Razzle Dazzle

This post has been a long time coming.

This past Saturday, Nick and I were in attendance at the Beck Center for the Arts Fundraiser Gala. During the fundraiser, Nick introduced and premiered a documentary entitled Razzle Dazzle. This film, which was shot between January and May of this year in partnership with St. Edward High School and Beck Center for the Arts, is a heartwarming look at the cast and crew of an annual variety show performed at Beck Center for the past 16 years. Mainly, this was a project put together by Nick and his film students, but heypoletti! had a small hand in the planning and producing of the film. 

I'm just proud we can tag along with this video and that we were able to a part of the process.

Shooting Razzle Dazzle gave Nick's students a story to tell that wasn't their own. The documentary project now remains in the curriculum for each year, so that his students can learn to become better and more empathetic artists.

Shooting Razzle Dazzle gave Nick's students a story to tell that wasn't their own. The documentary project now remains in the curriculum for each year, so that his students can learn to become better and more empathetic artists.

Nick gave a speech before the premiere, and in it he talked about the students of his all-male school. In the past, the students wrote a lot of films wherein the starring roles were characters not unlike themselves; they told stories they knew they could tell because they were stories these young men had lived. But Razzle Dazzle gave them an opportunity to step into the shoes of others, look through their perspective, and tell a fantastic story worth sharing because of its poignancy.

The "Razzle Dazzle" cast members are artists in their own right. The theater allows them to share a part of themselves which they might not otherwise get the chance to share.

The "Razzle Dazzle" cast members are artists in their own right. The theater allows them to share a part of themselves which they might not otherwise get the chance to share.

So without further ado, here's Razzle Dazzle:

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a crochet project. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.