic Director of Borealis Dance (Minneapolis). She received her BFA in dance performance from University of California, Irvine in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University in 2014 and an MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University in 2018. She has studied The Ailey School in New York City as part of their Certificate in Dance Program and has danced professionally in California, Minnesota, and Texas performing with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Austin Classical Ballet, and Austin City Ballet. Danielle has also performed on stage with members of Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. She is head of the ballet and modern dance programs at Turning Pointe Dance Studio and also is director of theafter-school theatre program at Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis. Her work has been recognized as the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, TX as being "Best of the Festival" in 2010 and 2012.
Linda J. Dobberstein has played trumpet since she fell in love with the instrument in 4th grade elementary school. She was lead trumpet player for the Waldorf Pemberton High School Concert Band for several years. The tiny school district had a wonderful music program that was able to participate in national high school concert band competitions and commonly won their class and a number of all event sweepstakes trophies. Linda also played lead trumpet with the Sweet Swing Jazz Band which played for many weddings, local events, and lodge clubs. She was a member of the Minnesota All State Band. Linda is a graduate of St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education degree. There she played with the St Olaf College Band for four years under the direction of Miles “Mity” Johnson. Since that time, she completed a graduate program at Northwestern Health Sciences University and now is in private practice with a focus on chiropractic and clinical nutrition. She continues to play her trumpet for pleasure and service with St Michael’s Lutheran Church Orchestra and Mike’s Brass.
Joshua Horn studied trumpet and vocal performance as well as music education at St Olaf College. He has worked as a freelance trumpeter, composer and arranger in the the Twin Cities since 2001. Currently he plays principal solo cornet with The Twin Cities Brass Band and has performed with Mike's Brass for over twenty years. He frequently arranges and performs choral and instrumental music for a wide variety of ensembles at St Micheal's Lutheran Church in Bllomington, MN.
David Mills-RittmannFrench Horn
David has played horn since he was liberated from playing a trumpet early in his music education and has never looked back, grateful to be free from the tyranny of always playing the melody, and appreciative of the efforts his early music education placed on the study of after-beats. He studied horn (and mathematics) at St Olaf in a prior millennium and has continued to play in the twin cities since, playing in a variety of community orchestras, churches and musicals. While not playing the horn, he writes software, habituates coffee shops and tries to incite political, economic and religious discussions as befitting a quirky horn player.
Collin Hough is an active trombonist and educator based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He graduated in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, having won their Concerto Competition and performed in several solo recitals. His teachers include Dr. Phillip Ostrander and Dr. John Tranter. Collin maintains an eclectic freelance schedule as the bass trombonist of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra while also performing with Compass Rose Brass Ensemble and the Prince of Peace (Burnsville) Brass Choir. He teaches private lessons locally and returns each year as a guest artist and educator to Shell Lake Arts Center's Trombone Camp in Shell Lake, WI.
Carin Bratlie WethernDirector/Tuba
Carin started off her musical journey playing piano at age six. While exploring potential orchestra instruments she spent a little time with a violin, but being a lefty, she found it wasn't a good fit. Next she tried clarinet, but being one of 30 in a section wasn't much fun either. In 7th grade she tried out the tuba (thankfully her band director never told her that girls didn't play tuba), and it was just right. She studied at Concordia College, Moorhead, where she attended with a music scholarship and played in the Cobber Band throughout her time there. She has played with Mike's Brass since its inception, plays with St. Michael's Orchestra, and has subbed with the Roseville Big Band. In addition to the tuba Carin plays piano and guitar (as a lefty), is a professional knitter with Carin's Bespoke Handknits, and a teaching artist for theater. Her company, Theatre Pro Rata, is also based in the Twin Cities. Her baby girl, Beatrice, is already a fan of low brass.
Mike's Brass is back! The group that bought you High Flight,Circus McGurkus, and Rumpus brings their signature dance + live brass quintet + spoken word to greek mythology, this time telling the story of Medusa from her point of view (with the help of a few puppets).
Rachael, who plays Medusa, was born with a condition known as Amniotic-Band Syndrome: while still in the womb her hands got tangled in the amniotic bands, which stunted their growth. ABS looks drastically different depending on the person, and depending on how the bands wrap around fetus. It can cause cleft palates, missing limbs, and even miscarriage.
Rachael has lived like this her whole life and has known nothing else, and doesn't feel like she's missing anything. For her, this is normal and she wouldn't have it any other way.
In our family friendly interpretation of the Medusa story Rachael's hands become Medusa's snakes. We explore the difference between inner beauty and outer beauty and what Medusa's transformation means. Why does different have to equal bad?
Learn more about Mikes Brass here.