Photo by Mark Larson
Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better.
“Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray” is a moving tribute to the talented man who composed music and wrote lyrics for 20-plus years of Dell’Arte Company performances in Blue Lake and around the world. See the slideshow below for highlights of the rehearsal and performance.
The cast of 12 past and current Dell’Arte performers was directed by Michael Fields and supported by outstanding music by The Band (Marla Joy, Mike LaBolle, Jeff Kelley and Tim Randles). The show takes the audience through 16 songs chosen by Fields and Gray over cigars and strong drink.
Gray was not able to participate in pre-show production and rehearsal due to on-going health challenges, but was present for the Friday night. He shared hugs and conversation with friends prior to the show and during intermission. When the cast ended the performance with tributes to Gray, the spotlight turned to where Gray was sitting in the audience.
Fields then closed the evening by moving to his side and declaring Gray “A Knight of Musicality” and presenting him with a plaque that recognized Gray as “Composer Extraordinaire.”
The show will be at the outdoor D.A.I. Rooney Amphitheatre in Blue Lake next weekend on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.