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Original songs by local composer featured in new musical

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

bayoubugsCan bugs be musical?

Of course, says Larry Bridges, long-time Woodinville resident, vocal instructor and composer.

Bridges’ original songs are featured in the current production of "Bayou Bugs" running through January 26th at SecondStory Repertory in Redmond.

The musical, based on the book Bayou Bug Tales, is a fable of the ant and the grasshopper, but includes many other buggy creatures from the bayou.

The musical score is full of fun, toe-tapping songs and colorful characters. "The project," said Bridges, "was a two-year undertaking.

"With co-creators Pat (Haines-Ainsworth) who wrote the book and lyrics, and Terry’s (Alarc Levitt) arrangements and additional songs, we brought a wonderful, visual, musical adventure to life."

SecondStory Repertory is known for its Young Audiences Theater Series and connects its educational themes in entertaining ways appropriate for youth.

The main theme of "Bayou Bugs" is about change and how, even though change can be scary, it is part of growing and living.

Bridges has been involved in the local Woodinville music and theater community since the 1980s.

He mentors numerous thespian groups along with providing coaching and voice instruction to students of all ages.

Most recently, his former student, Austin Jenckes, was a finalist in the highly rated, popular television singing competition, The Voice.

In addition to working with local high school and choral groups, three of Bridges’ young students were recently seen in the production of "Oliver" at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Other students perform throughout the Puget Sound area including productions with, not only SecondStory Repertory, but Village Theatre and ArtsWest.

For more information and tickets to Bayou Bugs visit secondstoryrep.org.

For more information on Bridges Voice Instruction visit anyonecansing.com.

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