I seem to be spending lots of time at the Warner Theatre either performing, auditioning, painting sets, attending workshops, or helping with backstage crews lately. Not a bad thing at all. It’s kind of a family-like place and I enjoy playing in many aspects of theater.
Recently, I performed in two original 10 minute scenes directed by Tracey Rowe for the CT Artists & Playwrights Festival. The festival invited Connecticut playwrights to write short scenes inspired by paintings from local artists. Ironically, I ended up taking that inspiration a step further when I was asked to write and record a few music pieces for the scene transitions.
One song was a hokey lobster restaurant jingle for a comedy scene I performed in. Got some vocal assistance from Josh Newey (our favorite Lecturer from Reefer Madness) doing his best Fred Schneider/B52’s impression:
The others were for a more serious scene. The song was about a pet fish and sung by a young talented actress, Kennedy Morris. It’s very neat to hear someone else sing something I’ve written and she did a great job to boot!
Here’s the song:
and then the instrumental outro:
I attended a make-up master class with Tyler Green from Litchfield. He’s well-known because he was on the show “Face-Off” and does some incredible work. I showed him my severed head prop and I think he was impressed. I plan to take his upcoming 10-week workshop.
December brings the first Warner Theatre children’s show, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I’ll be playing Marci and, eek, roller-skating in the opening scene. Gonna be interesting! Check out my schedule page for more on that!
Here’s a great production still of me as Mae by Luke Haughwout:
Video of dress rehearsal (“The Stuff” me as Mae and Meric Martin as Jack)
Getting close to tech week for Reefer Madness as we are opening on Saturday, Sept. 13th. I’ve got a bit of a challenging and fun role as Mae, the hostess of the reefer den on 420 Elm St. She’s a lead role with two solos. Not only am I singing, dancing and acting, I’m learning stage combat. Also, I’ve been busy making a couple of body parts again and drawing rats…curious?! Come find out!
WarnerTheatre.org has tickets.
Just got back from visiting a favorite Songwriting Camp, SummerSongs and was thrilled to camp out over night and see some friends I’ve missed! Got to join in for song circles, and classes with the infectiously vivacious, Sloan Wainwright, and a master of melody, Cliff Eberhardt! Hoping to go back for a full week, eventually and make it a habit.
Thanks to all who came to ConnectCon to catch GlumPuppet perform on the Crawl at Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford. It was quite nice to perform for a crowd who really “got” us! For the Dr. Who Song, we had all the Whovians (a majority of the room) singing along with vigor. You know you’re in the right place when you overhear someone saying they’d wished they’d brought their sonic screwdriver! Here’s a video of it, thanks to our dear friend, Tiffy:
OUR NEXT SHOW will be Friday, August 15th at Best Video in Hamden. We’ll, once again, be opening for Pocket Vinyl and performing music live with our videos! Check out my schedule page for more info.
I’m busy rehearsing for Warner Theatre’s production of “Reefer Madness” the musical, directed by Keith Paul from Desultory Theater. So far, I’m having a blast with this super cast! More details in my schedule and next month. Keep two weekends in September clear to see it (Sept 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21)
Are you going to ConnectiCon 2014?!
Drosh & I will be bringing the music of GlumPuppet to ConnectiCon in Hartford this year. We will be a part of what’s known as the ConnectiCrawl, an over age 21 show at some of the local bars in Hartford. In other words, Saturday evening there will be strange looking people in costumes roaming around Hartford (only this time they’ll have a good reason); the place will be “crawling” with cos-players!
We will be performing on Saturday, July 12 from 9:30pm-10:30pm at Black-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum St), a well-known blues bar with great food I’ve been to many times over the years. I’m finally getting to play there and oddly enough not singing the blues! We’ll be performing a set of songs from our videos, other originals and cover tunes.
Click here for more
Since Black-eyed Sally’s is off-site, you probably can get in to see us play without being registered for ConnectiCon, but I would check ahead of time. If you ARE going to the Con (us cool peeps refer to it as “The Con”), stop by our booth in Exhibit Hall A; lucky number 13, and we might actually be there.
Also, Dr. Who music video will be played during the Fan Made Video Contest from 3:30-5pm, Friday and 11am-1pm Saturday! We are up last in the “other” category (this means the audience will leave with my little “earworm” in their heads- wah, ha, ha! See you there!
The neatest thing happened to me today as I was sitting on a picnic bench practicing guitar at White Memorial Conservation Center. A little girl of maybe 5 or 6 years of age boldly walked up and sat down at the table. She was there to listen and I played her a few songs from my set. I was rather nervous picking out a song, as I wanted to be a good role model and not play something like my severed head tune!
So yes, I’ve been invited by Gerri Griswold to play a set of music for the 4th Annual Celebration for the Bats, this Saturday. I’m very excited to be playing because this is one of my favorite places from childhood into adulthood, and Gerri’s one of my favorite people. She’s known as “the Bat Lady” for good reason as you’ll see when you’re there. I’ll be singing/playing guitar with a set of originals and covers.
Gerri/bat photos by Gwendolyn Craig
June 28 4th Annual Celebration for the Bats
Help Gerri Griswold celebrate our planet’s most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening’s festivities then head off to the Activity Shed for a special concert provided by the ever so talented Lana Peck!!!!! We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)! Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine. Come out and show your support for bats! Lecture: 6:00 P.M., Concert: 7:00P.M.
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Please call 860- 567-0857 to register
and then Visit www.whitememorialcc.org
GlumPuppet Plays at ConnectiCON 2014
Drosh and I will be playing a short set of our music from GlumPuppet at this fun convention this year! We’ll be participating in the ConnectiCrawl that is a 21+ event co-hosted by ConnectiCon and various bars, restaurants and other venues in Downtown Hartford, featuring live performers from the fandom community! ConnectiCrawl will kick off at 6pm on Saturday night at Black Bear Saloon, and expand from there to include Burger Baby, Black-eyed Sally’s and other venues.
Will update when I find out what time we’re playing. We’re also hoping to get to do a second show that will include our videos, but we’ve yet to hear. Check back!
First of all, thanks to all who showed up for our GlumPuppet live show on April 25th! So pleased to see so many friends! Our T-shirts were a success and we hope to make more in the future (we still may have a couple left, so let me know if you are dying to get one).
BREAKING NEWS! I’ve recorded a few of my songs (mostly the funny ones from GlumPuppet; and yes, the “tackling the list” song is there as a live recorded performance) and have them for sale on bandcamp. You can get them by clicking the “buy music” link to the right or by going to lanapeck.bandcamp.com.
The recordings are what I call “DIY, lo-fi” versions; not that they aren’t good, but because they were recorded by myself using Garageband rather than with help from the pros. I’m hoping someday to get some songs recorded at a higher quality, but until then…they really aren’t too bad, I’ve been told, considering it’s just me playing mostly everything except Drosh on uke.
Well, once you’ve downloaded some of my music, that should keep you happy for a while or at least til the next show, which is June 28th. I’m gearing up for an hour set at the White Memorial Conservation Center’s Bat Celebration. Should be fun! Gotta write a bat song!
Here’s a link to Drosh’s recounting of our show and other stuff via his vlog: http://youtu.be/9RMpQvAIASA
GlumPuppet Live show!
Friday, April 25th 2014
“What is GlumPuppet?” you ask.
Well, it’s another performance project of mine and it’s not exactly children’s puppet theatre (It’s PG-13 for one “F-bomb” and one severed head song). We call it “Esoteric Modern Vaudeville” and it started over the internet on YouTube (we have a channel).
About 2 years ago my friends, Drosh and Jim and I decided to flex some creative muscles and put out weekly 30 second- 2 minute videos based on a given topic. We have music and poetry and puppets included. We made over 70 before Jim passed away last year and we let it rest for a bit.
Drosh and I have since picked up the pace and we did a short live performance with music and videos (and funny furry creatures) as an opener for the band, Pocket Vinyl. We were a hit and the audience loved us! So we’ve been given an opportunity to do a full-length show and we’re going for it!
In the name of General Silliness (and he’s ordering you to see us!), we present a night of music, videos and mayhem, celebrating some of the cultural institutions many of us love: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Dr. Who, etc.
It’ll be FUN and, hey, we’re selling t-shirts too!
A Desultory Theatre Club presentation
Friday, April 25, 2014
63 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut
Tickets are $10 at the Door.
Doors open at 7:30 – Show starts at 8pm
“More fun than a bucket of thumb-in-the-eye!” ~Slappy McKean
Ok, it’s getting lighter if not much warmer, and maybe by the end of the month some of you will want to venture out again at night! I’d say Saturday, March 22nd should be a lovely night to venture out and see me play well with others! Many thanks to Mitch Katz for organizing this and asking me!
I’m one of the 4 chosen songwriters for the New Morning Songwriter’s Series along with Arlon Bennett, Doug Mathewson and Marianne Osiel. From 7:30- 10pm we will be playing our original tunes for you! I attended last month’s series and had an enjoyable time. It’s in-the-round (in a circle) style seating with a casual and intimate feel…plus yummy munchies and drink for sale from New Morning Market (Woodbury’s infamous health food store).
Come on out! Spring is near!
New Morning Market
129 Main Street North
The doors will open at 7:00 with the show starting promptly at 7:30. Desserts and refreshments will be available and donations will be gratefully accepted.
For additional information, please call 203-266-6688.
A New GlumPuppet Live Show is in the works!
SAVE-THE-DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014
Desultory Theatre Presents GlumPuppet at the Create Here Now Space at Morrison’s Hardware, Water St. In Torrington, CT
My first show on ConcertWindow was a lot of fun and I’ve decided to do an encore for those who missed the first one and those who want to watch again. On Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 8pm, I’ll be playing from my originals setlist and maybe add a few I missed.
This is a really fun, informal and casual way to see live music from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device! You’ll be able to type messages to me on the scrolling chat board along side the screen and there’s even a virtual tip jar!
Tickets are pay-what-you’d-like (min. $1) and can be purchased online starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/3754-lana-peck
this is also where you’ll go back to when the show starts.
*word to the wise: don’t wait ’til 7:59pm to go to the link, you’ll need to create a username/password first to watch and that might make you a little late. I will probably go a bit over 30 mins, but just a heads up!
The webcast will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. I hope you can join me!
SAVE-THE-DATE: Saturday, March 22nd, evening
Songwriter-in-the-Round series at New Morning Market in Woodbury, CT
[more details soon!]
A singer/songwriter friend of mine Sharon Goldman introduced me to this great website, concertwindow.com, where you can offer a live streaming concert from the comfort of your own laptop to the comfort of your fans’ laptops, pads or phones. I “attended” her show and loved the experience and decided to go for it. Thank you Sharon!
So, on Tuesday, January 14th 2014 at 9pm EST, I will entertain you with original songs from my “secret lair.” There will also be a live chat you can make remarks on while the show is going and chat with others who are watching! It’s fun! Who knows, you might even see my cat! Yes, really!
It’ll be like a PJ party and you won’t have to leave your own house; you could look like a complete schlep and no one will know! You could even sit in your car and watch on your cell phone or pad! Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in!
You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/2662-lana-peck.
The webshow will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. I hope you can join me!
*word to the wise: don’t wait ’til 8:59pm to go to the link, you’ll need to create a username/password first to watch and that might make you a little late. I will probably go a bit over 30 mins, but just a heads up!
Don’t forget the January 9th show in Torrington at Morrison Hardware for DTC’s Songwriter-in-the-round series “The Great American Songbook.” See my show schedule page for more info and hope to see you there!