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Erin

Erin Schwab is the Director of Sister are Doin’ It!

Sister’s Are Doing It! is a musical revue conceived and created by Ivey Award winning Musical Director, Raymond Berg. A musical history, or dare I say “her”story lesson exploring the music of female recording artists, writers and girl groups who were not afraid to jump in with both feet, and fearlessly write and perform the musical anthems that have Sisters2inspired young musicians and music lovers for generations.   The talented young ladies of Sisters are Doin’ It! are all seasoned veterans of the MSCM Theater Ensemble and have been featured in numerous productions including: Into the Woods, Hair, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Oklahoma, and more. Alisha Thunem, Anna Christy, Atim Opoka and Kaytee Amaro will be performing hits that span from the Pointer Sisters to Pink, from Janis Joplin to Joan Jett and even all the way to The Andrews Sisters and The Marvelettes! You won’t believe this, but that’s not even close to all of the amazing music you will hear.   Be ready for this show to sing you out of your seat, dance you into the aisles and send you home with a song in your head and smile in your heart!.

Sisters History Theater in St. Paul, Friday and Saturday August 15 and 16 at 7:30pm and Sunday August 17 at 2:00pm    

As a female singer/actress/interpreter of words and music, I have always found inspiration in the amazing strong women who paved the way for me to be able to do what I do.  There are so many amazing female performers who have inspired me and it continually changes as I change and grow.  Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Madonna, Blondie, Joan Jett, Jill Scott, Dolly Parton, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, and SO MANY MORE!  There are 2 other things that inspired me in this project, my amazing college student actress singer writer performers, Anna Christy, Alisha Thunem, Atim Opoka and Kaytee Amaro.  All amazing, strong, talented, driven young women who are not afraid to challenge themselves, to be vulnerable, to other work out there, to be SMART, CAPABLE young women who are always striving in their lives to be better.  I want to be able to challenge and mentor them as other strong talented smart women inspired me like Lori Dokken, Debbie Duncan, Judi Donaghy , Patty Peterson.

Who Inspires You?

My favorite acting teacher in College, Jane Brody, my high school choir director Kathy Andrews and my first theater director Susan Mayer.  All of these women have been a huge influence on my career and life.  Lastly, my awesome almost 10 year old daughter is always an inspiration in my life.  She has made me braver every day, what I chose to do I must chose carefully, because she is watching what I do.  I want to raise a young woman who is passionate about what she loves and what she does, in kind and has empathy and is not afraid to be herself and like who that is.  That was a lot to say, I could talk about women influencing women for hours.  🙂    I always love creating a show where the students learn something new to love about theater each time I work with them. They have worked so hard.  I love when they become a cohesive unit on stage, all supporting each other realizing they are all important to the final product.  They are having a blast and it SHOWS!  In particular I love the folk medley we put together.  It is very sweet and honest and the ROCK medley!  OH YEAH!!!            I sent you a copy of the poster graphic.  There are some photos of the girls on the MSCM Sisters are coin’ it event page if you need more.      The show is FREE! FAMILY FRIENDLY and FUN!!!  Also, in the Fall the MSCM Theater Ensemble will be doing Chicago in the History Theater in November.  OH YEAH!  and thank you!

People can reach Erin via email at: erin.schwab@mcnallysmith.edu

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