Holiday Memories, Stories and Song

What is winter? What does winter mean in our lives? What is evocative of winter? These are only a few of the questions singer, storyteller, and actor Merideth Kaye Clark asked of herself as she created Winter Song together with Brandon Woolley.






Much like experiences and memories, they’re not often the same thing twice. And that is certainly what Winter Song is all about. Merideth tells me that all eleven songs featured in the piece are connected by memories. And that brings us to a wonderful treasure of a gift that is the major part of the second half of this holiday offering.

Memories and information are gathered from the audience pre-show, and while Leif Norby is performing A Christmas Memory, Merideth constructs the second half of the show in real time, weaving in the memories that we have submitted to her. Never quite the same show twice!!! PCS has issued this lovely invitation:

Come early to enjoy the on-stage bar, featuring wine, beer and hard cider, and write down a favorite winter memory that might be used in Winter Song

Once again it was my pleasure to sneak into the theatre on a recent afternoon with Robert Parish for a sit down with Merideth.

Enjoy the video portion and for more insight, listen to the entire conversation as well. You’ll discover how Merideth went from studies in neuroscience and behavioral biology to getting a Masters degree in musical theatre.






Portland Center Stage at The Armory has production, ticket and showtime details HERE.

A Christmas Memory

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote’s rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and their shared memories of beloved holiday rituals.

-paired with-

Winter Song
The brilliant singer Merideth Kaye Clark (Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Five Years at The Armory, Wicked national tour) and director Brandon Woolley are creating an original presentation of favorite songs that celebrate winter and all it represents: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.

“Winter is the most emotionally complicated season. The music that it inspires is rich. There are, of course, holiday songs. But we were more interested in the music that captures other winter feelings. Traveling home or hunkering down in the cold. The loneliness and isolation the darkness brings. The gatherings of families and communities.” – Merideth Kaye Clark



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