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In honour of Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) upcoming presentation of two of Broadway’s beloved musicals, Hairspray and Oliver!, the team here at LMPR wanted to share our favourite books that have been adapted into musicals.

 

Sarah Cruickshank – Wicked by Gregory Maguire 

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.53.31 AMThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a story that we’ve all grown up with – the characters and storyline so iconic that there is scarcely a soul that can’t recount this classic tale. Because of this, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West published in 1995 by Gregory Maguire, is an experience akin to catching up with an old friend.

 

Now a popular Tony Award-winning musical – one I’ve seen not once, but twice – Wicked is a political, social, and ethical statement on the nature of good and evil. It tells the untold story of Elphaba through her childhood years, prior to her transformation into Dorothy’s feared green-skinned enemy, with the message that we all too often demonize that which we don’t understand.

 

 

 

Brian Paterson – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

 

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While I’m not over the moon about its most famous musical adaptation, Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera has been a cherished book since I first read it as a young child.

 

I’ve always loved ghost stories, but Leroux’s first-person narrative structure – and unique prologue which assert the story’s truth in the author’s own voice – especially captivated my imagination and has stayed with me for years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shona Wercholuk – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

imgresUnfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway version of Jane Eyre, but the book is one of my all time favourites.

 

Since taking a 19th century literature class in university, I have been completely captivated by the Brontë sisters. I fell in love with Charlotte Brontë‘s, Jane Eyre, and though I don’t love the protagonist I love the story. It is a novel that was far ahead of it’s time and a remarkable exploration into feminism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check back next week for the rest of the LMPR team’s favourite novels that have musical adaptations!

 

 

 

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In celebration of the beginning of the summer, the LMPR team is thrilled to showcase their favourite shorts-wearing, convertible-cruising, cocktail-sipping songs.

 

Brian Paterson – Wait So Long by Trampled by Turtles

 

In anticipation of seeing them take the stage at Vancouver Folk Music Festival in July – this summer’s track is definitely Trampled by Turtles’ barn-burning ‘Wait So Long.’

 

 

 

Hanah Van Borek - Summer Love by Justin Timberlake

 

What would summer be without summer lovin’? Justin sets the mood with lyrics that start out, “Ridin’ in the drop top with the top down..” that make you want to hit the beach for a cruise in a convertible.

 

 

 

Sarah Cruickshank – Summer Light by The Cave Singers

 

While surely a challenge to narrow my summertime playlist to one favourite song, it’s the mellow rhythms and lazy vocals of Summer Light that bring this tune to the top, always reminding me of blissfully warm summer evenings spent with friends.

 

 

 

Jesse Tanaka – Jezebel by Two Hours Traffic

 

Sunny, power-poppy, good times, Little Jabs was the first album I got to work on out of school in the summer of 07.

 

 

 

Laura Murray – Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

 

I am such a fan of the musical Grease and an even bigger fan of this unforgettable hit. Summer Nights – sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – effortlessly conjures warm nights, beach bonfires, summer bbq’s and summer lovin’. What’s not to love?

 

 

 

Shona Wercholuk – Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Everything about this song screams summer – a bright beat with catchy, sing-along lyrics. I love nothing more than to blast this song in the car, with all of the windows down, on a scorching summer day.

 

 

 

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LMPR is looking for a passionate, creative, and experienced Marketing Assistant to join our growing team of specialists!

 

If you have a passion for marketing, strategy, and the arts, please check out our posting below:

 

                                                                                            Company

 

Laura Murray Public Relations (LMPR) is a group of highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals with a passion for marketing the arts and creative industries. The company was founded in 2011 to provide artistic, cultural, and creative organizations with a single contact and unified approach to marketing and communications.

 

Our full range of services includes public + media relations, marketing + advertising, promotions, social media + online marketing, graphic + web design, copywriting, arts consulting, and audience development.

 

Based in Vancouver, LMPR delivers a variety of innovative marketing and communications solutions for clients including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Blackbird Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, FlyOver Canada, Vancouver Opera, The Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Bach Choir, among others.

 

                                                                                              Position

 

LMPR is looking for a passionate, creative, and experienced Marketing Assistant to join our growing team of specialists. This position will see the successful candidate working with and reporting to the Head of Digital. This is a demanding support role that will require a highly efficient, creative individual with superior communications skills who can prioritize and manage workflow for a wide variety of arts organizations across the country.

 

The candidate must be detail-oriented, proactive, and able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, supporting the agency’s marketing and digital divisions in devising and executing paid + promotional strategies for a diverse range of organizations within the arts + creative industries.

 

Full Time Salaried position: Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

 

                                                                                Responsibilities

 

  • Implement marketing strategies for LMPR clientele
  • Coordinate design and trafficking of print advertising and collateral
  • Prepare copy and requisite files for multimedia advertising campaigns
  • Monitor campaign spending and ensure all contracts & invoices are tracked and filed
  • Responsible for monitoring and meeting various deadlines without compromising quality of output or deliverables
  • Generate reports for digital advertising and traditional marketing campaigns
  • Design and distribute promotional emails, e-newsletters, and announcements on behalf of LMPR clientele
  • Coordinate strategic distribution of printed marketing collateral throughout the Lower Mainland
  • Establish, cultivate, and maintain external community relationships with new and established promotional partners
  • Coordinate and implement a diverse array of online, grassroots, retail, and experiential promotions
  • Provide marketing and communications support to LMPR team members, as assigned

                                                                                     Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in communications, arts management, marketing, or a related field of study
  • Excellent organizational skills and/or project management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter, pays attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong team player
  • Past experience with media planning and buying is an asset
  • Familiarity and comfort with a variety of software and online tools, with particular emphasis on Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, YouTube, WordPress, AdWords, and Creative Suite
  • Passion and experience with the performing arts is highly valued
  • A Valid Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset

                                                                                               To Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to: hr@lauramurraypr.com no later than June 22, 2015. All applications will be kept in confidence.
 
No telephone calls or faxed applications please. We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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The Client: 

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) is one of Canada’s most respected classical music presenters, responsible for educating audiences about the ‘early eras’ of music and fostering passion among local concert-goers for historically-informed performances of Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical works. With more than 45 years experience producing successful concerts and collaborations, consistently offering artists of the highest caliber, EMV has established a fiercely loyal following in Vancouver and across the West Coast.

 
The Challenge: 

2014/15 was EMV’s first season working with Laura Murray Public Relations and throughout the season they enjoyed a strong audience of single ticket buyers, but very few subscribers. Having provided media relations, online marketing, and conducted an audience survey earlier in the season, we were asked to provide strategic counsel as an arts consultant on their overall subscription strategy.

 

The Strategy:


After conducting e-mail surveys and focus groups with EMV’s key audiences, we were able to identify a major challenge with the subscription strategy: The packages were based around which venue the concerts were taking place in. Our survey findings, however, revealed EMV audiences are far more motivated by the specific era of a concert and the composers and repertoire featured, rather than where the concert is taking place.

 

LMPR’s recommendation was therefore to revamp the subscription model entirely. The new model allows a subscriber to attend any four concerts in the season for the price of three (a 25% discount applied to all tickets), which in turn means that EMV’s highly-informed, musically-literate audiences can curate their own attendance based on niche areas of interest: be it lute recitals, Baroque chorales, Renaissance concerti, or otherwise.

 

The Result:

The announcement of the new offer was strategically timed to coincide with the final concert of EMV’s 2014/15 season (a spectacular performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Portland Baroque Orchestra) – and dropped with an eblast to their database, direct mail postcards, and a live announcement from the stage at the concert.

 

By the end of the first day of sales and at the concert itself, EMV had already surpassed their 2014/15 subscription numbers. The growth in subscriptions is ongoing, as EMV continues to entice its list with bi-weekly suggestions of four-pack concert pairings from within its season.

 

EMV Postcard

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In this edition of City Sounds we were lucky enough to catch up with genre-defying musician, Dominique Fricot. We discussed his humble beginnings, the remarkable The PEAK Performance Project, and his artistic development, which has shaped him into the musician he is today.

 

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LMPR: How did you get started in music?

 

Dominique Fricot: Woah.

 

LMPR: Yeah we know, loaded question.

 

Dominique Fricot: I don’t really know if it was picking up the electric guitar when I was 13 or 14, but I was really taken by alternative music at the time.  Around the time I started playing the guitar and taking lessons, my dream all of a sudden was to be a singer/ songwriter – to be and a band and be the front man. It all kind of developed from humble beginnings.

 

In high school I started writing songs, and when I started university in 2001 I went to an open mic night. There were a few other singer songwriters who were singing songs and one of the guys approached me and said we should start a band – so we did! We did that for about two years and me and that guy became really good friends. His name was Josh and we formed my second band The Painted Birds together – we did that for about five years. It was basically one open mic night that lead to a whole range of different projects.

 

LMPR: How did you make the transition into a solo artist and what factored in to this decision?

 

Dominique Fricot: A leap of faith. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I wasn’t ready to give up. I didn’t feel like I had accomplished, what I had aimed to. Not necessarily in terms of success, but more in the sense of creativity. It was really scary coming out of the band because I didn’t book the shows or do a lot of those things. I was thinking so, I guess I go to open mic night’s again?  So I went to one at the Backstage Lounge in Vancouver and the guy who runs it said that he books other shows, and asked me to come play this other show. At that show I ended up meeting other artists and booking other shows – I really just went form there.

 

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LMPR: The PEAK Performance Project is so important to up and coming artists. What are your thoughts on the initiative?

 

Dominique Fricot: It is one of the few competitions that really makes a difference. There are a lot of contests going on right now, and I think that they all have good intentions. However, The PEAK Performance Project, really does help new artists. They give all the bands money – they start them all off with small grants once they are accepted in. They give them a whole bunch of industry knowledge and there is a lot of mentorships, everything from stylists to publicists and producers. You just kind of get a boost into the industry at a much larger level. I came in third in 2012 and I got $50,000, which went into music videos, making an album, travelling, and touring. I think that contest is really head above shoulders of a lot of the other ones.

 

LMPR: What’s next for you?

 

Dominique Fricot: A couple projects on the go, I just try to keep as busy as I can.  I’ve started a side project, Regal, with my bass player Mike Young and his brother David. Solo wise, I went out to Canadian Music Week and I’ve booked a tour this summer.

 

I did a tour last fall called The Folk Road Show and it was me and three other singer song writers – one Australian, and two Dutch friends of mine. I went over to Europe and it was a very loose concept, loose idea of a tour. We just went and we would each play a short solo set, and in the end we sort of formed this folk band where we all played. Peter played trombone, then we had the guitar, mandolin, the banjo, and we would all sing harmonies. We had such a great time that we decided that we would flip through Canada again. The Folk Road Show is going to be in Western Canada, from the coast to Winnipeg, from late June to early August

 

Stay up to date with Dominique at dominiquefricot.com

 

 

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LMPR is looking for a passionate, creative, and experienced Communications Coordinator to join our growing team of specialists!

 

If you have a passion for publicity, client relations, and the arts, please check out our posting below:

 

                                                                                            Company

 

Laura Murray Public Relations (LMPR) is a group of highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals with a passion for marketing the arts and creative industries. The company was founded in 2011 to provide artistic, cultural, and creative organizations with a single contact and unified approach to marketing and communications.

 

Our full range of services includes public + media relations, marketing + advertising, promotions, social media + online marketing, graphic + web design, copywriting, arts consulting, and audience development.

 

Based in Vancouver, LMPR delivers a variety of innovative marketing and communications solutions for clients including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Blackbird Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, FlyOver Canada, Vancouver Opera, The Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Bach Choir, among others.

 

                                                                                              Position


LMPR is looking for a passionate, creative, and experienced Communications Coordinator to join our growing team of specialists. This position will see the successful candidate working with and reporting to the company Principal. This is a demanding support role that will require a highly efficient, tactful individual with superior communications skills who can prioritize and manage workflow for a wide variety of arts organizations across the country.

 

The candidate must be detail-oriented, proactive, and be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, supporting the daily needs of LMPR’s Account Managers, while providing consistent, high-level client relations.

 

Full Time Salaried position: Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

 

                                                                                Responsibilities

 

  • Play a key support role in the day-to-day operations of the media relations division
  • Utilize online databases and event listing engines to raise awareness for upcoming client productions
  • Provide Media Monitoring and ongoing maintenance of Coverage Trackers for all LMPR clientele
  • Generate accurate Media Relations Reports
  • Manage and maintain key relationships with media
  • Write communications copy, including event listings, press releases, show descriptions, and correspondence
  • Coordinate strategic distribution of printed marketing collateral throughout the Lower Mainland
  • Establish, cultivate, and maintain external community relationships with new and established promotional partners
  • Represent LMPR in a professional and confident manner in both written and verbal communications, internally and externally
  • Implement a diverse array of online, grassroots, retail, and experiential promotions
  • Provide marketing and communications support to LMPR team members, as assigned

                                                                                     Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in communications, arts management, marketing, journalism, or a related field of study
  • Excellent organizational skills and/or project management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter, pays attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong team player
  • Familiarity and comfort with software and online tools, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, YouTube, and Photoshop
  • Passion and experience with the performing arts is highly valued
  • A Valid Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset

                                                                                               To Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to: jobs@lauramurraypr.com no later than June 19, 2015. All applications will be kept in confidence.
No telephone calls or faxed applications please. We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.