Kristin Gates is Tickling the Ivories for Cabaret

gates_k135x135Meet Kristin Gates, who is the Music Director for  Another Lyric Arts Salute to Broadway Shows We Can’t Afford to Produce. Read on to learn about what her favorite part of the Cabaret is and why she loves Lyric Arts so much. LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts and what was your role?

KG: My first show with Lyric Arts was All Shook Up!  In the summer of 2010.  It was a crazy ride as I was hired quite late in the show’s production, but it was a fantastic experience!

LA: What does Lyric Arts mean to you as a performer?

KG: Lyric Arts is a great place for me to keep up my skills on the piano and to work with some extremely talented vocalists and musicians.  It’s such a pleasure to sit down, play through a song with a vocalist, and to have them sound just incredible on the first run! 

LA: Best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?

KG: I love being in shows at Lyric because everyone is so supportive of each other.  Theaters can be very competitive places, but here at Lyric, I most see people who are supportive and truly care for their fellow cast members. 

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their performance developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?

KG: This will be my second year playing keyboards with “The Off Off Broadway Band” and I couldn’t ask for a better group of musicians to make music with.  I can’t wait to hear what they’ll bring to the performance when we put the vocalists with them! 

LA: Without giving too much away what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser?

KG: Sea shells, “relentlessly cheerful” folks, socks, and….well, you’ll just have to see what I’m talking about!

LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts? 

KG: Experience. Family. Quality.

LA: What would be your dream show that you would love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?

KG: Beauty and the Beast  or West Side Story.  The music for these shows are out of this world and I would LOVE to be a part of either of them!

LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?

KG: It’s so hard to pick, but I have loved working with some of the best talent Lyric has to offer at the last three Cabaret Fundraisers.  Walking into a room full of some of the most talented people that have worked at the theater is pretty inspiring and exciting.  Also, I have worked with some WONDERFUL instrumentalists who give their time and talents to Lyric’s productions.  They make Lyric’s musicals happen!

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

KG: I’m a music educator and free-lance horn player who will be leaving the great state of Minnesota this August to pursue a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Horn Performance!  Wherever the winds take me when I’m finished, I can only hope to find myself back here, near to the theater that pushed me as a musician and educator and helped me make some fantastic music!  In my non-theater, non-musical life, I enjoy reading, cooking and eating, and all things science fiction and fantasy!