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Squeeze Her Hand: A New Docu-Musical

Thu Mar 31, 2022
The Muhlenberg College workshop of Squeeze Her Hand, a new docu-musical written by Will Howitt '23, took place on March 4 and 5, 2022, with a filming on March 6 that was produced by Jonathan Schlegel and Jeff Yorgey. The program can be found here, made by Marin Diddams '21 with key art by Jonathan Fleming '20 Her Hand” is a collection of recorded interview excerpts and original music that investigates the concepts of grief, commemoration, isolation, and loss during the COVID pandemic. Based on a true story, the narrative follows a household as they explore the love and subsequent loss of their Bubbe, an important figure to each member of the family for her various roles as a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. Real and deeply personal interview excerpts from the group ground the music in reality, and within the impossibility of connection during the time of the virus and quarantine."Singers worked with professors Brian Chu and Vincent Trovato for approximately 45 minutes each week over six weeks total. Finale rehearsals were led by Abigail Sherman ‘22 and Lily Arovas '23. The cast consisted of Amanda Berkson ‘23, Will Howitt ‘23, Joe Grisanzio ‘23, and Nicole Gardner ‘23. Directed by the composer/lyricist.