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Between The Lines - Sam Wisman

Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Read Sam's write-up about the show, below the photos.

Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Produced by Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, Groundhog Day) and directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies), Between the Lines is based on the novel by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, with music by the amazing songwriting team of Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson and libretto by Tim McDonald.

The story swings back and forth from an all American teenage experience to a fantasy fairytale world within a book, and the music swings back and forth as well. The styles and sounds required range from classic Broadway to swing, vaudeville, orchestral, rock and disco.

Orchestrator Greg Anthony Rassen (Bandstand, An American in Paris) created a very demanding and fun book. It was fascinating being included in this process and learning what’s possible as the orchestrations and percussion book developed. The Miller Machine is indispensable as always.

There is a lot of simultaneous mallet and drumset playing including vibraphone that necessitates this particular setup. This allows me to play the vibes while sitting and swing my left leg off the hi-hat and to the vibes pedal (Yamaha model with adjustable pedal swung towards the hi-hat pedal). There is also extensive use of the Roland SPD Pad (including a remote trigger and pedal) for click, samples, loops and sequences. Special thanks to fellow Miller Machine devotee Adam Wolfe (Bandstand) for helping Greg create the book.”

Between The Lines - Regional - Sam Wisman
September 2017

Sam Wisman’s setup for the World Premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.
Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
"After a week or two of rehearsals there is usually a performance or two of the show for an invited audience. Sometimes these performances can be intense if there are important people in the room, or if certain sections of the show feel under prepared. This is why it’s so important to know the score and script very well."
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"The unique part of Groundhog Day was that the drummer had to play on stage, in a groundhog costume, wearing a giant groundhog head. Since I could barely see out of the head, it was impossible to read a chart (and there wasn’t a music stand), so it had to be memorized."
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"If you are passionate, driven, feel you have a calling, a burning desire to play, practice, perform, and record music that you can share with the world, then choosing to be a professional musician here will make you a fulfilled and happy person. You’ll meet the most amazing people on stage, in the rehearsal room and in the audience."
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Steve Gadd's drum solo from the track "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". From the album Live Stuff (out of print) from the legendary 1970's New York based band Stuff.
Robbie Ameen's drum solo from the track "Spring Fling".

Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich released November 1955.

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